Black Friday. For some people, this unofficial holiday is an exciting time to elbow one’s way into stores that offer incredible deals. On top of it, many stores extend their opening hours in the process. For others, Black Friday brings on headache and stress.

Did you know that the term “Black Friday” is believed to have originated in the 1950s to refer to the massive crowds and traffic congestion accompanying the start of the Christmas season? A source of contention, Black Friday has often been criticized for its impetus to violence. Indeed, who can forget the Walmart employee who was trampled to death by harried customers, or the catfights between female shoppers in Philadelphia, which were caught on camera?

In order to avoid heckling or harassment, here’s some advice: lace up your shoes and tackle the stores early! Here are the top five places to shop at in Montreal this coming Black Friday.

1-Staples. This electronics and office supply store is great for a variety of reasons. Whether you are in short supply of batteries or you need to sleek up your office image with a new printer, drop by Staples to get your hands on supplies. Check out Staple’s website for more details on their upcoming deals:

2-Costco. A haven for most savers, this handy-dandy store carries everything, from frozen foods to digital cameras to touchscreen laptops. A sneak peak at their deals (from $70 to $350 off certain items) is available at the following link:

3-Sephora. Every woman needs a little pampering, right? At Sephora, Black Friday deals are expected to raise eyebrows. Their cunning marketing approach is pretty awesome, come to think of it, because sneak peeks are only possible through their app. Lipstick minis, shadow palettes, travel kit, oh my! Click here to see what they have to offer:

4-Forever 21. With affordable outfits that are cute and classic, Forever 21 has obviously figured the fashion milieu out. Drop by the large store located on St-Catherine Street or visit the website at to stock up on frilly dresses, faux fur jackets, seventies-style jeans, chunky earrings, and glossy stockings.

5-Best Buy. You can get up to 50% off all electronics! Mark your calendar: the sale begins on November 25 at 12.01 a.m. ET. You can’t go wrong with savings thousands of dollars off of fridges, $80 on headphones, and $300 on watches! Check out this website for more information: