26 November 2004
When Black Friday comes
Conventional wisdom holds that today is the worst, the most hectic, the scariest shopping day of the year.
Which, of course, is wrong. CardWeb reports on MasterCard's research:
The busiest day of the year most likely will occur on Dec. 23 and the busiest hour most likely will be from 2 to 3 p.m. CDT on Christmas Eve. MasterCard also noted that the two Saturdays before Christmas tend to produce more volume than "Black Friday." MasterCard says it processed nearly 33 million transactions on each of the two Saturdays before Christmas almost a million more than on the day after Thanksgiving.
Maybe I will go to the mall.
(Update, 2:55 pm: If I do, I'd better walk. A spot-check reveals that it's possible to park at Penn Square, if you're willing to wait for someone to leave.)