‘Tis the season for shopping and deals! Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving that is filled with sales and traditionally represents the start of the holiday shopping season. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and is known for online shopping sales. Both days are heavily marketed and something many people look forward to, but which is the most accessible to people disabilities? Here are some ways to complete your wheelchair accessible shopping and tips for navigating the sale days.
Tips for Navigating Black Friday Shopping
Black Friday often starts Thanksgiving night or the early morning hours of Black Friday. So, it’s often dark outside when people are shopping. When navigating the dark and crowded parking lots, it can be helpful to use your power seat elevation, such as iLevel® technology, and LED fender lights. This ensures passing cars see you traveling in the parking lot.
Black Friday is known for its long lines, crowds and limited quantities of in-demand products. The combination of these three things tend to create chaos. There is never a guarantee that there will be enough items to accommodate the sheer number of people shopping. To help navigate the chaos, iLevel on your power wheelchair can make it easier to move through the crowded stores. iLevel also helps you to reach for the items you are shopping for.
Wheelchair Accessible Shopping with Cyber Monday
One of the major perks of Cyber Monday is you never have to leave your cozy house. Another perk? You don’t have to wait in long lines. When navigating Cyber Monday sales, it can be helpful to make a list of the items you need and the stores that interest you. I also like to compare the prices of products from various websites. Given that online stores have access to whole warehouses of products, shoppers are more likely to find for what they are looking for.
I say Cyber Monday wins for accessibility and comfort over Black Friday. You can shop in your own home, stay warm, not get trampled by crowds, and not fight for limited quantities of products. Which do you prefer: Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
About Isabella Bullock: Isabella, or Izzie for short, is an employment specialist for the Center of Independent Living. She is an iced coffee enthusiast who enjoys getting lost in a good book. Click here to learn more about Isabella.
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