Friday, November 25, 2011

We Shop in the Middle of the Night Because We Can

Definition: Black Friday; The day of pure craziness!! Not intended for the weak of mind, body or soul.

For Brady: it really was to get a good deal.  He and Brad stood in line at Best Buy starting at 9:30 p.m. for a Midnight opening time.  He got the last one of an XBox bundle he's been eyeing for  awhile. (Xbox console, wireless remote, 1month free or XBox live, and 2 games) for $199.  Regular cost $395.  He got the last one out of 12 (he scoped them out the day before to see what his odds were).  He said there were no more left, and then a guy right next to him set one down and walked away.  He also reported than when the doors actually opened, the end of any sort of civility ended.  People were rushing the door and trampling others to get in.  (Push and Shove people, push and shove...) Brady said he dove through a small opening at the side of the door, and left Brad behind because he was too slow.
 (Brad's comment on this photo about 11:00 was, "I think he's sleeping in there. At least he's warm." -- It was bordering on freezing last night.)

The line extended further than the eye could see.  There were tents and all sorts of crazy stuff. You can see part of a tent in the top picture.  (Side Note: Not to be gross, but I hesitate to think what that wet spot on the ground is next to the tent... just thrown' that out there.)

For Afton: it was more of an experience than how much she was actually going to save. She and 4 of her best friends went out to the Gilroy Outlets between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.  Although looking back that was probably a smart idea, seeing how Brady and I went back to the outlets at 10 a.m. -  Yeesh! I will NOT be doing that again anytime soon. YIKES! Pure chaos and NO parking!! (we did get Brady 3 pair of $10 jeans -- you can't beat that with a stick) Afton did say it was crazy in the wee hours, but at least they could find parking.

Afton, Cassie, Emily, Shaelyn, Nicole - lookin' good for the middle of the night!

 Apparently there was lots of hat trying...

This is the scene that greeted me when I woke up this morning at 7:30. (Shaelyn, Afton, Emily, Cassie and Nicole). 
Unfortunately something I learned about Black Friday and some of the crazies that are out there (that just might ruin such an experience for those of us that really want the items on sale) are those that buy it "just because" it's a good deal (or maybe out of the pure mania of it all).  In Zumies when we couldn't find the right size of shirts for Brady, the sales girl told us, "Unfortunately when there's a day like this people will come in and buy up everything, just because..."

I also saw this on a friend's Facebook status:
Black friday is just another excuse for impulse buying.
Some guy at target: "i bought two xboxes!! I dont really need them! I dont even really play games!" as he walks down the isle with a flat screen.


Jennifer Miller said...

I have a love hate relationship with Black Friday! Sounds like you do too!

Peter and Amber said...

They are so brave! I have never ventured out on Black sounds a little too overwhelming! Plus, I like to sleep! :-)

Jonathon and Sarah said...

The funniest and craziest Black Friday experience I ever had was last year at Babies R Us when they had $5 baby wipes and huge boxes of diapers for $10. There were pregnant women pushing and shoving through the doors. One woman had 3 carts lined up filled to the brim with diapers. Haha... I still can't help put laugh when I think of that one. Those wipes lasted me almost a year though. Good stuff!

Lindseys said...

That's pretty good if they got what they wanted getting in line at 9:30. I called our local Best Buy on Tuesday (they had a good deal on TVs) to ask when the line usually starts forming. The guy said that there were already 10 tents lined up. I drove by around 10:00 on Thursday night and the line was around the building. I then drove by Target which also had a huge line. I decided to go home and skip the Black Friday experience.

karensumpter said...

Looks like fun--You guys are die-hards! We were tempted (ever so slightly) by the $199 TVs at Best Buy, but deciding to get our sleep, we went to Costco at noon and bought one instead:)

Nate and Erin Russell said...

nice brian regan reference :) i think next year i'm going to jump on the black friday bandwagon. lindsey and laura went this year and apparently laura gets a little loopy which would be really fun to see.