Here I sit, outside the Apple Store, waiting for my Black Friday shift to begin. I love my job, but I don't think I'm ready for today. I think I'd prefer sleeping. Or shopping. Or hiding inside and hoping all of the shopping insanity blows over. Any of those would be preferable. You see, it's not that my job will be any harder per se. It's that our store is usually busy and people are usually unhappy with waiting. Now add in the biggest national shopping day of the year into the mix and that's an equation for unhappy customers for no reason other than they're unhappy.
I'd be more ready to handle it if it weren't for last night. I wasn't going to go out shopping, not even a little, until I found out I couldn't get the one thing I wanted online for the price I wanted to pay, so I went to Walmart. Yes, Walmart. I apparently had a death wish.
Anyway, 45 minutes in line next to three high school girls who talked about how they couldn't wait to be married and how lazy one of their friend's mom was and I was done with this holiday (if you can call it that).
Next year, let's make Black Friday a totally online event. No in-store sales. Let's all stay home with our families, be thankful for what we have, and really use out Amazon accounts to their fullest benefits. There's no need to turn on each other just for the chance to buy a baby blue Wii.
Of course I say that, but undoubtedly I'll go out again next year. I'm addicted to good deals. You can blame my mom for that one. I do.
I find myself looking to purchase things I don't even really care about that much just because it's on sale. What's wrong with me? Why do I need the stuff I buy just because it's 50% off? Sure, that's a good deal, but I won't get my money's worth out of it.
Like I said before, be careful not to become a consumer. It's a hard habit to get out of.
Especially when there's a Blu-ray player on sale. Excuse me. I've got somewhere I need to be.