Can you feel it? It’s coming. Thanksgiving is nearly here. We’re talking turkey, pecan pie, parades, football and the dreaded Black Friday. Will you be shopping on Friday? I used to. I used to really love the idea of getting up at the butt crack of dawn to go stand in line to get $20 off of the new cool toy. I loved the idea of combing through the lack of flyers, trying to figure out where I was going to get the best deal. Worst of all that, however, was the fact that I was usually holed up in Hot Springs, AR, where shopping is virtually non-existant and the mall is worse than a hospital cafeteria.
I’m proud to say that now, when Black Friday rolls around, I’m not a participant. In fact, I’m going to do quite the opposite of buying Christmas presents. I’m going to support a new holiday – Buy Nothing Day.
Last night I looked through catalog after catalog, trying to figure out gift ideas for my friends and family. I didn’t see one thing, not one, that I’d just HAVE to buy on Black Friday. It’s all just a mash up of items that Wal-Mart, and other companies, are trying to push... maybe even conducting an expiriment to see if people will actually buy an item like a piece of shit $400+ laptop (that’s already out of stock... uh, it’s not even Friday yet).
So screw Black Friday, that’s what I say. Besides, how often do you saavy internet users go to stores to buy gifts anyway? I do a majority of my shopping online. Think about it, no hassles, no lines, no parking issues, price-comparisons... you can’t beat that.
For example, why go to the local Target to buy a Vidster for $99.99, when you can easily find it on Froogle for $59.99 and on eBay for $45? That’s a no-brainer. And it’s like that for almost every purchase you can make.
The kicker is that sometimes you’ll pay a little bit more for shipping, but usually stores will have free shipping deals because they really want your business. A cool site, that can help you with that, is dealcatcher.com. Just enter the store name you’re shopping at in the search box and there could be a coupon fer ya. Not bad.
Have a great holiday weekend everyone!