If you’re one of those people who just can’t wait for Black Friday—the trampling masses, over-eager salespeople, cheerfully grating music at five in the morning, and huge deals you could probably get online for less—your wait is nearly over.
But for those who want a good deal, hate crowds, crying children, traffic, and being trampled to death at Walmart, you now have options. Many Internet stores are already sending out ads for early Black Friday shopping, online. Each day you have the chance to pick up something for less without ever leaving the comfort of your easy chair. That’s my kind of shopping. No matter what day it is.
Sadly, I already missed the biggest sale of all. Michael Jackson’s white glove went on auction and sold for a mere $350,000. I know winter is setting in and warm clothing is definitely on my list, but why would anyone want just one glove? Besides, sequins are a bit flashy for scooping snow in the suburbs.
For you collectors of rare books, a first edition copy of Charles Darwin’s “The Origin of Species,” was found, appropriately enough, on someone’s toilet room shelf in Oxford. Good reading for the constipated soul. It will be going on auction soon. So keep it in mind if you need a good read during those private moments.
BluRay DVD’s are a big sale item these days. I’m still not sure what difference it makes, besides the price, whether you watch a movie on DVD or Blu-ray. Real life is much grainier than the picture of either one. I’d still be watching VHS if I didn’t have to “be kind & rewind.” The clarity of tape is much more realistic for my eyesight. Who wants to see every blemish and line in an actor’s face? Not me. I prefer the unrealistic perfection of photo-shopped body parts. If only they’d been able to do that back in Clark Gable’s day.
Book readers are also hot this holiday season. Or so I’ve heard. I’m still stuck in the dark ages of reading actual hardcopy books with paper pages that you have to turn manually. Amazon’s Kindle looks pretty good, but now Barnes & Noble has the Nook. For gadget connoisseurs it must be a tough decision. I like the fact that you can download thousands of books to this device. A whole library weighing less than twelve ounces. But even at $9.99 a book, that would be a very expensive library to lose all in one shot. You might not want to purchase this item for that special someone who has a bad track record of misplacing things.
For the down-to-earth Christmas shopper, Target.com always has underwear and socks on sale. Stock up now before the big rush.