Okay, I know I mentioned before that I was going to participate in a “Black Friday” fast.
Well, that didn’t happen. In fact, I got my ass out of bed at 6 a.m. and shopped. In my defense, can I just say that I needed to burn extra calories so I just had to shop??
Right. No go.
Anyways, I went to Best Buy to try and get myself a new camera since mine is old/stupid/bulky/etc. But the minute I walked into the store and saw the crazy line looping around the aisles, I left. My poor coffee-deprived self couldn’t take it :(
Next up Target. Talk about an even bigger mess.
Tons of people pushing carts into everyone, little kids running around, and beleaguered men wandering around aisles looking for an exit. I felt like I was in hell. Now,I wanted to buy new bakeware, a new coffeemaker, and possible some DVDs. But I made the executive decision to not put up with this chaotic mess and left. Oh well, so much for saving money.
In an attempt to quell my growing frustration, I went to the mall. I know, I know, the mall isn’t really where one should go if they are on a spending diet. But I couldn’t help it! I needed to get away from the masses, to fill my mind with pretty clothes and FRIENDLY salespeople. And even though I left the mall about $150 lighter, I got some cute jeans, 2 sweaters, and enjoyed my shopping experience. (I plan on returning a turtleneck sweater ebcause after looking at the receipt, I noticed it $49.50, not 29.50 as I thought. See, I’m kind of being frugal.)
But I will say that after the mall, I felt like I should try to buy the things on my list. And I had better luck at Mervyn’s where I was able to buy cheap burgundy sheets, a coffeemaker, and some bakeware, all for $85. Thankfully, the staff was friendly and cheerful, and the lines weren’t too long. Much better than the other stores.
In the past years, I have enjoyed shopping on Black friday, enjoyed the rush, and have ALWAYS been succesful in getting all my Christmas presents for others. This year, it wasn’t the case. The cheaper stores were simply too packed, too insance, and just too much for me.
It seems like with gas prices rising, costs going up, and a rather lagging economy, everyone is out to save. The Sacramento Bee wrote this article “Anxious Shopppers Hit The Malls” and it seems that my suspicions were confirmed. Wal-mart, target, best buy were all packed. The NY Times even discussed how bargain shoppers are out in full force, leaving Nordstrom’s and Coach in the dust.
Why? Because we all need deals. And luxury stores are going to suffer because we just can’t shop there anymore.
But I think the opposite approach should be looked at as well. When I went to the mall and the higher priced stores, I found more customer service, better lines, and an overall pleasant experience.
When I attempted to purchase a new camera at Circuit City, I found everyone overworked and operating on short fuses. I literally left in TEARS because I was so frustrated with the help I wasn’t receiving. The staff & management had no idea how to handle all the people. Their lack of planning emphasizes their weak leadership. It’s too bad too, I really wanted that new camera.
So if I paid a little more for the things that I got, oh well. That’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Honestly, if I never step inside of a Circuit City again, I’d be happy. I guess it’s back to online shopping.