In many ways, Black Friday turns shopping malls and outlet stores into cage fighting arenas. Armed with heavy purses, coupons, ads and thermoses of coffee, eager shoppers seek out bargains galore in the wee hours of the night. Sadly, they occasionally find more than they bargain for, and visits to urgent care centers have become a common during Black Friday shopping.
Know the Danger Zones
Urgent Care clinics, emergency rooms, and first responders have realized there is a common theme to the worst shopping-related injuries that bring consumers to their locations.
Plan Your Trips
Since you are not only racing the crowds but probably also against the clock, it pays to plan out your Black Friday shopping excursion like a military operation. Know ahead of time which stores you intend to visit and at what times. If you go shopping with other people, make a plan for your group. Know where and when you will meet. If at all possible, divide the shopping sprees so that every shopper targets a different consumer good.
Think of the Extras
Shopping on Black Friday is an event many of us enjoy and others dread. Above all, avoid confrontations with angry shoppers and if you can't get the exact item you've wanted, there's always Cyber Monday. Or, as December holidays nears, many retailers drop prices on the gift items you desire even more than the prices offered on Black Friday.
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