Singing the Black Friday Blues

I’ll be interested to see the numbers show up for brick and mortar retailers by the end of this week. Why? With all the hustle-and-bustle during after Thanksgiving shopping, and all of the people rushing to the stores, one word can summarize all of it:

SUCKED


It was a pure fishing expedition for your Best Buys, and your Walmarts. They tried with their super 5AM shopping gimmicks of a whole “10” items and thought that people would stick around to shop some more. The problem was that there was nothing to shop!
I spent Thanksgiving in the Asheville area. Asheville mall during Friday was a drag. Not one sale that screamed to the consumers to come into the store and rampage and pillage until your came out with boxes of delights and left your wallet with the merchant. It was just another regular day for most, and boring day for others. Seeing how it happened there, I wouldn’t doubt that it was the same throughout the rest of the country.
So what’s the deal? Retailers had many chances to hold their consumers. This morning, NPR was talking about how online sales were up 21% from last year during this time. I do practically all my shopping for Christmas items online. The brick-and-mortar shops had their chance. They blew it. Big time. And they better not cry about it either when their low sales numbers come out, since there was plenty of time to prepare for this holiday season.

  • there werent as many good sales this year as there were in previous years
    i got a new video card and another wireless router at compusa at midnight
    other than that, there was nothing really on sale this year

  • there werent as many good sales this year as there were in previous years
    i got a new video card and another wireless router at compusa at midnight
    other than that, there was nothing really on sale this year