Black Friday shopping safety tips from law enforcement authorities

Marco Green
November 23, 2017

Some Black Friday sales already started earlier this week with Best Buy, Ace Hardware and Joann Fabrics among a number of retailers with early Black Friday deals.

You're likely to get some unbelievable offers over the Black Friday season, so for once it won't just be the crooks with deals that sound nearly too good to be true. Unfortunately, the question is easier to ask than it is to answer, because the answer is two-fold: For many major retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Old Navy, and Wal-Mart, Black Friday is a Friday in name only. "The lines are ridiculous". Many retailers roll out their specials before the holiday.

And Clark said she will be shopping after filling up on turkey and stuffing with family Thursday.

Still, with many people off work for the day, Black Friday attracts big crowds. In the last decade, it has come to be known as "Blackout Wednesday" or "Drinksgiving", one of the biggest bar nights of the year.

"Sometimes people will go to their vehicle, put their bags in there and realize they forgot something and go back in". Mothers Against Drunk Driving says Thanksgiving Eve approaches New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July in the number of drunk driving incidents. Most stores look at this as our way to get out of a deficit.

Rusty's Raw Bar and Grill Estero and Fort Myers are hot spots for college students returning home to the area for the holiday. If your packages are making it hard for you to walk or see, ask a store employee to help you carry them to your auto. "Overall, I've had some great conversations with strangers and fun times with people I didn't know". "It's not as much about being wild and insane as being a big family reunion for a lot of people".

"The reason Black Friday has changed is because now everything is opening up earlier on Thursday", Barton said.

November 22, 2017-After Black Friday, eager consumers looking to score more bargains on merchandise carried over from the holiday weekend search the Internet on Cyber Monday to find online deals.

The National Retail Federation reported survey results expecting more than 164 million consumers, representing 69 percent of Americans, to shop over Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday. For some retailers, such as jewelers, it's even higher. But some stores will open before many birds go in the oven.

But it's not just the day after Thanksgiving that has Clark energized. She usually gets the map out of the newspaper and mark it up with the best places to hit.

Best Buy began offering hundreds of "Black Friday" discounts three weeks early on November 1. People are usually very nice and laughing a lot. Before you wait in line for hours or courageous the boisterous crowds, be sure you know what's really being offered. Amazon's "Countdown to Black Friday" has gone on for almost a month.

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