Black Friday is a day when every major store has the greatest deals of the year, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, etc. But is this one-day worth the trouble that it brings every year?
I set off Best Buy-bound at around 6:30 PM Thursday evening, prepared to wait outside of the store until it opens to find the best deals, and to get a guaranteed chance of receiving a ticket for the items that have an amazing deal. After waiting about three or four hours, my party and I begin to lose our patience, but were encouraged by the customers behind us, since we had arrived five and a half hours before the store opened, there were more people behind us than in front of us waiting to get into the store.
Finally, it's 12 and the store opens; everybody rushes in to the store to find their items and make a break towards to checkout counter. I find my copy of Battlefield 3, which is on sale for 30 dollars (as it said in the Thursday newspaper advertisements for Best Buy.) I find it and make my way towards the front counters, meeting up with a few friends along the way. And then it hits me like a Mack truck, I think to myself: I'm not 17, so how am I going to purchase this game? I find a friend that I'm with that's 19 and I have him walk up to the counter with me. As their checking me out, I notice that the price of the game is $60.00 when the game was advertised as 30 dollars in the Door buster ads for Best Buy. "This is the Limited Edition copy, so we've got to charge you full price" the clerk says.
So I scramble to find another copy of the game so that I can get it, keep in mind that I had only come equipped with 45 dollars to get the game because it was marked at $30.00. There's no other copy of Battlefield, only the Limited Edition, so I'm stuck; I just stood outside of Best Buy for 6 hours and didn't even get what I wanted.
Angry, I step outside to get some fresh air and because the store is far too overcrowded. As I'm waiting, my friend comes outside to show us his purchases, a new 24" HDTV he got for 200 dollars, a copy of Battlefield 3 and a copy of Metal Gear Solid. Curiously, I asked him how much he bought his copy of Battlefield 3: LIMITED EDITION, "35.00" he replies. My friend got the same game and same edition for thirty-five dollars, but when I tried to purchase my copy, they attempted to charge me 60. What in the world is wrong with this picture?
So, with that I have vowed to myself never to even consider camping out for Black Friday unless I absolutely know with a 100% fact that I'm going to get what I wait on for six or more hours. This really put a dent into my mood and a sense of hatred towards Best Buy came across me. Black Friday isn't worth the trouble that you go through, unless there's a heart stopping deal for an electronic that you've been waiting to get for months, I wouldn't even waste the time in going. Not only do you have to wait forever, but also there's a chance that the person in front of you will get the last item that they have in stock.