Black Friday 2015 is here and while the stores are crowded, the morning news shows are reporting they are lacking the masses of shoppers seen with yesteryear’s Black Friday events. There are a couple of different reasons for this, starting with the fact that Black Friday sales are no longer offered for one day only.
According to Reuters News on November 27, Black Friday crowds are “thin” after many stores opened on Thanksgiving this year. Retailers have stretched their Black Friday sale events over a few days, which takes the urgency out of getting to the store at a specific time and date. Probably the most influential factor of the waning Black Friday crowds is online shopping.
The International Business Times reports that online sales will have a record year, with store crowds waning. This year stores are offering most of their Black Friday sales online as well as in-store. Door busters are also offered online at a few of the big retailers, which takes away another need for post and mortar shopping this year. With the big retailers offering free shipping, there’s no need to live home to shop!
Walmart is offering the great deals for online Black Friday shopping this year. They offer free shipping with the minimum purchase of $50.
Target is offering great deals online and in-store and they have no minimum for free shipping. They did a good deed for a shopper today, which is mentioned below in the article.
Best Buy deals are ready to go online. One big plus to shopping online is the item gets delivered to your home. They have no minimum required for free shipping.
One woman shopping at Target couldn’t wait to get her hands on that 70″ HDTV that was on sale. Once she purchased the set, she couldn’t fit it into her car and she broke the screen trying to get it to fit. Target was nice enough to let her return the TV, but that 70″ set was sold-out, so she went home empty handed, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Friday morning.
The battery operated cars for little kids were a big seller at Target this year. A “Fox and Friends” reporter covering the Black Friday sales out in front of a Target store witnessed another interesting dilemma during the Black Friday shopping this morning.
Two sisters had purchased those battery operated cars for their kids. They couldn’t fit even one of those cars in their vehicles. The sisters ended up going to Budget Car Rental and rented an SUV big enough to carry those purchases home.
The Fox reporter was nice enough to keep an eye on those toy cars until they got back. This was a case of getting savings only to spend more to rent a vehicle. When all is totaled, they probably paid a pretty penny for their toy cars when you figure in the transportation cost of the SUV rental to get them home! These examples make online shopping look very enticing!