You’re Not Saving Money…Calm The @#*% Down

by Ed Lau on November 30, 2008

We discussed this briefly at this weekend’s Dot Com Pho after we heard the news of a Walmart employee getting trampled to death and shootings breaking out over the Black Friday sales a couple days ago. Seriously, we all agreed that this was pure idiocy…not only for the tragic events that occurred but the mass hysteria over sales that people were willing to line up for in the first place.

Let me explain. Most of these sales are in limited quantity and people line up for hours upon hours to get stuff cheaper. I’ve heard of people lining up for 8-12 hours and overnight isn’t exactly unheard of. This is just plain stupidity. Think about it people…how much are you saving? You could probably go to work and make that money in half the time with less stress and in this case, danger.

Personally, regardless of the savings, I refuse to line up for anything. Doing so in just a waste of time and if the payoff is simply a few bucks, then it isn’t worth it. I’d rather pay more for convenience and spend the time making money.

The worst part is…most of the people going to these things are going for deals that aren’t even that great. I mean, during Boxing Day, I’ve seen people fight over deals for freakin’ chocolate. Is saving a dollar even worth getting up for in the morning?

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Michael Kwan December 1, 2008 at 11:22 am

One of my friends lined up outside the Seattle Best Buy at 2:30 in the morning and she was number #251 in line. She walked away with… drum roll please… a couple of memory cards and a flash drive. WTF.

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Lesley December 1, 2008 at 1:26 pm

The fight over chocolate was legendary. I guess that now I’m at North Van, I will have to miss out on that.

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slif December 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm

now now now – Ferrero’s aren’t JUST chocolates (if you believe the advertising), but the currency of gods (if you believe the “customers”)

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ken December 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Its just alott of selfish lowlife humans who wouldnt even stop shopping, the police masked had to go in and bring them all out losers banish them to a life raft adrift in the ocean.
a few weeks ago a two year old was getting beatin to death on the side of a road, cars slowed down not one stopped to help the child . since no one had any balls to help the two year old, who was getting beaten to death. The police were SO far away they had to send a helocopter and filled the dude beating the child full of lead.
cant count on anyone these day’s.

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