Everyone knows about Black Friday.
Whether you make fun of it or participate, it’s a day when Americans go crazy.
Many think they know what to expect before they enter the store, but things can change on a dime.
Since 2006, there have been seven deaths and 90 reported injuries from this nationwide event.
Before you go and risk your life for these great deals, there are some things that avid Black Friday shoppers want you to know.
Simi Gill, who has participated in Black Friday for the past five years, says shoppers need to be prepared.
“It’s important to know what you want to get so you can head straight to it, instead of walking around looking for stuff to buy,” said Gill.
Many articles going around right now all say the same thing.
Blackfriday.com, a website devoted to tracking deals, said to check store policies before heading out to shop.
Shoppers are also encouraged to check out each store to know where everything is located.
“If you dilly-dally around, the items you want will be gone,” said Gill.
Other sites say shoppers should look through available ads from major stores.
This year, Target’s Black Friday ad book is a 38-page long catalog offering deals from children’s toys to the hottest game consoles.
Macy’s Black Friday catalog is 56 pages.
Popular retail stores such as Macy’s, Target and Kohl’s are opening their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day for doorbuster deals.
Black Friday has only gotten crazier since it started in the early 1980’s.
Many experienced shoppers warn of the violence that comes with the event.
“People get mean, and honestly if you’re fighting over something with a person, just give it to them. Because it’s not worth getting stabbed over,” Christine Garcia, another avid shopper.
In 2013, an 11-year-old was trampled and sent to hospital.
Needless to say, this day can become quite dangerous.
If you’re a first time Black Friday shopper, be prepared for any situation.