1. The same deals are available online.
2. There are better deals on Cyber Monday.
3. Some stores—like REI—may be closed.
Since REI is a co-op, we probably won’t see other major stores closing their doors on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Public companies are just unable to do it financially. Instead, expect Black Friday deals to start earlier in the week to help off-set huge mobs of shoppers on Thursday night.
4. The huge crowds are terrifying.
5. The best deals are only available in very limited quantities.
6. It’s easy to overspend on impulse buys.
It’s very easy to get caught up in the hype of Black Friday and thrill of the deal. This only encourages overspending. Don’t get caught in this trap.
7. Sale prices will be available for longer periods of time.
Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year for most retailers. So why would they limit that success to just one day? We're now seeing Black Friday deals start as early as the week before Thanksgiving and run well past Black Friday.
8. Stores will start to offer free shipping on all orders.
Target was the first big-box store to announce free shipping on all online orders through the holidays in 2015. We’ll see more companies follow suit this year, making a trip to the store unnecessary.
9. Stores will match competitors’ prices to get your business.
10. Free in-store pickup lets me shop online and avoid crowds.
Free store pickup is key to avoiding Black Friday crowds. If you’re in a hurry to get an item, this is the way to go. Get the same deals as in-store shoppers online and pick up your item a few days later when the madness has subsided.
11. Amazing deals are available throughout the year.
12. Family time is more important than saving a few bucks.
Fighting mobs of people in the cold, late at night? No, thank you. I’d rather spend time with my family–cozy at home recovering from a big turkey dinner.