Black Friday 2013 is shaping up to something of an unknown quantity. While there is always anticipation with the megadeals that retailers offer, the current year holds a few challenges for the retail industry.
First and Foremost is the massive Thanksgiving storm facing the Northeast, which has already snarled travel in the Western United States. However, the storm should be well faded by the time shoppers are expected to head out to stores.
Speaking of heading out to stores or the mall, the Black Friday Creep has retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, and Toys R Us opening on Thanksgiving night, and according to The Huffington Post, that plan looks like it could backfire. Deal or not, many folks are probably going to enjoy a nice dinner and not a lunch, which is what many employees at the retail stores will ultimately be doing for the holiday.
According Market Watch, all those deals might not be thelowest prices on those certain items that stores have offered throughout the year. The essence of Black Friday is low prices, but revelations that stores have offered lowered prices at another point during the year should demonstrate that stores are really focusing efforts on promotion for the day after Thanksgiving rush.
Finally, the easiest answer to all the late nights, early mornings, crowded stores, and the rush to get out of one store an into another is a relatively simple one—shop online. Many deal that stores will be offering will also be available via their website, and Cyber Monday will present even more opportunities for folks to save a few dollars over normal retail prices and probably even snag free shipping.