Yes, I was one of those thousands of crazy people who got up early, braved the cold and the long lines to purchase some incredibly good bargains when the stores opened this morning. OK, really only one store in particular and that is only because they had some really good deals on some DVDs I wanted to get as presents for family members.
There's this delusion that I get every time there is a big sale like this--oh, I'm the only person who will have this idea. That delusions is routinely and soundly shattered when I pull into the parking lot and see people circling like vultures for a parking space. And that's just the first of many lines I was in--finding a place to park (legally), getting into the store and then the line to pay for said treasures that up until that moment you couldn't live without but now you're not so sure. It also makes you start to wonder--do they really want/need this item I'm waiting in line to purchase?
Part of the experience is the people watching and observing. Nothing brings out the animal instinct like a bargain on a laptop computer. I saw people with carts piled high with computers. One guy behind me in line was talking to another buddy and I overhead him say, "Well, I really don't want or need the computer but it's too good a deal to pass up." He also had a cart piled high with other electronic items that were all at prices that were way too good to be true.
I felt like a complete slacker, only having my few meager DVDs I'd come in to purchase before supplies ran out. But that feeling will fade in January when the bills come and I can afford to pay them off and not spend most of '07 recovering from Christmas '06. Somewhere Dave Ramsey is smiling and proud of me.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/24/2006 06:41:00 AM