Here’s a sentence I never would have dreamed of a few years ago: Pre-Black Friday sales started late this year.
There weren’t any for the first couple weeks of November. I was beginning to think that I’d actually have to wait til Thanksgiving for Thanksgiving specials.
Then Walmart put up its first pre-Black Friday sale. There wasn’t much response… until the store then announced it would price-match competitors’ sales. That sounded great, until you checked the list and found it was about 20 very unexciting kids’ toys.
Anyway, Walmart’s little shot across the bow set off a firestorm. The last thing I really remember is that Target made some noise about pre-Black Friday sales. The rest is a bit of a blur. I just know that it’s 10:30 Tuesday night, and I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be in three different stores.
In other words, the madness has returned in full swing. I know, I know: be careful what you wish for, yada yada. Except this year it’s gotten even more bizarre. It’s like all the stores took Black Friday sale laxatives because, darlin’, there is a ton of crap on sale now.
Kohl’s started its Black Friday sale online Monday. Monday! I’ve heard of Black Friday and even Gray Thursday, but this is a whole different side of the color spectrum. I’m pretty sure Monday was neon green. I’m also declaring Lilac Tuesday and Mauve Wednesday. Just cuz.
For this sale, Kohl’s has its entire BF inventory available through Friday at 3 p.m. Because apparently the natural stopping point for a Black-Friday-sale-that-starts-Monday is mid-Friday. Anything later than that would just be silly.
Best Buy offered its elite members early access to most BF doorbusters on Monday. On Tuesday it offered several doorbusters to us plebes. And there are two more “early access” days to come. (Is it just me or is Best Buy making itself sound kind of slutty?)
Meanwhile, Target is offering Black Friday prices early to its REDcard members. The rest of us get pre-Black Friday prices which, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, tend to be awfully similar to actual BF sales.
Bon-Ton is offering all of its BF inventory online now. Express, of all places, has started its 50% off everything sale. And Amazon is having its traditional pre-BF week of deals. (Remember when tradition involved a turkey and awkward interactions with presumably-loved ones?)
It’s all dizzying, and I thoroughly regret having ever wished for early sales. Although in my defense, things would have been far more manageable if they’d been spread over the full month.
At this point, I just want it to be Saturday already. Though maybe the stores will all start a new tradition of post-Black Friday sales.
How do you guys deal with the onslaught of sales? Is there anything you’re actually buying this year?