If there were ever two words that should never be said together, it would be Wal-Mart and shopping! I learned this lesson the hard way through a freak shopping event that turned into the worst day of my shopping career. After swearing I’d never step into another Wal-Mart again during the Christmas season, I found myself in a Wal-Mart this past Black Friday, early in the morning. That is when my shopping horror began!
Fate must hate me
Considering my Wal-Mart insured car battery died the night before Thanksgiving, it would seem fate has it out for me. I needed my car by Saturday, which meant I was going to be in Wal-Mart on Black Friday. I thought I’d turn lemons to lemonade and do some holiday shopping for my daughter while we were there, but little did I know, we would be lucky to make it out alive!
Even automotive departments have sales
When it comes to shopping, nothing is excluded from a major sale. Even automotive departments have killer sales! I didn’t know this, so when I took my car in, I was shocked when I saw the 45-minute line I was about to stand in to simply ask them to replace my battery. No one around us was in a good mood, and several customers had a poor vocabulary-if you know what I mean-and they weren’t afraid to use it to express their disgust with the helpless cashier. After we made it to the cashier and signed the car up for repair, we decided to travel the dangerous isles of Wal-Mart.
Do we really need toys?
It’s difficult to shop anywhere during the holiday season because there is triple the amount of people as usual. My best advice is to do your shopping trips months in advance. Sometimes you can even get better deals on things that way because there aren’t “hot”, or “in demand” items at that time. Unfortunately, I didn’t take my own advice, and decided to venture through Wal-Mart while we waited. We didn’t have a giant cart, so I just held on to my three year-old daughter’s hand and hoped for the best. We didn’t make it down five aisles before some frantic shopper whipped her cart around in a frenzy and nearly ran over my child. If it hadn’t been for my body in-between, my daughter would’ve been flattened. I realized then that children should not go shopping during Black Friday.
On top of the shoppers that have nearly zero regard for human life if it means getting a discount, it’s really tough to find toys. There were a couple toys my daughter wanted, but during the holiday season toys are on display in random spots, and disorganized. With so many people rummaging through isles, products are misplaced, making it really tough to find specific toys, as well as their prices.
After getting a “deal” on a Barbie, I realized when we got home that the quality was different than others she had. There are actually lower quality dolls and toys stores put out to make you feel like you are getting a great deal, but in reality, it’s just made with cheaper material. Be especially aware of the product quality before you purchase. Because of this, I try to avoid the hassle by shopping online!