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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • The annual Black Friday craze

  • To start, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend.

    And if you're like me, I'm sure you enjoyed a day of shopping on Black Friday, and maybe you even started on Thanksgiving itself.
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  • To start, I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving and holiday weekend.
    And if you're like me, I'm sure you enjoyed a day of shopping on Black Friday, and maybe you even started on Thanksgiving itself.
    Yes you read that correctly. I am one of "those people" who wakes up early and ventures out into the crowds to snag some great deals (and yes I did find a lot).
    I've never been one of the ones who stands in line at 8 p.m., in the cold, waiting for the doors to open at midnight, but I do get up nice and early to enjoy the early deals.
    This year I joined my sister and brother-in-law, and we were out of the house by 6:30 a.m. When we arrived at the mall and started browsing the stores, we noticed that there really weren't any lines, which was helpful, but also shocking.
    Turns out we got there in between two different influxes of shoppers. I left one store with no lines and faced my longest line yet in the next store. But at least they were moving quickly.
    It really did vary. And by 10 a.m. the mall was really packed again.
    Snagging great deals along the way, I got about half my list taken care of, even managing to find something for myself. Black Friday is always a great start to my holiday shopping.
    There's always those stories about the crazy shoppers who have no compassion for finding deals and don't care if they trample someone in the process. Luckily I've never been in that situation and I've never witnessed that (knock on wood).
    Black Friday is fun and all, but there's no reason to hurt your fellow human beings all for a giant sale.
    It was also thought that not many people would be out Black Friday shopping this year, but according to news reports records were broken, all even before Cyber Monday happened.
    'Tis the season! Just be mindful of your fellow mankind and don't turn the holiday season into a brutal affair for a material object.
    Waters is a staff writer for The Wayne Independent and can be reached at kwaters@wayneindependent.com.
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