I went this year to the outlet mall - which had no great deals btw - nothing more than usual anyway.
We ventured out to Target and didn't see a line outside, but INSIDE omg! The line was weaved around the store so much that you couldn't shop if you wanted to. People were yelling, fighting, pushing -- grown up people!!
I went figuring it could be fun to shop at different hours and just to see what was out there, since I went unaware of the deals but seriously never ever again .
Anyone that can handle it - I give credit to because WOW, just wow. lol
Never actually went shopping on Black Friday because I really don't have the patience for it. As someone else said, no sale is worth me getting out of bed at 4 in the morning. Sales happen throughout the holiday season, not just today. I do admit that a teeny TINY part of me wants to try it every year, but I'd rather be sleeping.
Black Friday is the one day of the year I DON'T want to shop! I've never seen deals advertised that enticed me enough to go out, and even for the really great items stores often only have one or two of them. So hundreds or thousands of people line up for one or two items and they all push and shove and act like idiots to try and get them. Honestly, I'd rather pay more and not have to fight anyone for the items I want to buy.
it's just a rush to be somewhere where many other people want to be... waiting in line.. wondering what everyone else is there for... if theyre there for the same thing you are... will you get what you're wanting?? the door opening and everyone rushing in... running around trying to find your items as quick as possible to ensure that you get into the check out line as soon as possible to beat the check out rush - it's such a huge adrenaline rush!
I do it because I really do find great deals. I don't go to the outlets or anywhere where there are 4,000 people waiting outside. My local mall has great stores, but it doesn't get crowded on Black Fridays at all (at least not when the mall first opens). And if I do shop on Black Friday, I go when the mall first opens, so I don't deal with bigger crowds later in the day...