I’m not normally one to go out on Boxing Day and brave the huge crowds for a deal but this year was a bit different. I had my eye on a TV I’d like to get for the house, and there were some decent deals advertised for Boxing Day. The only stipulation was that they were limited quantity which meant I’d have to be there early to get my hands on one.
I dont get out much on Boxing Day so was blown away by the crowds, even early in the morning. The economy in my area (Calgary) isn’t great so I assumed the crowds would be sparse. I was definitely wrong about that.
I showed up at around 7AM to a long lineup of expectant shoppers already in line out front of the store, even in the cold weather. I didn’t think it would be that busy especially since many of the large oil companies in town have done significant layoffs.
Great Deals, in Limited Quantities
I waited in line until the store opened and was greeted by some overly enthusiastic store employees. By the time I got into the electronics section of the store there was a frantic pace among everyone there – employees trying to help shoppers and shoppers trying to snag whatever deal they could find.
Normally I am not a fan of buying things for the sake of buying them but in my case I had some money to spend and had researched a couple good deals online beforehand.
Unfortunately by the time I got around to finding the TV I wanted, all of them were sold out. The store had limited quantities and wouldn’t say exactly how many they had (my guess is around 25). Apparently I’m not the only one who found the deal because of the store employees mentioned it was the first thing to sell out that morning.
Boxing Day ‘Fail’
Disappointed in my timing on finding the TV I wanted, I left the store empty handed. The store employee was helpful in suggesting other TVs that were similar but regular priced, but I decided to save my money instead of paying full price (I don’t like paying full price for anything).
Some would consider it a fail that I didn’t find what I wanted but I actually didn’t mind leaving empty handed. Why would I buy something that isn’t on sale when I know if I wait a couple months it will go on sale (and maybe even at a better price than at Boxing Day)?
The whole Boxing Day experience taught me a couple things about consumerism:
- as consumers, we are drawn to stores that advertise ‘deals’ but in fact the number of actual deals may be scarce. When I think of value I consider anything above 25% off to be sufficient – most Boxing Day sales I saw were about 10% off (or less).
- I don’t need another TV as one is more than sufficient, and the draw of the crowds makes it tempting to buy something to avoid leaving empty handed.
- there is nothing wrong leaving the store empty handed on Boxing Day (which was funny because I was the only one in sight who left without buying something). I’d much rather save my money and spend it on something else than pay full price for something I don’t need.
How was your Boxing Day? Did you find any good deals out there?