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May I suggest a new holiday?

Posted by Nathan Strum, 22 November 2011 · 1,234 views

Video Game Ramblings
How about, "Buyers' Remorse Day"?

This would follow Black Friday, where people would look back at a day wasted chasing bargains at stores, having spent more than they ever intended to (or having not found anything they wanted), and realize they could have just bought everything online instead.

To wit, the Playstation 3 Bundle.

Wal-Mart (plus Target, Sears and possibly others) is offering up a PS3 bundle. This includes a PS3, Ratchet and Clank All 4 One, and Little Big Planet 2, all for $199. Even without those games (which I wouldn't have bought anyway, but there's always eBay), that's $50 off, and enough incentive to finally buy a PS3.

However, I loathe the very thought of going shopping on Black Friday. Even more, I loathe the thought of setting foot into a Wal-Mart. So the thought of doing both is simply out-of-the-question. Stores will sell out of it within minutes of opening, people will trample each other in a stampede of greed and man's inhumanity to man, and the whole thing would just be an exercise in futility and frustration, leaving me a broken, angered, shell of a human being lying in heap of exhaustion.

But oh, hey... Wal-Mart will have the very same deal available online.

So can anyone explain to me... why on Earth would I ever get up at the crack of dawn on Friday (or worse still, waste part of my Thanksgiving going the night before), to fight the crowds on the off-chance I might happen to be in time to get some bait-and-switch deal to save me a few bucks, when I can do just as well, and without the headaches, online? Are people insane?

Hence, the need for "Buyers' Remorse Day".

Oops - looks like somebody beat me to it. There's already a day for that. But the name I came up with is catchier.

The weird thing for me is it sounds like us Canucks are going to get some "Black Friday" sales, even though we celebrate Thanksgiving in October.

My wife suggested driving to Buffalo to do some BF shopping, but then realized that the cost in gas would certainly wipe out any saving and we aren't shopping for any big ticket items anyway.

I'd be interested in both of those games if you buy the bundle and aren't interested in keeping them after you give them a try.
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Yep. They're insane. But maybe if everyone was allowed to shop that way, the stores could film Black Friday and broadcast it as a pay-per-view event.
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The part which I don't get is how the day after US Thanksgiving went from the unofficial start of the Christmas buying season (i.e. the point at which retailers get "into the black") to a frenzy of sales. Boxing Day (December 26) sale in Canada (and likely other countries) make far more sense: clear out excess inventory after the majority of sales have occurred. But starting the buying season with deep discounts just seems like retailers are throwing away profits.
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Oh, and apparently "Cyber Monday" was started because some marketing droid discovered that a named day gets more people shopping than just a simple sale.
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Ended up not getting a PS3 after all. The online sales were either pulled or were sold out by the time I got around to checking on Friday. Just as well, I don't need another mouth to feed. Maybe next year.
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