What have you done now Belinda? I was silly enough to think that since this was the first time that Wal-Mart starts its pre-Black Friday sale on Thursday afternoon...people would have rather stayed home, watch football and enjoyed being with their family and not venture out till Friday!
How did I come to this conclusion? Have no idea...I tell you I'm NUTS!!!
I knew I had to get there at least by 4:00 p.m. to even have a chance to grab some of the 6:00 p.m. specials, but I had things to do and did not arrived till 6:15 p.m. There was not a single parking space to be had. People were parked at adjacent lots, in closed restaurants or at the bank which was the only place I found a parking spot.
Knowing fully well that there would be no shopping carts...I scored one from a lucky person that got there early enough to get the things they wanted and was on her way home. Getting a shopping cart can be good if you find something heavy or it can be a hindrance as it is hard to navigate around the sea of people.
You might be wondering what special was so important to put myself in this predicament? SD cards...yep, since my Photobucket account is full and my computer wont let me create another one I can not erase my pictures and I am running low on space. Their PNY 8GB SD card was going to be on sale for $4.88 and a Sony 16GB for $7.88 as part of their 8:00 p.m. specials.
None of the employees seemed to know anything...they all gave you different answers. The last one that actually worked in that department, told me I had to get in line and wait until 8:00 p.m. Lol, me wait in line? That was not going to happen!
Another reason I ventured out was for some camping gear for my future Terlingua trips. As I mentioned on my series of Chili Cook-off reports my air mattress has seen its last day and they had an Intex Queen Airbed with raised pillow rest and pump for $25.00 as well as a 29" steel fire pit for $22.00. With all the wind in Terlingua...you need one to keep the ambers under control and not start a fire.
Was I lucky enough to find any of these items? NOPE...not a one! The only thing I bought was a Stanley bottle thermos that keeps things hot or cold for 24 plus hours and could also come in handy in the desert.
I gave up my cart to a very grateful lady who could not even see in front of her with all the boxes of toys she was carrying. Then I got in line to pay for my ONE item in the fast check out lane which as you can imagine...was not fast at all.
I started to feel sorry for the two guys in front of me who were obviously from out-of-town. What were they buying? A two or two and a half dozen carton of eggs, about 4 gallons of milk, chips and hot sauce. Yet they were trapped in this sea of people buying up everything but groceries.
By and large the most popular item this day and in the carts of their new owners was the 50" Emerson TV that was selling for $288.00 some people had more than one. I explained to the guys that a lot of people from Mexico come and buy them and then re-sell them in their country. Electronic items go for about three or four times more in Mexico. Re-sellers can probably expect to make more at these low prices.
As I was walking back to the bank, the guys were pulling out and they waved good-bye. Nice fellows...wished them a pleasant stay in Del Rio.
Gasoline prices this Thursday night in Del Rio...
|$3.07 at Wal-Mart|
I apologize for the poor quality