I was not one of the thousands to venture out to the malls and big box stores for Black Friday. More power to those of you that did — I need my personal space when I shop. The sight of crowds stampeding through a store in some kind of deranged Supermarket Sweep mission terrifies me under the best of circumstances.
And this year, tragically we saw the effects of consumerism at its absolute worst when Jdimytai Damour was killed by a stampede of shoppers at Walmart. That’s a shop-by-any-means-necessary mentality I can’t comprehend. Even though it’s 5 a.m. and you’ve been waiting in line in the cold – don’t you realize someone’s body is lying at your feet as you race over them for the last flatscreen television? What a sad, sad story. My heart goes out to his family.
Many of the folks who head out shopping on Black Friday see the thrill of the chase as fun, a chance to get together with friends or family to hit the mall, to treat themselves to that big ticket item they’ve wanted all year. In an economic crunch like this, consumers have been chomping at the bit for heavy discounts. From my friends who braved the Black Friday crowds here in Miami, I hear there were deals aplenty for the purchasing. But the crush of people can make the experience frightening and unbearable. For convenient shopping, I far prefer the opportunities presented today.
They call today “Cyber Monday,” but wouldn’t you know it — Cyber Monday is nothing but a marketing ploy. In fact, it’s not even the biggest online shopping day of the year!
What Cyber Monday is, is a day for retailers to extend their Thanksgiving holiday sales, and a chance for you to luck out with deep discounts and offers of free shipping. Now, if you’re a shopaholic you should be on your best behavior — as my friend the Frugalista indicates — it’s all too easy to click and purchase and not realize how deep of a hole you’re digging for yourself. But if you’re looking for deals, CyberMonday.com should be your first port of call.
Yes, there are your typical electronic and toy sales, but if you’re looking for a special somethin’ for you — I discovered some sweet women’s apparel deals. So did my amiga at Stylin’ and Profilin’ — check her out for a list of Black Friday deals, many of which are continuing through today. I’m looking at you, Ashley Stewart!
In terms of beauty booty, Sephora’s offering free shipping for purchases over $50 – which means you can get 2 of their gifts under $25 and give something to your mama while getting something for yourself. Might I suggest the Dylan’s Candy Bar Birthday Cake Batter collection? I hear amazing things about the brand. And that Shu Uemura 24 karat gold plated eyelash curler for $24 is practically screaming my name.
Drugstore.com has deals up to 50% off, and my beloved Benefit has a “Primpcess” deal — a sweet eye makeup kit for $34 that includes creaseless cream shadowliner, powder shadows, and a BADgal mini mascara.
Bobbi Brown is offering free shipping — say hello to their new Copper Diamond shimmer brick. It is just gorgeous. If you don’t believe me, check out Karlasugar of The Next Best Thing to Going Shopping Yourself — she always swatches the newest and latest so you can see how sparkly and pretty products are before you purchase.
For cute and super cheap gifties, E.L.F is offering 50% for 50 hours, and Target has leaped head first into cosmetics just in time for the holidays. Do you need that IMAN beauty success kit? For $10.99, why not?
Are you shopping online today, bellas? How’s your holiday gift list going? Are you down with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, or do you feel as What About Our Daughters do — maybe we need a recession to curb us of all this shop-shop-shopping?
I’ve got some fun gift suggestions coming your way soon – but today it’s not just Cyber Monday, it’s also plain ol’ back to work Monday. So have a good one and I’ll catch you later!
** I got my photo above from a Google image search. Thanks, Macalua.com.