Blackout Friday Sales Go Record High

By Chaney Carlson-Bullock

This past Black Friday, shoppers and sales rose dramatically from the previous years.  This year, big stores like Wal-Mart, Toys R Us, and Target opened earlier so that shoppers did not have to camp out the night before.   According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the total spending during Black Friday went up 16% from last year.

There was a total of 14 million more consumers throughout Thursday to Sunday, both online and in store shopping from the last year.  The average amount spent by individual shoppers this year also rose from $365.34 to $398.62 stated in a CNN article.  Another statistic that is funny is that more men and young adults were shopping this Black Friday then last which probably occurred because of the earlier times that people could shop. Seems like the men did not have an excuse to not go because of the time schedule.

Many Lasell students were involved in this record breaking weekend wether it was shopping to add to the statistics or working that night to save some money to maybe shop themselves.   Mikayla Litevich, a Lasell sophomore, worked on Black Friday and also made time to shop.  Litevich has been working at Barney’s New York clothing store for over 3 years.

“This year seemed to be more busier then the last couple of years I’ve worked,” said Litevich. “I worked 10pm to 6am and it was continuously busy until I left.  Surprisingly, there were people even lined up at the door when I got there. This had never occurred before.”

This proves that the economy will not effect the holiday season.


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