Boxing Day is a holiday that occurs on the December 26, and is commonly known as a shopping holiday. Stores will have major markdowns on this day that allow the customer to get normally expensive top-of-the-line products for a great deal. You can find anything from clothing to television, all at major discounts. In the United States this day is very similar to Black Friday, which occurs the day after Thanksgiving.
For many stores, Boxing Day has become the day where they take in their biggest revenues. As such, a lot of stores open earlier than they normally would, some as early as 12:01a.m., all to offer amazing door-buster deals. As such, it is important to get to your store of choice as early as possible if you want to get the best deals, because they will sell out of the hot items really fast. It is not uncommon to have long lines of consumers form before the store opens and even to have people spending the night before the sale in the parking lot. Places that sell big time electronics are usually the main stores that have the long lines and parking lot sleepovers.
Once the store opens and starts letting consumers in, there is a lot of rushing and grabbing for the big items that leads to chaos and even injuries. Many stores will limit the amount of people allowed into their business at a time, as well as limiting the number of big ticket discounted items that each consumer can purchase.
Many people choose to avoid Boxing Day sales because of the large crowds and frantic nature of the shoppers. It is probably not a good idea to bring small children shopping with you if you do choose to shop early on this day, for such reasons. They would also probably be scared of the insanity that intertwines the consumer and store on this day. Many injuries occur as a result of the customer becoming irate, waiting in long lines out in the cold for hours before the store opens. By the time the door is opened, they want to run in, grab their goods and get out.
Stores have implemented measures to try and keep the shopping experiences as safe as possible, such as limiting entrances and having security on hand. Another idea that has kept consumers from resorting to too much chaos is giving out tickets for the big time electronic items before the store opens, so that if you do not have a ticket, you know you cannot get the item and there is no need to get out of hand with your shopping.
Some stores have also implemented Boxing Week to try and eliminate some of the drama with this shopping experience. With the sales spread out over a week, instead of crammed into one day, there is less chance for problems. Many of the best Boxing Day sales are at electronic providers, such as Best Buy, computer stores, and any chain stores that sell televisions, computers or Apple products. You can also find flat screen televisions and other electronics for half of what you would normally pay for them. Be sure to research the big ticket item that you are hoping to buy and make sure you have a general idea of what you want before you hit the store on Boxing Day. That way you will not have to be frantically searching for something that you might like. Most of all, try to stay calm and considerate of other people so that no one gets hurt.