I worked 4AM - 2 PM on Black Friday. It was a first, and I can't say it's a favorite memory. I'm told it wasn't as bad as other years. Having no frame of comparison, it did seem dead at times, and I didn't expect that on the "biggest" shopping day of the year. More proof our economy is not recovering.
I never understood the Black Friday hype. To me, you can get the same price another time. My store has sales every weekend. The coupons change; the prices don't. Personally, I'd pay ten extra dollars to sleep until morning. And I'd rather not cut Thanksgiving short to save a few bucks.
But it was an experience to add to life's resume. And like all experiences, I walked away with new knowledge. I'm not sure this knowledge will ever be useful, but it's still knowledge nontheless.
1. When you need to fall asleep at 7PM, Benadryl is your best friend.
2. The majority of people waking to shop in the middle of the night do not shower first. Or brush their teeth. Or pop a mint. Or even get dressed.
3. Despite number two, they have no problem getting up close and personal with their retail associates.
4. It's possible to feel tired after seven cups of coffee.
5. Checking fantasy football stats from games you slept through is not recommended until after clocking out.
6. Sitting, kneeling, or squatting may be disastrous for associates, as said sitter, kneeler, or squatter may require assistance returning to his or her feet again.
7. When going to lunch at 9:30AM, you're hungry again when it's actually lunch time.
8. Someone will always pick Black Friday to perform the most complicated return possible. That same person will be the one to complain about long lines and inefficient checkouts.
9. Five weekly workouts do not prevent the physical pain to come.
10. Long weekends don't exist in retail. Neither do weekends, but I already sort of knew that.
Are you a Black Friday shopper? Are the deals worth the insanity? Has it changed since the recession?