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Prime Day Begins. Sort Of.

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Amazon was all “primed” to start Prime Day… 3… 2… 1…

Wait, what was that??

Reports started coming in from all over the world — but mostly from the US — that people could not get to the Amazon site. Twitter was practically boiling over with complaints that folks could not connect, some reporting that they tried with several different machines and mobile devices.

The initial outage lasted Continue reading Prime Day Begins. Sort Of.

Here comes Black Friday. Again.

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A few years ago, the big buzz was all about “Cyber Monday.” Maybe I just haven’t been paying attention, but I have not heard a single mention of Cyber Monday this year. Last year, I recall hearing “Black November” a couple of times, but not much on Cyber Monday. Looks to me that the online sellers (including Amazon) have decided that Black Friday (and its derivatives) now belong to them.

They may be right. Black Friday at local retailers lost its appeal to me several years ago, when I decided I would go to the Fry’s in Plano, TX in the wee hours of Friday morning.  After surveying the situation there, Mrs. Amazopia and I decided not to factor ourselves in with the epsilon-minuses, and headed home. (See the linked story for a more graphic description of the event.)

Interestingly, there was a CompUSA that wasn’t covered over with aggressive bargain-seekers (could be related to the reasons CompUSA had gone bankrupt), so we stopped and did some shopping there — and got some substantially-discounted iMacs which we still have.

But we have never repeated the effort to participate in Black Friday locally.

There was that time we were in Dallas visiting family on Thanksgiving, and decided to go to Walmart for something — and discovered that they were about to start a Black Friday sale at 6pm on Thanksgiving day. We high-tailed it out of there, and just did without whatever it was that we intended to buy.

This year, it is expected that online shopping will outpace local shopping by a wide margin, for the first time. I don’t doubt it.

Again, this year we will be observing Black Friday by avoiding the crowds at the local retailers. Maybe getting some stuff online…