Since Black Friday became an official “thing”, I try my best to avoid the hustle and bustle associated with it. I don’t like crowds, lines, the cold, and people shopping tend to annoy more so than otherwise. All of that makes my home the best place for me.
But, I’m not going to lie, I still like looking at the deals. It’s always fun to see what the stuff is that people are going to wait in line for. Honestly, I haven’t looked at too many ads but the typical stuff that seems to draw people in just doesn’t seem like it would have appeal. Let’s take a look at some of the most common Black Friday have-to-haves:
- Flat screen TVs – Everybody loves a great deal on a flat screen TV and for many years, the allure of getting a big flat screen set kept people waiting in line for hours, sometimes even days. Still, it seems to me that most people have now converted to flat screen TVs. Yes, you can always get a bigger one or get one with more features or that can connect to more things, but it seems the buzz has really died down.
- Tablets – Again, so many people have tablets now, it seems that while you can always get the bigger one or the fastest one, the allure of getting that first tablet that probably drove many into lines probably has leveled off.
- Smartphones – It seems like the lines form for smartphones the day that they come out. Does anyone wait in Black Friday to get a new phone anymore?
- Computers – Do enough people buy computers anymore to make them something that would lure people? I have thrown around the idea of a new laptop (or even a desktop), and most people look at me like it’s silly.
- Video game systems – It seems like video game sales are still strong but have leveled off. Are there still waits to get a particular type of console or the must have game on Black Friday?
- Toys – The hot kids toys of the year always seem to cause a clamor. My kids are getting close, but so far haven’t fallen in line with having to have that one item that will surely be gone from all shelves by 7am.
The common theme is that most of the items above are electronics. I know that people buy lots of other things other than electronics, but the market on electronics certainly seemed to have driven Black Friday in the past. While I know that electronics will continue to be a hot item, I’m sure, I wonder if the deals will have to be better or if you’ll have more people sleeping in rather than hitting the stores on the items above.
If so, what will be the hot items that will make it worthwhile to get out of bed and get shopping this year?
Readers, do you have any plans for Black Friday (or before)? What are the hot items that will make it worth standing in line this year, and how does it compare to years past?