37 things: Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping

This post is part of my attempt to post daily between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That means, if my math is correct, I will have offered 37 different topics about my favorite time of the year. Learn more about 37 Things for the Holidays.

This is the second post in this series. This will discuss Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping.

I’ve never understood the need to rush to a store, wait in long lines and drop cash on something that probably isn’t worth the hassle anyway.

Sure, I’m guilty of traveling to three different Targets for a Nintendo 3DS XL a few years back and to three different Best Buys for a video game, but I didn’t wait in any lines and only traveled to so many stores because inventory counts were incorrect!

So the Black Friday and, as of the last few years, Thanksgiving night shopping experiences have no “wow” factor for me.

That doesn’t mean I ignore the experience. I never got up early on Black Friday.

But — and many of you will complain — I do enjoy going to the stores on Thanksgiving after dinner.

It’s an escape from family, which I think is why everybody really goes shopping that night!

But for me, it’s also a chance to just watch people go nuts for the latest TV or get lost in a bunch of so-called “doorbuster” deals.

While TV news sometimes plays up the hype of the shopping hysteria, there is plenty of research and stories to prove that many of the “deals” advertised on Thanksgiving and Black Friday are not deals at all.

I noticed this Thanksgiving night in Target. In a huge cardboard display of video games was a bunch of “Mario Maker” games for Wii U. I poked around looking for the display prices to discover the Thanksgiving/Black Friday price was $59.99, which is what I thought the original price was.

At the same time on Amazon, the price was $54.99, slashed from the regular price of $59.99.

I headed back to the electronics department to find the sticker untouched in the display of games. The price? $59.99.

So there was no deal after all. Just a ploy.

DVDs were $4 or $6 and $10 for complete seasons. But those $4 and $6 DVDs had no bells and whistles. (And who buys DVDs these days, anyway?)

I did buy an ornament at Macy’s. It’s a Spode Christmas tree. I got it for a little more than $10 with tax. Macy’s claimed it was 65 percent off the original price. But we all know Macy’s never sells things for that “original” sticker price.

So was my purchase a good deal?

I’m going to keep watching the price just to see. I’m willing to bet the ornament typically is sold for anywhere from $13 to $18.

If that’s the case, then I didn’t really save 65 percent.

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