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11/29/2013
Black Friday


Shop 'til you drop.
That might be the theme for today.
With Thanksgiving a day old, it must be Black Friday.
Traditionally, this is the day when shoppers are out in droves. Some succumb to Internet shopping, but the real fun is being part of an event.
That's what the day after Thanksgiving has become.
Shoppers of all abilities — professional and amateur alike — wake up early and join the crowds seeking sale specials on possible Christmas gifts.
The most successful ones buy early, buy lots and complete their shopping in one day in order to leave the other 26 days before Christmas for parties and other festivities. By nightfall, all of the gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. Indeed, these early birds had the tree up as soon as all of the meat had been removed from the Thanksgiving turkey's bones.
The more moderate shopper will be out early for the sales, but will be inclined to spread the shopping out instead of completing it all in one day. Part of the season's attraction is to shop for the special gifts, not just the best-priced. Finding the right gift to be given is the key for this shopper.
Black Friday also will attract shoppers who want to go out and see what's on the shelves, but aren't really all that excited about crowds. These shoppers will show up after dinner to scope out the possibilities and make their purchases. They might leave the dinner dishes stacked in the sink, but they will wait until after their evening meal.
Still, there is the shopper who will miss Black Friday altogether. This one is likely to be seen in the stores on Christmas Eve, still wondering what to buy for Christmas giving, and much to the early bird's surprise, still coming up with that perfect present.
So, as Ketchikan makes today's shopping an event, be mindful of the crowds and the increased highway traffic. Keep elbows in, smile, enjoy and don't forget to wish each other a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.
It should be a fun shopping day.