A Best Buy Black Friday Shopping Experience
Copyright 2006 Heaven Ministries Ė Marriage Healing Ministry
To Our readers: ***This article was written almost four years ago and things may have changed. If you happen to stand outside of Best Buy this year waiting for a Black Friday deal, please let us know if things have changed for the better and we'll be happy to rewrite a favorable black Friday experience.***
My husband and oldest son ate their fill of Turkey
and cranberries last Thursday on Thanksgiving and left out the door to
go stand in line outside of Best Buy to purchase one of their Black
Friday deals. The deal in question, if any of you are wondering, was a
Toshiba Laptop. The laptop
was a door buster special at $249. Meaning you cannot buy it except for
when the doors open at 5:00 am. It is a first come first serve deal. It
only makes sense that those who stand outside the longest would get the
best deals, right?
When they got there at 6:00 pm there were 14 people
in front of my husband. Not everyone in front of him was buying that
particular laptop, they were there for other deals; my husband felt
assured he would be getting one of the laptops. This made him feel
better, since he had 10 hours left to stand out in the cold.
Also, this particular laptop deal was ONLY ADVERTISED ONLINE and
not everyone in line even knew about this phenomenal deal. I spent $599
for the exact same laptop four months earlier.
By 10:00 pm families with small children begin
arriving and the line was extending way to the back of the parking lot.
People were putting up tents preparing for the long night. By 3:00 am,
more and more people begin to horde themselves into the line. People
begin cutting in front of other people.
The line was not so nice anymore. The manager of Best Buy came
out telling people that they were not allowed to cut in front of people
and that he was calling the sheriff. People cut in front of otherís
By 4:00 am, the manager came out with flyers of all
the great deals they had. On this flyer was the $249 Laptop. When people
saw this particular laptop deal they started calling up their friends
and family on their cell phones. Mobs and mobs of people starting
coming, cutting in front of the line where their friends and family had
stood all night long.
Around 4:30 am, Best Buy employees begin asking
each person in line what they were there to buy. And then he would hand
them a ticket for that item. By the time the manager got to my husband
and asked him what he was there for, they had no laptops left because
now there were 60 or more people (cutters) in front of him!
My husband and son stood outside in the cold
overnight waiting for the doors to open inhaling second hand secret
smoke all night long in 30ish degree temps most of the night for
nothing. Be ready to deal with this same kind of treatment, unless Best
Buy has fixed this problem. This article was written four years ago and
every year it seems to be the same thing, so we hear from other folks
who stand outside all night long waiting for the Black Friday Deals.
What did my husband learn from this experience?
Unless you are the first FEW people in line, the Black Friday door
buster deals are a scam; almost a bait and switch practice. Only the
people who cut in line get the deals that have limited amounts, such as
the Toshiba Laptop deal. The
principle of the whole thing is those people who came at the last minute
for the laptops did not stand in line all night long. No. They stood in
line for 1 hour at the most! This is very unethical and there is not
much you can do about it.
Later that day, I got online and did some research
of my own, and found out that the experience they went through is the
same one EVERYONE who stands in line goes through. Last minute buyers
show up and cut in the line. Black Friday is not for honest working
folks. Black Friday is for the greedy and dishonest people who cut in
Here is my suggestion to retailers: They should
give out the tickets for the items the minute people arrive to stand in
line. That way it ensures the first come, first serve policy and also
ensures that principles and business ethics stay in line with ethical
standards. But I donít think the latter is going to happen.
Black Friday lines are only for the mob mentality.
Save your money and wait for a genuine sale when they come out. No words
could truly put it all together as well as this video did for us. Happy