In Grey Thursday => Black Friday I detailed my trip in the Grey Thursday event at my local Walmart.
I was able to observe my eldest daughter and her husband, two Ubershoppers, in their natural habitat. When I encouraged the idea of visiting the Walmart, the two immediately hit their tablets to determine the environment we were likely to find and to understand the rules around the desired product, a Blue Wii for $99 which my other daughter wanted for her kids.
They found that the product was on a first come first served basis, limited inventory and was to be released during the 10 pm promotion as opposed to the items made available at midnight.
We hustled to Walmart, found a just vacated parking spot a block away and hurried into the bedlam at just after 10:30 pm.
We scurried, as best we could, to the electronics department (picture). We did not see any Blue Wii’s. A question to a clerk ended with a chuckle and a terse “long gone.” The Ubercouple said not to despair but wandered about to listen in on conversations, hoping to hear about new stock. I simply eyed a cart containing the Blue Wii hoping the cart owner would become distracted with some other bright shiny object.
Patience paid off as a rumor surfaced that there were indeed Blue Wii’s about over in some back corner. The Ubershopper one began a systematic search and found a two layer pallet of the Blue Wii’s hiding in behind the light-bulbs, guarded by two fierce looking Walmart ladies. It was determined that we needed a ticket to release one of the Blue Wiis and so we were summoned by smart phone to help guard the pallet in case a flood of ticket equipped consumers showed up.
Ubershopper number one went into “sweetheart mode” and convinced one of the two protectors to escort her to the “holder of the tickets.” Ticket secured, we picked up the elusive Blue Wii momentarily ecstatic, until of course we realized that we had a two hour wait to check out.
Ubershopper two and I headed up to see if we could find an approach that would give us a shorter line. We found one, but still had 20 or so shoppers with carts ahead of us. Ubershopper number one stalked other lines and put in a smart phone call to tell us that the lines in electronics had become confused opening up the two center checkouts. She pounced on the lapse and we arrived just in time to have a slightly bewildered young fellow check us out and ask where we had found the Blue Wi.
We were out the door by 11:06 pm with a Blue Wii strapped across the hood of the car.