Monday, November 25, 2013

Tents are Going Up at Best Buy

Camping isn't what it used to be

When you think of camping you probably think of Yosemite or some other picturesque National Park. You think campfires, toasted marshmallows and hiking. You don’t think “Hey, I’m going to pitch a tent in front of Best Buy,” but that’s exactly what some people in Pinole California are doing. Apparently Best Buy will be opening its doors at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and people are desperate for the best deals.


This is a horrible situation. People feel such a need to get that big screen TV at a bargain they are willing to give up a holiday. What is even more fascinating is the required camping out. The store won’t open until 6pm on Thursday and people are pitching tents on Sunday. This means that they have to “man” their position for five days. Now I like to shop but spending five days living in a tent isn’t my idea of a good time, no matter how cheap that TV.

Why even have a tent if this is how you use it?

People need to get perspective. Part of the problem is those who participate. If no one was there camping out in front of the store, with lines that go around the building, retailers wouldn’t bother. Unfortunately, there is a frenzied stampede to be the first in line, to be that one or two consumers who snag that unbelievable deal. Now I love shopping as much as the next person but I don’t want to shop like it’s the “Hunger Games.” It takes all the fun out of shopping.

I beg to differ...

We need to take our holiday back from all the retailer forced consumerism. We need to stay home and give thanks for what we already have, not what we are about to buy. This means no pitching tents to save your place in line to attend a store opening when you should be sitting down for dinner. No Christmas decorations until the day after Thanksgiving. We should be spending time with family and letting those who work retail enjoy the holiday also. Let’s face it, the shopping season is long enough, we don’t need to trample on Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Even in the rain they wait


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