Yes the stores are officially crowded and the parking lots are full. Don’t you just love the mad dash of early morning shoppers trying to get the best deal possible! I avoid these crowds at all cost if I can. I would rather pay the higher price and still have ten fingers and toes than to lose them for a few cents off a product. Slowly retailers have been pushing Black Friday closer and closer to Thanksgiving day. There were many stores that were open on Thanksgiving or that were opening at midnight instead of on Friday. So what is the whole purpose of Black Friday? Is it to see adults in stores acting like kids or does it actually help the economy during the Christmas season. To me its just another day to shop but they are advertising everyone to come at the same time to buy these so called bargains. do you participate in Black Friday?