Black Friday Etiquette + Sales You Don’t Want To Miss

Black Friday Etiquette | Black Friday Deals You Don't Want To Miss | Retail | Shopping

Happy Tuesday, y’all! There’s only two days until Thanksgiving and 2 1/2 3 days until Black Friday! Not much makes me happier than great food followed by great deals!

It seems like every single year, Black Friday deals are getting bigger and better: 40% off a bazillion inch television, 20% off designer handbags, 30% off household appliances, and the list goes on! While these are all very exciting deals, you cannot go insane over them.

Take it from me, a former retail employee. Black Friday may be one of your favorite holidays, but for us, it’s one of the worst. Most people are very respectful when they’re shopping, however there are a few people that can ruin the whole shift for us. I may not be working retail this season, but I urge you all to keep these pieces of etiquette in mind when you’re hunting for the best deals.

Also: I thought y’all would appreciate some good Black Friday deals from popular retailers! There’s nothing like a good shopping plan!

Black Friday Etiquette

Respect Retail Employees

I’m going to tell you a secret: retail employees work longer shifts on Black Friday than any other day of the year. Last year, I worked from 6 am to 6 pm with only a few short breaks scattered throughout the day. To put it into perspective, the only time I saw daylight was when I passed by the front of the store. Also, since Black Friday is starting earlier and earlier every year, there are some people who have to cut their Thanksgiving short. Not cool, y’all.

So, as you can imagine, when someone comes up to us demanding we show them where this super specific item is, we get a bit cranky. People, if you want good customer service, all you have to do is ASK NICELY. “Excuse me, can you show me where the TV’s are?” will get you so much further than “Take me to the TV’s.”

Respect your fellow shoppers

We’ve all seen the videos of people having legitimate fights over certain products and read the sad headlines about people getting trampled when the doors open. I just can’t imagine what goes through people’s minds when they just have to get this one thing that they’re so excited about that they don’t care about the wellbeing of others.

Also, don’t go STEALING from other people’s carts! When it comes to the hot ticket items, it’s first come, first serve. Basically if you can’t get to the thing you want quickly (and safely!), ya snooze, ya lose. Don’t pick a fight, don’t take someone’s cart, don’t do anything a sweet old grandmother wouldn’t approve of, okay?

I’m sure most of ya’ll reading this are very kind, wonderful people, but just be extra careful this holiday season and be respectful. You never know what’s going on in other people’s lives, and this could be their one chance to get something for their family.

Clean up after yourself

Going off of the respecting employees point, make sure to keep things as tidy as possible this holiday season. This applies every other day of the year, but especially on Black Friday! Retail workers are so busy that day, we barely have time to breathe, let alone hang up all the items you left in a crumpled pile in the fitting room.

Also, if you see something you like folded on a table, please be polite and refold the items you looked at. Nothing’s worse to a closing shift employee than turning a corner and seeing a table that looks like it went through a tornado. You know that “be kind, rewind” message that was on all the Blockbuster tapes? Same applies to retail!

Deals To Look Out For

Target: (Friday Only) Spend $50 and get 20% off your next shopping trip between November 28 & December 10

Nordstrom: Extra 20% sale online and in stores Thanksgiving Weekend

Old Navy: 50% off entire purchase November 22 through Black Friday

Gap: Extra 50% off online and in-store sale items on Black Friday

ASOS: Up to 60% off shoes and accessories on Black Friday

BaubleBar: Get 30-35% off items with code “FRIDAY30”

Lord & Taylor: 20% off regular and sale items in-store and online

And even more super amazing online and in-store deals! 

Black Friday Etiquette | Black Friday Deals You Don't Want To Miss | Retail | Shopping

I hope you all have a super amazing Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and that you find some really great items for a low price! Again, I know I don’t have to worry about this with you guys, but I also hope that you’ll keep those pieces of etiquette in mind! Retail workers are people, too!

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34 Replies to “Black Friday Etiquette + Sales You Don’t Want To Miss”

  1. Oh man, thanks for that Asos tip because I love their shoes and now I want to shop! I’m still deciding if I want to go to the store and shop. I kind of want to do it just for fun!

    1. It’s definitely a fun experience!

  2. Such important tips! I worked retail this time last year and had to work on Thanksgiving and it was kind of a nightmare!! Definitely so important to practice kindness and patience with retail employees!

    xoxo A

    1. It’s sooo important!

  3. Such awesome tips!! I love asos shoes they are so cute

    1. Thanks Bella! They def are!

  4. Black Friday crowds scare me so I do my shopping from the computer. At least plenty of stores still offer deals online!

    1. Haha that’s the best place to shop!

  5. RESPECT is so huge – so glad you started off with that! I’ve never worked retail, but my sister and best friend have and I’ve heard horror stories of rude customers!!

    1. Oh, I’m sure! We all have our fair share of horror stories!

  6. Yes, definitely so important! I have never worked Black Friday but I’ve worked the Saturday and Sunday and during the holiday season and people can be so mean.

    1. Ugh they definitely can be!

  7. Love your etiquette tips! I will never understand people who go crazy/insane over getting something on Black Friday and throwing a fit if they miss out!

    1. I won’t ever understand it either!

  8. Having worked in retail myself I never disrespect employees. Too many are consumed with the though that things are only they’re way and we must cater to their needs. Great tips on holiday shopping because I definitely don’t because people can be so rude. I usually opt for online shopping.

    Nichole /

    1. Some people are just awful! Online shopping is def more bearable!

  9. These ettiquitte tips are so important! Such a great post!

  10. Yes to this list! Black Friday can be so hectic, but it’s important to be respectful.


  11. Totally agree with everything you listed. It seems some people can get out of control this time of year. Being nice and respectful is a must.

  12. There is nothing that drives me crazier than walking into a store – any day, but especially a busy day like Black Friday – and seeing displays TOTALLY messed up! It is NOT that hard to grab a size/color you want without ruining piles of clothes. Hahah makes me so angry! Love this and couldn’t agree more!

    1. Ugh same! Thanks for reading!

  13. So sad that we even have to tell people this, but someone had to say it! Totally agree with you. And this is exactly why I only do online shopping from like October through January hahaha!

    1. Haha so true! Thanks for reading!

  14. There are SO many awesome sales going on. But I think I’m going to sit this one out. People can get crazyyy!

  15. Having etiquette during Black Friday and the holiday season (and just in general) is so important! Especially for those retail employees that are working instead of getting to spend time with family! Being nice to them is so important 🙂

    Kristen |

    1. Yes!! Thanks for reading, Kristen!

  16. There were so many great sales! I appreciate the whole Black Friday shopping etiquette- it can definitely get crazy in the stores.

    1. It definitely can! Thanks for reading!

  17. There were some great sales!

    1. There definitely were!

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