Best Buy #281 – The Night Before ‘Black Friday’ originally uploaded by David Haines
Last week’s poll asked what the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is for everyone. We ended up with the same result, much like the previous impromptu poll posted by the Minneapolis Farmers Market, with sides winning by a landslide. What was surprising to me, however, was that the turkey was a distant third losing to even wine! Now that’s something I never would have suspected.
This week’s poll has to do with holiday shopping, how you do it, and if it has changed this year. We never get into the Black Friday crap much but last year we did stand in line, for a long ass time in the cold, to get the door buster deals at Half Price Books (Sank believes that Half Price Books and Wal-Mart had the best deals this year which you can read in his Black Friday Report). This year, however, I was smart and used Jason DeRusha’s Black Friday blog post to help me find what I was looking for online.
With a baby on the way we have been buying a lot of shit for him so our budget has been limited but we definitely needed a new computer for the house. We have an aging PowerPC based Mac (circa 2005) and two work laptops. My wife needs something a little more mobile and I wanted something with a built in camera so that we can do easy video conferencing (Google Talk’s video chat client is fucking awesome BTW) with my parents and me (when I’m at lunch at work) after the baby is born. A netbook was the obvious answer due to the low prices (I snagged one from Dell for $266 including tax) and the fact that they run OS X so the need for maintenance is low for me (spyware, viruses, etc). Thankfully after refreshing Dell’s site about 50 times between 9:30 and 10:30, the door buster deal popped up and I was done Black Friday shopping by 10:45 on Thursday.
On Saturday we went out to Home Depot to see if they had any .99 poinsettias left (they didn’t) but we picked up two anyway–which is what they wanted you to do (one for home, one as a gift) and then promptly ended all holiday shopping for the year. The only things that people are going to get from here out are the holiday cards that will go out in the mail tomorrow (sorry folks–we’re poor).
According to online analytics powerhouse Coremetrics, online sales were way up in 2009 over 2008 and showed that people were willing to spend more but use external sites to find their deals (look ma, I’m a statistic!)
- Not yet (44.0%, 20 Votes)
- Online (29.0%, 13 Votes)
- I'm a Grinch (11.0%, 5 Votes)
- Black Friday (7.0%, 3 Votes)
- Cyber Monday (7.0%, 3 Votes)
- Thursday (2.0%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 45
So, I’m wondering how you went about your holiday shopping this year. Have you already started? If so, did you go out on Thursday to those stores that hate their employees or did you wait for Friday like everyone else? Perhaps you joined me and the growing legions of people who preferred to diss “Cyber Monday” and instead do your Black Friday shopping at home from your couch? Perhaps you haven’t done any holiday shopping yet and prefer to wait until the crowds are down a bit before you do. Whatever you have to say about holiday shopping go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you think about this one. After you comment please be sure to vote and then feel free to check out our expired polls in the archive or read through the previous posts about polls here.