Black Friday – Just Say NO
This morning, I was reading through Twitter Moms and a fun contest caught my eye. To enter, bloggers have to write a post about their Black Friday shopping strategies. I was reading through the entries and struck by how creative these women were, and how many DEALS they were going to be getting for their families.
Because, sure, I’d love to win a Target Gift Card (pick ME! pick ME!). But here’s the thing. I don’t have any Black Friday strategies, unless you could total avoidance of the event to be a strategy.
Crone is right on target with her post (target! Nice synergy in that sentence.) Black Friday ain’t what it used to be. You’re lining up with a bunch of sweaty and aggressive strangers to try and snag one of two netbooks the store has…and you’re not going to get it.
I shop at stores like Kohl’s, WalMart and, yes, Target because I expect to save money year round. I don’t look to them one day of the year to entertain me with LOW LOW LOW prices while I zoom my shopping cart through the throngs of humanity crammed into a very small space.
In the past 10 years, the only thing I have ever bought on Black Friday was a skin for my iPod that I bought online at the Apple Store. They hardly ever have sales, so that was the right time to take advantage of that opportunity. The rumor sites say they will do the same thing this year, and Soccer Girl has her eye on a Touch for the holidays – maybe I’ll get lucky. I bet Target.com has some sales, and I will check them out. From the privacy of my own cozy home. But no way, no how will I step foot into a store on Friday. That, my friends, is a strategy for success!