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Black Friday: Is It Worth the Risk?

Justin Abreu

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Since 2006, there have been over one-hundred injuries and ten deaths in relation to Black Friday, according to the website Black Friday Death Count.

Among those deaths was Isidro Zarate who was shot and killed in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas. After selflessly speaking out to protect a helpless woman who was being assaulted by a 21-year-old man last year, according to The San Antonio Express-News.

Customers aren’t the only ones at risk. The New York Times reports that a Walmart employee from Long Island was trampled to death as soon as their doors opened on Black Friday back in 2008.

This all prompts an important question: what’s the craze all about and is it even worth the risk?

Personal finance website NerdWallet analysis shows that “95% of the retailers examined are repeating products and deals from last year” and that “some major retailers offered the same — or even lower — prices on products that were offered earlier in the month.”

“There are good deals going on all year, and people just don’t realize it,” said UHS Senior Emmanuel Calixte. “They take things that aren’t even valuable and lower the price so you feel compelled to buy them.”

Despite the violence and recycled deals, ninety-nine million people shopped in stores last year, according to CNN. However, shopping online for Black Friday and Cyber Monday is gradually gaining in popularity, with five million more people shopping online in 2016 compared to 2015.

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Black Friday: Is It Worth the Risk?