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People go crazy on Black Friday. The malls are packed. Fights break out over products. Some people even skip out on family time to go shopping. In fact, an estimated 205 million Americans shopped til they dropped last year during Black Friday weekend. But are the sales really worth the fights and fuss?

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Some shopping experts say all the hoopla is really just a ruse by companies to lure you into a store or to their website. “The goal of a typical Black Friday retailer is to attract customers by offering a few key products at a so-called discount. Then, once those ‘deals’ run out, the retailers have still got you in their hooks because you’re already in their stores or on their sites, at which point you’re more likely to buy something else — even if it’s not on sale,” reported USA Today.

Often Black Friday products are sold in limited quantity, forcing shoppers to look for alternatives, sometimes much more expensive alternatives. Even the The Wall Street Journal checked out the production offered on Black Fridays and found that most items are actually priced lower at other times during the year.

You also might not be getting quality goods on Black Friday. “See, what many retailers do is offer lower-quality versions of popular products specifically for Black Friday, USA Today added. “These inferior versions are known as derivatives, and they’re typically made with cheaper materials and parts that enable retailers to offer them at such low prices.”

Conclusion: it might just be a good idea to skip the malls and chill with the family.

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