Black Friday 2014: Are you in or Over it?

Arden Fair Mall-Sacramento  Black Friday,2013  picture KCRA

By CityFella

Last year holidays shopping season wasn’t a good one for the nations retailers. Black Friday sales were down. Shoppers held out for bargains and found them throughout the season.

Urban Camping

Black Friday has become a tradition for many families. Generations armed with turkey cran, and ham sandwiches, laptops, and snacks, camp out in front of Best Buys ,K and Wall Mart’s all over the country, competing with hundred for the best deals.    While most people are there to shop others are there to witness(and film) the crowds first hand.

This year if you want super buys, you’ll have to finish your Thanksgiving Dinner by 2. Some of the major retailers are opening as early as 4pm Thanksgiving Day.

Everything on Sale!

Its war!  Nearly all of the brick and mortar big box and department stores did poorly last year.  For some department stores 2014, is a make or break year.   Shopping Mall owners are nashing their teeth, if 2014 is anything like 2013, there may be fewer Sears, JC Penney’s, and Macy’s in 2015.

Target, and the online giant Amazon, had dismal holiday.  The Nations largest retailer Wal Mart is going after Amazon, agreeing to price match.   Best Buy is also matching  Amazon.

One of the negatives of the super sales items is the limited quantities  per store.   Through the years many people line up early to for the opportunity to get one of the 8 to 10 super sale items.  This is a turn off for shoppers and fewer shoppers are opting for camping out,.

This year Wal Mart and a few retailers are rewarding more of those campers.  The store guarantees everyone who enters the store and  receives a coupon in the first hour of  super sale item will receive the item by Christmas.

This year everything the shopper will find nearly every thing on sale. Major Appliances, Apple Laptops  (which are almost never on sale)  along with I-pads and other Apple products.   Tablets can few found for $30.00  Best Buy is selling a 50 inch Panasonic for $199.

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Oh will you hold out?

The website NerdWallet conducted a study  that showed while 77 percent of American said they shop on Black Friday, stores often offer their lowest prices on other days. The analysis included 27 Black Friday advertisements from stores such as Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Home Depot. Out of those 27, 25 listed at least one product for the exact same price in 2014 as was shown in their 2013 Black Friday ad.

“That means 93 percent of retailers are repeating Black Friday products–and prices–from year to year,” the study noted.

Several of the ads also included products with limited features that were created especially for sales periods such as Black Friday, or those that require rebates or misleading original prices.

Some retailers inflate the original price of an item to make the discounted price appear more appealing. Additionally, instead of comparing the Black Friday sale price to what it was selling for before the day, some stores will cite the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, or MSRP, which is often higher.

What does this look like in practice? On Black Friday this year, Sears will be selling the Samsung 55-inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV for $599.99. The store’s ad presents this as a significant markdown from the original price of $1,199.99. But a quick check of the Sears website in early November revealed that the same TV was being sold for $807.49 in the weeks leading up to Black Friday. Thus, shoppers are actually getting a discount of $207.50, not $600. That’s still something, but perhaps not a deal you’d be crazy to pass up.

Men Vs Women Shopper

According to NerdWallet , men are the more opportunistic shoppers,”  “Men are more likely to take advantage of consumer-friendly retail policies and more likely to be optimistic about spending more this holiday season. There’s a downside here, though, as men will take longer to pay off credit card debt. Women are more likely to pay credit card debt earlier, on average, and have a more responsible attitude when it comes to holiday spending.”

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Online shopping

Beginning next Thursday, Many of the nations online stores are offering super deals.   Use caution when ordering online, stick with the larger online stores.   Look closely at their return polices and if the online store unfamiliar , it might be better to try them after the holidays.  Happy shopping.

Published by CityFella

Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

2 thoughts on “Black Friday 2014: Are you in or Over it?

  1. A billion years ago my son was swallowed by Wal Mart. His goal, was a Black Friday 27 inch Symphonic TV. His mom dropped him off at 3am. By 11am he went missing. I went in looking for him, and I was shoved pushed by frustrated customers. A woman punched me in the ribs, because said she was tired of being bumped(I didn’t bump into her) After 45 minutes someone told me he might be outside in the back of the store to get his TV. In the rear of the store, was a line longer than the shopping center. .Anyone who successfully bought any of those super buys was funneled into a single line. After passing hundreds of people, there he was smiling. Sometime after 1pm he put his prize in the mini van.

    Last Thanksgiving, I visited him on East Coast. After a late dinner, he piled the Black Friday Ad’s on the dinner table. He was excited and the next morning we where at fine stores everywhere. Its an addition…

    Like you pk1929, I prefer online, Not only can I order and have the gifts delivered, but I can pay a few bucks extra for gift wrapping. No stinky fingers and no mall pretzels.

    Thanks for Commenting
    Have a safe Holiday


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