So, today is Black Friday. Traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. Lots of “specials” and “door busters” and other reasons to lure people out en masse to participate in the second largest losing of the minds this year (I’ll leave you guessing as to what was the first). In my entire adult life, I can only remember going out in this mess, maybe three times. The only one I can plainly remember was going to Office Max to get a ONE GB flash drive that was on special for $30. My how times have changed. I do think my family did it when we still lived in WV. A trip to Beckley and all that. I didn’t notice it so much because, well, I got to hang out in Hills and play the display video games or thumb through LPs whilst “the sisters” – that’s Ma Mère and two aunties – shopped and braved the crazy.
Then as an adult, I grew to greatly dislike crowds. I love being in front of them, but hate being in the middle of them. And, you know what? It’s not really the crowds, I’m generally “okay” with that, but man, the parking, that’s the worst. It turns my stomach sitting here writing this piece and thinking about braving the crazy, sitting in a car, creeping up one aisle to find nothing, having to get into the common flow of traffic to try the next aisle and seeing nothing there, lather, rinse, repeat. The heck with that.
But, I can’t understand with the onset of internet shopping, why people would participate in the lunacy? I get wanting to hold the merch or have it instantly or whatever the reason, but is it worth that!? There are people legitimately fighting each other over a “deal” that will be just as good if not better in two to three weeks. Plus, I mean, who wants to buy a $199 (random cheapo electronics company) 75″ Ultra HD TV when it will blow out by January? People go nuts over off-brand buys in hopes that they last longer than the year til next Christmas. Wait a few weeks, go online, or better yet, visit the local stores after the initial crazy dies down and get a quality brand name that you know will last or at least know that their customer service will handle any problems.
I prefer shopping local, absolutely, but I actually will admit that I’m selfish enough to not visit local to avoid the crowds and bad parking situations. I will wait and go grab stuff later. I don’t like being herded like sheep in “Black Friday situations.”
All that being said, you should definitely go to Underdog Records today. It’s National Record Store Day as well as Black Friday. You’ll find vinyl (real) deals and things that you won’t find in any of the chain retailers like Best Buy, Barnes & Noble and even Amazon. It’s record store exclusives. Jonathan didn’t ask me to mention this, he didn’t know I was mentioning it and may never know I mentioned it (I don’t know how much he reads the blog), but I am a fan of the store and am loving collecting vinyl (I never collected back “in the day”) and want to share in the revelry with every one else. Not only is it Black Friday/National Record Store Day, tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and he qualifies as both!! Here are the specials he’s running:
Beginning Friday morning at 8 am and running through business on Saturday, come by Underdog Records for the following:
– 10% off all new vinyl (not including Record Store Day product)
– 15% off all used vinyl
– 20% off all new vinyl with a date code of 053116 or before INCLUDING the sale price of all new LPs in our clearance bin
– 25% off all used vinyl with a date code of 053116 or before
– 50% off all $1 LPs
All day Friday AND Saturday!
And there you have it! Go see him and increase the awesomeness of your vinyl collection. Support local. Avoid the mall crowds. Have fun! I plan on going in the next few hours.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I’m a big collector of vinyl – I have a record room in my house – and I’ve always had a huge soundtrack album collection. So what I do, as I’m writing a movie, is go through all those songs, trying to find good songs for fights, or good pieces of music to layer into the film.” – Quentin Tarantino