Is it over yet? Is it safe to go out? I’m talking about Black Friday, of course, what did you think? On Thursday we are thankful for our blessings. On Friday we are thankful for bargains.
I’m sure you saw the ads for all the things that will be on sale: 40 inch flat-screens for $200, X-Boxes and iPods at ridiculously low prices. No, of course, I don’t need any of that stuff. I don’t even know what half of the electronics they advertise are. But what does that matter? Get out the credit cards. Buy now and pay later.
Most places are opening earlier than ever, some on Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to take any chances so I’ve been in line since last Monday. At least it seems like that. I considered bringing a tent, but I didn’t want to be mistaken for a protester. I would miss out on all the sales.
On Black Friday, capitalism rules. Greed is king. Consume, consume, consume, whether you need any more stuff or not. It’s the patriotic things to do. Support our merchants; keep Walmart and Target profitable. Keep Best Buy from going under. Don’t worry about who will keep you from going under.
I had my strategy planned. I made a test run the week before, routing out the path to the items I wanted most. I had on my running shoes and my sweatpants. I even had a parka in case of rain. I was ready to bargain shop.
This time I will stay out of the way of runaway shopping carts pushed by bargain-crazed housewives. I remember what happened the year my foot was run over. The shopper didn’t even bother to stop and check out the damage. My foot was blue for a week. So, what did I learn from that, you ask? I learned not to shop at places that have carts.
Everyone was waiting for the doors to open so we could charge. I was at the front of the line waiting for the doors to be unlocked at midnight. I still don’t know what happened. All I remember is dreaming I was trampled by a herd of elephants.
After I was done at the ER, it was too late to shop. But the stores open at 7:00 on Saturday. I’ve still got 15 percent off coupons and plan to buy as much as I can so I will save more money. I think I can get around well enough on my crutches.
Spending money is the best way to help the economy isn’t it? That’s what they keep telling us anyhow. I’m not worried about the economy getting worse next year. But in case it does, I want to get plenty of stuff now while I can.
Cyber Monday is coming and I can look online for all the stuff I didn’t get this weekend. Shopping online is not as exciting, but you can look for exactly what you need without being distracting by all the other stuff you want.
If have any credit left on my credit card, I will go back after Christmas and get all the stuff I found that I wanted for myself when I was buying gifts for other people. Everything will be on sale. I can return the things people got for me that I don’t want and spend any gift cards I have before they expire.
Now that I think of it, gift cards are not a bad idea. Maybe I will get gift cards next time and save all the gas, time, anxiety and energy of shopping. Oh, well, if they don’t like what I bought, they can take it back after Christmas and get something else.
When I see all the bargains, I can’t help myself. Only 30 days to shop between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Copyright 2011 Sheila Moss
PS: In case you were wondering, yes, this is satire. I may be crazy, but not this crazy.
And this is why I studiously avoid Black Friday and Saturday. Patrol cars were stationed at all the entrance/exits of the mall across the street on the BIG weekend. During the week before Christmas I have to leave for work 20 minutes early to allow time to get out of my neighborhood.
You do a great job of satirizing the events you write about. Keep up the good work. sd
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I used to live close to a mall. For the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we couldn’t get anywhere due to the traffic jam. It is crazy.
Priceless, got a good laugh. I knew that you were not crazy Sheila. There are enough people who are crazy enough to risk being trampled for a bargain. Myself, I just online shop. No crowds or shopping carts to deal with. I start in September or October and pay off my cards each month and start the new year with a clean slate.
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You are wise beyond words. I find that gift cards seem to fit everyone’s wallet.
Black is the color of profits on Retailers’ books!
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Yes, capitalism rules, especially today.