The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday. This the unofficial official start of the Christmas Shopping season. Early in the morning, in many cases late Thanksgiving night, shoppers flock to their favorite stores in search of bargains and steep discounts on popular merchandise. Some shoppers are Black Friday veterans and some are not, either way surviving a Black Friday shopping adventure can bring all kinds of people together. But with crowds comes stress, and bad behavior is the end result. Here are few tips on etiquette during the ultimate shopping holiday:
Don’t Complain About the Crowds or Lines at the Checkout
If you thought you would be the only one shopping and looking for that great price on the hottest electronics and coolest toys, you are very wrong. Just pulling into the parking lot can be an eye opening experience for new Black Friday shoppers. Resist temptation to complain about waiting in line for a ticket for that LED TV or at the check out counter. The lines will be long. In fact, the better the deal, the longer the line will be. If you are unable to handle large crowds of strangers in close proximity, you better take a pass.
Don’t Cut in Line
Expect to arrive at the store an hour before they are set to open, and expect to find yourself not first in line. Again, if the deals are good, there may be folks in line at midnight or earlier. You may be tempted to cut in line, even at the check out. If you think you will get away with it, you won’t everyone behind you will notice. If you send someone to wait in line for you, that is generally deemed acceptable as long as you and your group are not over three or four people. Remember, courtesy never takes a day off.
Don’t Complain About Store Rules on Limits
This is a fact, the stores have the right to limit quantities. It is generally in the fine print of every single one of the Black Friday ads. So if you are planning on buying up all the $300 42inch LED TV’s, you are likely out of luck, so don’t make a scene. Yelling at the store personnel or the clerk about how stupid their rules are is about as effective as trying to pay for your purchase by chewing sunflower seeds. All you are really going to do is look like a fool to the hundreds of other shoppers in line behind you trying to get in on the same deal you are trying to close out. So while the deals are there for the taking, do not be greedy unless store rules permit you to be.
All things considered, Black Friday can actually be a lot of fun. If you consider fun spending hundreds of dollars in a turkey induced sleep deprived state that is. As long as shoppers are ready to brave the crowd, they will be rewarded with great prices on great gifts.