Not so fast, MN Black Friday shoppers – does waiting pay off?


A lot of us enjoy braving the cold weather, crowds and chaos of a busy Black Friday marketplace.

But for those who are too sluggish to move after consuming all that Thanksgiving turkey, there are indications that staying put – for a little while – is a smart move for holiday shoppers.

According to Consumer Affairs, people should be mindful of a few things before making the mad dash. For one thing, the website says the era of the one-day, Black Friday-only deals is a thing of the past.

"Shoppers looking for the best bargains this week will need to stay alert all the way to Cyber Monday," as retailers now stagger the deals through each day of the "promotional weekend," Consumer Affairs writes.

What's more, at a time when more and more commerce takes place on the internet, many "doorbuster" deals are available online.

Consumer Affairs says Amazon.com is offering "aggressive" Black Friday bargains on its website, while "brick-and-mortar" retailers (Target and Walmart, for instance) are stepping up their online game and doing the same.

Meanwhile, CNET also points out that many of the deals advertised for the Black Friday weekend aren't truly of the "good" variety, as a lot of "big-ticket doorbusters are for subpar products that you'd overlook any other day" – like "low-end" TVs and other electronics.

The website adds that Black Friday can be bad for your health, too, as people crowding and clamoring into stores have been "shot, stabbed and trampled to death, all in the name of a deal" in years past.

If the thrill of going out and grabbing those good deals still beckons you, however, you'll be happy to know that malls and stores across Minnesota are open for business, with the Mall of America in Bloomington, to name one, pulling an all-nighter.

Here's a thorough list of what the state's malls have planned.

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