Holiday ShoppingI ignored Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   This must shock some people. How I could ignore all the deals that were at my fingertips?   There are a few reasons for this but the primary one is that my family hasn’t gotten organized yet.   Asking a few five year old nephews for their Christmas list before Thanksgiving or even hours after the turkey has been served feels like shoving them from one holiday to next with a swift kick from Santa’s boot.  When Thanksgiving isn’t the last Thursday of the month, why does Cyber Monday have to be THAT Monday?  Can we wait a week to re-group?

Aside from timing, there were some other reasons why I ignored the frenzy – parking, general madness and long lines in stores.   So, the internet seems like it would be the ideal place for me, right?  Well, when I am looking for something specific, it’s not always the most well-known websites that I am visiting.   Some small, niche websites can have an experience that can be as exhausting as shopping in Walmart on Black Friday at 12am.   Clunky navigation, slow over loaded websites, and when I finally find that perfect gift? It’s sold out, or doesn’t qualify for free shipping, or some other limitation that makes it not such a deal anymore.

One pair of retailers did do something new, they collaborated and released about two dozen items in their respective stores the Saturday after Cyber Monday.   The news channels picked this up like it was the hottest toy in town and it got my attention too once I had time to nap off the leftover turkey and focus.  Placing Neiman Marcus affordable items in Target is a different story.  My guess is that Target won in this deal and converted on the traffic much more than Neiman Marcus did.  I ended up not buying any of the items, but did end up spending money in one of these stores and visited both of them.

All in all, I am sticking with my tried and true strategy, shopping late on the week nights while everyone else is at home watching holiday classics.   Eighty percent or more of my shopping was done in physical stores this holiday season when crowds were at their lowest and parking was plentiful.

I ignored Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   This must shock some people. How I could ignore all the deals that were at my fingertips?   There are a few reasons for this, but the primary one is that my family hasn’t gotten organized yet.   Asking a few five year old nephews for their Christmas list before Thanksgiving or even hours after the turkey has been served feels like shoving them from one holiday to next with a swift kick from Santa’s boot.  When Thanksgiving isn’t the last Thursday of the month, why does Cyber Monday have to be THAT Monday?  Can we wait a week to re-group?

Aside from timing, there were some other reasons why I ignored the frenzy – parking, general madness and long lines in stores.   So, the internet seems like it would be the ideal place for me, right?  Well, when I am looking for something specific, it’s not always the most well-known websites that I am visiting.   Some small, niche websites can have an experience that can be as exhausting as shopping in Walmart on Black Friday at 12am.   Clunky navigation, slow over loaded websites, and when I finally find that perfect gift? It’s sold out, or doesn’t qualify for free shipping, or some other limitation that makes it not such a deal anymore.

One pair of retailers did do something new, they collaborated and released about two dozen items in their respective stores the Saturday after Cyber Monday.   The news channels picked this up like it was the hottest toy in town and it got my attention too once I had time to nap off the leftover turkey and focus.  Placing Neiman Marcus affordable items in Target is a different story.  My guess is that Target won in this deal and converted on the traffic much more than Neiman Marcus did.  I ended up not buying any of the items, but did end up spending money in one of these stores and visited both of them.

All in all, I am sticking with my tried and true strategy, shopping late on the week nights while everyone else is at home watching holiday classics.   Eighty percent or more of my shopping was done in physical stores this holiday season when crowds were at their lowest and parking was plentiful.

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