Black Friday 2017: The Shopping Survival Guide

Tomorrow is Black Friday, the day when retailers offer various products at seriously cut price deals… Or at least, that’s the general idea of the day, seeing as it’s supposed to be the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Other times, these so-called “discounts” are used as a big marketing ploy to get the crowds into the store, only for them to offer only small discounts on their product . Other times, these “hot deals” come with a catch. Despite all that, it doesn’t seem to stop the madness and pandemonium across the world as consumers flock to various stores late at night, dead set on causing a ruckus and fighting other customers for deals on products and limited time only stock.

Indeed, Black Friday has been known to cause a riot or two, and this is why many people simply refuse to engage in the chaos of it all, because in all actuality, a lot of the time the “savings” they make can also be matched after the day is over. Of course, that all depends on what you’re buying. Let’s take a look at what some people will do on the day in question, stampeding around the place like a bunch of animals. This is the reality of the Black Friday consumer chaos on the eve of the now most infamous shopping day. Will you get your hands on what you want for even less, or will you come away with only bumps, bruises and just simply being worse off for your troubles? Regardless of what happens, first you must join into the herd, and brace for impact.

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Next, don’t just shop normally, make sure you make your presence felt at every opportunity, and flex your strength to intimidate other shoppers out of the way. Nothing says, “that’s mine!” like some good old-fashioned “smash and grab” moves.

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This sort of “shopping rage” behaviour is most recognised in America on Black Friday, with scenes often staying consistent with that of a small riot, but the trend has now come to other countries as well. The anticipation and competition for the best deals becomes just too much for some people to handle.

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Will you swoop down and fight somebody over the last plasma screen TV that’s in stock, or will you just head to another store? Things can get wild out there in certain areas, so keep that in mind if you’re heading into the crowds.

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We’re only warning you so you don’t get caught under a stampede of shoppers looking for great deals. Once you’re down, nobody is helping you back up, as these next images show.

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That being said, you probably are going to want to leave the kids at home for this one. Unless of course they can already fend for themselves on this Black Friday.

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Total pandemonium is to be expected, and it’s already engrained in the cultural mindset now. So much so, that it’s almost deemed “acceptable” and “normal”. South Park even had to weigh in on the event with their usual and complete accuracy.

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There will be savings and cut price deals everywhere, not only on the high-end items, but everyday items too, which when when bought in bulk, can save you a pretty penny or two over time. The only thing you’ll have to keep in mind is that you’re probably going to have a fight with other thrifty shoppers who have that very same idea.

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No item is less desirable on this day for these cheap prices, so it’s all up for grabs! Even toilet paper! Yes, your supermarket is all in on it, too.

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In relation to this Black Friday baloney, one woman in Milwaukee, who was so excited for the upcoming Black Friday event, took the first chance she got to get involved in it. She saw a black van driving around her neighbourhood with a ‘Black Friday Sale’ sign on it, decorated with red balloons. She asked what the man had on offer, to which he said he had a truck full of electronics, and that he was selling an iPhone 6 for only $100.

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Intrigued by the offer, she then inspected the phone and handed him the money, agreeing to buy the iPhone from the man. She went home a happy iPhone owner, according to Liveleak… until she opened the box and instead found this:

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The first and only iPhone Potato 6! Remember kids, if you see somebody on the street that’s offering you something that’s too good to be true, then it most probably is. Seemingly, the woman was unaware of the old bait and switch tactic that scammers like to pull on Black Friday.

We recommend you stick to your trusted retailers, and rush down tomorrow to get what you’re looking for. That is, if it’s still in stock, and you’re willing to get a little bit punchy for it, after you finish work for the day.

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