We set the alarm for 3:45am last night. When the alarm went off we both reached for our laptops and pulled up them on to our laps while we sat in bed. We hunted for the products we wanted, we pulled up the sites offering the products, we refreshed the pages waiting for the sales to go live. When they did we added the stuff to our carts, we reached for the bank cards, processed the orders and then went back to bed.
It was pretty crazy to see the servers hang on big retailer sites like Amazon and Walmart. Both N and I had some hair pulling moments while trying to check out this morning. Walmart’s site was having major server errors and Amazon’s site was hanging big time for me.
First my product was in stock, then it was sold out the it was back in stock and finally my order processed. Whew!
Eventually we got our orders processed and were celebrating our great deals. We didn’t have to deal with other crazy shoppers, thank goodness! I am very irritable these days and probably would have got myself in to a fight or something.
Can you believe that people were injured and even killed today just by shopping? One Walmart worker was killed in Long Island today, many other shoppers were injured. I think the whole concept of Black Friday is just degrading and plain embarrassing for shoppers. I refuse to wait in lines outside a store in the wee hours of the morning and I won’t run through stores or elbow other shoppers for that great deal.
Shoot I don’t even like the feeding trough feel of buffets so I am totally not one to join the shopping mobs on Black Friday. Especially since I am pregnant and all and can you believe I am at then end of my 1st trimester already? Woot!
Anyway, I remember back in the day when I worked retail. I had a friend that worked at KB Toys and they would construct a “one way maze” through the store and would only let a certain number of people through the doors at a time. This was great crowd control but at the time it seemed crazy to me. Now I think more stores should consider trying to manage the mobs better.
I just can’t believe so many people are willing to partake in mobbing stores, especially since there aren’t that many killer deals. Besides are the retailers really “back in black” after this shopping frenzy or are they still in the red? Perhaps it should haven been called Red Friday.
Did you shop today? Where an how did you shop? Do you have shopping strategies and what deals did you snag?