We’re guessing most of us here do as much shopping as possible online, but for those unavoidable store visits, Google has published some infographics showing you the dates and times you want to be a long, long way from them.
Unsurprisingly, consumer electronics stores are busiest on Black Friday, but if you’re determined to snag that bargain despite the crowds, the time you really want to avoid is 2-4pm …
Department stores and superstores are actually less busy on Black Friday than they are the last Saturday before Christmas, presumably due to food purchases.
If you’re doing any really last-minute holiday shopping, leaving it until Christmas Eve isn’t as bad as you might think – assuming there’s any stock left by then, of course. Only superstores and dollar stores are busier than average then, with electronics stores, cellphone stores and shopping malls all actually less busy than on a typical weekend during the holiday season.
Google will also be introducing stock searches, allowing you to search for a product and see where it is in stock – watch this space.
Personally, I’ll be sticking to online shopping, with plenty of Black Friday deals already available on Amazon and elsewhere.