The Black Friday Experience

November 26, 2007

Okay, I know I said I try to avoid Black Friday at all costs, however, this year my sister begged and begged for me to go with her. What was I to do?

The only thing is that she wanted to go to the Waikele Premium Outlet Mall and their sales started at 12:01 am. Yes, that’s right, one minute after midnight. The only thing crazier than that is the fact that I had to work a flight in the morning.

As I sat outside Starbucks at 11:15pm waiting for my sister, I watched literally thousands of people walk from their cars to the stores. It was an absolute mad house! Cars who got stuck in the middle of the intersection were quickly engulfed in a mass of pedestrians. I’ve never seen anything like it.

The first store we went to was The Children’s Place where I got some pretty good deals. I purchased 12 shirts for the girls for $51.00. I started to think that maybe Black Friday wasn’t so bad after all. However, after that things went downhill quickly. Every store that we walked into had at least a 2 hour wait for the cashiers. I felt almost relieved when I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy. And on the occasion that I did, I wondered if a $5 shirt was really worth standing in line for 2 hours. It wasn’t.

The thing that got me were those who had their kids with them. I was really lucky that DH came home that night from a trip, otherwise, there is no way I would have gone. I couldn’t believe this one lady I saw who was standing in such a long line and yelling at her son who was throwing a tantrum. How in the world can you expect your child to behave nicely when it’s 2 in the morning? With all the lines and crowds and being tired and knowing I had to work in the morning, there were times when I felt like throwing a fit.

Anyway, it’s now Sunday evening and I’m still trying to recuperate from my all-night shopping adventure. It didn’t help that I had to work in the morning or that my in-laws came for a visit on Saturday which meant having to go out to dinner when I came home that evening. Or that we had an early birthday party to attend Sunday morning followed by Taiko practice and dinner at my parents house.

Would I do it again next year? Probably not.

For those who did brave the crowds, did you get any good deals? Was it worth it?

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41 Comments on “The Black Friday Experience”

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tonya said:

I am totally with you on all of it and rare do I brave the crowds for Black Friday. I usually work on that day but I took it off this year to just spend a leisurely day at home - it definitely did not involve taking the girls to any mall or retail stores!

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cyrillic » The Black Friday Experience said:

[…] Check it out! While looking through the blogosphere we stumbled on an interesting post today.Here’s a quick excerpt Okay, I know I said I try to avoid Black Friday at all costs, however, this year my sister begged and begged for me to go with her. What was I to do? The only thing is that she wanted to go to the Waikele Premium Outlet Mall and their sales started at 12:01 am. Yes, that’s right, one minute after midnight. The only thing crazier than that is the fact that I had to work a flight in the morning. As I sat outside Starbucks at 11:15pm waiting for my sister, I watched literally thousands of peopl […]

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Desert Songbird said:

You make a valid point - does waiting in a horrendously long line make up for the money you save on an item? For me, never.

My time is extremely valuable, and I’m willing to spend more money in order to be where I should be - at home.

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Melissa Markham said:

I didn’t get to enjoy Black Friday this year. The most I have ever had to wait in a line has been about 45 minutes. I have found good deals in the past. I mostly just enjoy being out in the thick of things:)

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Baby Advice said:

This year what my first Black Friday experience as well, but the lines at the registers were not that bad…Luckily!! But yeah I got some really great deals on toys and electronics!! I have to say that I would have FREAKED out if I saw someone yelling at their child! It’s not the child’s fault! Our Black Friday didn’t start until 4 in some stores, but most at 5 or 6 so I was grateful not to start at midnight!

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kraiger22 » The Black Friday Experience said:

[…] Check it out! While looking through the blogosphere we stumbled on an interesting post today.Here’s a quick excerpt Okay, I know I said I try to avoid Black Friday at all costs, however, this year my sister begged and begged for me to go with her. What was I to do? The only thing is that she wanted to go to the Waikele Premium Outlet Mall and their sales started at 12:01 am. Yes, that’s right, one minute after midnight. The only thing crazier than that is the fact that I had to work a flight in the morning. As I sat outside Starbucks at 11:15pm waiting for my sister, I watched literally thousands of peopl […]

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Summer said:

This was the first year I went out shopping on Black Friday but I didn’t go early or anything. I went out at about noon to the mall and got some pretty good deals on clothes for Angel Girl.

Summer’s last blog post..Kid Speak #6

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Cathi said:

I can’t remember ever braving Black Friday. Last year when we were living in Florida we recieved a phone call from our daughter-in-law at 6am. It was 3am in California and she was waiting in a long line for Walmart to open. She was bored and needed to talk so she phoned us knowing it was 3 hours later.
Kailani, are your flights turn arounds? You mentioned working the morning and returning in time for dinner.

Cathi’s last blog post..Photo Hunt - Hot!

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Kelly @ Love Well said:

This post pretty much confirms all my worst fears about Black Friday — which is why I’ve never gone. The deals never seem so great that I’m willing to lose sleep over it, much less deal with the crowds. I’m more than happy to shop in December, during the day when most people are at work and kids are in school. I can get in, get out and ENJOY it.

Kelly @ Love Well’s last blog post..Thanksgiving Lessons 2007

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witchypoo said:

There is nothing that I want badly enough, at any price, to endure the crowds, the rudeness and the child abuse that goes on during Black Friday.
I’m the one that speaks to the mother who is yelling at her kids. I figure the kid has no one else to stick up for them, but I usually get abuse about keeping out of their business.
I can only shudder to think how they treat their kids at home, where there are no witnesses.

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Jen said:

I did it one year with my mom…one store and we were DONE! We aren’t shoppers, and we aren’t that patient with obnoxious people either..HA! I figure there will be other deals, and even if they aren’t AS great, they’ll still be good! I’m tempted to do all my shopping on-line this year…

Jen’s last blog post..The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

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Lissete said:

I don’t do BF. My hubby goes every year and every year says never again! They usually only have a very limited amount of the ultra low priced teaser items anyway.

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Write From Karen said:

We absolutely avoided everything to do with BF - we do every year. I think you hit the nail on the head when you asked is it worth it to stand in line, lose all that time, for a $5 item?

I couldn’t agree more.

I can’t believe you went ahead and went considering you had to work, your in-laws were present AND the birthday party on Sunday. I bet you’re dead tired today. Pamper yourself, Kailani - that was quite a weekend.

You’re so nice, K. There is no way I would have agreed to go with my sister.

Well, let me rephrase that - if she had promised hot, soft pretzels and Starbucks then MAYBE ….

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Neha said:

Black Friday scares me just a tad… I much prefer “Cyber Monday” (where we who are chained to our desks at work can enjoy online shopping and take advantage of deals and steals there :-)
Neha’s last blog post..Cheap Could Be Couture?

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Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said:

I went. :) We got to the first store at 4:15am and that was the worst line (1 1/2 hours) - the rest weren’t too bad at all. I got pretty much all of my shopping for the girls done.

I do have to say that I would never, ever take kids with me on Black Friday. It’s too nuts out there. But I saw more people with kids this year than I ever have before. I can’t imagine trying to keep kids occupied in those kinds of lines. We paid our niece to stay with the girls since Ron had to work and that worked out very well. :)
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Christine said:

You know, I couldn’t even imagine taking my kids out that late/early shopping. Cranky wouldn’t begin to describe how my children would be, and I’d feel the same way too.
I heard one story about someone waiting all night long from 10pm-4am, at Circuit City to buy a flat screen TV for $35, and after all of that only got some silly promo item. I totally agree with you, I couldn’t justify spending two hours in line for a $5 shirt.

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matt said:

We started at 5:30AM to get some good deals on DVDs for ourselves, and then went on to do our holiday shopping. I was surprised at how busy the stores were. It was worth it, since we got most of our gifts purchased by Noon. Though, the sales weren’t all that exciting overall.

matt’s last blog post..Matted Fur Problems

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Twisted Cinderella said:

I am glad that I live in Canada and don’t have to brave that kind of craziness. I don’t think I would anyway, crazy shoppers make me feel claustrophobic!

I can’t believe a sale was so important that people would drag their kids out in the middle of the night.

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Melissa said:

Yep - we went. And it really wasn’t too bad this year. The lines weren’t horrible and I finished my Christmas shopping. Oh YEAH!!!

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Tonya said:

I love Black Friday. I NEVER take Nate with us though. Its always me, my mother, and my sister. For me the sales are worth it. In Goodies alone I saved $85 and my mom saved $115. The line was about 15 minutes.

We started shopping at 4am at Kohls and we were out of the store by 4:20. We finished our shopping at about 3pm that day.

Tonya’s last blog post..Cyber Monday Sale!!

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Renee said:

I avoid it like the plague!!! There is no amount of “savings” that could possibly make up for that madness.

I still have a little bit of shoping to do…but I won’t be doing it while the kids are out of school or on weekends.

Renee’s last blog post..Puppy love and sadness

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Alice said:

oh dear. i have never nor would i ever go, no matter what the deal is and no matter who asks me to go. it’s just not worth it, not even if it was free. i see the news reports on it every year and people often get hurt and get into fights. honestly, it’s just not what the christmas spirit is all about so i say, fuck it. lol. it’s way to crazy and i value my warm bed over half priced laptops or whatever else any day. i’ll be happy to work for it and pay full price. yeesh!

Alice’s last blog post..let ?em feel where you?re comin from

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Marie said:

Wow, I can’t believe anyone would bring a young child to something like that!

Marie’s last blog post..Pass the Tofurkey

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Audra Marie said:

I’m not into the holiday madness, I’d rather avoid it as much as possible. Seemingly sweet people have been known to grow fangs and claws during holiday shopping. :)
Audra Marie’s last blog post..The Spirit of Christmas

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Sher :) said:

ug, I’m exhausted just reading about it. No Black Friday shopping for me. I try to do my shopping on the internet. :)

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Tiff@Three Peas in a Pod said:

I will not brave the crowds. . nope I can’t take all those people. I would rather do my shopping and deal making online!

Tiff@Three Peas in a Pod’s last blog post..Recipe Monday

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Tiffany said:

more power to you.. I cant believe that people would bring there kids to black friday shopping

Tiffany’s last blog post..The kids in a Tub

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Dana said:

Well, you know MY experience….and no, I won’t repeat it. Camping out - its for the birds!!! Of course, had I gotten that computer I had my eye on, I might be singing a different tune - ha ha.

Dana’s last blog post..Thankful I don’t have to sleep on the sidewalk permanently

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Sparky Duck said:

you are absolutely nuts

but tell me, what did you buy me?

Sparky Duck’s last blog post..Feeley Storm Coming

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Staceyyy said:

Nevah have, nevah will! Nope, I’m too lazy to stand in line that long–unless I could bring a chair and some coffee–then maybe I’d do it. Do you think the others in line would try to take my chair? Or worse yet, sit in my lap? xo

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slackermommy said:

Like you I did it once and have never done it again.

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Pamela said:

my anti spam word WAS “shopping”
and it is absolutely something I don’t like to do.

BUT, I might change my mind if someone opened the store solely for me. No other shoppers.

Then, I could handle it.

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Lucy said:

That sounds absolutely hideous. I don’t like shopping in the first place; shopping in crowds is deeply unpleasant, and the thought of shopping in a crowd when you could be asleep is extraordinary!

No thanks. You can keep your bargains. I shop online.

Lucy’s last blog post..Can Celiac Disease be cured with stem cells?

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JessicaK said:

I didn’t go to the midnight sales, but I did go out about nine a.m. I got great deals on a lot of stuff for Grayson. The Gap outlet had some really good stuff for boys, as well as the OshKosh outlet. I was shocked by all the people who were dragging their kids along, too!

JessicaK’s last blog post..I make somebody smile!

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Waya said:

I can’t believe that lady brought her kid, poor kid! Is it worth it to torture your child like that? People like that should not be parents!

We have this outlet around here that opens at midnight (but I wasn’t crazy enough to go) and people were stuck in traffic for FOUR hours!! My BIL went at 5ish, waited in line for 2 hours and got only a few things while my hubbie watzed in at 10ish and got everything my BIL wanted. Too funny!

Waya’s last blog post..You know you?re in the boonies when?

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donetta said:

Oh that poor child you saw. Oh my goodness!
I hope your feeling more rested. I really enjoyed being home :)
donetta’s last blog post..Family Updates

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Mommy the Maid said:

I don’t think it is worth but I know a lot of crazy people who do. My dad goes for teh big ticket items and usually does pretty well. I am not interested (or have the $$) to spend $600 even if it is for a ginourmous TV. I have never been Black Friday shopping and do not intend to break that 28 year streak.

Why in the hell would you bring kids shopping at 2 am on Black Friday? That is just begging for a headache….for both parent and child!

Mommy the Maid’s last blog post..Tomboys and Hair Products

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@nnaliza said:

i also went with my sister and hated the crowds at the electronic stores (best buy, etc). the mall wasn’t too bad.
i bought some cute stuff for myself (something i haven’t done since high school) and spent roughly $100 for the whole day (food, fun stuff and my clothes). didn’t buy anything for anyone else except me n my sis. it was fun being with her–without my 3 little angels ;)
@nnaliza’s last blog post..Santa’s in town!

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Holly Schwendiman said:

That’s true love! It has to be an emergency to get me out on the day after Thanksgiving. I value my sleep and sanity above all else. You’re a trooper for battling it for your sister’s sake. I hope she appreciates you! :)

Hugs,
Holly

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Jenny said:

I fear Black friday. We always wait till last minute to go xmas shopping but by then theres like nothing left. haha

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