“I don’t shop on Black Friday; it’s too crowded,” said Marci Johnson of Marblehead, who said she does her holiday shopping online. “I can shop any day.”
Chris Smith of Manchester said she does not go Black Friday shopping, but her sisters get together, go through the fliers and do a swap of “who’s buying what.”
“I don’t have to (go out on Black Friday) because they do,” Smith said.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Melanie Moldovean of Wenham, who was out at the mall with her young son, Alex. “I think they should be home with their families and their loved ones enjoying Thanksgiving and being thankful for what they have as opposed to being out shopping for something they don’t.”
Dorothy Williamson of Newburyport said she and her husband used to go Black Friday shopping to get that special toy when their children were young. Now that she has three grandchildren, however, the self-proclaimed “shopaholic” says she can shop at her convenience.
Others said that they enjoy the Black Friday experience.
“I like Black Friday,” Cristie Carter of Hamilton said. “I like to get a peppermint mocha and walk around and have the Christmas spirit.”
Her plan is to come out at 8 a.m. to check out the crowds and the deals.
Christina Hatfield of Saugus said her daughter is getting married the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Otherwise, she would be out looking for those Black Friday deals.
“I kind of like it,” Hatfield said. “It’s exciting and you get into it, you know.”
“It depends,” said Barrie Hanlon of York, Maine. “It’s strategic. If I can know what I am going to get, I’ll go out and do it.”
She does not have strong feelings about the early openings of stores one way or the other, and as long as no one gets hurt, she said opening early is a good idea for people to have fun, get a jump on Christmas shopping and boost sales for retailers.