My daughter caught a case of jealousy when her brother purchased his own computer after saving up for the better part of the year. Tired of butting heads with my wife for the use of a computer that contains her SIMS computer game, she decided she wanted her own computer as well. When we started talking about how much one that would serve her needs would cost, and how long it would take her to save up for it, there were tears. A lot of tears.
When you’re eleven years old, eight months is an eternity.
Daddy heart melt of epic proportions occurred, and my instinct to make the tears stop kicked in. My wife and I agreed that with Christmas on the horizon we would pay for half of a reasonably priced laptop if she saved her allowance and any other funds she happened to earn to pay for the other half.
It was understood that this would be a very large portion of her Christmas gifts.
Over the last few months, my daughter had constantly explored the Best Buy website looking for laptops, calculating her price range by determining how much she could save by Christmas, and then doubling it. I slowly educated her on the minimum specs that the computer needed to have to fit her needs. The discussion on the difference between memory and hard drive capacity was a particularly proud moment for this tech savvy daddy.
On Thanksgiving Day, I was looking through the Black Friday ads when Tori snuck up behind me and asked me if I found any good deals on laptops. There actually was one at Best Buy, however it was their door buster. I explained to her that I could either spend time with the family, or I could go stand outside our local Best Buy all day for a chance that I may be one of the lucky ones to get one of a small number of laptops in stock. I was choosing to spend time with my family.
She understood, but walked away with her eyes cast on the floor.
On the afternoon of Black Friday, after all the craziness had calmed down a bit, I asked her if she wanted to go with me to Best Buy just to look around. To our surprise, we found a laptop on sale that met all our requirements, and was within our price range. Tori’s eyes lit up when the sales person said they had one in stock. Our eyes met, and I knew the question that was forming in her head without her saying a word.
“Daddy, can we get it?”
A quick phone call to talk to my wife, and we were on our way to the checkout counter. As we were waiting, I confirmed several times with an excited young lady this is what she wanted to spend her cash on. The cashier put the box in a large bag, and handed me my receipt. I turned to my right to head towards the exit, but what I saw stopped me in my tracks.
Five feet in front of me was a pyramid display of the door buster laptops.
I picked up one of the boxes to ensure that the product was really in the box. It was a bundle package that came with a carrying sleeve, a mouse and an 8GB flash drive. It was also $30 cheaper than the laptop we had just purchased. A sales person indicated that the sale price was still active and guided me to a display (oddly quite a distance from the other laptops) where Tori could examine the sale model. After a few minutes, and a few “oohs” and “aahs,” we decided to make an exchange. With the just purchased laptop in one hand, and the door buster in the other, we headed to the customer service counter.
The evening news was filled with stories of chaos, crowds and fights from late Thursday night, and early Friday morning as shoppers overran retailers with the start of the Holiday shopping season.
Getting a great night’s sleep and STILL getting a door buster deal at 5:00PM on Black Friday?
Did you have any interesting Black Friday experiences this year?