Guys, it's almost Thanksgiving
Which for most of us means it's time to get ready for plenty of this
But for some of you, it's all about this
Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year
On Monday, there were already people camping out in front of stores
Hundreds of them, across the country
Because of deals like this
I mean come on, that TV is HUGE
But if you're thinking about shopping on Friday, STOP. Settle down. Let me explain something to you.
First of all, Black Friday will make you sad
And trigger a deep and lasting depression
Going to a big box store is always a bummer. On Friday, it will be the biggest bummer. The only thing that's REALLY on sale is sadness, and they never run out of stock:
Worse yet, Black Friday can be dangerous. People get hurt:
In 2008, a man was trampled to death at Walmart. This is horrifying.
Nobody's safety is worth risking for this
Of course, most shoppers' Black Friday experiences won't be dangerous, just hectic and stressful
But still, STAY HOME. Black Friday is a SCAM
And a SHAM
And most Black Friday deals aren't really deals at all
First, a lot of the "doorbusters" are off-brands:
And to get any of the decent-looking deals, you have to show up at an ungodly hour
Wait, just a sec. Look closer
ZOOM.... SHARPEN........ ENHANCE......
But it's worse than that. Data suggests that even the good deals aren't that good:
The best times to buy, according to Decide:
-Laptops: Mid-December is the best time to buy during the holiday season.
-TVs: To get the lowest price on a TV, the best time to buy is the week leading up to Black Friday.
-Cameras: From point-and-shoots to more sophisticated models for professional photographers, the best time to buy is before Black Friday.
Also, like, this is NOT how you should buy electronics
The things you need — TVs, laptops, tablets, phones — are important purchases that you should think about a lot
You're stuck with your phone for two years, and your laptop for even longer. Tablets are getting cheaper every day, and the best stuff, from brands like Apple and Google and Microsoft and Amazon, isn't any cheaper on Black Friday.
TVs are ALWAYS cheap, and there are much more important things to consider than whether or not you'll save $50. Like, for example, how that giant TV will look in your living room for the next five years.
Try the Wirecutter for up-to-date recommendations on the things you should buy.