Black Friday safer than Cyber Monday

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By Karissa Erven

Illustration by Faith Evans
Illustration by Faith Evans

It’s that time of year again when people look for the unbeatable deals. Juggling prices here and there for the cheapest version of the newest TV on the market. But which day is better: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Black Friday originally got its name in Philadelphia in 1961. It was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.

Cyber Monday started on Nov. 28, 2005 and has since been a huge hit for fans of online shopping. The Monday after Thanksgiving is known as one of the biggest internet shopping days of the year.

Though both days have great deals and offer a head start to holiday shopping, Black Friday is the better option. Black Friday might have the long lines and rude customers, but at least the buyer can see exactly what is being purchased. The internet is deceiving when looking for an object to buy. The colors can look off, and the size might not be exactly what it appears to be on screen. Even with a top notch quality screen, it could be hard determining if the product lives up to the hype.

Although Cyber Monday is free from the dangers of getting trampled by enormous crowds or engaging in a fist fight in the toy aisle, the stay at home way to shop does come with the threat of online hackers. Like all online shopping, it’s important to be cautious when sharing credit card information on the web. Identity theft is a big issue. As soon the buyer hits submit, there could be someone on the other side collecting that credit card information.

Cyber Monday might be physically safer than going out Friday and dealing with the big crowds of psychotic people, but Black Friday is great for making new friends and getting out of the house, even with all the intrusion of personal space.

In other words, don’t spend the end of Thanksgiving weekend locked up in a dark room with a giant screen screaming prices. Black Friday deals are still happening, so get out of the house and look for those bargains