Every year, Christmas seems to arrive more and more quickly, but first comes the shopping season. Black Friday is the day that marks the coming of Christmas in the consumer world. It’s the start of the lines and shopping for all the gifts that bring holiday cheer.
On Black Friday, it is popular for businesses to open in the early hours of the morning, but opening time is being pushed earlier and earlier every year. Some of them even open before Friday has even arrived.
This year, the Belden Village Mall is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and goes through Black Friday until 10 p.m.
Haley Bourne, freshman creative writing major, said, “You have people who work on Thanksgiving, so that is taking them away from their families.”
There are usually long lines, and people will sometimes fight over the item they want. They shove and push until they get what they want. People hear of the crazy injuries on the news every year after people shop on Black Friday.
Sarah Diemer, sophomore communication arts major, said, “By the end of the night, the shoppers are feeling the burn of all the money they just spent, so they are grumpy.”
“It is not worth the rush and it is not worth getting hurt,” said Angelina Seemann, a freshman music production major. “Last year, Forever 21 was having a lot of good deals and there were girls there with their boyfriends, and they would make their boyfriends push through the crowd of people and literally shove people so that they would be right at the front. The girls would run to the back of the store searching through things. By the time I got into Forever 21, there were things on the floor.”
If they don’t like the hectic crowds, people can avoid the rush in the stores on Black Friday and wait for Cyber Monday, the online version of Black Friday.
“It is much easier to wait for Cyber Monday,” said Heather Curtis, women’s golf coach. “It is so much easier to order things online than it is to go to the store and worry about something being out of stock or having to get up early and wait in the long lines.”
But not everyone is opposed to Black Friday shopping.
Diemer said, “I love Black Friday because it is a day I can plan all my holiday shopping around. I go in the mall with a goal and come out fairly quickly. Normally, I have a successful amount of items I got for a reasonable price.”
Regardless of one’s opinion on the tradition, Black Friday is the day where shoppers officially kick off their Christmas shopping. The real hustle and bustle of the holidays has come, and it all begins with Black Friday.