Frozen and Disappointed

Looking through the ads in the massive Thanksgiving Day StarTribune, I saw exactly what I wanted to get my daughter for Christmas this year on sale at Best Buy. Of course it was only on sale until 11am, and quantities were limited. Thus began my first (and most likely last) Black Friday shopping experience,,,

Knowing that I would have to get there early to score one of the few (Thing I won’t mention so as to not give any hints) I decided to head to the store early (1:30am). I anticipated a couple hours of sitting in my car, reading and listening to the radio. Followed by a leisurely walk to the doors of the store shortly before open.

Arriving at the store (1:30am – 3 1/2 hours before they opened) I found the line to be 60-70 people long. Ugh. I’d better get in line, don’t want to miss out on the great deal. Sadly, as is often the case I was completely unprepared. Standing outside for 3 1/2 hours in 8 degree weather in lightweight shoes with lightweight socks, a t-shirt under my lightweight jacket, and a baseball cap on my head was not the way I expected this to go.

Needless to say, the ran out of (the item) before I had a chance to purchase it. I did get a mini-DV camcorder at a great price, mainly because I would have felt like a complete fool had I stood outside that long in the cold for nothing.

At least I’ll be able to film my daughter “not” receiving her present!

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on November 25th, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

    That sounds… ummm… unpleasant. To say the least.

    I think part of the reason I’m a shitty gift-giver is because I’m just too lazy and lacking in fortitude to be out shopping amongst the people.

  2. J Wynia (unregistered) on November 25th, 2005 @ 8:29 pm

    Man, to get me to stand in a parking lot at 1:30 am for 3 hours to buy a product of any kind would require a deal along the lines of a $4000 plasma TV for $50. Just isn’t going to happen. I’ll just pay the extra and live with it. There just isn’t anything I want bad enough that it can’t wait a few months.

  3. Nate (unregistered) on November 27th, 2005 @ 12:13 pm

    You gots some balls, man. You have just built up some crazy karma points. You;ll get the item somewhere else…

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