Black Friday is almost here and for many that means getting up super-early, braving long lines and getting great deals. For me, it means sleeping late. But that’s another story.
There are people who love to brave the crowds. Clearly. Black Friday is well-chronicled as the “busiest shopping day of the year.” We breathlessly report on it every year during all of our newscasts. It gives us something to fill a lot of time with on a traditionally slow news day during a big travel holiday.
Consumers coughed up more than $59 billion in 2012 and are expected to surpass $60 billion this year. In 2012, the average shopper spent $423 on Black Friday purchases. This year more than ever, there are more opportunities to spend money sooner with many major chain stores like Toys R Us, Best Buy and Target opening early Thursday evening.
And then there’s Cyber Monday. But that’s another post.
If you’re a deal hunter, head over to BlackFriday.com and plot out your strategy. The site has pretty much every deal from every retailer that you can imagine.