Black Friday broke some records in terms of sales this year. There was about a 20% increase in sales compared to 2011. Quite the jump. This took online and in-store sales into account, by the way.
Were the mosh pile frenzies worth it in the end? I personally would not think twice about not going to a Walmart to attend such an event. The bottom line is, with how technology has advanced over the years in simplifying online sales, it just makes sense to stay home, relax, and at the very most wake up early once an online deal goes live.
In terms of good deals, there appears to be some lingering effects from Black Fridays goodness. Computer RAM is cheaper than ever, tablets are still dropping (notably, the Google Nexus 7) and many sites are still offering promotions named after the famous deal fest.
Also worth noting, solid state drives have dropped considerably in price, even well before Black Friday and continue to drop as days go on where someone could expect to pay about $149.99 for a 250GB Samsung 840 SSD. Not bad. They will almost be competing with disk drives if this keeps up. So that’s good news.