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Paw Prints Past Issues (2017-2018)

Black Friday Shopping
Hunter Valenzuela

By: Hunter Valenzuela

Thanksgiving is a time for spending time with loved ones and enjoying a meal that will feed you for weeks without end. But as soon as it becomes Friday (or later in the evening on the holiday) stores open their doors for the biggest shopping day of the year and outrageous deals are going out like hotcakes. I decided to ask a couple of students here at Clarkston High School to see what they had in mind when it came to getting something on sale.

Black Friday has been known to be the biggest shopping day of the year. This is because the holidays are creeping up on everyone and they all want to get gifts for the ones they love as soon as possible. This is also a notable American tradition since the year 1961. According to It has been estimated that $682 billion dollars have been spent on shopping on Black Friday. Most of what was purchased on Black Friday consisted of either High Definition or 4K TV's, iPads, gaming consoles, toys for kids of all ages, and clothing.

Black Friday is also known to be a bit chaotic in the sense that everyone wants to go and get their shopping done in hopes that they can get everything they want. So a goal of mine when hearing this was to see if it was as bad as people say it is when it came to shopping.

I asked Emily Rumstadt, a junior at Clarkston High School about her experience with shopping on Black Friday this year.

"I went shopping at 8PM on Thursday and 3AM on Friday morning. It was crazy to see all of the shoppers excited for all of the major sales. Most of them were in a hurry to get to the next store and get everything."

As a student at CHS, Rumstadt went out shopping to get a few things for her parents as well.

"I bought a nice hat and a pair of gloves for my mom, and a brand new coffee maker for my dad."

It's nice to see that people are going out and getting something for the ones that care for them and putting a smile on someone's face for the holidays.

Some students didn't go out and shop. I talked to Student Manny Millan, a senior at CHS, and asked him why he did not go shopping.

"I didn't go shopping due to all of the traffic and I would've also needed a large sum of money. One of my friends however, went through all of the chaos to go and buy a speaker that wasn't even on sale."

There were some interesting things that people will do in order to get the best deals. It's important that we don't lose sight of the main idea of going shopping on Black Friday, and that is buying things for the ones that you care about. If you can't buy things on Black Friday, you can always make something for the ones you care about.