Well, the Walmart Anniversary sale is back on again which means I’ve been blogging for about a year now. I took the day off today (not because of the sale) but I ended up being sick all night with fever and chills. But that didn’t deter me from going to my local Walmart store to try and score a cheap 32GB Blackberry Playbook for $118. The store opens at 8 a.m., so I headed over after I did the school drop offs. I arrived at 7:58 a.m. To my surprise, the parking lot was full, and the store was already open and in full swing. The assistant manager was handing out the Playbooks to a lineup of people clutching tickets. I chatted with a lady in line and she said she got to the parking lot at 7 a.m. and that there were only 23 tickets. I spoke to the manager, who was in customer service and inquired about a raincheck. He said he wasn’t giving any out, however, I argued that the flyer did not state “Limited quantities”, “While quantities last”, nor was it a timed doorcrasher. He told me to assume Boxing Day mode when there is a major sale and show up in advance. Is that an underwritten rule? Am I out of the shopping loop or just too busy/sick to care? I asked him if I could put my name on a waiting list (I overheard someone say that there were more devices stashed away) but he didn’t go for that idea.
Instead, I came home and looked online. Staples was offering the same price online but they were sold out. My friend had suggested that I buy it from Staples or Walmart yesterday and then do a price match guarantee later in the week. Quite honestly, I couldn’t be bothered. To look on the bright side, I saved my money today.
But this morning’s incident got me thinking: To what lengths would you go to obtain the lowest price? Let’s discuss!