Ah, holiday shopping hell at your local department store

Well, it is that time of the year again. Holiday super-fun time. We started with Thanksgiving, we lead up to Christmas/Hanukkah and other Winter Solstice-type celebrations, and we end with New Years Eve and New Years Day when everyone takes their holiday decorations down at 12:04 AM on January 1st and immediately puts up hearts and roses for Valentine’s Day.

After all, it is permissible to rush the holidays; the consumer retail markets tell us so. :wink:

Whatever you celebrate, and even if you don’t celebrate, it is that time when it is impossible to find a parking spot at the mall and the lady next to you in line at the major big box store is trampling everyone else to get to the last Black Friday special, maybe even pepper spraying a few people in the process. The next thing you know some crazy bitch will bring in a rifle and stake out Macy’s, picking off any woman that dares to browse the 30% off clearance rack or designer handbags before she can get to them first. I joke around, and it might be the next thing to come up on the local news tonight, so do yourself a favor and wear a Kevlar vest, for your protection. It could be a smart investment for holiday shopping as well as the zombie apocalypse.

Now, I love going to the mall, but you know where I’m doing a lot of my shopping this year? At my desk, in the comfort of my own home, away from the pepper spray chaos and confusion. Ahhhh… Now I can actually take a decent look at what I’m buying, without the screaming children running around and moms with shopping carts and strollers riding my ankles. Although I do miss the Auntie Ann’s pretzels and Starbucks that come with the “going to the mall” experience. Mmmm… Frappucino.

In all serious, though, I don’t know why they are making a big deal about the Black Friday specials that were offered – they weren’t that good, from what I saw, even though the market did well because of it. The deals online are just as good, if not better, and they are usually available 24/7/365. There’s a discount and a deal for everything and anything you can imagine, and it only is better when you use coupon codes on top of it all. With expedited shipping, online shopping almost meets that level of instant gratification that you would normally get by going to the mall and picking something up right then and there.

Where have you been shopping online for your holiday gifts? Anywhere good? Were there actually groundbreaking deals in the brick-and-mortar stores? I’m curious.