A few years ago, I joined in with the crowds of crazed shoppers to line up outside on a chilly Friday night to snag some great deals in the wee hours of the night/morning. After having an amazing Thanksgiving dinner, I decided to head out to the stores with my boyfriend to check out the Black Friday scene. In light of the past years’ mishaps, Walmart opted to stay open all night long, but begin it’s sales at 10pm, much earlier than most Black Friday sales. We pursued the ad ahead of time and decided that we would stop and pick up a $2 waffle maker. That’s obscure enough that no one would line up to buy it…right? Wrong.
In the past, I’ve only been to the Glendale Galleria on Black Friday, where I visited a few slightly less populated stores to pick up some discounted Christmas gifts. Sure the stores were more crowded than usual, but there was no frenzy or panic. Walmart however, is a whole different story. They kept their sale items in the middle of aisles, still on their pallets wrapped up in trash bags guarded by a few staff members. These weren’t supposed to be opened until 10pm, but some shoppers overran the guards and swarmed the pallets like a flock of starving vultures.
Back to our waffle maker…there ended up being a line that would have taken us upwards of 30 min. Since we didn’t exactly have our heart set on it, we just walked away to go wander through the rest of the store. I saw some people walking away with carts FULL of these cheap little contraptions. It amazes me just how many people are so eager to spend money, and how desperate some people can be just to score a good deal. Pushing, shoving, screaming, fighting – it’s really very comical. We ended up hanging out in the store for a whole hour taking in the scene. The whole time, I couldn’t help but think what an awesome documentary it would make.
It’s not even midnight, the night is young! We plan to hit the mall in a few hours to pick up some video games and Christmas gifts, as usual. Stayed tuned for part 2!
Happy Black Friday!