Shoppers flood stores on Black Friday

Shoppers flood stores on Black Friday

There are 40 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Nov 28, 2008, titled Shoppers flood stores on Black Friday. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Shoppers, who had snapped their wallets shut since September, flocked to stores and malls before dawn Friday to grab deals on everything from TVs to toys for the official start of the holiday shopping season, ...

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Idea Maker

Grand Rapids, MI

#22 Dec 2, 2008
that's another thing:
why the HECK does the news announce the opening times of this and that store.
even the NEWS promotes this black friday hype!!!
Devon

Harbor Springs, MI

#23 Dec 3, 2008
Shopping sucks
Stardreamer

Ada, MI

#24 Dec 3, 2008
I hope the family sues Walmart, this is not the first death over their routine practice of one item at a low price, personally, I do not shop Walmart anymore, they attractive a very low class of people and I got tired of their rude behavior and the squalling and unattended children.

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#25 Dec 3, 2008
Stardreamer wrote:
I hope the family sues Walmart, this is not the first death over their routine practice of one item at a low price, personally, I do not shop Walmart anymore, they attractive a very low class of people and I got tired of their rude behavior and the squalling and unattended children.
I'm with you.

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mayberry usa

#26 Dec 3, 2008
I was at Walmart at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. It is open 24 hours a day so we just walked in, stood next to the doorbusters( a bad choice of terms, considering the death in New York) that we wanted, and waited for 5:oo.They had employees stationed everywhere so no one would cheat and grab early. At 5:00 we took the items off the pallet, dropped them into our carts, and headed out to get the rest of the things on our lists. I got everything on my list, and found everyone to be pretty pleasant. I saw people helping others find what they needed, and even grabbed two sets of 500tc sheets ( my must have purchase) for a stranger who had to be in line somewhere else. I met her in the center aisle at 5:03 and handed them over. It was lots of fun. My sister and friend look forward to the trip every year. We headed out To Meijer on Thursday morning, and found the same thing to be true. People were excited to get a good deal in this rotten economy, and there was plenty to go around. On Thursday, I got an Ipod for my hubby, and the box they had to sell held probably 60-70. We also got the 32 inch tv ($420 off!) for our parents, and found they had lots of them. The Rite Aid in Coopesville however, had ONE camera for their big doorbuster sale. My friends sister got it after following the employees inside at opening.

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Dutchville

#27 Dec 3, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
I was at Walmart at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. It is open 24 hours a day so we just walked in, stood next to the doorbusters( a bad choice of terms, considering the death in New York) that we wanted, and waited for 5:oo.They had employees stationed everywhere so no one would cheat and grab early. At 5:00 we took the items off the pallet, dropped them into our carts, and headed out to get the rest of the things on our lists. I got everything on my list, and found everyone to be pretty pleasant. I saw people helping others find what they needed, and even grabbed two sets of 500tc sheets ( my must have purchase) for a stranger who had to be in line somewhere else. I met her in the center aisle at 5:03 and handed them over. It was lots of fun. My sister and friend look forward to the trip every year. We headed out To Meijer on Thursday morning, and found the same thing to be true. People were excited to get a good deal in this rotten economy, and there was plenty to go around. On Thursday, I got an Ipod for my hubby, and the box they had to sell held probably 60-70. We also got the 32 inch tv ($420 off!) for our parents, and found they had lots of them. The Rite Aid in Coopesville however, had ONE camera for their big doorbuster sale. My friends sister got it after following the employees inside at opening.
Sounds like it turned out to be a good day for you. Glad to hear a happy story about Black Friday :)

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#28 Dec 3, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
I was at Walmart at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. It is open 24 hours a day so we just walked in, stood next to the doorbusters( a bad choice of terms, considering the death in New York) that we wanted, and waited for 5:oo.They had employees stationed everywhere so no one would cheat and grab early. At 5:00 we took the items off the pallet, dropped them into our carts, and headed out to get the rest of the things on our lists. I got everything on my list, and found everyone to be pretty pleasant. I saw people helping others find what they needed, and even grabbed two sets of 500tc sheets ( my must have purchase) for a stranger who had to be in line somewhere else. I met her in the center aisle at 5:03 and handed them over. It was lots of fun. My sister and friend look forward to the trip every year. We headed out To Meijer on Thursday morning, and found the same thing to be true. People were excited to get a good deal in this rotten economy, and there was plenty to go around. On Thursday, I got an Ipod for my hubby, and the box they had to sell held probably 60-70. We also got the 32 inch tv ($420 off!) for our parents, and found they had lots of them. The Rite Aid in Coopesville however, had ONE camera for their big doorbuster sale. My friends sister got it after following the employees inside at opening.
That's the kind of stuff that ticks me off-having 1 or 2 items for their "big" sale.
I don't have a problem with Happy Shoppers like you(and my daughter) who genuinely like (and need) bargains. I'm sure we always hear the worst and not the millions of stories of how people have a blast shopping.
Idea Maker

Grand Rapids, MI

#29 Dec 3, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
I was at Walmart at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning. It is open 24 hours a day so we just walked in, stood next to the doorbusters( a bad choice of terms, considering the death in New York) that we wanted, and waited for 5:oo.They had employees stationed everywhere so no one would cheat and grab early. At 5:00 we took the items off the pallet, dropped them into our carts, and headed out to get the rest of the things on our lists. I got everything on my list, and found everyone to be pretty pleasant. I saw people helping others find what they needed, and even grabbed two sets of 500tc sheets ( my must have purchase) for a stranger who had to be in line somewhere else. I met her in the center aisle at 5:03 and handed them over. It was lots of fun. My sister and friend look forward to the trip every year. We headed out To Meijer on Thursday morning, and found the same thing to be true. People were excited to get a good deal in this rotten economy, and there was plenty to go around. On Thursday, I got an Ipod for my hubby, and the box they had to sell held probably 60-70. We also got the 32 inch tv ($420 off!) for our parents, and found they had lots of them. The Rite Aid in Coopesville however, had ONE camera for their big doorbuster sale. My friends sister got it after following the employees inside at opening.
if you enjoy the black friday frenzy, fine.

but i'm sick of all the hype. i don't want to see any more cheesy commercials for "doorbusters" or "after thanksgiving sales."

and i REALLY don't want the news to announce when the doors open on which stores. there's NO excuse for THAT.
snomad

Hudsonville, MI

#30 Dec 3, 2008
Sis and family watched 2 women escorted from a local store for fighting over $1.50 towels. LOL... probably the quality of "Bounty" with cotton prices. Too crazy... but cool to watch?

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mayberry usa

#31 Dec 4, 2008
snomad wrote:
Sis and family watched 2 women escorted from a local store for fighting over $1.50 towels. LOL... probably the quality of "Bounty" with cotton prices. Too crazy... but cool to watch?
Well, I will tell you. I had my sister stand in line for those towels too. We waited for an hour and at 5:00 she popped in 8 for her, 8 for our friend, and 16 for me( I have children who like to dry their hands before they wash them, and we go through many towels a week over here). My sister said she heard a few people express displeasure at the thickness (or lack thereof) of the towels and thought they were nuts. When we got to the front of the checkout lane , they rang up at $5 each. It seems that someone put some of the wrong towels in the box on the pallet. They called an assist. manager who said he would give us ONE at the sale price, but the rest would ring up at $5. My sister remined him that we had waited for 1 hour for those towels, and that it was not our fault, but the store's. She called for the store manager, who instructed the assist. to do an override. She had chatted with him 3 times while she waited and he remembered her waiting for the towels. Anyway, I have 16 nice, thick soft towels in my linen closet and paid $24.00 instead of $80. Good deal! There were no fights at the Walmart we shopped at, but may have been if they had not given us the override! LOL
trouble shooter

Ada, MI

#32 Dec 4, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
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Well, I will tell you. I had my sister stand in line for those towels too. We waited for an hour and at 5:00 she popped in 8 for her, 8 for our friend, and 16 for me( I have children who like to dry their hands before they wash them, and we go through many towels a week over here). My sister said she heard a few people express displeasure at the thickness (or lack thereof) of the towels and thought they were nuts. When we got to the front of the checkout lane , they rang up at $5 each. It seems that someone put some of the wrong towels in the box on the pallet. They called an assist. manager who said he would give us ONE at the sale price, but the rest would ring up at $5. My sister remined him that we had waited for 1 hour for those towels, and that it was not our fault, but the store's. She called for the store manager, who instructed the assist. to do an override. She had chatted with him 3 times while she waited and he remembered her waiting for the towels. Anyway, I have 16 nice, thick soft towels in my linen closet and paid $24.00 instead of $80. Good deal! There were no fights at the Walmart we shopped at, but may have been if they had not given us the override! LOL
Sounds a little greedy to me, looks like your family is part of the problem.

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mayberry usa

#33 Dec 4, 2008
trouble shooter wrote:
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Sounds a little greedy to me, looks like your family is part of the problem.
Nope, not greedy, just a bargain shopper. I buy towels only once a year, and tend to buy everything in bulk when it is on sale. When we left the back of the store to check out, with nice full carts, there were still towels in the bin. I am not sure how 16 towels is greedy. There are 7 in my family, and if we each have 2, that leaves 2 for company, or the child who forgets to wash before he dries.
Just Saying

United States

#34 Dec 4, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
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Nope, not greedy, just a bargain shopper. I buy towels only once a year, and tend to buy everything in bulk when it is on sale. When we left the back of the store to check out, with nice full carts, there were still towels in the bin. I am not sure how 16 towels is greedy. There are 7 in my family, and if we each have 2, that leaves 2 for company, or the child who forgets to wash before he dries.
But insisting on a price for an item you admittedly knew was in the wrong location is practically theft. Ethically I could not have done that, the store is going to make a profit somewhere marking something else up for others. Bargains are great, greed, not so much.

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mayberry usa

#35 Dec 4, 2008
Just Saying wrote:
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But insisting on a price for an item you admittedly knew was in the wrong location is practically theft. Ethically I could not have done that, the store is going to make a profit somewhere marking something else up for others. Bargains are great, greed, not so much.
We did not know the towels were the wrong ones until we were checking out. They were in the bins marked clearly with a $1.50 price tag. We were simply buying what they were selling at the price they had marked- after waiting to get them for an hour. As for stores marking up items to make a profit on Black Friday, yeah, they do that. That would be the idea of doorbusters. They want to get you in the store and impulse buy. Did a bit of that too.

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mayberry usa

#36 Dec 4, 2008
Let me just add that If Walmart put out items with one price, and then tried to charge a higher price once shoppers tried to purchase them, the term " bait and switch" might have been accurate. I am fairly certain that they simply had a stockperson who goofed when they were setting up their display. However, shoppers should not be penalized for Wal mart's mistake. I appreciate their stepping up and making it right after our very long wait. Can you imagine the fuss if they had given the wrong tv out to those folks who stood in line for hours, only for folks to find out the goof when they tied to purchase it?
regularguy

Middleville, MI

#37 Dec 5, 2008
Having worked in retail for some time I can tell you that if the mismarked item is less than the cost the retailer had to pay they do not have to sell it to you. Missmarked items are not always the fault of the retailer. Often customers change the price on items, called price switching ( theft ) or they drop non sale items in the wrong bin just to get it out of their cart. Doing well at someone else's loss is not a moral way of doing business. Would you like to buy ice at $ 10.00 a bag in the summer to save the food in your freezer just because the demand is up?

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mayberry usa

#38 Dec 5, 2008
regularguy wrote:
Having worked in retail for some time I can tell you that if the mismarked item is less than the cost the retailer had to pay they do not have to sell it to you. Missmarked items are not always the fault of the retailer. Often customers change the price on items, called price switching ( theft ) or they drop non sale items in the wrong bin just to get it out of their cart. Doing well at someone else's loss is not a moral way of doing business. Would you like to buy ice at $ 10.00 a bag in the summer to save the food in your freezer just because the demand is up?
No, I would not. But if they advertised "abc brand" ice was $1.00 a bag and then filled a bin marked "abc brand $1.00" and then tried to charge me $5 when I got to the counter with that ice, I would not like that either. I guess I will not change your mind, but I am not feeling bad about that purchase. I would have been fine with them replacing the wrong towels with the corret ones, but that was not mentioned as an option. As for changing the tags myself, I would NEVER do that. I hope you were not insinuating that I did.
regularguy

Middleville, MI

#39 Dec 5, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
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No, I would not. But if they advertised "abc brand" ice was $1.00 a bag and then filled a bin marked "abc brand $1.00" and then tried to charge me $5 when I got to the counter with that ice, I would not like that either. I guess I will not change your mind, but I am not feeling bad about that purchase. I would have been fine with them replacing the wrong towels with the corret ones, but that was not mentioned as an option. As for changing the tags myself, I would NEVER do that. I hope you were not insinuating that I did.
Sorry I did not mean to insinuate or acuse you of anything. What I was saying was that although the store's do make errors and, who dosen't it is not always the store's fault. Being an employee and a customer I get to see both sides of the coin and sometimes neither side is too pretty. Store's should not try the old bait and switch and customers should not fill up their cart with a lost leader sale item just because they got there first leaving the store with little or none of the items for the next shopper.

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mayberry usa

#40 Dec 5, 2008
regularguy wrote:
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Sorry I did not mean to insinuate or acuse you of anything. What I was saying was that although the store's do make errors and, who dosen't it is not always the store's fault. Being an employee and a customer I get to see both sides of the coin and sometimes neither side is too pretty. Store's should not try the old bait and switch and customers should not fill up their cart with a lost leader sale item just because they got there first leaving the store with little or none of the items for the next shopper.
I get yur point. Rest assured that there were hundreds of towels in that bin Friday. I did fill my cart, but not just with towels. I purchased many of the door buster items and a few things that were not on sale. I appreciate your thoughts on the matter, and will take them into account the next time I go shopping. I wish you a merry Christmas season.
regularguy

Middleville, MI

#41 Dec 7, 2008
4boys-1princess wrote:
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I get yur point. Rest assured that there were hundreds of towels in that bin Friday. I did fill my cart, but not just with towels. I purchased many of the door buster items and a few things that were not on sale. I appreciate your thoughts on the matter, and will take them into account the next time I go shopping. I wish you a merry Christmas season.
Right back at ya. Happy Holidays!

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