5 Good Reasons to Avoid the Mall on Black Friday

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Some people don't need to be told to stay away from the mall on Black Friday.

The long lines, teeming crowds, packed parking lots and occasional eruptions of violence are enough to convince many people that shopping on Black Friday is a fool's errand. They know there are some good discounts to be found, but they just can't stomach all that chaos.

%VIRTUAL-article-sponsoredlinks%Still, tens of millions of Americans will throw caution to the wind and descend on the mall on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, seeking those huge doorbusters and deep discounts.

We understand the impulse to want to save money at all costs. But is Black Friday really the deal bonanza that it's cracked up to me? Are the prices good enough to justify standing in line and braving the crowds?

We're not so sure they are. Here are a few reasons why hitting the mall on Black Friday is one family tradition you may want to abandon.

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.