10 Thoughts From My First Doorbuster Experience


My “friend” called me last night to see if I wanted to go to Target with her in hopes of getting a cheap television.  I said yes.  I don’t know why.  This was my first Black Friday experience.  I thought I’d share a few thoughts.

1.  These two were suckers with me.  My sister-in-law is on the left and my friend who invited us on the right.  We stood in line for three hours before the doors opened. This was about hour 2 1/2 in line.
2.  We got there at 9 p.m. when the doors didn’t open until midnight.  We would have had to get there at 5 p.m. in order to get the TV.

3.  Experienced Black Friday shoppers have it down to an art.  So do the Black Friday line jumpers.  Two girls got right in front of me as we were almost to the door and I didn’t notice it until we were almost walking in.  I have no idea how it happened.

4.  The lady behind us called for a manager on someone who was trying to cut in line at the checkout after we had stood in line for an hour and a half.  The cutter’s excuse?  They just now started wrapping around the line.  She was in front when everyone else started to wrap through the girls’ department.  She was being the only reasonable person.  If she had cut in front of me after an hour and a half, I probably would have become pretty unreasonable especially at 2:30 a.m.

5.  Other than that most everyone was pleasant and just having a good time.  It was just hard to move anywhere.

6.  I think we all decided that that would be our last Black Friday experience.  I’m just not cut out for late nights anymore.

7.  I crawled in bed at almost 4 a.m. because it was an hour’s drive home, and I just crawled out of bed a few minutes ago…at noon.  And I have a headache.

8.  My favorite purchase of the night?  Catchphrase for $15.  I think I can probably get it at that price just about any time, but since I went, I felt like I should probably buy something and Catchphrase is always a good purchase.

9. I also got some cheap movies, including a season of Bones for $12.99.  Unfortunately, those movies will probably be there if I were to go back to Evansville in a few hours.  I’m not planning on it, however.  I’ll just assume that’s the case.

10.  Standing in line outside a store is not my idea of Thanksgiving.  I’d rather be standing in line waiting for the pecan pie or debating with my brothers or playing pinochle.  And while we did have a good time, cold and all, I just think that online Black Friday shopping will be the only way I’ll do it from now on.

Have you ever gone Black Friday shopping?  What’s been your experiences?


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  • Is B not really your friend?

    • She’s really my friend. In fact, one of the few people I’d consider going to doorbusters with on Black Friday, but after last night she’s on probation. My new motto, “Friends don’t ask friends to go Black Friday shopping with them.”

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