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13 December 2003 @ 08:49 pm
A day of great computer deals! :)  
Mark & I actually made it up this morning at 4am to head down to CompUSA for that HUGE bank employee sale this morning from 5am - 8am. At first we thought that there wouldn't be anyone there - who'd be crazy enough to wake up on a Saturday morning at 4am for a sale? When we got to the parking lot we were shocked to find so many cars already there! There must've been at least 200 people there when the doors finally opened at 5am. :P

It was pretty ridiculously crowded, but the nice thing was that I got to see a lot of my past co-workers from other branches, who I hadn't seen in years. It seemed that everyone was there! I even saw my boss and his wife stagger in at 5:30 am! In the back of my mind I wondered how it was he could make it down there at 5:30 am for a computer sale, but can't get to work by 8:00 am? ;) (I always tease him because he's perpetually late) :P

All in all it was a pretty profitable day. Mark purchased a digital camera at 15% off and some DVDs. I bought a scanner (it was only 5% off, but it wasn't too expensive to begin with - and my old one is really on its last legs), and some mini-discs. I was upset to find that they didn't carry any Mini-disc recorders and got rather irritated at the salesperson who kept trying to convince me that I really wanted an MP3 player instead (UGH - I know what I want!) :P We also purchased a DVD player for my Mom for Christmas (a really reasonable one) and got a DV recorder at $100 off! :) It was a great day for shopping, but I think we definitely spent WAY too much money! :P

The rest of the afternoon was spent reading instruction booklets, charging batteries, installing drivers for hardware, etc. We're pretty much in electronic, computer-land bliss right now. :)
Current Mood: broke, but happy...
Kayleakaylea on December 14th, 2003 12:41 am (UTC)
Thank you , your 'gift' to me arrived today. so cute! :)
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm glad you received it! :) Take care. :)
Smithasmittenbyu on December 14th, 2003 03:42 am (UTC)
I still think you are crazy for waking up before the sun to go shopping!!

hey for the things you didn't find, try www.buy.com for some good deals on electronics. I had gotten all my computer parts from there and it was such a good deal! There are of course plenty of other places too...I liked their service and are reliable though!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
In retrospect we were pretty crazy to wake up that early, but it was a lot of fun! :)

And thanks for the link - I'll have to go there and let Mark know about it since he's the techie guru of the family. :) Thanks Smitha! :)
ajayne on December 14th, 2003 07:41 am (UTC)
Glad you got some great deals and more Christmas shopping done. =) It is kind of fun waking up so early to catch the deals once in a while. Plus, since you got to see your old work friends, even better!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 10:14 am (UTC)
I was so happy that we were able to find something for my Mom - she's pretty hard to buy for. :P ANd it was seeing all my old work friends, it was like a mini-reunion! :)
orion74 on December 14th, 2003 08:05 am (UTC)
At first we thought that there wouldn't be anyone there - who'd be crazy enough to wake up on a Saturday morning at 4am for a sale?

I thought the same thing this past day-after-Thanksgiving, and I was actually going to try to wake up super early, but I guess it wasn't meant to be, because I ended up sleeping in.

It sounds like you and Mark had a really productive outing at Comp USA! I can easily see us spending way too much money if we went to a sale like that!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 10:16 am (UTC)
I think you were better off sleeping in - those after-Thanksgiving sales can be crazy! :P Luckily this sale was only for employees of our bank so I knew that thousands of people wouldn't show up, though I was surprised at how many people did! :P

And I think Mark & I will be paying for this outing for awhile! :P
orion74 on December 14th, 2003 10:41 am (UTC)
Did they check to see if you had a company ID card before they let you in?
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 07:58 pm (UTC)
They didn't check ID at all (but I brought mine just in case). But they did make us fill in a sheet of paper with our name and address (with a list of the items we purchased). And our HR director was standing at the front door greeting everyone as they entered. :) I think this is the first year that they've done this for us, but I think it's great idea and a win win situation for them and for us! :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on December 14th, 2003 09:17 am (UTC)
Fun -- tech shopping! Even more fun was the tech shopping on sale!
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 10:18 am (UTC)
Mark was in heaven - he loves gadgets as it is, but to find them on sale? He was on cloud 9 the whole day! :)
Care: Carecareleswhisper on December 14th, 2003 12:09 pm (UTC)
How awesome. :) Have fun w/your new stuff.
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carrie! :) We'll have fun...until the bills come! :P ;)
Carriecarrieh on December 14th, 2003 01:40 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you got some good buys, especially the DVD recorder.
Sherishutterbug93 on December 14th, 2003 07:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there were some really great things there. :) And Ooops! I guess I should've looked a little closer at what I had written. I'm so sorry, what I meant to say was that we purchased a digital video camcorder. Though a DVD recorder would've been VERY nice, it was a little out of our budget! :(
Carriecarrieh on December 15th, 2003 12:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think now is the time to get a DVD recorder unless there's an absolute bargain going. Give it 12 months or so for the price to come down. Last Christmas they cost about £1000 here, now they're about £275.
You know what, I've never used a camcorder in my life! Have you been videoing anything yet? I presume Sydney will get herself filmed at some point.