Prepare Yourselves For the Holiday Rush

Posted: December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

The holidays are just around the corner and following from last year, people would begin lining up for Christmas shopping right after Thanksgiving dinner. However for some, the holiday season may really be starting sooner than you think. This year, with stores opening their doors as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, over a quarter of holiday shoppers have already started searching for gift ideas before Halloween. It is important that people should get a head start and plan ahead for holiday shopping.

Shopping Days and Statistics:

During the holiday season, there are 27 official shopping days until Christmas, starting from Black Friday to Christmas eve. However, large retailers have already begun to expand their holiday sales events beyond November. with early fall reminders and post-holiday promotions, the holiday shopping season now covers up more than a quarter of the calendar. According to the google, in-store shopping spikes on key days such as Black Friday, the last two weekends before Christmas, and the day before Christmas eve.

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Black Friday Weekend:

Although it is widely known as the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday gradually becoming less popular as paced their sales last year; spreading sales throughout the weekend instead of condensing it all in one day. The sales pacing proved successful because not only did it allow retailers to manage foot traffic more efficiently, it also lead to an overall sales increase for the following two days after Black Friday. While holiday shoppers only aimed to save a few dollars on Black Friday, for some, they ended up paying a much heavier price. Since 2008, there have been an overall 7 deaths, and 98 people heavily injured during the Black Friday weekend.

among the list, here are a few examples:

  • In 2008, South Carolina, A shooting at a local Toys ‘R’ Us leaves two dead
  • In 2010, a former marine was brutally stabbed in a Best Buy by a violent customer.
  • In 2011, Los Angeles, a Black Friday pepper-spray attack at Walmart injures 20 people.

 

This year, people are now doing most of their holiday shopping online, away from the huge crowds. With e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay offering daily deals similar to those in-store, buying that new flat-screen TV or next-gen gaming system you always wanted can now be done in the safety of your own home.

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