Black Friday Shopping, Yea or Nay

November 24, 2009 Updated: November 25, 2009
Kim Cichelli, 24, actor, Midtown. 'No- I wouldn't brave the crowds, Times Square is annoying anyway. I'd rather shop online.' (The Epoch Times)
Kim Cichelli, 24, actor, Midtown. 'No- I wouldn't brave the crowds, Times Square is annoying anyway. I'd rather shop online.' (The Epoch Times)

Black Friday approaches—as ominous as that sounds, it is, of course, more like the sound of cash registers ringing up sales to retailers—hopefully.

With promises of big reductions to lure holiday shoppers out to stores in the wee hours this Friday, retailers hope to go into the black and make a profit for the year. What was once a fun kick-off to the holiday shopping season has now become something of a blood sport, however, with frenzied deal-seekers trampling over each other to save a few bucks on the season’s hot buys.

The Epoch Times wanted to get your opinion: will you brave the crowds to get in on the Black Friday deals? Or will you run the other way?

Karen Hepke, 32, marketing, West Village. 'No, definitely not. It's already getting busy and I'm already wondering what to do in the city in December with so many people around.' (The Epoch Times)
Karen Hepke, 32, marketing, West Village. 'No, definitely not. It's already getting busy and I'm already wondering what to do in the city in December with so many people around.' (The Epoch Times)
John Gonzales, 61, chauffer, Upper West Side. 'I treat it like any other day. I'm a little curious to see if there is any difference in the prices--you can get caught up in the hype.' (The Epoch Times)
John Gonzales, 61, chauffer, Upper West Side. 'I treat it like any other day. I'm a little curious to see if there is any difference in the prices--you can get caught up in the hype.' (The Epoch Times)
Roben-Ann Meyer, 26, textile designer, Brooklyn. 'I already did my Christmas shopping so I could avoid the crowds.' (The Epoch Times)
Roben-Ann Meyer, 26, textile designer, Brooklyn. 'I already did my Christmas shopping so I could avoid the crowds.' (The Epoch Times)