Among our comprehensive alphabetical list of sales this Black Friday, you might have noticed one missing in the “E” section. In 2012 and 2013, the site was blacked out and last year all earnings were similarly donated. “This is an opportunity to help people on Black Friday,” founder and CEO Michael Preysman said, according to Fast Company. This is our way of finding balance in those two things.” The e-commerce venture hopes to raise $100,000 for its Black Friday Fund, which will benefit a new wellness program for its factory workers.
Shopping on Black Friday has high potential for scams “Counterfeit sellers will pop-up just for the high volume sale days, make the sale, get your credit card information and identity, and disappear,” Craig Crosby, publisher of The Counterfeit Report, tells Yahoo Beauty. It’s easy for counterfeit sellers to get lost in the volume.” Be particularly weary of fake fragrances “Counterfeit fragrances are very common – all major brands,” says Crosby of the most counterfeited beauty item. Always buy beauty products from an authorized retailer Buying directly from the brand or from a well-known mass store (like Sephora, Macy’s, or Target, for example) is the best way to protect yourself from being ripped off. Be weary of stores like Costco, however, which aren’t authorized to sell certain brands.
“Best idea I have ever heard of!!” @lagunasphotography shared on Instagram. On Black Friday, REI will be closed because the brand wants its customers and employees to hike, bike, swim, skate, or do anything else other than shop (and maybe not sit on the couch and watch TV). In a campaign called #OptOutside, the outdoor gear and apparel retailer will even pay its 12,000 workers as if it was a regular day "so they can do what they love most—be outside.“ All 143 stores will be closed on Thanksgiving as well.