Black Friday Shopping

This year’s BF was very eventful. We wanted to purchase the 250$ laptop that Bestbuy had for sale. We were at BB around 12:15 AM on Friday. The time we arrived, we were around 50-60 people behind in the queue. The weather was not that cold (mid-40’s), the atmosphere was excellent. Our strategy was to gauge the situation and stay only if we had a realistic chance of getting the laptop. Speaking to people ahead in line, I thought our chances were 50-50, so decided to stay on.

The time past by pretty quickly chatting with fellow campers. Someone played radio out loud in the car, so no dearth of entertainment. At around 4:00, BB employees came out and asked the campers to fold down the camps and chairs. Something unexpected happened then. The number of people ahead increased three-fold to around 250. Apparently, lot of people were sleeping in their cars while their friends held their place in the line. Obviously disappointed we decided to cut our losses and head back home asap. Lesson learnt: If you really want to get the doorbusters, be infront of the store no later than 8:00 pm the previous night.

This was my first time camping out for the deals, I wouldn’t say I was bored, the crowd was fantastic. However, might not do this again. I took pictures on my camera phone. Will post them shortly.

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One Response to Black Friday Shopping

  1. mark says:

    I always wondered how those ‘events’/lines worked.

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