Were the Black Friday Deals that Great?

I have mildly been into the Black Friday Deals. While I like saving money, and who doesn't, I am not willing to camp out to save a few bucks on something I probably do not need anyway.

In the past I have showed up 20 minutes early to stores such as Target to get the free bag of goodies and a few videos. This year, Target had no early bird incentive. It seemed that there were fewer stores with incentives. Is it the economy?

I have to wonder if the lack of wonderful early bird deals is one reason why shoppers at the Walmart in suburban New York seemed so aggressive. This morning the media was reporting that police are reviewing surveillance videos of the post-Thanksgiving shopper stampede that trampled the Wal-Mart worker to death. They acknowledge it may be difficult to bring criminal charges.

Police said the temporary worker was mowed down as about 2,000 bargain-hunters surged into the store at Friday's 5 a.m. opening, leaving a metal portion of the door frame crumpled like an accordion.
Other workers were knocked to the ground as they tried to rescue the man and customers simply stepped over him and kept shopping even as the store announced it was closing because of the death.

At least four other people, including a woman eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or treatment for minor injuries. A police spokesman said hat security was inadequate for a scene he called "utter chaos." How could Walmart, or any other store, know that they had to prepare for 2000 stampeding shoppers?

At what point do we need to put an end to this practice and return to the all day shopping deals?
I know that leader items are essential to getting people into the stores but, there needs to be a line drawn at some point.


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Comment by Harriet B on December 1, 2008 at 2:23pm
It is sad in so many ways.....



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