Where will you be the morning after Thanksgiving? Will you hit the stores before dawn for Black Friday sales, like so many other Americans, or do you plan to shop the night before, when stores open on Thanksgiving evening?
Here's a tip: You might be better off skipping the sales events and staying home instead. That's because Black Friday is nothing more than a much-hyped sales event that has outlived its original meaning as the best day to snag discounts. The consultancy Accenture has noted that holiday sales started earlier than ever this year, well before Black Friday, and that more people skip in-store visits in favor of online shopping. Both trends have lessened the importance of Black Friday itself.