Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shopping mania

Well, so I behaved myself pretty well on the round of bead stores on Friday, but I saw somewhere that Artbeads was having a 20% off sale this weekend (on a $60 purchase - and I think it's through tomorrow, actually*) and I have been meaning to stock up on these little rondelle beads anyway, and I haven't really been able to find them anywhere else, so it seemed like a good time to do that. They were 4-7 cents apiece, but I bought a selection of colors and sizes (4mm and 6mm) and I bought 50-100 of each so it added up to $60 pretty fast. And I did add in a few other things, I have to admit - but not too many.

I don't really understand the way people behave on Black Friday. A guy at Hobby Lobby told my sister that they had opened an hour earlier than normal, and there were 20 or so people lined up when they opened, even though they didn't have any sales that were any different from the sales they have all the time. (They had, y'know, 50% off Christmas ornaments, just like they have had for weeks.) It seems to me sometimes that people just go kind of crazy when they think they're getting a bargain.

I like to shop, don't get me wrong. (I imagine if you've been reading here for a while, that's obvious enough!) I just think people get kind of carried away. They get up and go to Wal-Mart at 3am to get a flat-screen TV for $599, or whatever, then half the time they probably buy a bunch of other stuff that negates whatever they saved. Let's face it, that's what the retailers running those sales count on. People just aren't very logical, a lot of the time. And I'm not saying I'm immune from this, not at all - I just don't do it at 3am on Black Friday.

*I checked on the Artbeads sale: it ends at 9am Pacific on Monday. So get in there early if you're interested!

1 comment:

Cathryn said...

I don't do Black Friday shopping. I refuse to participate in that kind of madness. It reminds me of a shark feeding frenzy.