Saturday, December 30, 2006

Shopping on-line for Boxing Day 2006

I'm not sure what's more exciting: opening up presents Christmas morning or the Boxing Day sale the next day.

Boxing Day is a big deal in Canada and stores offer massive discounts. Most places now try to extend the frenzy to "Boxing Week" but the truth is, in order for you to get the best deals you'll need to set that alarm extra early and line up for the door crashers.

The last time I did that was a couple of years ago. And it wasn't really by choice. The week before Christmas I had bought myself a Panasonic 60 gig HDD/DVD recorder that was on sale at Future Shop. Best Buy forced my hand by advertising the exact same machine in their Boxing Day flyer. When it came to sleeping-in or saving another $100, the choice was made and on the morning of December 26, I got up at 4 am and drove down to Best Buy to line up with the rest of the freaks/geeks. There were probably at least 30-50 people in front of me, and I was kicking my own butt thinking: I should have got up earlier!

Once again this year, I got sucked into the shopping fray only because I was determined to get a good deal on something--I just didn't know what it would be at the time. The week before I commanded: "Do NOT throw away any Boxing Day flyers. I want to see them." To my disappointment, our local newspaper carrier decided to take a holiday and did not deliver any to our door. Un-fazed, I went online and scoured the screen for something to buy--which wasn't hard to do.

The online Boxing Day sale offered several advantages:
  1. Start shopping before everyone else.
  2. Don't have to wake up early to stand in the cold and line up for several hours before the door opens.
  3. Don't have to run through the store to find desired goods.
  4. Don't have to line-up at the cashier for an hour to pay for said goods.
  5. Plus, if online shopping fails, then I can always fall-back and do it the traditional way.
Well, it took me two hours of clicking "Refresh" on my web browser to actually make it far enough the see my shopping cart and check out, but now I have to wait for delivery because one of the items was back-ordered and they won't ship until next week. Which means I probably won't get my toys until after my holidays are over.

I hate delayed gratification....

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