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Black Friday: Online or In Person Shopping?

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Mobs of people rushing into stores and competing with one another to find the best deals. Long lines to enter stores and even longer lines to checkout. Images of pure chaos are often what comes to mind with the words Black Friday. Some shoppers look forward to the hustle and bustle of a traditional Black Friday every year to start the holiday season. However, for those that don’t particularly enjoy the chaos but are still hoping to purchase items for themselves or their loved ones at discounted prices, there is now an alternative option, and that is online shopping.

In recent years, there has been a rise in online shopping as a whole, which is brought to light on Black Friday especially. Last year, 52% of shoppers purchased something online on Black Friday, and that number is expected to increase even more this coming Black Friday. Both in-person shopping and online shopping have their advantages and disadvantages. The decision between the two depends on the preferences of each individual.

The more traditional method, which is In-person shopping, has its obvious advantages, such as the ability to try on clothing if necessary and receive products right away without having to pay additional shipping costs. In addition, going Black Friday shopping in stores is simply a vital part of the holiday season for some people.

“Normally, I prefer online shopping,” says Sophmore, , “but I really just like the vibes of going shopping in person on Black Friday specifically. It is something that my sisters and I have been doing together for years, and I kind of think our little tradition to start the Christmas season. We could do it online, but that kind of takes the fun out of it in my opinion.”

Others prefer the convenience of online shopping as it is easier to find items and purchase them quickly. Another advantage of online shopping is the larger availability of items, making them less likely to sell out.

“I like online shopping because it’s less stressful. It is also easier to get the items you want before they sell out because of the large inventory,” says Senior, Sophia Vascarello.

Luckily, Shoppers don’t have to make an exclusive decision either way and can, instead, shop both online and in person depending on their preferences.

“Last year, I went to couple stores and did the rest of my shopping online. I still got to experience the excitement that comes with a traditional Black Friday shopping but did not spend the day driving around from store to store. I’ll probably do something similar this year,” says, Sophmore, .

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