How to prepare for Black Friday

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Photo Credit: Ithaya Kutty of

Andrea Peña Reporter

Photo Credit: Ithaya Kutty of
Photo Credit: Ithaya Kutty of

It is that time of year again; the season of holiday cheer and Black Friday shopping.

Every year millions of people go out the day after thanksgiving to go shopping. If you do not prepare, you will not get the most out of your experience.

Before going out, think about what you are looking for; whether shopping for yourself or someone else, make a list.

“What I like to do is make a new board on Pinterest, specifically for Black Friday, that way I can see exactly what I want and I’ll have the board forever and I can refer back to it,” said Rebeca Montgomery, 32.

The next step would be to look at the ads. Most retailers have provided ads for people weeks in advance to let people know where the best deals are. If you do not get the newspaper, you can always go online and search for ads for the store that you might be curious about.

Larger industries such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy seem to offer the best deals.

However, every year many people wait in line at the mall to see what specials are going to be offered.

These inexperienced Black Friday shoppers are usually disappointed with the lack of certain store involvement.

As many have experienced from standing in lines outside the mall on the bleak Friday morning, most stores have the same sales that they do on every other day of the year.

The disappointment lies in the fact that they do not make this clear before their doors open. The new Tejon outlets will also be having Black Friday sales in which they open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and they will be open for 28 hours straight.

This month they will also be having holiday giveaways, which consist of four $1,000 gift cards to the outlets. However, the Tejon outlets’ website does not show the type of sales the stores will be having on Black Friday.

According to Robert Celaya, 20, a Brooks Brothers employee, says that contacting the stores and asking what the sales would be the best idea.

“We are all still new here at these outlets, everything is still getting worked on and I’m sure they’re doing their best at getting everything up to date for the customers’ best interest,” said Celaya.

Jordan Sousa, 24, a former Walmart employee, offers helpful advice for people who enjoy the madness of Black Friday.

“Make sure you’re buying the exact model of what you want and for the price you were told, because things get disorganized and put in the wrong spot,” said Sousa.

For some people, Black Friday is not worth the lack of sleep or standing in long lines for hours on end, but they do not want to miss out on these deals.

For those who want those extra few winks, you can still participate in Black Friday from the convenience of your own home.

“I am a cyber-Monday guy, but I also do Black Friday; however it’s on the internet. I research before I shop. I once put my email in to receive Black Friday ads and actually they sent me all the ads a month in advance and I just skim through them to find what I’m looking for,” said Bull Barron.

However, if you do want the magical experiences of Black Friday, while fighting others for the perfect item, make sure you research the stores that are actually having bargain sales.

It would be a shame to get to a store that has the item you are looking for, but is marked at full price. I am sure if you researched, you would have been able to find a better deal somewhere else.

“I heard on the news that the best deals are not on Black Friday, that the best deals are actually Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Black Friday. But for tips of advice for Black Friday, I recommend that you wear your tennis shoes and a sweatshirt,” said Rocio Sanchez.

This year’s best deal is a 50-inch screen TV for $200 at Best Buy. It was even reported that two women have been standing in line for this awesome deal since the beginning of November.

If you do not research the best deals and spontaneously go from store to store, you might be setting yourself up for disaster.

It is likely that you will get distracted with all the other specials and in the end spend more money than you were hoping to. It is crucial to prepare and research ahead of time before entering any store on Black Friday to make the most of your time and money.

Happy shopping everyone!