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The last couple of years, I have managed to sneak into a few stores on black Friday to see what’s being bought and how ransacked the aisles look. I usually will take my kids and try to go in the evening.
Thoughts from this year:
As for this year’s “hot” items
1) Nintendo Wii U – the graphics looked impressive, but my 9 year old son was not a fan. “Too complicated”, “I don’t like looking at two screens” and finally “what’s the point?”.
2) Halo 4 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Surprisingly, my local Best Buy still had tons of them in stock. Either everyone bought their copy already or all the kids just play Minecraft now.
I didn’t notice any one section of the store that looked like it had been through a buying frenzy, and most of the employees looked bored – not exhausted.
My kids were very excited to see the iPad Mini. I must admit, I was not a fan when the iPad Mini came out – but it is the perfect size and weight for kids.
I noticed strong interests in the iPad mini vs the new iPad (aka “the bigger one”) among the tweens and younger age group.
I had my kids play with the Nook. No interest in it what-so-ever. To me, it seemed like the gadget a non-techie Mom would buy for their disappointed kids.
The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book looked like it was selling well.
So where were the longest, most chaotic lines? Starbucks. All day long.