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11-17-2010 09:18 AM
Got your running shoes and sleeping bag ready? Are you planning to make the most of the Black Friday deals? This week’s Weekly Feature could help you save some money—and some sleep—when the biggest shopping day of the year rolls around. And we’d like to hear from you on the subject; what was your most successful Black Friday experience?
11-22-2010 08:21 AM - edited 11-22-2010 08:37 AM
Well this is more of a black holiday than a Friday. One year I was driving around three days before Christmas, and was T-boned by a congressman's wife while pulling into a parking lot. She said " I was looking over there for a restaurant and I didn't see you". Well I said when you are driving it is a good practice to look in front of you. I think she was drinking, almost sure of it. Police would not come because they said there were no injuries and shopping center parking lots are private property. I should have said my neck hurts, but I would have been lieing. Wonderful Montgomery County Maryland Police. I had a security guard drive up that was a witness. Well I was told "in Michigan we have no fault insurance". My response was this is Maryland and we know who's fault it is. She did not report it to her insurance and I had to contact them and then do a little of my own detective work. She was startled when she answered the phone and it was me. How do you get a congressman's home phone number and talk to his wife. Hey I'm good.
Oh I did manage to get the video game I was after.
Three or more years ago I was shopping online, I will not mention he name of the Bestbuy. But they had showed three guitar heroes in stock so I ordered one for pick up. Low and behold after that, they charged (put two week hold on the credit amount), and then sent an email to say it would be an hour to confirm the order was in stock. Well I was very busy so I went to the store. They told be the order was canceled because it was not in stock. I went to the shelf and picked up all three of which I was only wanting one. They said to take it up front and pay for it. I said I already paid online. I was told that it didn't go through. My credit card company said it did and it would take weeks to get a credit if it was canceled. So I was more than upset and refused to pay trice. The manager refused to help and said I would have to pay again. I left the product and have not made a purchase there since.
I think the whole holiday thing has gotten way out of hand. Soon we will see decorations up right after July 4th. Black Friday is in hopes the stores bottom line will get out of the red. With customer service like I just mentioned it's no wonder why some stores ar in the red, but Walmart rocks. Why don't we have them run our country. We would not be in the red.
11-22-2010 08:27 AM
Black Friday...the busiest shopping day of the year. As a Registed Nurse in a busy ER, I can recall a Black Friday where some of the shoppers wound up in our emergency room. The line at a local department store was long, snaking around the building out into the parking lot. Every shopper had someone with them (I guess to run defense in the store) and they stood patiently waiting for the sale to start at 6AM. As the store manager opened the store for business, the mass of people all surged into the store as fast as they could, each gripping a store advertisment. Mind you, most of these people are civil-minded, up-standing Christian folk. But when it came to getting a flat screen TV marked down a couple of hundred bucks, civility went out the window. To make a story short, our ER had to treat a few of them for bruises and sprained ankles, and a store manager for chest pain due to what I guess was brought on by stress. No one was serioiusly injured and Black Friday came and went, as did that holiday season. So this year, as you shop the Black Friday sales, be careful...and have a joyful Christmas.
11-22-2010 08:41 AM - edited 11-22-2010 08:45 AM
Need a good laugh. Starting Jan 1st we get to see Oprah operating on Discovery Health. What a gift. I know how much you like people who don't know they are pregnant. I wonder, does that ever happen in real life?
Sorry for being off topic. But it could be a Black Friday. Jan 1 is on a Saturday. Shame Shame.
11-23-2010 09:16 AM
Forgive the cross posting. But had to advertise. FiOS Black Friday deals?
Perhaps a big subscription push with one day Black Friday Specials.
This user deserves all the credit for the idea.
11-28-2010 09:29 AM
Okay; Black Friday is now in the rear-view mirror for this year. Would anyone like to share any horror or success stories about their shopping experiences last Friday?
11-28-2010 09:42 AM
Mine is a success story.
All the stores I was interested in had the same deals online as were advertised in the paper. As soon as the websites were updated for those deals at midnite, I did my shopping online -- and got free shipping on all the orders to boot. YAY!! No crowds, no hassles.
11-28-2010 09:47 AM
Very clever KaLin... and smart! I expect that online shopping will continue to take a bigger and bigger bite out of brick and mortar sales as we go along. Online shopping sites keep getting better and better, and often are much less hassle than dealing with the stores.
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