Black Friday brings both excitement and apprehension


Kate Ridoux and Daniel Mopsick

On the last Friday in November, Americans worldwide trade in their cranberry sauce for credit-cards as they take advantage of post Thanksgiving door-busters on the biggest discount day of the year, Black Friday.

Black Friday is known as the informal kick off of the holiday shopping season. Store stales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday of 2013 were about 12 billion dollars, up about two percent from 2012, according to CNN.

In addition to an increase of in-store profits, the online market saw more than an 18.5 percent increase from 2012 to 2013, with gross sales of $1.964 billion. If this year is to follow the pattern of past years, 2014 should be the largest grossing Black Friday to date.

Senior Matt Recchia of West Long Branch said he’s looking for something specific this Black Friday.

“I’m most looking forward to finding some online deals on some computer parts this Black Friday,” said Recchia.

Technology teacher Laura Gesin said she prefers Cyber Monday to Black Friday.

“I’d rather stay home and sleep and still get good deals rather than going out into the cold,” said Gesin.

Freshman Dylan Josephson of Lincroft said he enjoys Black Friday.

“The spirit of Black Friday overcomes my body, and I can’t wait to snatch a good deal this year,” said Josephson.

Junior Eric Harris of Middletown isn’t as enthusiastic about the day.

“I have better things to do than being trampled,” said Harris.