Friday, November 15, 2013

Organization Seems to Be Rare on Black Friday Will 2013 be Any Different?

While I still believe that best way to get a great deal on Black Friday 2013 is to simply order the item online or wait until Cyber Monday, the hype and hoopla around the new unofficial holiday is getting close to a feverish pitch.

This is the time of year where websites with “leaked” ads have traffic numbers that look like Google, and this year shoppers will be heading out to stores on Thanksgiving night in search of deals.  Web Pro News lists a number of deals that will be available throughout several stores on Black Friday 2013.

Of course, the store most synonymous with what is undoubtedly one of the biggest shopping days of the year is Wal-Mart.  According to the Verge, Wal-Mart is separating the whole experience into three separate events.  What I find interesting, and anyone who has been to a Black Friday event has probably realized, is that organization is not really the strong points of Wal-Mart or any of the mega stores.

Buyers and shoppers often need to run, literally run, to separate locations in the retailer to score the ultra-low price on an item, and that is if they do not need to stand in line to get a ticket to purchase one of the low priced televisions or other electronic item.  So much time and effort goes into advertising for the event, you would think a little bit of planning could make scenes like this from a few years ago:

Anyway, while Black Friday 2013 will probably have its share of pushing and shoving (and mean tempered people with little sleep), some folks enjoy the madness.  Yes, there will be some great deals only available at the stores, but many of those great $900 70-inch TVs are limited to five or six or less per store, which means unless you camp out all night, you’re probably going home empty handed or disappointed or both.

If you enjoy the deal hunt, have a great time.  If you don’t, I get that too.

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