The Black Friday madness is beginning Thursday night. But with online deals and the desire to spend some quality time with families on Thanksgiving, will as many people go out into the craziness or will they stay at home?
We talked to many folks in Downtown Fairmont Thursday and they all seemed to either be 100% for Black Friday shopping or 100% against it.
There were many folks who said they look forward to going out to the stores no matter how crazy it can get. A lot of people felt bad for all the employees who had to go into work Thursday afternoon on a holiday. But most people told us that the earlier stores open up, the better. Now, there were some folks who insisted they weren't going out Thursday night because they want to fully embrace the Thanksgiving holiday. But they will definitely be out Friday.
"Not tonight. Our dinner usually lasts from 4-9. I'll get mine done in the morning. Wake up, go shopping, and then I have to work," said Mihya Walker, Monongalia County Resident.
There were a lot of people who said they have no desire to face the madness. Interestingly enough, it was mostly people in the older demographics who felt that way.
The argument from these folks was why go outside with all of these crazy people when they can stay at home and get the same deals? They felt like with free shipping and other promotions online, it was easier just to stay home. Many of them were also worried about our high gas prices and they told us why waste gas when they can get something shipped to their front doors?
"I have no desire to go out with the crowd and all of that. I've been shopping online. It's just so nice to sit at home in my bathrobe and a cup of tea and just surf," said Nancy Naternicola, Marion County Resident.
Even if some people do elect to stay home, you can be sure there will be more than enough shoppers out there to keep stores busy.