The Thanksgiving holiday has past and the crazy Black Friday shopping weekend is over. How did you fare? This morning there are reports of hundreds of incidents across the country of people behaving poorly in their retail store of choice. Stories with words and phrases like people yelling, bloody noses, paramedics wheeling stretchers, head smacking and security officers wrestling shoppers. These stories beg the question - why do we shop like this? Here are some headlines I found:
- People Beat Each Other Up Over Towels At Walmart On Black Friday
- Black Friday Marred By Violence In Several States
Incidents of pushing, shoving, shoplifting, stealing, robbing, stabbings and shootings!
- Black Friday Turns Dark as Twitter, Websites Track Injuries, Fights, Deaths
There really is a website called BlackFridayDeathCount.com set up to track the deaths and injuries caused by Black Friday violence.
Seriously, what is the allure of this late night and early morning shopping blitz? Is it really worth a person's time to save a few bucks? Does all this illustrate a bigger question about the mindset and state of our country?
Are the retailers to blame for facilitating this kind of behavior? Major retailers were open this year on Thanksgiving day instead of the early morning hours of Friday. You would think people would value the holiday more as a day to relax and enjoy family, yet thousands still lined up to buy a TV and a XBOX rather than enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones. Ultimately it's the people who participate in the Black Friday madness that keeps this wheel spinning. If the retailers opened their doors on Thanksgiving and no one came would they continue to do so?
Yes, Aluratek is a tech company. Yes, we sell consumer electronics in retail and yes, we would like as many people as possible to go out to these retail environments and buy our products - but like this? Granted we know people are not spending their Thanksgiving holiday waiting in line at Best Buy to buy an Aluratek product but you get the point. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for this heightened shopping season. It's good for companies like Aluratek and the economy but I have a problem with the way we go about it and the way the spirit of Thanksgiving is getting lost to fistfights and bloody noses.
What do you think about Black Friday? Do you stay away from the crowds or is it something you participate in and why? Share your comments with us by visiting our Facebook page or leaving a comment below!