Although I understand the origin of the term “Black Friday” I never liked it. I propose we start calling the day after Thanksgiving “Green Friday” instead. Money seems to fall out of the sky on this day as shoppers line up early to start their official Christmas shopping.
I like the term Black Friday even less this year after reading about the Wal-Mart employee in New York that was killed by stampeding shoppers within an hour after opening the Long Island Wal-Mart store at 5 AM to Christmas a mob of shoppers.
Early Bird Parking
The parking lot at Ala Moana Shopping Center was nearly full by 6 AM today, and by 7 AM the mall was full of shoppers. I spend a lot of time (with clients) in that mall, but today was different. The coffee shops and seating areas had room; no one goes to the mall at 6 AM to relax. These shoppers were on a shopping mission. Yes, people do have money, and they will spend it when motivated to do so.
“I start buying when I meet people that are selling.”
-J. Paul Getty
As you scroll down through these photos taken at 7 AM, think about the doom and gloom holiday spending projections put out by the media. These people are not at the mall worried about the economy. Christmas has not been cancelled this year.
Happy Holidays - Sell - Sell Sell!