Black Friday Part IV: Outrage at Walmart’s SaleSubmit to del.icio.us | digg it! | Submit to Slashdot
First of all, I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving! Our family really does not celebrate Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter. Really, our highlight of the break is black Friday.
We’ve been looking for a laptop long time and the Wal-Mart HP Pavilion ze2308wm Notebook ($398) looked really attractive. My dad wanted to make sure that we would have a chance in getting this tomorrow. So, he called a number of Wal-Mart stores for some details on how the sale will work.
Even though Wal-Mart professes to be open 24 hrs/day and 7 days/week it has to make an exception. Tonight at 12am midnight, Wal-Mart will close to setup for the upcoming sale. This will give customers time to campout before the 5am opening. Most of the stores that we called confirmed this.
My dad also asked how many laptops were in stock. I was surprised that he asked that because surely they would not give that information out! Only one of the stores gave in and old us the quantity. It made my heart drop. ONLY 5 LAPTOPS WILL BE SOLD AT OUR WALMART! I thought that was insane! But, as I pondered on the idea, I realized that Wal-Mart made a smooth move on their part. That laptop is one of the top five most popular items for Black Friday. It has been getting a lot of media attention; I’ve seen too many articles that mention it. That laptop will be a magnet for shoppers on black Friday.
I’m not sure if we will pursue that deal. It may not be worth it. I’m sure all other Wal-Mart stores have near the same quantity on hand. It will be hard to compete against hundreds of early morning shoppers for just 5 notebooks.
Feel free to comment on your thoughts on this subject!
Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2005