Its official, Black Friday is over! The day after Thanksgiving referred to as Black Friday is the beginning of the Christmas shopping frenzy. Black Friday is the day retailers are hoping to turn a profit by offering incredible sales. On Black Friday retailers open their doors very early, sometimes as early as midnight to the public. Enthusiastic shoppers camp out the night before to guarantee their place in line to benefit from these great sales.
On Black Friday most of the large retailers significantly mark down items that are soon to be discontinued or trying to get products off their shelves to make room for new items. They offer promotional sales to kick off the big day. On Black Friday the malls and shopping centers are jammed packed with individuals looking for that great deal. Parking lots are filled and shopping carts can be hard to find.
Today marks the date of a new shopping tradition, Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express to support local mom and pop merchants that produce jobs and offer considerable profitable benefits to their neighborhoods and sometimes across the country.
A positive suggestion of Small Business Saturday is beating the large crowds and the hustle and bustle of the malls while receiving personal attention to enhance your shopping experience. Small Business Saturday is a time for local small merchants to stand out during this big shopping weekend and bring patrons to their shops.
The next big shopping crave is Cyber Monday which begins tomorrow at midnight. Cyber Monday represents those who shop from the comforts of their own home and enjoy shopping online. Shopping online relieves the pressures of the jam-packed malls and circling the parking lots for a parking space.
Online shopping can eliminate the encounter of a not so friendly cashier who is having a bad day or the battle over who grabbed the sale item first.
If this is your favorite time of the year to shop for big deals it is highly recommended that you research and be familiar with the terms and conditions of return policies before making your purchases regardless of your choice of shopping trends.
If you missed out on Black Friday, and not able to participate in Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, there is always the Saturday before Christmas or Christmas Eve to take advantage of the holiday sales.
In the spirit of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, I would like to give a shout out to jomarby’s heart at www.jomarbysheart.com of Silver Spring, MD and MSB Gifts at www.msbgifts.com of Evans, GA.