Check out these 5 legitimate reasons to skip all those Black Friday sales.

Kimberly Palmer of US News has posted a list of 5 reasons to skip the Black Friday sales, and here they are:

5. Many discounts will continue long after Black Friday is over.

“While certain so-called “doorbusters” are available for a limited time only (and in limited quantities), many deals will continue throughout the holiday season. (And, in fact, some, such as free shipping at online stories, are often available throughout the year.)”

4. The best deals are only available to a few people

“Those doorbusters aren’t available in endless supply, which is why people line up so early in the hopes of being among the lucky few to snag one. While stores vary in how many doorbusters they keep in stock, Best Buy’s ad specifies that stores will sell a minimum of 10 Lenovos for $180, for example. Circulars featuring Black Friday ads often contain information on the number of doorbusters, which helps shoppers gauge how competitive the day will be.”

3. When you do score a discount, it often leads to more spending.

“If you’ve ever impulsively bought a muffin to go with your coffee, or surprised yourself by buying a whole new outfit when you meant to get only a shirt, then you will understand why research shows that shopping leads to more shopping.

Shopping can be broken into two phases, researchers say. In the first stage, people question whether they want to make a purchase. When they decide that the pros outweigh the cons, the ‘buying phase’ takes over. “Once that happens, a roller coaster of shopping can begin,” says Uzma Khan, assistant professor of marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and one of the study’s authors. The researchers call the phenomenon ‘shopping momentum.’

That means shopping sales can have the unintended consequence of leading to even more purchases, including ones that aren’t on sale. Plus, many of the items that aren’t doorbusters aren’t even good deals, which is one reason shoppers should bring their smartphones and use them to compare prices on products before making purchases. (Certain apps, such as Pricegrabber’s, make it easy to scan barcodes and see if a better deal is available elsewhere.)”

2. Sales that get you to buy something you wouldn’t have purchased otherwise are not good deals.

“It’s just like the old joke: A woman brags to her husband about how much money she saved on a pair of shoes, and then he points out that she didn’t save any money, she spent it, because she really doesn’t need the shoes. The bottom line: Only take advantage of discounts when they’re on items you would be purchasing anyway, even without the deal.”

1. Frenzied buying almost never leads to smart shopping.

“One-day sales, midnight madness, and other sales techniques that spur quick decision-making tend to be disorienting and lead to over spending, says Kit Yarrow, consumer psychologist and author of coauthor of Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens, and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail. “They’re training [consumers] to purchase even though they may not be ready,” she says. “If people are buying for fear or anxiety that it won’t be available, then they’re less likely to make good purchasing decisions.””

Comments (2)
  1. Neil Signo says:

    If your a worker under age 21, past 2 years?
    Dont hessitate to ask if your coworker is doing a ”fast dance” around you at work. The person over 22, wants another ”Party Friday” to “No Weekends”, Did the person skip out and smoke? your at the counter with so many customers? Did the person drink alcohol no the job or lunch break? Any non-biological reasons? Say no to your restroom need? Suddenly change the employee work schedule avoiding late nights, is the person over the age of 22 and under 60?
    FIRE FIRE FIRE! Trust me I have more than 4 years at Macys and 3 years NCA a small computer store chain.

  2. Neil Signo says:

    FIRE the person, skipping out!
    Save your own job! Your a working college student? Did the person leave early? Is the person over 22 and still under age 60? Did the person bring adult magazines to work, then point at someone to be fired? Did you step aside, and the lower person volunteered you for termination after holiday rush?

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