I should have known it would happen. I told myself that I was not going to go Black Friday shopping this year. But somehow a couple days before the day I managed to have a change of heart and decide that Black Friday might be a good day to purchase a space heater for our basement. You see, our office is in our basement, so I spend a lot of time down there. And if we had pet penguins or polar bears they could spend a lot of time down here too. It’s COLD. As in snuggle in two shirts and a bathrobe with a blanket and a dog on my lap cold. When I first started blogging I actually brought my laptop upstairs to the kitchen table to work because I was so cold in the basement. But that was sorta cramping our style, not to mention our dinner. And I was paranoid about spilling food on it (since of course I was too lazy to take my laptop off the table every time we ate).
But I digress.
So anyway, the hubs and I decided that a space heater was the solution. And with Black Friday just around the corner we thought perfect timing. We can get one on Black Friday at a blue light special price (remember the Kmart Blue Light Specials?) We had been to a local retailer that carried a lot of them just a few days before and spent some time mulling over our options. We wanted a bigger sturdier model, not a small one that our dogs could easily knock over. But the ones that we were eyeing carried price tags of up to $100, some up to $150. Then the Black Friday ads came out. That same retailer had a space heater like we were looking at for $49. It did not look exactly like the ones we had previously been looking at (I didn’t remember them having that particular model the day we went there to check out options), but it was similar. The retailer opened at 6am Black Friday so we figured we could get out of bed early for that.
So we went. There was a massive line stretching around the building when we got there. We sat in our car until they opened the doors and then we followed the masses in. We found the space heater relatively quickly and managed to find a checkout line that was actually short. It was overall a pretty quick and painless trip, and we congratulated ourselves on a Black Friday success!
For three glorious days it was warm in our basement. It was fantastic. Then yesterday the damn thing was making pathetic noises and now it is apparently dead. Arghhhhh.
So as I write this I am wearing two shirts and a bathrobe and I have a blanket on my lap. The tip of my nose is cold! And I am frustrated about having to take the stupid space heater back and kicking myself because it was such a rookie mistake. Everyone knows that retailers usually stock inferior quality models of many items to run the Black Friday deals on, right? Shoulda known. When we go back to the store we’ll have to spend some time figuring out exactly which model we want, and then I will see if I can find a deal online. After all, Green Monday is coming up! For those of you who have not heard of Green Monday, check out Grayson’s guest post at Frugal Rules yesterday. There may actually be better days to shop at this time of year than Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
Is anyone else out there woefully disappointed in a Black Friday purchase?
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