Black Friday Goes Online

Black friday

I hope you’re having a great holiday weekend, and I hope it isn’t nearly as rushed as mine is right now. In the last two weeks I’ve traveled across a half dozen cities in a half dozen states, and came home just to perform some emergency repairs on my home PC. So far so good, but I’ve got 11 hours left to cook dinner, finish some last minute Black Friday work, get some sleep, cook some more food, and show up for a Thanksgiving meal halfway across town!

The good news, of course, is that the money has been rolling in to the point where I can neglect my work until the last minute like this. Then again, no one working online should be missing out on Black Friday as this cult of shopping holiday makes its way online.

I’ve written in the past how a lot of the shopping experience has been successfully replaced with the web, and now a lot of online business is dead set on capturing the semi-holiday of Black Friday as well. Seriously though, who really wants to line up outside of Best Buy at 3 a.m. after Thanksgiving? Once you even get inside, there will be a mob of bargain hunters competing for just a few of the models that are selling at real discount prices.

I’ll be asleep, working off a whole bunch of fried turkey, potatoes, gluten-free brownies and wine – thankyouverymuch.

Instead, a whole bunch of sale prices will be available online. Walmart and Amazon are currently buying up Google Ads to market their web-based Black Friday bargains. A bunch of hosting companies, including Hostgator and Westhost. I’m sure there are hundreds more, but this is literally the “least I can do” without kicking myself.

My home and work computer has been down more than it should recently, so I might just need a computer myself this weekend. I’ll tell you where I won’t be buying it though: in a crowded store.

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