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Better business practices would make you think that they need to have enough stock to satiate such demand, or have rain checks available for people to get in on the deal. I'm not saying that a store could not be able to limit people to one of such an item and have a limitation of the time the item was available (like many stores did in the past). I feel they really need to ensure an adequate supply is in stock if you are going to do an insane sale on something. Not having something like this riskes more injuries to both store employees and customers (and therefore lawsuits), like having people getting pepper sprayed in the face by some yahoo who wanted to horde XBoxes.
Sorry you gotta work Thanksgiving though, stupid retail.
^I've never been Black Friday shopping. I think it's ridiculous. Now that you say TRU is crazy there is no way I'm doing that, what was I even thinking.
I might be inclined to get up a couple hours early to save a hundred bucks, but beyond that, I'd rather just pay a bit more and use my time to do other things. I'd like to get a deal on the Town Square, but not enough to lose a night's sleep waiting in line at TRU for it!
If you are really worried about saving 10$ on a 20$ item perhaps you should not be spending the 10$ in the first place?
My 2 cents :)
I doubt there are going to be lines for the 5am door busters as the store will already be open.
Having said that, I have to be @#$%ing nuts to get up at 4:30am to get to my nearest TRU for one item (the LEGO TS) . Still debating it to be honest.
I think I just described right there what has already been described (and probably much more eloquently) in thousands of retail breakrooms this year.
Hmm for some reason I thought they were open all night. If not then I dunno if I want to get up at 4:30am to get over there then.
Black Friday sales don't exists here (Some retailers are starting to get on the US bandwagon though). The biggest shopping event is probably our Boxing Day sales on the 26th December. Even then though it is only a few of the capital city Flagship department stores that open early. In the past there had been crazy lines and a mad rush, but this was because they would have 1 of a few items at something like 95% off ($4k lounge for $100, $2k fridge for $70 etc.) I don't think this happens any more, not that % discount anyway.
I'd pretty much guarantee if the best deals were $20 items for $10 or a Town square for 36% off that the line at 5am would not be very long.
By the way, in case it wasn't clear by my post, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with standing in a line to save $10, but rather there doesn't need to be the sale of the decade for people to participate.
Black Friday shopping has become a tradition for me. I'm a night owl so I don't mind venturing out and staying out all night, and in fact, I find it fun.
Sometimes there's a freebie to the first 100 or whatever, sometimes a big discount brass ring that only the hardcore campers will get, sometimes it's the only possible way to get that year's hot toy. In any event, it can be much more than simply saving $10, or even $100. It's honestly an interesting adventure that people should experience, even if only once.
Id rather now go out, and if I do go for that TS for TRU doorbuster at 5am that will be the first time I can remember trying to go out during BF.
I for one though am hoping that next year we don't see "doorbusters" starting at 5pm Thanksgiving day.
For me, Thanksgiving isn't about getting the next greatest thing, it's about spending time with loved ones (although for some I realize that BF is great bonding time).
Even more importantly, for all the time spent out shopping on Thursday evening, the food would not be coming in. And that's one thing I can't compromise.
This pretty much sums up my view of black thursday / friday.
Part of that is the bad press from people being trampled trying to get deals. Further from that, is the liability from injuries, because Walmart's offer caused the people to do the act. Yes, getting hurt trying to get a deal is stupid, but it costs Walmart money.
The second part? Walmart discovered that having a thousand people show up for a deal that only 20 could get... pisses off your customers who bothered to show up. So give the rest a rain check, they'll buy something that day, then come back and probably buy something when they pickup the item a week or two later, and you have a happy customer twice, plus good will because you didn't screw people around and waste their time.
Frankly, there are plenty of things to get angry with Walmart about, but they should get at least partial credit for going to this new system.
Also, for 2013, first time, Black Friday deals are online as well as in store, so you don't even have to go. Walmart is slowly figuring it out, others will follow or die. It is all about providing the customer a fair deal.
And as a bonus, you keep your 120 VIP points. Too bad I forgot to do it on Saturday when I could have earned 360 VIP points and the free gift. The terms of Discover price matching require you have bought it before the new lower price.
Also, in addition to having to buy it by tomorrow, you have to pay for the entire purchase on your Discover for a price match, so don't use VIP points or gift certificates towards the purchase.
Got $10 gift card for $75 or more purchase. Used the Wendy's Kids Meal coupon for 10 extra gift card, and paid the rest with my discounted gift card (20% off). So all in all, worked out well.