Black Friday Best Buy

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by vrDrew, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    On a whim, a buddy of mine and I met up at a local Best Buy for their post-Thanksgiving midnight opening.

    We got there about half an hour before the doors opened. While we'd expected a line, we didn't expect to see several hundred people in a line a couple of blocks long. Once in line, I started chatting with folks, asking them what they were hoping to get. Answers: A lot of people hoping to get the $200 LCD TV set. Some people mentioned the HTC Thunderbolt (which prompted a discussion of smartphone cost of ownership.)

    Overall I was quite impressed. The people in the line were well-behaved and good natured, despite the cold, and despite having to wait in line 45 minutes. Once the doors opened, the line moved forward steadily, and I give the BB staff credit for letting people in at a measured pace. There were a couple of cops in front of the store. And the crowd ethic made absolutely certain nobody cut in line.

    Inside the store wasn't terribly crowded. Busier than a typical day, but nothing compared to the crush you'd experience in a big European city. There were large bins, clearly marked, containing many of the Featured items from the BF advertisement. And there certainly didn't seem to be a shortage of many of them.

    The Best Buy staff seemed generally good-natured and quite helpful. Maybe by 4 or five in the morning they'd not be so chipper. But still.

    My buddy and I made our selections, and got in line to check out. Again, the line was long, but moved steadily and fast. There were plenty of competent checkout staff. And since the customers were a) generally pretty young and b) not returning anything - this wasn't surprising. I did notice Best Buy had stocked the checkout area with high-margin "impulse" items, some of which I would pay money NOT to have in my house.

    I was glad I went, and felt like I'd participated in a cultural event with my fellow tech fans.

    But there was underlying all this an element of sadness. What have we done to create this? Of all the items on sale in that store, I'd bet virtually none were made in this country. The jobs we've created by this shopping event seem to be of the $8/hour variety that require smart, talented young people give up half their Thanksgiving holidays.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    At least here in Finland, holidays pay super good. IIRC it's like 200% more salary (so triple pay) when you work on holidays. Young people usually prefer those work days because for them.
  3. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I think it's sad that we've gotten to the point where some of these stores are opening on Thanksgiving afternoon/evening now. I guess it can't be called "Black Friday" any more if they are open on Thursday. It's just sad that people have to give up their holidays so they can go to work in retail at 9pm on Thanksgiving. Another holiday bites the dust.
  4. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Glad to see that your experience was good.
    I think the saddest part of BF are some of the shoppers. Some lady used pepper spray to advance herself to different parts of the store, and some guy was tasered down because of disorderly conduct. It's so pathetic.

    Glad you went for the experience instead of trying save as much as you can. I think that's what it's really about.

    Not to mention, in my opinion, the deals aren't that great anyways. Sure, they're better than nothing, but cheap items are still cheap, and expensive items are still expensive. There's no deal that's worth pepper spraying others or being tasered down.
  5. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I really like the cyber black friday events. Point, shoot and deliver.
  6. Antares macrumors 68000


    Why would a pillow pet be sold at Best Buy? Best Buy is an electronics store. :confused:
  7. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2010
    east coast
    Wondered that myself....I was there today and was like whaaaat?
  8. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    it all comes down to corporate greed.
  9. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Is there a speaker inside? :p

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