Reasons Why Shopping Online is Better than Shopping In-Store for Black Friday Sales

Each year Black Friday is filled with overly-aggressive bargain hunters who line up right after their Thanksgiving Day turkey has settled in their stomachs for a chance to grab the year’s best deals on toys, electronics, clothes and more.

With the frenzy of bargains and shoppers, you may want to take advantage of Black Friday online instead of in person. Here are some reasons why you may want to shop from home this Black Friday.

Black Friday Lines Bring Out The Worst in People

The lines associated with Black Friday can be crazy. There seems to always be some type of mass chaos associated with these waiting lines. Each year you can turn on the news and hear about the number of senseless fights, arrests, arguments, and bullying that took place across the country. From fights in WalMart over $5 headphones to 11,000 people lined up at NYC’s Macy store, the pandemonium associated with Black Friday lines isn’t worth the discounted products, especially if you can get those same discounts online.

You Spend More Time In Lines Than You Do Shopping

With the large amount of people who are in the store, you end up spending more time waiting in line than actually shopping. Have you ever heard of someone say ‘I just am going in for a moment to grab one thing and I should be back in 15 minutes’? Well on Black Friday this is just a dream. Even if you only want to make one purchase, it can take hours for you to get in and out of the store. And there is a good chance that the one item you want may already be sold out by the time you reach the aisle you are looking for. If you go online to make the purchase, it can take you less than 5 minutes to log on, select you item, checkout, and log off.

Getting Everything Home

Are you interested in purchasing that 60” LED HDTV at a discount price on Black Friday? If the answer is yes and you are one of the millions of Americans that love the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, then what’s next? How are you planning on getting that 60” television home? What happens if you drop it while taking it out of the car? How are you planning to get it through your front door? All of those questions become obsolete when you make this purchase online. Normally the delivery company will not only bring it to you damage-free, but they will install it and turn it on to make sure that it is in pristine working condition.

Crazy Store Hours

Normally Thanksgiving Day dinner makes your tired and sluggish for the rest of the day. It is often times hard to keep your eyes open and stay alert. But to get the best deals, you have to be in line at your store of choice by midnight to get the best spot. Some stores have actually started their Black Friday deals on Thankgiving Day to give deal-hunting shoppers an additional day to start making purchases. Well the internet is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so even if you are too tired to actually get in the car and head to the store, you can always look on your phone and computer to get the best deals, and then go back to relaxing with your family.

Shopping online for Black Friday’s best deals allows you to easily avoid crowds, the lines, and most importantly crazily-aggressive shoppers.

April Lewis-Parks has more than 15 years of experience in the financial sector, she is a certified financial counselor, and a consumer affairs advocate. As the director of education and public relations for Consolidated Credit she is dedicated to generating awareness about personal finance issues and acts as their consumer affairs advocate. As host the of, she promotes financial education and offers timely and informative personal finance articles to educate the public. April’s promotional efforts can be seen in past issues of the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsday, Consumer Reports, the Business Journals, Money Magazine, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, among others. Connect with April on Google+.