“Black Friday.” It’s a well-known phrase, and there are plenty of reasons for the name. If you haven’t heard them, then you better check out the PF Blogosphere more carefully, because at least two bloggers covered the subject.
So, we know why it’s called “Black Friday,” but surely we can think of a few more fun explanations, can’t we?
- The sky, because it’s not even 5 a.m. and sane people are still sleeping
- The color of the circles under your eyes from getting up so early
- The bruise on your wallet from your “Oh, but it’s so cheap!” spending
- Your mood as you stand in line and move only incrementally.
- The color of the ink you’ll be fingerprinted with. (You probably shouldn’t have punched that lady over the last of the $170 netbooks.)
Kidding aside, most of us have a love/hate relationship with Black Friday. The deals are so enticing, but the lines and crowds make us wonder if it’s worthwhile.
It was for me — if only barely. At Wal-Mart, my line took over 90 minutes. (Later, we found out people had been letting their friends in line. And here I thought “cuts” ended in elementary school.)
Then again, I got an HP all-in-one printer for $25. I have missed having a scanner lately — you use it for a surprising number of things, especially if you mystery shop — but I didn’t want to spend too much. I also picked up some Rubbermaid containers for $7. We don’t have a lot of stuff to put the leftovers in.
We also got some good deals at GameStop. I wanted Tim to have a protective case for his PSP, and the store offered one in a travel kit for $9.99. It also comes with a car adapter, which is handy. There was a Dax and Jaxter game for $6.99 that I picked up, as well. Later, Tim used store credit to take advantage of the “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” sale on used games.
So, for $54, we came away with a printer/scanner/copier, 15 Rubbermaid containers, a travel kit with case, adapter, headphones, and 4 PSP games. To me, that’s worth a little sleep deprivation and even a bit of claustrophobia as the crowds press in.
What about you guys? Did you make forays into the wilderness that is Black Friday?