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Epic Deal Battle: Black Friday Vs. Cyber Monday
Every year, people have to make the difficult decision about their post-Thanksgiving shopping spree. The two options are always Black Friday or Cyber Monday. For many people, the main question is where can I get the best deals, but for people with a chronic lung disease such as COPD, emphysema or chronic bronchitis the real question may be “What can I do best?” Battling the crowds of Black Friday with a portable oxygen tank may not be the best move for people requiring 24/7 artificial oxygen. In these cases, it may make more sense for individuals to stay home and surf the web for online deals on the Monday after Thanksgiving, but at the same time, are you missing out on the true deals by staying at home? When are the best deals available? And how can you make the most out of the holiday shopping deals?
This year major retailers are shaking things up with all kinds of deals: day-specific deals, hour-specific deals and online-specific deals. Perhaps a hard-and-fast definition between Black Friday and Cyber Monday no longer applies. Several stores are promoting deals that will only be available online early on in the shopping weekend. Walmart has set up a variety of deals that will be available online while you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. These specials offer some of the same prices that won’t be available until the evening at the store, moreover, some of the deals will only be available online. This makes the ability to shop early in the weekend possible for people in any condition as long as they have access to the internet.
The One-Hour Guarantee Makes In-Person Shopping Feasible
Walmart will be doing whatever possible to make Black Friday shopping as effortless as possible. With a guide to the “new Black Friday,” consumers are introduced to everything Walmart for this upcoming weekend. This year brings the return of the one-hour guarantee, which mean individuals don’t have to fear about missing out on the latest and greatest deals if they are in the correct location during the hour time slot. For individuals suffering from a chronic lung disease or any other condition that makes fighting crowds and prolonged standing difficult, a one-hour guarantee may make a Black Friday (or Thanksgiving evening) adventure worthwhile. With maps already available and a designated time slot, people can pop in for the exact item they are looking for without an excessive wait time.
Online Marketplaces: No Longer Waiting for Cyber Monday
Online marketplaces like Amazon and Modcloth will have their own Black Friday deals exclusively online, but rather than waiting until Cyber Monday to kick start the deals, many online retailers are beginning their special pricing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. This means that you no longer have to fear that you will miss out on all the good deals because your health won’t permit late night and early bird shopping experiences.
This year, shopping is all about ease. Whether you choose to stay in and surf the net to catch a good deal or if you head out for some traditional Black Friday fun, remember to plan ahead. If you have a Black Friday itinerary ready and you know where to be at what time, your shopping experience can be a fun, worthwhile and safe experience. Also, be sure to have everything you need if you venture out of the house for a potentially long night and day; that means extra oxygen if needed, any medications and anything that makes your experience less stressful and more enjoyable. This year Black Friday and Cyber Monday are all about you.
If you or a loved one is suffering from the crippling effects of a chronic lung disease, know that it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to breathe easier by next Black Friday, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065 for more information about how regenerative medicine could be the solution for you.