Black Friday 2010: Stay Home and Shop Online?

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By Laura Strachan, Esq. on November 23, 2010 5:49 AM

Black Friday will soon be here. The Black Friday buzz, and ads, have been everywhere for weeks advertising big discounts for the day after Thanksgiving.

For those people looking forward to Black Friday shopping, the question really isn't whether to shop but more appropriately, how to shop. With the hassle of the crowds, parking, and everything else that accompanies the early morning rush to the mall, is it better just to stay home and shop online for Black Friday 2010?

If the tradition is shopping then it may be hard to part with the early alarm clock and hours of standing. But if the latter can be avoided by purchasing the items from the comfort off a computer chair then maybe there is a whole new tradition to be had. Skipping the stampede and heading straight to your computer may be the best way to handle your holiday shopping and beyond. There has been quite the rise in online shopping in recent years, and Black Friday is no exception.

Last year shoppers spent $318 million on Black Friday alone, according to Time. Another thing shoppers can avoid this holiday by staying home and shopping online? a trip to the emergency room and all the legal sure to follow.

Because of the bargains and the number of people large stores inevitably attract, Black Friday is a field day for injuries ranging from bruises and scrapes to much worse. Crowd management and safety issues are major concerns for retailers, but sometimes not even the greatest precautions work. So for those opting to make Black Friday 2010 online this year, keep yourself aware of potential identity theft issues and make sure all transactions are made on secure and safe websites. Happy hunting everyone.

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