Best Buy Black Friday

Get your memory…Cheap Memory!

Stupidly I did venture out for Black Friday shopping. Curiosity got the better of me, and I agreed to go to the
Reading Best Buy early Friday. The doors were opening at 5am, we were there about 430am, and were greeted by 100’s of other shoppers. The line was wrapped all the way around the store and into the parking lot of the Home Depot next door, which had a really short line of about 25 people. The lure of cheap computers which brought out the masses, ran out shortly after the doors opened. Vouchers for the cheap computers were given in line. One gentlemen had been in the line since 10pm Thanksgiving night, and did not want his voucher, so he sold it to another patron for twenty bucks. In the store there were lines set up to shop in different areas…the computer line was about 1 hour wait. Then you had to wait in line to buy it, which was anther line. If you were shopping for general merchandise, there was also anther check out line, which I had wondered into upon getting into the store. The line consisted of a maze that ran through out the side of the store that consisted of home appliances to car radios. Just making my way through the empty line took me five minutes. Upon realizing which line I was in though, after receiving a free gift for coming into shop(15 free song downloads in a sports card like wrapper) I quickly got out and tried to find the end of the computer line, which was almost on the opposite side from the computers. So I am in line waiting, and and as the line proceeds to move at a snails pace for nearly half an hour, I come upon a bin of 1 to 2 gig SD memory chips for my cameras. Cool, my current chips are only 256 and 512 MB, which cost me well over the $29 for the 2 gig they were asking. The 1 gig was $14. Also grabbed a 14 dollar 1 gig thumb drive, all while waiting in line to browse the available computers. My shopping companions mean while had entered the the final check out line with their purchases which also included a few thumb drives and bunch of other Christmas presents. After waiting in the line for a good 45 minutes I finally was able to consult with a computer specialist to find out the cheap computers that had served to get me in were sold out. The cheapest computer available was a $400 Emachine that seemed to be a fine machine, but at this time I was on sensory overload along with being about ready to hit a mental shopping wall, so I declined. I really did not want to feed the shopping frenzy that was fueled by the lure of Best Buy’s 200 dollar computers.

I really did not want to feed the shopping frenzy that was fueled by the lure of Best Buy’s 200 dollar computers.

So I meandered around the store for a while checking out other merchandise, and in the end had my friends purchase my memory products for me because now the line to check out was nearly an hour and a half long and they were only minutes from the end.

In the end, even though I did get some really good prices on memory, I would not go to Best Buy for the Black Friday shopping festivities, and am glad I did do it once. The lines were ridiculous, the prices were not enough to make up for my lost time. Would I really want to come Thanksgiving night and wait in line out side a purveyor of cheap electronics, to get a machine that would undoubtedly need the Geek Squads assistance. Knowing this, I would have purchased those extra maintenance contracts which would have brought the price of my two hundred dollar computer up to well over the value of the cheap emachine or even the Toshiba lap top that was sold out within minutes.

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