Yesterday was Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and shoppers were willing to wait in long lines on Thursday in hopes of scoring a really sweet 40" flat-screen TV for $180 at Best Buy—one couple that did was relieved: "It was crazy but well worth it." Or as the Daily News reports: "When Macy's opened its Herald Square doors at midnight on Black Friday, there were 11,000 shoppers on line — waiting to kick off what looks to be a boffo holiday season. Twelve hours later, it was still a madhouse." On the upside: No fights and looting at NYC stores (unlike last year!).
One Target employee at the downtown Brooklyn location told the News, "I could see the people rush for the different things. The TVs went fast. One customer came up to me and said, ‘Just point me to the sale items, I want anything on sale.’" America! Also very American: Waiting 31 hours to be first in line at a NJ Best Buy—a couple arrived at 12 a.m. on Thursday and no other consumers were on line until 10 a.m. Who cares about missing Thanksgiving, "The food's still going to be there," Steven Barrios said to the Star-Ledger.
Retailers are happy, because Thanksgiving is earlier this year. Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren told the NY Times, "The good news is there’s more days this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas than there usually is," and explained the "the company would be staggering its discount deals more evenly throughout the coming weeks, rather than waiting until the week before Christmas, to give shoppers reasons to come more regularly."
Tourists got into the action: A French native told the Post, “I was expecting big crowds pushing through the doors, like in the movies... It’s my first Black Friday. We don’t have Thanksgiving in France. It’s exciting," while a Brazilian said, "All over the world, people know about Black Friday. I like it. I’m going to try and come back next year, too... I’m buying gifts for Christmas, and clothes, boots, and creams for the whole year, these are great deals!"
Of course, Black Friday is also when Wal-Mart workers try to stand up for their rights.