November 28th, 2011
Many consider Black Friday the official start to the holiday season, a time of year that is said to inspire love and sharing. Certainly this is true for a great many people, but then there are the others. There are the ones who transform themselves into human shaped lemmings, just without the convenient cliff to launch themselves off of for the sake of the rest of the species. The ones who start off the season by dispensing hate, selfishness, intolerance, and even a dash of pepper spray for good measure, all in the name of saving a few bucks. Don’t get us wrong, we here at Buxr are all about shopping deals and saving a few dollars, but sometimes that cost is too high and too fervently sought after by some, such as those who enter into a berserk enraged trance ready to do fierce and bloody battle at the prospect of a two dollar waffle maker.
A black eye for Black Friday
To this end we have assembled a series of cautionary and true tales to those looking forward to Cyber Monday, and we present them to you for your reading pleasure. What follows is a sampling of the blacker portions of this past Black Friday, for which no amount of pomp and circumstance will do them justice.
- As Walmart shoppers in a suburb of Los Angeles waited for discounted Xbox 360 consoles and Wii video games to be unwrapped, a desperate woman used pepper spray on 20 people to get ahead of them. Authorities called the incident “competitive shopping.”
- Frenzied shoppers fought over $2 mini waffle makers at another Walmart store near Little Rock AR.
- Residents of a small Texas town literally came to blows when one bargain-hunter hit another’s shopping cart, resulting in an arrest for one woman and a black eye for another, as you can see from this photo. The same thing happened in Rome, NY and police also broke up a fight at a Kissimmee FL Walmart jewelry counter.
- Houston TX shoppers became violent over $300 toy cars on sale for $99. Only eight were available in each store, so tension was high.
- Robbers shot one person outside a San Leandro, CA Walmart store when he refused to give up his purchases, leaving the victim hospitalized in critical but stable condition. Here’s the news story. A mugging outside a Myrtle Beach SC Walmart left one woman shot in the foot.
- Phoenix police bloodied a grandfather’s face when they arrested him for shoplifting. He argued that he only put a video game in his waistband to free his hands to help his grandson and keep him from being trampled.
- Angry shoppers waiting in line at midnight crashed through Hollister’s New York flagship store before it opened and went on a looting spree.
- A 61-year old man became ill and collapsed inside a West Virginia Target store while shopping for Christmas decorations, and other shoppers ignored and walked around him. He later died after being taken to the hospital.
It didn’t have to be this way
But you didn’t have to go in person to score some really good deals. Although there were advertised hot “door busters,” some of the other items available in stores on Black Friday were special purchase “space fillers” and not necessarily good values. Many merchants made their sales available early online, and shoppers could order the same items at 12:00 am Thanksgiving Day. Lowe’s offered free shipping the entire weekend, but if you ordered online for store pickup (as I did), it was a surprisingly pleasant experience at my local Lowe’s store. They designated one customer service desk specifically for Internet order pickup, and employees took those purchases to shoppers’ cars for them. So online buyers were able to stay out of the lines for in-store bargain hunters and get through quickly.
Looking forward to Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week this year. Shoppers should be able to find even better deals than on Black Friday, as door busters turn into web busters. That will make this month the best time to buy furniture, movies, video games, and clothing. Big retailers will offer good discounts that they hope will entice shoppers who skipped Black Friday, and daily deal sites are expected to send subscribers their very best deals.
- Amazon will have low prices all week on electronics, video games, jewelry, and 55% discount on select blu-ray movies, along with Gold Box and lightning deals. Check out this link to see them all.
- Best Buy will offer a $10 e-gift card for online orders over $100 when you choose store pickup. Sale prices are good for 2 days.
- Home Depot will offer discounts from 20%-75% on tools and hardware, outdoor power equipment and other do-it-yourself tools for home decoration, as well as savings on lighting, rugs, bath vanities and more home items. Get special promotions on their Facebook page, values and announcements from their Twitter page, and learn about events when you sign up for emails.
- JCPenney’s Cyber Monday sale offers more than 40,000 items marked down from 10%-70%.
- Kohl’s is adding free shipping with no minimum to several 20% off coupon discounts.
- Macy’s will post their 2-day Cyber Monday deals at this link.
- Sears online promotions for Cyber Monday and beyond will be available at this link.
- Staples will offer free shipping on all orders with no minimum, placed online or by phone through 11/28, with price cuts of 25%-40% on computers, digital storage, printers, cameras, software, GPS, gifts, computer accessories, and furniture.
- Target’s hot deals end 12/3/11 and will be posted here. Shipping is free on toys and select items.
- Walmart Cyber Week sales can be found here, and run through December 2.
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