What’s Better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

What's Better, Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Sarah Allen, Staff Writer

The famous Black Friday where people rush to the malls and buy, buy, buy. Standing in long lines, fighting with other shoppers and swiping your card. Is Black Friday really worth it? Black Friday attracts shoppers for store deals but can be time and energy consuming the day after stuffing our bellies with Thanksgiving foods. Yes, it is tempting to go and get the best bang for your buck for gifts, but you can also find great deals on Cyber Monday in the comfort of your home.

Although Black Friday may be fun with friends, prices may continue to drop as the holiday season comes closer. It is also very easy to overspend or grab things you may not need while shopping in stores as you rush to get out fast. You also have to show up very early in the morning around 1 a.m. or 5 a.m. for the stores to open if you want to find the items you want because if you go later in the day, it is most likely sold out if it’s a popular item. Cyber Monday is better because if you were busy with family or travel on Thanksgiving Friday and missed the in-store sales, Cyber Monday gives you another opportunity to take advantage of low prices.

Making quick decisions and also dealing with crowds and limited quantity can be frustrating and is not the holiday spirit. You also have to be aware of the fine print on deals. For example, when it says 50% off! that could only be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Stores may also show their prices higher before the sale to give the illusion of a really good deal. It is also an all day event and you must be prepared to be walking and waiting for hours to get in stores when they open or waiting in lines.

The best way to make the most of your shopping is to do some homework and know when and where to hunt for the best bargains. To find the deals for Cyber Monday, you can check out the sites of any of your favorite stores or brands. For Black Friday, browse the local newspapers, TV and radio ads, as well as look online on Thanksgiving Day. Some think it’s more fun and exciting to line up at the mall in the early morning of Black Friday while others may want to shop from the comfort of their own homes on Cyber Monday. No matter which you choose, you’re guaranteed to get some money off the original price of whatever items you’re buying. Over all, I think Cyber Monday is the best option because you can still get great deals in the comfort of your home and avoid the crowds.