Debt of a Nation: The truth behind Black Friday

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‘Tis the season to go shopping. It is no shocker that the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year for most retail stores due to Black Friday. That is inconvenient because during the holidays the only thing you should be worried about spending is time with your friends and family. A loving family is something far more important than materialistic items. Black Friday is just a way to get people to spend all of their money.

Even if some people may not have a strong relationship with their family, others do. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and that is a day that some workers may want to spend with their family, instead, they have to watch people fight over what they think is a good deal. No one wants to work over the holidays. Thanksgiving isn’t just a hassle for people who work in retail, it can affect other jobs too. According to the Huffington Post it is also the busiest day for plumbers. When you think of Thanksgiving, you think of everyone gathering together and eating, unfortunately, some people have to make a living and can’t experience that during the holidays, all because of one big marketing strategy.

What started off naturally as a big save for the economy, has turned into a big scheme, manipulated by marketing agencies. In a world where the most popular things are already overpriced, on a day like Black Friday, there really are no discounts. In an article on The Atlantic website, it has been proven that prices for actual essentials, such as college tuition and health care have risen over time also. The materials we need to successfully grow and thrive in life are getting more expensive right before our eyes, while everyone is constantly being pressured by ads to go out and buy things, they don’t actually need.

Even if people do still go out and buy the ridiculously overpriced products after Thanksgiving, one thing that retailers cannot deny is the violence that the sales cause. People may see videos of fights, however, Black Friday sales entail more danger than they seem. On a website called Reviews it states that shoppers have a 56.7 percent chance of getting shot and trampled compared to the 6.7 percent chance of getting into a fight. There have been 10 Black Friday linked deaths in the last 11 years. That is almost one death per year. It is really heartbreaking to see people get injured and killed all over items that will never possess a life.

Even though you do get somewhat of a deal on prices because of Black Friday, that shouldn’t make you feel good. People have a tendency of naturally being optimistic when it comes to buying certain things. They have a mindset of “Wow, this is a great deal so I might as well just buy it now!” when in reality they never needed it in the first place. Sure, Black Friday may be good for the economy because people are going out and spending money, however, that is what taxes are for. People complain about paying taxes and the government taking money from their paychecks, yet, they go out and spend money that they don’t have. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday are all based around Thanksgiving. It is ironic that in a time where we are supposed to be thankful for everything we already have, we are still being encouraged to go out and buy more things.

I suggest that the retail industry stop advertising Black Friday so much around the holidays, because it takes away from the more significant things, such as family. If people just let everything naturally take its course, someone is guaranteed to buy their products. Advertisers should stop being so pushy and improve the quality of their products by making them worth their original prices.

Black Friday deals may be very appealing, however, there are real problems that aren’t shown in the advertisements. Don’t fall victim to the misleading information of everyone having the latest, high-end products. I urge you to spend the holidays wisely and to enjoy your family and friends.