I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. This year, after hearing all the hype, and people’s plans to be in line at midnight, some waiting until 2:00 a.m. to get started, Iwondered if I might be missing out on a lot of fun, plus some fantastic bargains. No, I
didn’t go this year, not until Saturday when it was all over. Actually many stores pushed the specials up into Saturday until 1:00 p.m, I arrived at my favorite store at 2:00 p.m. So I missed it all.
I’ve read various takes on Black Friday shopping. While facing all the frantic shoppers, are you taking your life in your hands? Some liken the trip to a stampede, others say, “no big deal.” Maybe such hype in past years, has cut down on the crowds today. I remember the reports telling how you begin to feel pressure on all
sides, then you realize you can’t raise your arms, at the same time feeling you’re being lifted off your feet. But then, maybe those special buys are worth a little inconvenience?
I’ve always thought manufacturers made cheaper items to be sold on this day. Recently, though, I read that these cheaper items could be good options. Do the specially priced TV’s, cell phones, I pads, smart phones, etc. have less frills but are very serviceable, especially since many of today’s electronics are replaced in one or two years? Year after year, the same people rush to Black Friday Shopping. Would they do that if they
were getting ‘burned’ each time? I don’t think so! And when Black Friday is over, many say, “My shopping is all done,” while here I am without nothing to show, just a gift list with no names crossed off.
So what took me to town the day after Black Friday? It was caused by something that happened to my husband that morning. He was shaving and experienced distress, and pain. Such distress, caused by what? One look at his razor’s head gave the answer, a tiny hole! So off we went to buy parts for his Remington razor, on the day after Black Friday.
First stop was Walmart, where there were only a few remaining signs of the day before. The fencing across the front of the building, though, had been removed. I’m not sure why this was erected, unless to funnel the crowds through the doors, creating a buffer zone. Inside, most shelves looked a bit disheveled. We found a few replacement parts, but not what we needed. The results were the same at CVS and Sears. We tend to give up easily, and this hunt seemed futile. Something we did notice, was that the razor shelves were wiped clean of particular models, those “Black Friday Specials.” So what did we do? As is, the razor couldn’t be used the next morning, so we bought a BF special to hold us over until the parts could be ordered from the internet.
My husband’s Remington was only about a year old and already a hole had worn through its head. To get the replacements needed will cost us half the price of the razor. Time will tell, but the thought has occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, the BF special will last better. A cheaper model with less frills, will it give better service? By next year we should know and who knows I just may be among those shoppers busting down the store doors, while scrambling over a few other shoppers to get the BF specials. How did you fare on this special shopping day? Are you a regular BF shopper or a slow learner, like me?