The last couple of years, I’ve written about my utter lack of enthusiasm for Black Friday deals. We don’t need TVs, appliances, toys or donut/cake pop makers. So most of the sales just don’t appeal to us.
Grown up (aka boring) buys
In the end, I check the leaked Friday ads for what the Walgreen’s sitewide discount will be — so that I can buy really exciting stuff like toilet paper and garbage bags.
Last year, I made a whole Excel spreadsheet to find the best price for loading up on the aforementioned toilet paper and garbage bags, plus hand soap, body wash, a couple of skincare products and… Ugh, it’s all a boring, boring blur.
That may have been a low point for me — or rather, for the gal I used to be. I used to scour the ads for good TV deals. Now I look for TP.
So it’s kind of exciting to have an item to search for this year. Specifically, an iPad.
Biting the bullet
I got my first iPad from my boss as part of a yearly bonus. The device started topping out on memory about three years later, but I won an iPad Mini right around the same time.
Unfortunately, the Mini has been grumbling for about a year about its storage getting full. The last time it happened I just went through and deleted some extraneous programs. And made Tim go through and delete some of the least-viewed images/memes he’d saved off the Internet over the years. Sometimes I really hate shared picture storage.
This time around, pictures would be the only thing to delete. I don’t want to once again badger Tim to delete stuff he’s saved, and I’m not about to remove all the pictures of our adorable animals. So I have to face the fact that it’s time to upgrade.
I’d hoped to continue the free-iPad streak at FinCon this year, but no companies were giving any away. It was just plain rude, really. Blah, blah, budget. Blah, blah high booth prices. What about my needs?
So it looks like I’m forking out hard-saved fun money for an iPad. A bitter pill to swallow, made worse by the fact that the new Mini is $399!
It’s a Black Friday miracle!
I had zero hope of finding a Black Friday sale. Apple never allows companies to discount its products — until this year, apparently.
Both Best Buy and Target are discounting regular iPads by $80, bringing the price down to $249. Much, much more palatable!
Of course, the regular iPad will be an adjustment from the Mini. I went to Best Buy and tried one out to see how big a change it’d be. The screen is a bit bigger, but they’re ridiculously lightweight now. I’d no longer need two hands, like I did for the original iPad. And the larger screen might (might) mean fewer typos. As it is, I’m constantly hitting the wrong virtual keys when I try to type two-handed.
And I’d started saving my fun money a few months ago on the off-chance that I didn’t win a new device at FinCon. So technically, I have enough to cover the cost of a new Mini. But it looks like I won’t need all of it.
Remembering that Black Friday was nearly upon us, I started look at BFads.net and quickly found that regular iPads are going to be $80 off. That brings the price down to $249. I like that price a helluva lot better than $399!
Even better, the offer isn’t a doorbuster, nor does it appear to be in-store only. So I can shop at home rather than braving the crowds.
Another option (that isn’t an option)
Best Buy is actually offering the iPad Mini as a doorbuster on Thanksgiving. That would make it $30 more than the iPad but with double the storage space.
Tempting… Except for the “doorbuster” part. Even if I weren’t working that day (and I am), I wouldn’t want to stand around in line for hours upon hours in the hopes of getting one of the non-enumerated “limited quantity” that the ad mentions.
The store is only two miles from our house, so maybe I’ll poke my head in around 6 p.m. to verify that no Minis are left. But only because it’s always worth a shot, not because I have any legitimate expectation of any being left.
So I’ll stick with the iPad. It’s got double the storage capacity as my current Mini. I’m guessing I’ll be fine for around three years, hopefully more.
Waste not, want not
Of course, I’m not one to throw things away unnecessarily. Right now, the iPhone is Tim’s only computer, and I have to take that with me when I run errands. So now Tim can have the iPad as a backup.
Once we’ve formatted the new device, we’ll wipe my personal programs (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Kindle and some games). That should free up some significant storage space for him so that he can use it to dink around on the Internet as necessary. We’ll keep the device up and running for as long as possible. Or until I win another iPad.
Do you guys have any big-ticket items on your Black Friday list? Are you going to load up on toilet paper?