For the last two or three years, I've been driving down to Daly City and Colma to visit the major big box stores to get my hands on some great holiday bargains, but mostly for myself. Yeah... I'm a tad selfish, but when you really need something very badly to fix or upgrade, you'd just have to get up by 4AM and suffer some cold weather.
Today, all I did was that I visited my neighborhood Radioshack, which is about twenty blocks away by car, but only a short 10 minute drive on the non-busy streets. The only two things that I was really attracted to at the store was:
- Emergency Hand Crank radio (my old one is broken) for just $20.00 versus $40.00
- 2 Gig XD camera memory card for $40.00 versus other places that sells it for nearly $80.00.
Luckily, that Radioshack was not too busy, there was only about 5 people ahead of me.
Several hours of sleep later, I went to Costco to buy another case of Mexican Coca Cola, a bottle of juice, and a box of gum. Still, a good bargain for 80 cents a bottle of Coca Cola, and gum that is only about 60 cents a pack (versus $1.25 at the grocery store).
After some years of experience of this massive bargain hunting, here's my quick tips to a not so pissed off holiday:
- Shop at night, you might not get those super hot bargains, but you'll experience smaller crowds and still find some decent deals, especially on DVDs.
- If you go for openings at 4 or 5AM, stick to the smaller chain stores like Radioshack, Kohls, and any Mervyn's location not attached to a mall.
- AVOID BEST BUY AT ALL COSTS! Last year, the line was so long, it wrapped around the entire building.
- Go for online purchases, "Cyber Monday" is just a few days away, and some places will offer FREE shipping.
- Go bid on stuff on eBay, they are significantly cheaper than going to your favorite store.
- This is also a good time to sell stuff on eBay, I've sold an xbox system for over $70.00.