November 27, 2005

Black Friday: The Quest for a $300+ Laptop

Thanksgiving came and went. We had a quiet time as planned. My sister came by and ate, played low-speed chase with our dog, then went back to her place as she had work the next day.

The next morning, my husband woke me up at 4:45 a.m. It was Black Friday. He had his sights on an HP Pavilion ze2308wm as a Christmas gift for yours truly. Wal-mart was opening its doors at 5 a.m. Of course, since we've never gone to such after-Thanksgiving early bird sales, we underestimated the crowds.

Much to our surprise, there was a queue on both entrances snaking outside the store. What's worse, it was COLD! But what the heck, it was still our first time to experience it. We were both excited and laughing.

Madness ensued the moment the doors opened. People were pushing and pushing. I was constantly saying, "excuse me" or "oh, I'm so sorry" whenever I bumped into people. Regretfully, other people were just plain rude. One lady even yelled at me, claiming I pushed her. Of course, I was incensed because I was trying to be polite the entire time. I yelled back, "some people are just sooo rude!"

Anyway, we decided to divide and conquer, planning to call each other on the cellphone. Too late did I discover that the laptops were NOT in the computer section. Just so my struggle wouldn't go to waste, I grabbed the nearest portable DVD/CD player worth $60 that day. Then I realized I didn't need one. I promptly plopped it down when I passed the cereal section.

I finally met up with my husband who was as unsuccessful as me. Turns out Wal-mart had 60 units to sell. What's more, they placed it close to the cash register! How on earth were we supposed to know that? Chalk it up to experience then. I ended with 2 Care Bears worth $5 each (normally $15+) for my niece and my godchild.

After Wal-mart, off to Best Buy, Circuit City and Target. I was successful in Target where I bought a digicam for less than $100 (5 megapixels) and other children's toys. When we got home, I spent the entire afternoon ordering Christmas gifts online. No way will I go to the mall to shop. I imagine it will be such a madhouse.

So, thanks to the internet, I'm done with my shopping. All I have to do now is wait for my stuff to arrive so I can start wrapping them up. That's the most fun part! I can't wait! I just LOVE wrapping gifts.