Black Friday shopping

Junior Emily Fuentes likes shopping on Black Friday, She is going to go the mall, but she is not very excited because she thinks that it is very messy and irritating. Once she got four pairs of pajamas for $1.

“One time my mom and I gave this lady a ride home from shopping on Black Friday,” Fuentes said. “We felt bad for her because she had just bought two flat screen TVs. So after we dropped her off and finally gotten home I noticed that there was a box in the care. My mom and I didn’t know whose it was so we just figured that it must have belonged to the lady. So we decided to open it to see what was in it. When we opened it there was a dead rat inside the box.”

Nearly 135 million people go out to shop on black friday every year. In 2010, 212 million shoppers  spent $39 billion for an average spending amount of $365.34 per person.

Freshman Adilene Ferrer is a little excited to go shopping on Black Friday this year. She went last year and found it packed and cold.

“One time this girl grabbed the sweater I wanted and I grabbed her from the back of the head and started slamming her against the wall until she gave up the sweater,” Ferrer said.

Freshman Rosa Escobar has a similar story.

“One time I saw the most beautiful sweater in the entire world,” she said. “It was black and gorgeous. This other girl was trying to get it and we started fighting for it, but I won.”

She will probably go shopping next Friday, but she isn’t sure. Freshman Andre Kelly shopped last year and plans to go again this year. He said there are a lot of people, and it can be irritating and tense.

“One time I was walking and this fat dude ran up to me and pushed me because he thought that I was going to get the thing that he wanted,” Kelly said.

Community Assistant Maricella Teran went to Black Friday last year and is thinking of going this year. She is kind of excited but thinks that it is CRAZY.

“One time we went to Walmart and they were giving the flat screen TV’s away for really cheap,” Teran said. “So everyone was waiting and when they announced that they were ready, everyone ran to get in line. But one person fell and it was like a domino effect because everyone fell and I was just standing back laughing.”

By Alva Salcido

Fun Facts about Black Friday

1. In 2011, 226 million Americans purchased $52 billion worth of merchandise throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. For that amount of money, 104 million familiesin need could have had their lives transformed by the gift of a dairy cow from Heifer International.

2. According to Google Trends, online searchers started looking in earnest for the term “Black Friday” on Oct. 14, with activity revving up around Oct. 20.

3. This year, Sears, Toys “R” Us, Walmart, K-Mart and Target stores will open on Thanksgiving night, while Macy’s, Old Navy and Best Buy will open at 12:01 a.m.

4. Those who want to scoop up the Black Friday doorbusters (the first-come, first-served super-duper specials) will have to be the first in line, which means arriving at the store on Thanksgiving morning (if not earlier) or at the latest in the afternoon, according to Jon Vincent, spokesman for BlackFriday.com, which tracks Black Friday deals.

5. Some people have been camping out at a California Best Buy since Nov 12.

6. Doorbusters might be better called door-imposters. Many products promoted at deep discounts on Black Friday are “derivative products” — items that look like and are named the same as the standard model, but are actually made with cheaper components and may not have the same features. Consumer Reports highlighted derivative electronics and found big-name companies like Sony and Samsung have made derivative televisions in previous years; and that laptop and printer deals from brands like HP in Black Friday ads appear to be derivatives as well, According to Time.com.

7. The day wasn’t originally named after the time that retailers get “in the black” in terms of profit, although it has come to be promoted as such. The earliest documented reference to the moniker was in January 1966, when Bonnie Taylor-Black of the American Dialect Society wrote: “‘Black Friday’ is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. ‘Black Friday’ officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing.”

8. In 2008, Jdimytai Damour, a Long Island Walmart employee, was trampled to death when crazed shoppers pushed open the doors to get their hands on the goods. The paramedics who came to the rescue were also trampled and seriously injured by shoppers. In total, five shoppers at the store required hospitalization.

9. Last year, shoppers at a California Walmart were subjected to a shower of pepper spray, compliments of 33-year-old shopper Elizabeth Macias, in the feeding frenzy that was the opening of a pallet of video games. Nearly two dozen people, including children, suffered nose and throat irritation.

10. The last few days of the holiday shopping season will net shoppers better deals than Black Friday. Some products sell for 10 percent to 15 percent less than they do on Black Friday, says Jim Bieri, principal at Stokas Bieri, a retail consulting firm in Detroit.

 

Stores that open early for Black Friday:

Midnight

  • Best Buy

  • Dick’s Sporting Goods

  • Fry’s Electronics

  • Game Stop

  • Kohl’s

  • Old Navy

  • Shoe Carnival

  • Sports Authority

  • Ulta

Midnight – Malls*

  • Arrowhead Towne Center

  • Chandler Fashion Center

  • Desert Sky Mall

  • Fiesta Mall

  • Paradise Valley Mall

  • Superstition Springs Center

*Not all retailers at malls are guaranteed to be open.

4 a.m. Friday

None yet

5 a.m. Friday

  • Babies R Us

  • Bass Pro Shops

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods

  • Cabela’s

  • Home Depot

  • Lowe’s

  • Staples

6 a.m. Friday

  • Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Big Lots

  • Fry’s Marketplace

  • JC Penney

  • JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts

  • Office Max

  • Metrocenter Mall*

  • Pep Boys

  • Radio Shack

*Not all retailers at malls are guaranteed to be open.

7 a.m. Friday

  • Ashley Furniture

  • Cost Plus

  • CVS

  • Guitar Center

  • Michael’s Arts and Crafts

  • PetSmart

  • Sam’s Club

  • Sport Chalet

  • Stein Mart

8 a.m. Friday

  • Apple Stores

  • Golfsmith

  • Paddock Pools

  • REI