Student View: Black Friday

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Following the day of Thanksgiving, “door-buster sales” entice Americans to shop ’til they drop. Black Friday is an unofficial American holiday that is the opening of winter shopping in stores, with Cyber Monday coming a few days later for online shoppers. Sales let consumers find good deals on nearly everything from electronics to clothes to food. While it is an economically sound day for shoppers and corporations, protests against Black Friday have become more common in recent years, particularly against major corporations who make millions on Black Friday yet still pay employees minimum wage. CNN estimated that in 2012, 59 billion dollars was spent by shoppers over the Black Friday weekend. More revenue is expected to be generated this Black Friday.

 

BearingNews asked students: What do you think about Black Friday?
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“I think, really just the commercialism [of Black Friday] is just to try and get family together. Black Friday…as early as it is, I think it’s a way to get your family together just to do something kind of crazy or fun.” -Junior Brooke Matthews

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“I think [Black Friday] is helpful. I think it’s just a way for people to do early Christmas shopping and get good deals.”
-Sophomore Megan Goyette

“I find it kind of annoying that this American tradition is kind of being flaunted for money by corporations and I think it should just kind of go back to its roots. And Black Friday for one thing, I’m just tired with it.” Sophomore Jackson Keller

“I find it kind of annoying that this American tradition is kind of being flaunted for money by corporations and I think [Thanksgiving] should just kind of go back to its roots. And Black Friday for one thing, I’m just tired with it.” -Sophomore Jackson Keller

“I feel like it’s a pretty good holiday honestly because a lot of stuff goes on sale and that is about a time when everyone’s buying stuff. I mean, sure the corporations get a lot of money but it’s also an American holiday that we celebrate. I really feel like it doesn’t have much to do with Thanksgiving, more just it’s close to Christmas and the holidays and that’s when everyone needs gifts and it just happens to be right near Christmas.”

“I feel like [Black Friday] is a pretty good holiday honestly because a lot of stuff goes on sale and that is about a time when everyone’s buying stuff. I mean, sure the corporations get a lot of money, but it’s also an American holiday that we celebrate. I really feel like it doesn’t have much to do with Thanksgiving, more just it’s close to Christmas and the holidays and that’s when everyone needs gifts and it just happens to be right near Christmas.” -Freshman Tobey Washer

By Sophi Whyte

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Sophie Whyte

Sophie Whyte. A convivial vegan Canadian who possesses an unhealthy obsession for maple syrup, which she drinks out of a coffee mug every morning as she ponders the meaning of life. A proud reader and writer of things, Sophie spends her days idly presenting cello concerts for dog, and enjoying life as a lover of peanut butter. She is a quirky, quick witted, comically short intellectual. You can be sure to find Sophie exploring the halls of RBHS in her purple adventure rain boots, looking for a good story to write for Bearing News, be sure to say hi and strike up a conversation because she loves to converse about most anything especially the hardships of being an AP student. She be absolutely cray and if to be described by one single word, it would most definitely be FRIEND.

One Response

  1. Abby Kempf

    Black Friday shopping is really fun in smaller places like Columbia, and you can get a lot of good deals. But I don’t think deals should start on Thanksgiving, as this takes away from family time and time for being thankful.

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