Friday, November 12, 2010
Black Friday Can Kiss My... Yeah, That
Hell, this morning, in fact, Yahoo! has an article on it's home page of the big sales you want to catch on Black Friday. It's 2 freaking weeks away, people. I'm still worried about getting my Thanksgiving dinner shopping done, and you want me to focus on Christmas? I've been known to do early shopping, don't get me wrong, but, things are tight this year. Maybe that means I need to be paying attention to the Black Friday sales. But here's the thing.....
Black Friday can kiss my..... yeah, that.
It wasn't until hubby and I moved to South Carolina about 5 years ago that I really became immersed in the whole Black Friday thing. I had worked retail during Black Friday in years before that (as a store manager one year, 14+ hour day, and I was about 5 months pregnant- maybe subconsciously that's why I hate Black Friday...), so, I was on the flip side of the Black Friday madness. In SC, I had a friend who tried a few years to get me to go with her at 4 in the morning. Hell no, I'm still in a turkey coma, go ahead and go without me. She loved it, got up every year and did Black Friday. I finally asked her one year, "Why?". For her, it was the rush. She had 2 teenage boys who, of course like any teenagers, wanted the newest flashy, electronic gadgetmadoo. Through Black Friday, she was able to get her boys the things they wanted for a fraction of the price. I asked her if she minded the people, the cranky attitudes, the crowded craziness and, she really didn't. She, and some other friends of mine, had horror stories a few years of people fighting over TVs at WalMart, people putting their amazing Black Friday finds in their car and returning to the store just to have their car broken into in the parking lot and their items stolen while they were gone. But, in my opinion, she did the whole Black Friday thing right. She knew what her kids wanted, and researched who was putting what on sale, and went for it. What I really don't understand is, okay, sure you can get that $1000 laptop for $300 if you show up and stand in line starting at 4am. But, do you need that laptop? Is it an item that's on your Christmas list? Or, are you buying it for the sake of getting a $1000 laptop for $300?
That's the biggest way I tell Black Friday to kiss my.... yeah, that.
In my opinion, Black Friday is so over-marketed, and over-hyped, that it sends people into a whirlwind of 'I need that', 'I have to have that'. They put the items on sale that they want you to buy, and for a lot of people, it becomes 'Well, I couldn't pass up on that'. I've heard that some people go in with their lists, and when a frenzy is caused over in electronics because of the $2000 plasma TV that is going for $400, and there's only 5 left, all of a sudden it turns everyone's heads into, 'Maybe I need one of those, too? I didn't think I did, but there's only 4 left now, oh, wait, 3. Yeah, I need one'.
I have been known to partake in Cyber Monday. (The website in link explains Cyber Monday for those that don't know about it and gives you links to websites that are running Cyber Monday sales.) It's not something I have marked on my calendar though, and I don't buy simply because something is on sale. With Cyber Monday, you don't get caught up as much in the rush or the moment of buying what everyone else is. You're in your home, quiet, with time to think about purchases before making them. It's a better way, in my opinion, of taking advantage of sales on items you were already going to buy. Many places do free shipping on Cyber Monday, as well, so it's equivalent to going to the store and buying it (or cheaper, seeing as you won't be spending the money on gas). So, that's definitely something worth checking out if you want to save a few bucks on your Christmas shopping while keeping your sanity in tact.
I'm always open for feedback, and especially experiences of those who are Black Friday enthusiasts. I do love hearing about how much money saved on things, and personal stories of what motivates you to wrestle the crowds early that morning. Horror stories are always welcome, too. So, now that you've heard my opinion on it, fire back! I love a good spirited debate!