Best Buy Shoppers Start Camping Out Early For Black Friday

rated by 0 users
This post has 23 Replies | 1 Follower

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 25,873
Points 1,172,860
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Sat, Nov 17 2012 11:42 AM
Believe it or not, shoppers have already started camping out at some Best Buy stores in anticipation of Black Friday. If lining up a week early seems insane, well, that's because it is. Be that as it may, Rhiannon Buckingham found herself near the front of the line at a Best Buy store in El Cajon, California.

"Last year, I came on Tuesday and I was 17th in line," she told Channel 10 News, a local ABC news affiliate. "They only had 15 TVs."

Best Buy Black Friday Shoppers

Not all Best Buy locations take kindly to people camping out so far in advance of Black Friday, and in fact a property manager at the El Cajon location made Buckingham and company leave the premises, telling them to return on Thanksgiving. Fat chance. According to Channel 10 News, Buckingham found an alternate Best Buy location in nearby La Mesa, where she's currently camped out.

"I'm getting TVs... four TVs, a Blu-ray, player, and some earphones," she explained.

She figures she'll save about $2,000 by camping out a week in advance and being one of the first inside. Unlike the El Cajon location, the store's manager at La Mesa is totally fine with shoppers camping out a week in advance. The manager even came out to take photos of the campers for his company's corporate newsletter.

Best Buy Black Friday Preview

Best Buy has already revealed its "Doorbusters" deals, which include items like a 40-inch Toshiba LCD 1080p TV for $180 (save $240), Sony PlayStation 3 250GB bundle for $200 (save $100), and several other items.
  • | Post Points: 245
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 608
Points 5,495
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Canada
ForumsAdministrator
Moderator
RWilliams replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 2:19 PM

Makes me sick that some people are SO materialistic, they'll sacrifice an entire week out of their life just to sit outside a stupid store.

To each their own, I guess...

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,544
Points 54,465
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Dave_HH replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 2:21 PM

Sort of typifies the saying "get a life," doesn't it? Just sad really.

Editor In Chief
http://hothardware.com


  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 20
Joined: Nov 2012
raymacfla replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 3:12 PM

No, it just means that there will always be self righteous haters who will never understand what others do. They just judge and it makes them feel better.

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 10
Joined: Nov 2012
corsairsa replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 3:35 PM

This is way too ridiculous, stores are seriously turning Thanksgiving into just another consumerist holiday...rather than it's original emphasis on family.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: Nov 2012
LordBurns replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 3:42 PM

Their camping already this should be fun.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 292
Points 3,055
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: California
Aoshi replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 4:01 PM

Maybe Best Buy is doing a sale on "Life"? (haha punny) Seriously 6 days in advance? That's ridiculous. The TV isn't that good of a deal but a PS3 Bundle for $200 isn't bad. But I wouldn't sacrifice a week of my life for it. Life isn't all about the things you have as it SHOULD be the things you do & the people you meet.

 

While I do admit it can be fun to camp out with some buddies but that's too early. 

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 4:07 PM

You gotta look at it from the people's perspective: They just finished all that time camping out for the last Twilight movie. If they don't immediately start camping for something, they'll come down from their high.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: Nov 2012

People say those guys out there need to get a job to afford that stuff, or another welfare system, or they have no life, or scum of society. Plain and simple, if the deal was there everyday...Im sure everyone talking trash would jump on it. Since they can't, they resort to trash talking. The reality is mind your F'in business and go do your stupid life's hobbies. I do this every year. I am a aerospace engineer and I make plenty of money to buy the most state of the art TV; but i dont need it. I have a career, and I have unlimited personal time off time whenever I choose. So there idiots, Im getting paid to be there. I meet great people, have a blast partying all night and enjoy a life's urban mountaineering experience. Also, I get the chance to offer a friend or two the deal they wouldnt normally afford. I know all you idiots dont know friends and family that can use a dollar saved.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 5,053
Points 60,700
Joined: May 2008
Location: U.S.
Moderator
3vi1 replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 5:05 PM

Why is it that coming up on the holidays, everyone here starts dropping veiled F-bombs and name-calling?

Joel, JDiaz, and I have agreed on... well, basically nothing... but I don't recall us ever treating each other like that. And, if they ever had, I would have known I had 'won' the discussion.

Not everyone here has the same opinion; Everyone's welcome to their own view. If you don't agree with what someone else says, that's absolutely fine - just don't start calling people "idiots" and such when you disagree with them. It's much more constructive to point out *why* you disagree.

It also makes things easier on those of us that only posted opposing viewpoints to be funny. :P

Happy Holidays!

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?

++++++++++++[>++++>+++++++++>+++>+<<<<-]>+++.>++++++++++.-------------.+++.>---.>--.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 12
Points 90
Joined: Jun 2012
JHooper replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 6:40 PM

I don't think anything is really worth camping out for a week ahead of time. You could probably find comparable deals online throughout the year for the same things.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 354
Points 3,075
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Canada

I wish that I could get enough money to be able to pick up something sweet on black Friday...

PC Specs:

  • AMD Athlon 64 x2 6400+  Cooled by a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (push-pull)
  • 2GB DDR2
  • MSI Radeon HD 6450 2GB
  • Stock Dell motherboard
  • 250Gb HDD
  • XFX Pro Core edition 650W PSU
  • Stock Dell inspiron case

 

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 758
Points 10,695
Joined: Sep 2009
eunoia replied on Sat, Nov 17 2012 10:51 PM

.

...pending.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 7
Points 80
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque
truk007 replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 12:10 AM

I didn't know Best Buy was still around. People actually shop there?

  • | Post Points: 35
Not Ranked
Posts 3
Points 15
Joined: Nov 2012
Modrod replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 12:42 AM

I did the Black Friday thing once. Never again. lol

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,544
Points 54,465
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Dave_HH replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 1:04 AM

Relax Raymac. No one is hating, self-righteous or judging, just expressing a view different than yours.

Editor In Chief
http://hothardware.com


  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 1,089
Points 11,030
Joined: Jun 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
CDeeter replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 10:24 AM

I don't shop there much myself, but one of the things they do have is Polk Audio speakers, well some of them. Not too many places carry Polks.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 1,016
Points 10,925
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Mcallen, Texas
OSunday replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 1:00 PM

Lets try and look at this mathematically... 7 days spent waiting, $2,000 dollars saved.

It amounts up to about 285 dollars a day saved.

If she's waiting there 24 hours a day, she's saving (or technically getting paid) $11.9 an hour.

Is $11.9 an hour worth working 7 consecutive 24 hour shifts, and sacrificing the chance to take a break, rest relax and possibly be more productive at a regular high paying job?

Not to mention the trade offs of being able to just take advantage of cyber monday or online deals year around without camping out...

I'm not sure that's worth it, maybe waiting a day ahead of time which bumps up your number in savings/time considerably could be worth it, but overall I don't think it is.

It's also just absolutely ridiculous that certain stores (Target and a few others) are requiring their workers to work on Thanksgiving day since their starting their Black Fridays thanksgiving evening.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 758
Points 10,695
Joined: Sep 2009
eunoia replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 2:52 PM

.

...pending.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 150 Contributor
Posts 608
Points 5,495
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Canada
ForumsAdministrator
Moderator
RWilliams replied on Sun, Nov 18 2012 5:42 PM

Yes. They sleep there, too :P

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 47
Points 325
Joined: Dec 2011
Location: Canada
Samar replied on Mon, Nov 19 2012 12:13 AM

This year is gonna be a blast with so much choice to go around in mobile category.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 180
Points 1,660
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Biddeford, ME

I would so do this if I had money to waste

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 31
Points 260
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: Rancho Cordova, California
Mattos replied on Mon, Nov 19 2012 11:34 PM

Now these people have dedication. 

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 100 Contributor
Posts 990
Points 14,250
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Ontario
Manduh replied on Tue, Nov 20 2012 12:07 PM

wow, just wow. I hope they brought lots of sweaters and blankets, brrrrrr! By the way those sneak peak deals are great, however not worth camping out for almost a week LOL I'll stick to Cyber Monday deals, hopefully no sites will crash again ugh. The Source and Staples (in Canada) were terribly SLOOOOOWWWWW

PCAudioLabs Rok Box MC 7xs - Intel Core i7-2600K - Cooling: PCAL Quiet Operation - Gigabyte Z68 Motherboard - 16GB DDR3-1333 - AMD Radeon HD 5450 - Power Supply: 600 Watts - SRT Drive: Intel 311 SSD (20GB) - Primary Drive: 500GB, 7200RPM, 16MB cache - Audio Drive: 1TB, 7200RPM, 32MB cache - Sample Drive: 2TB, 7200RPM, 64MB cache - OS: Windows 7 Professional x64

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (24 items) | RSS