Black Friday brings deals for shoppers, stress for workers

Kayla Boyd

Some people can’t wait for Black Friday each year, religiously scheming to get the best deals. To others, Black Friday is just too much work.

For Louisville freshman Alex Carter, the degeneration of Thanksgiving because of Black Friday is all too real this year.

Carter is a Best Buy employee, and he worked at his local store while in high school and transferred to the Bowling Green location when he started at WKU. He’s been an employee since October 2011, making this his third Black Friday.

When it comes to Black Friday, work schedules get a little hectic.

“[Employers] do whatever they want,” Carter said. “I’m working a 15-hour split shift.”

The store opens at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, which is Thanksgiving. Employees who open must arrive at 3 p.m.

Carter plans on eating lunch at home, napping and leaving for Bowling Green around 10:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The first leg of his shift begins at midnight and ends at 8 a.m. There’s an eight-hour break before the second part of his shift, which runs from 4 to 11 p.m.

“I didn’t know where I was gonna go for eight hours,” Carter said. “They lock the dorms during break. I was not going to sleep in the break room or in my car for eight hours.”

Luckily for him, a coworker with an apartment works similar shifts and has offered her couch for him to crash on.

This year, Best Buy is staggering their doorbuster deals throughout the night, something Carter says will make business slowing down very unlikely.

“I know we’ll have deals at 6 (p.m.), midnight and 5 a.m.,” he said.

As far as the coveted PlayStation 4 goes, Best Buy doesn’t anticipate being in stock.

“Sony said we were supposed to get 50 to 100 a week,” Carter said of the console. “We haven’t seen any since launch.”

Best Buy’s website boasts doorbuster deals of savings on Apple’s iPad 2, Toshiba laptops and the Kindle Fire HD. It also previews BluRay discs for $7.99 and reminds customers of their original prices, ranging from $24.99 to $34.99.

Kohl’s is set to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will offer more than 500 deals until 1 p.m. Friday. Plenty of gizmos and gadgets will be on sale, including the iHome iP21 speaker dock or entertainment projector for $39.99, which is down from the original $69.99 to $99.99. There are tons of available deals on name brand jewelry.

Target is even offering floor plans of each store to allow customers to route out their doorbuster shopping list. Stores will open Thursday at 8 p.m.