25 Date in November this year when American consumers will shop, trample, and fight for Black Friday sales deals.
$70.49 billion Total amount of money US consumers spent on Black Friday in 2015.
23 Percent of Black Friday shoppers who camped out at a store (arriving at midnight or before).
7 Deaths directly related to Black Friday mobs from 2008-2014.
98 Shopping related injuries over the same time period, ranging from door buster tramplings to stabbings over parking spaces.
74.2 million Number of people who went shopping on Black Friday last year.
35 million Number of people who ceased family celebrations on Thanksgiving Day to go shopping.
$407.23 Average amount of money each shopper spent on Black Friday in 2013.
30 Percent of annual retail sales which occur between Black Friday and Christmas.
$805.65 How much the average American spends on gifts during the holiday shopping season.
750,000 Number of seasonal workers that retail stores will hire in preparation for the holiday shopping surge.
Nothing signals the beginning of the holiday excess quite like the hazardous “holiday” that is Black Friday.
The stack of sales flyers stuffed into your mailbox serves as a friendly reminder that we’re now just a few days away from this year’s edition.
I love a deal as much as the next guy, but there are times when the madness simply isn’t worth it. Your financial freedom, time with family, and your safety… these things are all far more priceless than some $299.99 discounted TV.
Better yet, we could all do our best to abstain from this holiday shopping madness altogether.
Shelling out tons of money for plastics, electronics, and marketing gimmicks could be replaced with something thoughtful, unique, or handmade, even if that’s just an agreement among friends and family to tone down the excessive holiday spending.
Most of this Black Friday junk will end up in landfills anyway. Here’s my idealistic vision: we all skip the holiday gift garbage, and instead prioritize the long forgotten aspects of the holidays: the spirit of the season and the people we love.
If passing on an expensive present lets us all step back from work and spend a little more time together, who can say that’s not what the holidays are really about?