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(Lehigh Valley Live)   Woman, who apparently never heard of the internet where better deals usually await, camps out in front of Best Buy for three days for a $500 TV   (lehighvalleylive.com) divider line 75
    More: Stupid, Thanksgiving, Bethlehem, Doreen Perpignan, Bethlehem Township, phillipsburg  
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2013-11-27 09:42:15 AM
Bethlehem woman camps out at Best Buy three days before Thanksgiving to save $500 on TV

Are three Geek Squad Kings going to congratulate her after buying it? Maybe give her some gold(-plated Monster cables), Frankin(web)cense,  and My(rr)th the game?
 
2013-11-27 09:49:31 AM
"It's excellent that they have sales, especially on electronics, because they're expensive and times are hard," Perpignan said Tuesday night as she took shelter from the rain inside the Bethlehem Township, Pa., store. "A lot of stores are going out of their way to cater to their customers."

Yeah.  Times are so hard, you can't even afford BestBuy normal markups on a 55" TV for your kid.

Oh, however do you persevere?
 
2013-11-27 10:14:10 AM
Getting it for her son? Well that ruins the surprise come Christmastime.
 
2013-11-27 10:17:26 AM
They have shopping on the Internet now?

What's next? Porn?
 
2013-11-27 10:17:36 AM
If times are hard, you should not be dropping $500 on a goddamn TV.
 
2013-11-27 10:18:10 AM

Jument: If times are hard, you should not be dropping $500 on a goddamn TV.


Maybe times are hard because they watch too much tv.
 
2013-11-27 10:19:01 AM
Woman, who apparently never heard of the internet where better deals usually await, camps out in front of Best Buy for 3 days for a shiatty $500 TV

FTFY
 
2013-11-27 10:23:12 AM
Maybe she hates the ever-loving sh*t out of her spouse, or her whole family and is willing to skip not only Thanksgiving but the whole f*cking week to show it.

Maybe she's homeless and this is one of the few times of the year that one can camp out in public, have a few conversations with passers-by and not get truncheon time with the local PD.
 
2013-11-27 10:24:03 AM
Looks like shes got a lot of practice planting her fat ass in a chair for days on end..
 
2013-11-27 10:25:46 AM

factoryconnection: Maybe she hates the ever-loving sh*t out of her spouse, or her whole family and is willing to skip not only Thanksgiving but the whole f*cking week to show it.

Maybe she's homeless and this is one of the few times of the year that one can camp out in public, have a few conversations with passers-by and not get truncheon time with the local PD.


The details don't matter.  All that matters is that she obviously needs a few farkers to oversee her
day to day decision making.
 
2013-11-27 10:26:01 AM
"It's excellent that they have sales, especially on electronics, because they're expensive and times are hard,"

Yes, times are hard for people who are irresponsible and dumb.
 
2013-11-27 10:30:37 AM
These people who camp out for days in front of a store... Where do they poop?
 
2013-11-27 10:31:28 AM
 
2013-11-27 10:31:37 AM
Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?
 
2013-11-27 10:33:19 AM
That biatch needs to DIAF. She's what's wrong with this bullshiat stores opening on thanksgiving.
 
2013-11-27 10:36:39 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


Nah, never had any problems....Trust me.   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA )


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2013-11-27 10:37:02 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


Ordered a Samsung LCD almost 5 years ago from Amazon, not one issue at all.
 
2013-11-27 10:39:11 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


I purchased my last 3 TVs online, the last a rather expensive 65" Plasma (not bragging about price, simply stating I was willing to take the risk on a big ticket.). They have all been delivered with free "white glove" delivery from the store I purchased from and all have performed flawlessly.

A TV delivered to your home damaged can just be refused. The shipping company is then responsible. The retailer and shipping company don't want that risk or loss, so they are usually pretty careful.
 
2013-11-27 10:41:38 AM

DeathCipris: That biatch needs to DIAF. She's what's wrong with this bullshiat stores opening on thanksgiving.


No problem.    At UPS during the Christmas rush, things move super smooth.    There are no huge jams on the belts that crush boxes clear to the ceilings.    And if there is a jam,   the packages can be kicked over the edge of the belt to be handled later.

If the package is packed well in a sturdy box, it should be ok.    IE: if you can back your car over it a couple times
 
2013-11-27 10:42:02 AM

Jument: If times are hard, you should not be dropping $500 on a goddamn TV.


Maybe she just hates Thanksgiving and wants to destroy America.
 
2013-11-27 10:43:33 AM

netcentric: DeathCipris: That biatch needs to DIAF. She's what's wrong with this bullshiat stores opening on thanksgiving.

No problem.    At UPS during the Christmas rush, things move super smooth.    There are no huge jams on the belts that crush boxes clear to the ceilings.    And if there is a jam,   the packages can be kicked over the edge of the belt to be handled later.

If the package is packed well in a sturdy box, it should be ok.    IE: if you can back your car over it a couple times


I was supposed to be quoting the post "~~Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?

I don't really feel this lady is a biatch who should Die In A Fire.    Not at all.
 
2013-11-27 10:44:27 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


Three so far ranging 36-50". The only issue was that one came a day early early and I didn't have help there to get it hung up. I had to use the included stand like some sort of animal.
 
2013-11-27 10:45:22 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


Yes and no, if you buy from a reputable merchant. Newegg, Amazon, B&H, etc. have never disappointed me yet.
 
2013-11-27 10:45:51 AM
I would love to see her go into the store and be told that "sorry, all those TVs were sold online in the five seconds it took you to walk to that part of the store, by internet purchasers sitting comfortably at home".
 
2013-11-27 10:46:23 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


We bought a TV from Amazon about six months ago.  No issues with shipping damage.
 
2013-11-27 10:46:54 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


You can buy it online and pick it up at customer service if you're worried about it.

Yanks_RSJ: Ordered a Samsung LCD almost 5 years ago from Amazon, not one issue at all.


Likewise, although it was a plasma in 2007.  The purchase included in-home delivery and un-boxing so that they could fire it up and test it as-delivered.  24 months, no interest?  Yes please.
 
2013-11-27 10:51:25 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: "It's excellent that they have sales, especially on electronics, because they're expensive and times are hard," Perpignan said Tuesday night as she took shelter from the rain inside the Bethlehem Township, Pa., store. "A lot of stores are going out of their way to cater to their customers."

Yeah.  Times are so hard, you can't even afford BestBuy normal markups on a 55" TV for your kid.

Oh, however do you persevere?


No, electronics are cheap.  They are so cheap that it's easier to throw them away and buy new ones than it is to replace a fuse, power supply, or high-intensity bulb.

I repeat, electronics are cheap.  For less than $1000 you can have the sum total of human knowledge in your pocket.  Remember the encyclopedia salesmen in the 70s?  Yeah, my parents bought an encyclopedia set on an installment plan.  Adjusted for inflation, that World Book probably cost more than a laptop does today.  And it was just a brief, out-of-date, frozen-in-time, summary of human knowledge. Without hyperlinks or full-text searching.

Did I mention that electronics are cheap?  30 years ago, a home theater set with a 72" screen was a major investment that required refurnishing and rewiring an entire room of your house, and then spending an hour to recalibrate the equipment every week.  There was one (1) family in my entire neighborhood who did that. Now, people hang them on the bathroom wall so they can take a dump without missing 10 minutes of Oprah.
 
2013-11-27 10:51:42 AM
When I read stories like this I become less symphathetic to the 'working poor'.
She's typical of those biatching about the rich yet she is willing to literally waste many productive hours waiting to save a few bucks... and no the TV is not $1000! even on regular sale the other 0 X a year you can probably get it for $700 at most. At best she is willing to be unproductive for 3 days sitting in the extreme cold to save $200 at most! not to mention she shouldn't even be buying a 55" TV to begin with since she claim she is financially strapped.
 
2013-11-27 10:53:37 AM
This points out the flaw in trickle-down theories.  This lady is spending three week's pay on a ridiculous TV, where a 1%-er is making that much in five seconds, and sending it to a tax haven in the Caribbean.
 
2013-11-27 10:54:31 AM

MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?


I've gotten two from Amazon, both were hand delivered by real delivery men that brought it inside and unpacked them to make sure they worked.
 
2013-11-27 11:01:29 AM

ChipNASA: MadSkillz: Have any of you bought a TV online? Are there concerns with the shipping, because they are fairly delicate?

Nah, never had any problems....Trust me.   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKUDTPbDhnA )


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Not sure who to hate more, the FedEx guy, or the asshole with the locked front gate.
 
2013-11-27 11:01:36 AM
For those interested...

My company handles a lot of home deliveries of TV's for online retailers.  They get shipped to us in the same trucks that drop them to stores. We then bring them to your house in a smaller truck. We carry it inside for you - and depending on what "service" you paid for may even unbox and set it up as well.

The risk is to you is actually lower than trying to stuff a 55" TV into your trunk and drive it home. Until you sign for it, any damage is our problem.

If you are in an area where the final deliveries get contracted out to Fedex or UPS, you experience may vary obviously.
 
2013-11-27 11:06:20 AM
"It's excellent that they have sales, especially on electronics, because they're expensive and times are hard,"

Why yes, yes they are. Particularly if one is fat and stupid, spending 72+ hours outside to save $500. That is less than $7 an hour, not to mention she completely missed the whole point of Thanksgiving. Black Friday is for suckers like her that ruin a wonderful holiday that retail workers should be spending at home.
 
2013-11-27 11:11:31 AM
The poster above beat me to my point. If she got off her ass and actually worked 72 hours she'd make out more than the $500 she's going to save. It just shows you that there's a growing trend of people choosing to be fat and lazy and live in squalor than have to put forth any sort of effort. Hell she parked at Best Buy - they hire seasonal employees to deal with the shopping rushes. Why doesn't she walk in and get an application for employment? She might even then get an employee discount!! She'll still be at Best Buy. She'll still come out ahead financially. She'll get more exercise than sitting in the lawn chair and be a lot warmer and dryer.
 
2013-11-27 11:15:09 AM

jenmc226: The poster above beat me to my point. If she got off her ass and actually worked 72 hours she'd make out more than the $500 she's going to save. It just shows you that there's a growing trend of people choosing to be fat and lazy and live in squalor than have to put forth any sort of effort. Hell she parked at Best Buy - they hire seasonal employees to deal with the shopping rushes. Why doesn't she walk in and get an application for employment? She might even then get an employee discount!! She'll still be at Best Buy. She'll still come out ahead financially. She'll get more exercise than sitting in the lawn chair and be a lot warmer and dryer.


Because 'Murica.
 
2013-11-27 11:24:20 AM
Few weeks ago I needed a replacement videogame tv. Walked into best buy and out again ten minutes later with a 32 inch LCD for three hundred bucks. I'm sure having a 55 inch is very nice but is it really $700 (full price) nicer or $200 plus missing thanksgiving nicer? If money is so tight then you really shouldn't be spending $500 anyway. A few years ago my wife managed to find a really nice flat screen on sale for only $150 and she didnt goddam camp out anywhere. That tv is still our main livingroom tv.

As a former retail employee, this woman displays the financial acumen I have come to expect from moron holiday shoppers.
 
2013-11-27 11:29:53 AM
I find it mildly ironic that Best Buy, Walmart, etc. will happily let these putzes camp out front for days or weeks on end, yet they'll kick a homeless person who has to sleep out front off the property.

Awwwwwwwwww, American values!!!
 
2013-11-27 11:36:06 AM

Billy Bathsalt: This points out the flaw in trickle-down theories.  This lady is spending three week's pay on a ridiculous TV, where a 1%-er is making that much in five seconds, and sending it to a tax haven in the Caribbean.


The solution, obviously, is to reduce the tax burden to make the work of putting that money offshore (and expense of having to pay someone to do that work) too expensive to utilize.

Or do you mean the 1%-er is doing the smart thing with their time and money - possibly reflecting why they're a 1%-er, where the lady is a moron - possibly reflecting why she is not?

Disclaimer - I sat outside CompUSA for 3 days to get a free computer.  But it was 1992, I was a high school kid, and the PC I (my parents) had to buy was a $2k 486-33, and the 'free' PC was a 386-16 - still probably valued at $500 at the time.  I still use that AT keyboard, I love it.
 
2013-11-27 11:36:20 AM
Uh, you can go to wal-mart right nowand get a 55" tv for $500. No camping required.
 
2013-11-27 11:37:01 AM
I've also heard rumors that the equipment that is sold on Black Friday as doorbusters are usually made with lower-quality components than the standard models. Dont know if that is true or not, but I wouldn't put it past them.
 
2013-11-27 11:42:05 AM

kling_klang_bed: I find it mildly ironic that Best Buy, Walmart, etc. will happily let these putzes camp out front for days or weeks on end, yet they'll kick a homeless person who has to sleep out front off the property.

Awwwwwwwwww, American values!!!


You either don't know what irony is or you don't know what the purpose of a store is.
 
2013-11-27 11:42:30 AM

LemSkroob: I've also heard rumors that the equipment that is sold on Black Friday as doorbusters are usually made with lower-quality components than the standard models. Dont know if that is true or not, but I wouldn't put it past them.


That seems like it would cost more to implement that you'd save. I would guess that the doorbusters are usually just the lowest rank of whatever kind of item they are. The shiatty ones, basically. They're always shiatty, just on black friday they're slightly cheaper than usual. If I had a government grant, I'd conduct a study and find out. Anyone in charge of handing out free government money, hit me up. EIP. Together, we can find out if they make the doorbusters for black friday out of cheaper components, or if they're just shiatty. YES WE CAN!
 
2013-11-27 11:47:58 AM

untaken_name: LemSkroob: I've also heard rumors that the equipment that is sold on Black Friday as doorbusters are usually made with lower-quality components than the standard models. Dont know if that is true or not, but I wouldn't put it past them.

That seems like it would cost more to implement that you'd save. I would guess that the doorbusters are usually just the lowest rank of whatever kind of item they are. The shiatty ones, basically. They're always shiatty, just on black friday they're slightly cheaper than usual.


Yeah, I would agree with the shiatty model theory.  I bought a Vizio 42" LED - refurb off the Internet well over a year ago, and it's been awesome.  I bought a Vizio 32" LED for my bedroom last black Friday, and it's had power issues for the last few months.  I ended up spending a meager $10 for a new surface mount chip, only because we have great soldering stations at work....  but the majority of owners with this model TV ended up ditching them or spending at least 25% of the purchase price to fix them.
 
2013-11-27 11:58:11 AM
Since when do we let the poors watch television?
 
2013-11-27 12:03:26 PM

dabbletech: Since when do we let the poors watch television?


Since the days of the Colosseum. Keeps them docile, you know.
 
2013-11-27 12:08:20 PM

LemSkroob: I've also heard rumors that the equipment that is sold on Black Friday as doorbusters are usually made with lower-quality components than the standard models. Dont know if that is true or not, but I wouldn't put it past them.


I've heard this as well:   http://www.dailyfinance.com/2013/11/26/dont-bother-buying-a-tv-on-bla c k-friday/
As for the economics of making specific versions for a specific occasion, there's a whole industry set up to do just that.  For example, for headphones:
http://gizmodo.com/5617200/the-secret-scam-of-cheap-earbuds
 
2013-11-27 12:29:44 PM
The people who say she shouldnt buy a tv if times are hard are idiots.  What is she going to do instead?  Invest that 500 dollars in some mutual funds?  Think before you speak.  That tv could provide thousands of hours of entertainment.

Could she work instead of sitting there for three days?  Maybe she has the days off from work, and doesnt have the option of working those days.  Either way its none of your farking business.
 
2013-11-27 12:35:42 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and wager that lady doesn't work. Anyone who has to earn a living and is having a hard time making ends meet doesn't go out and blow $500 on something unless it's absolutely necessary. She's probably got a "yes dear" kind of husband.
 
2013-11-27 12:37:39 PM
A friend of mine posted this picture of her best buy (somewhere in Utah) on a Nov 22nd afternoon.

/seems like people this serious about electronics would know of better places to shop.

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2013-11-27 12:44:33 PM

armageddonbound: The people who say she shouldnt buy a tv if times are hard are idiots.  What is she going to do instead?  Invest that 500 dollars in some mutual funds?  Think before you speak.  That tv could provide thousands of hours of entertainment.

Could she work instead of sitting there for three days?  Maybe she has the days off from work, and doesnt have the option of working those days.  Either way its none of your farking business.



She made it our business when she agreed to be interviewed and photographed.
 
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