Florida Couple Already Camping Out For Black Friday At Best Buy

People have too much time on their hands. Need an example? A couple in Florida have decided it’s better to spend the next week, which happens to include Thanksgiving, camped out in front of a Best Buy.

From the Miami Herald:

[The couple] set up a large blue tent outside a Best Buy store in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. They plan to camp out for more than a week hoping to be first in line. Store managers gave their blessing.

There are actually two couples involved in this folly, as one does the day shift in the nonexistent line and the other is camping out at night.

And for people who are so eager to get into Best Buy, they don’t even know what they are going to buy, though they do tell the Herald they “might buy a big screen TV or something for the computer.”

Fla. couple camping outside store for Black Friday [Miami Herald]


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  1. rdm says:

    Do these people have jobs or is the government paying for them to camp outside?

  2. Blueskylaw says:

    It seems that they earned their 15 minutes of fame.

  3. chemmy says:

    No deal is worth this unless it’s a freaking free house or a million dollars. I hope that tv they buy exceeds the week’s salary they presumably lost/wasted.

    My sanity isn’t worth this either.

  4. W10002 says:

    As a Silver Rewards member, Best Buy sent me a notification that I can buy the Black Friday deals on Monday. I don’t know the details as I didn’t see anything I wanted from them on Black Friday, but if it’s true, it’s kinda sad that someone would camp out a week ahead, and someone like me can take advantage of the deals without waiting at all.

  5. chickensoup says:

    sometimes, it bothers me that I inhabit this earth with stupid people.

    • redskull says:

      Amen brother. That one-way mission to Mars NASA is mulling over is starting to look better all the time.

      • Brunette Bookworm says:

        To me too…though they won’t let me go because I’m a woman. :( I don’t need kids. Or, they could experiment and send me and my boyfriend (who is willing to go) and see what happens.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          They wouldn’t let a female astronaut go?

        • Clobberella says:

          I thought they only wanted people over sixty. I’m pretty sure they don’t care what gender you are, they just don’t want anyone in their prime babymaking years.

  6. ianmac47 says:

    7 days is 168 hours. Florida minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. The deals will cost them $1,218 each.

    • eirrom says:

      I think this really says it all. $1218 EACH!

    • Ravant says:

      Could be paid vacation they have to use before the end of the year, and they genuinely have nothing better to do.

      • hotdogsunrise says:

        This was my first thought as well. Gotta use up those vacation days.

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        I thought the same thing. I get Thursday and Friday off at work but will be taking the whole week off for vacation.

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      Presuming that they are missing work.

      It may be that one couple has a day job(s) and the other couple has a night job(s), so no one is missing out on anything.

      Or they may all be unemployed. Or self-employed, working while they’re not at BBY. Or living off trust funds and they don’t care what they do with their time…

    • c!tizen says:

      so you’re assuming a solid 24 hour shift for 7 consecutive days? I think it would be closer to 8 hours a day which comes to $406.00 for 56 hours of work. Most people only work 5 days a week so it’s actually $209.00 they’d be losing.

      • c!tizen says:

        $290.00, sorry.

      • mikeP says:

        And you are assuming that their leisure time is worth nothing.

        Sure they are not working 24 hours a day, but sitting in a nonexistent line has to be truly miserable and soul sucking.

        So it is safe to say that the cost (including but not limited to money) of doing this stunt is way too high for any sane person.

        • George4478 says:

          Leisure time is unpaid time, so doing this with their leisure hours is not “costing” any more than watching TV, going shopping, or any other leisure activity.

          They are not, as the poster claimed, out $7.25/hour for each hour they are here.

          • c!tizen says:

            I can’t believe you had to post this, but thank you… it saved me approximately $1.68 in leisure time.

      • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

        Four people at $7.25 hour for 40 hours each would come to $1,160.

  7. dolemite says:

    Best Buy’s “deals” are usually the same price you can buy any day of the week on the internet from Newegg, Amazon, etc. Sometimes you’ll save an extra $5. I’d rather spend $5 extra to not wait in line for 2 hours.

    • DanRydell says:

      The doorbusters that are expensive items usually save you a lot more.

      • TheGreySpectre says:

        Not really. I did some rather extensive shopping for my parents for an LED TV last year and both Amazon and Neweggs prices ended up saving them some money. Both had slightly higher list prices then bestbuy/sears/etc but had free shipping so while you pay a small amount more for the item in general you don’t pay sales tax on it and it also gets delivered straight to your house with no fee. I have looked at quite a few of the leaked black friday adds for this year and none of the door buster items have really had much in the way of savings over sales that already exist online.

      • TheGreySpectre says:

        This makes no sense to me. Even if you evaluate thier time spent at minimum wage these people are losing more in lost wages/time then they can ever expect to make back in savings. Even if you don’t consider lost wages it is still lost vacation time then which I would hope they would evaluate higher. There is no scenario I can think of where this pays off. And while it may be very judgmental of me but if these people’s idea of vacation is camping out at best buy then perhaps they need some new hobbies.

    • TasteyCat says:

      I bought one of Best Buy’s doorbusters online last year. I thought it was a pretty good deal. Didn’t have to wait in line either.

    • rdm says:

      This totally sums up how I feel about Black Friday.

  8. FatLynn says:

    These people are clearly looking for free stuff from Best Buy or a deal from a competitor to lure them away.

  9. bullwinkle12 says:

    Very often I am ashamed to be a Floridian.

  10. swarrior216 says:

    I’m 10min away from this Best Buy too.

  11. jaredutah says:

    Last year there was a computer system I wanted from Best Buy to use as a media computer. Anyway, they only had a few in each store, but I noticed that they were going to available online. So I waited on my couch watching a movie and just watched the page it was listed on until around 12:20 AM when the link became active to buy it. I purchased it, finished the movie, and went to bed. I did have to pay around $40 for shipping, but you know what, I didn’t freeze and I got to watch a good movie!

    • jedifarfy says:

      Totally. I’d rather just wait til midnight and pay for shipping. Nothing terrifies me more than large rushing crowds of idiots, and I’m afraid I’d have to hurt people to keep them from hurting me.

      I did once go to Target on a Black Friday, but I’d worked there before so I knew the store and where the item would be merched. It was for Star Wars legos. :P

  12. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Must be nice not to have a life.

    • Gramin says:

      Or maybe it’s the exact opposite. While I’m rotting away here in my office, they have so much free time they can sit at a Best Buy for an entire week. I would argue that they have the life while I’m a slave to my job.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        Do you work 24/7? I also work in a cube and feel like I have a life. The only reason I don’t have as much free time as I’d like is because I spend 2 hours in the car driving to/from work. Otherwise I feel extremely productive.

  13. BorkBorkBork says:

    Of all the wonderful places in Florida this couple could have spent a week camping at, they chose Best Buy?

  14. SecretShopper: pours out a lil' liquor for the homies Wasp & Otter says:

    ah the latest sign of the apocalypse, brought to you by the lesser known fifth horseman attention whore

  15. hotcocoa says:

    I bet they’re retired and have nothing better to do anyway. I can’t imagine using a vacation week for this. Or even if they run their own business, who would seriously want to take time out of their schedule to do this? I can’t imagine this being good for business. I wouldn’t want to have to walk around the crazy couple in the tent to get to the door.
    I made the mistake of going to one of these sales a year or two ago (wanted a shredder that was 1/2 priced or something like that) and the line was so long you’d think they were giving away the secret to life. My husband and I turned right back around and went home to sleep. Nothing’s worth waiting in the cold like that for hours upon hours like that. At least not for some gadget.

  16. basilray says:

    And…we’re now officially done as a society.

  17. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    I checked Fat Wallet’s Black Friday deals today, and Best Buy is offering the old eInk Nook for $99. I was tempted for about 10 seconds before I remember “oh yeah, I don’t like screaming mobs of people” and went on with my day. It’s not worth the savings.

  18. TerpBE says:

    They aren’t camped out there to get deals on a TV or computer. They’re only there to get one thing: attention.

    They win.

  19. Rocket says:

    Really? Really?

    *Sigh* Anything to get attention, I suppose.

  20. SG-Cleve says:

    You’re all looking at it wrong.

    It’s not about getting a good deal, or the value of their time.

    First, it’s an adventure. (Although it would be more of an adventure if they actually were staying there full time and bathing in a nearby creek.)

    Second, they will get lots of publicity without having to send their son up in a runaway balloon.

    • Hoot says:

      I actually have to agree. If they have the time off anyway, why not do something that you can tell your grandkids about and have them think you’re crazy? It’s not like the same couple is sitting there 24hours/day. 12 hours per day, snuggled up with your hubby in big coats, people-watching and talking about whatever crosses your mind? It doesn’t seem so crazy. The only crazy thing is if it is actually motivated by those stupid sales at Best Buy… which it doesn’t seem like since they don’t even know what they might buy.

      I once camped out for like 12 hours to get on a game show. It seemed crazy and exciting then, a bit more stupid now, but is still a good memory and a good story.

      • haggis for the soul says:

        I doubt the grandkids are going to be that impressed.

        • Outrun1986 says:

          Camping out for a gameshow or a one-time concert that will never be held again, OK, if you really want to and you want to sacrifice whatever to do that. That game show probably doesn’t exist anymore, so you have good memories of that.

          Camping out for some disposable tech item… very stupid

          The grandkids will be too busy texting to even care, or playing with whatever piece of technology becomes popular by the time they are old enough to understand what happened. When you are telling your kids the story, trust me, they aren’t even listening or they are thinking, wow, my grandparents were REALLY stupid.

      • Outrun1986 says:

        The grandkids are probably too busy texting to even care

        • Hoot says:

          You guys are too cynical. Let’s hope you raised your kids right so that they won’t let their kids sit around texting all day.

    • Chaosium says:

      “It’s not about getting a good deal, or the value of their time.

      First, it’s an adventure. (Although it would be more of an adventure if they actually were staying there full time and bathing in a nearby creek.)”

      Hoo boy, waiting in line, in the elements for a week, to get some crappy item (that they haven’t even decided on.), and the items have been getting less interesting every year for the last ten. SIGN ME THE EFF UP FOR SOME ADVENTURE, BRO.

  21. eccsame says:

    So you camp out for a week to save a few bucks – maybe a few hundred, at best?
    I always wonder about people who value their time less than their money.

    • DanRydell says:

      According to them they saved $3000-4000 in past years. They may be overstating that though, and I bet they’re selling some stuff on eBay.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        But I just wonder…how much stuff do you need that you actually save that much money? And they probably aren’t buying products that are just released (no one’s going to make the iPad a doorbuster, for instance) so are they counting the “savings” from buying a product a year after launch, and the price would be lower at that point anyway? Like if they bought a TV this year (that had come out last year) and it was $800 marked down from $1,200, do they say they saved $900 because when it came out the TV was $1,700?

  22. bogartbrown says:

    I’d probably be a little more impressed if they were in, say, Fargo, ND rather than St. Pete.

  23. u1itn0w2day says:

    To first in line or first in the pathetic xmas shopper sucked in by capitalist pigs trying to sell you s#%t constest.

  24. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    They don’t even know what they want to buy. Cost/benefit. How could they possibly ‘”save” by buying stuff they don’t need?

  25. The cake is a lie! says:

    I guess if they had 64 GB ipads for $299 or something then it would be worth it, but what is the ‘Tickle Me Elmo’ this year that could possibly be worth waiting outside for a week? I’ve made money buying black friday crap and then selling it on eBay or Craigslist the next day, so I definitely understand why people do it, but for them to not even have a goal for what they want to buy just makes them look crazy and pathetic. The story would be much more interesting if they had an absolute determination to be one of the ones to get some limited item available at a huge discount or some rare under produced product. People don’t even stand in line for a week to get concert tickets anymore, so this is just odd…

  26. Dalsnsetters says:

    Living in St. Pete, good entertainment is hard to come by. Now I know where to go for a good laugh this weekend.

  27. u1itn0w2day says:

    How come this isn’t somekind of illegal squating or loitering.

    Why doesn’t Best Buy or other retailers simply issue numbers/tickets a few days ahead of time in the store only. Run somekind of sale the day they say they will start issuing tickets which gives incentive for the customers to buy before Black Friday and during Black Friday.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      There ya go. Sort of like the wrist bands they issued for concerts before the internet was everywhere. I used to stand in line all night for good concerts, but then is started getting a little too crazy with line cutting and other issues, so they issued numbered wrist bands which ensured your place in line even if you had to leave. But then the lines to get the wrist bands were just as crazy…

      It is something easy for Ticketmaster to organize, but for a once a year kind of thing, it would probably be a lot of trouble and expense for a store.

      • wellfleet says:

        FYI, BBY does issue tickets for all doorbusters that are limited in quantities. They count how many they receive and make numbered tickets. A few hours before the store opens, employees go out to the line and give them out to people who want them. So, if there are 10 laptops, there are 10 tickets. If the first 10 people in line all want the laptop, that’s it. Otherwise, they keep going down the line until all tickets are gone. Any leftover tickets that weren’t claimed before store opens are fair game.

    • Outrun1986 says:

      I think they should just run a lottery system and you put your name in a hat and whomever gets picked out of the hat either gets the item for free or gets to buy the item at the low price. This would be a very safe way of running BF. Believe me people would come into the store to put their name in the hat (thus netting the same benefit BF does, to get people in the store), scatter the different raffles around the store so people had to walk around and see everything. Do this a couple days before BF and have the drawing on BF, if you win they call you up and you come in to purchase the item.

    • Rocket says:

      Wow. That’s a great idea.

  28. NYGuy1976 says:

    Perhaps they are being paid by best buy for this stunt to get word of the black friday sales on the news.

  29. davidsco says:

    Gotta make sure they get that underpowered $300 laptop with all the unnecessary upsell

  30. Outrun1986 says:

    Um wouldn’t you spend more on camping supplies and extra food than you would actually be saving on the items you are buying. It doesn’t make sense at all to me. You can’t even resell the BF specials anymore because most of them are specially made for BF with ultra crap parts, ensuring that they will break by next BF, ensuring that you will be in line again doing the same thing. Sub $400 laptops are all over the place now, and reselling a TV, I can’t imagine that being profitable.

    Spend a little more, get something better and something that will last, and you won’t have wait outside for a week just so you can afford something.

  31. There's room to move as a fry cook says:


    “Last year, we spent over $3,000, but we saved $3,000 to $4,000 as well,”

  32. dvdchris says:

    if I was out of work I might do this with the intention of reselling on ebay/CL…otherwise, I don’t literally don’t need anything CE related

  33. Floppywesl says:

    Why does it always have to be Florida??? I dont even tell people I live here anymore i just say ” South Georgia ”

    • sugarplum says:

      When I clicked into the article, I thought, “Oh, it’s Florida. OK.” It’s like that explains it all.

  34. Duckula22 says:

    Mmm, what’s more expensive, $0.05, or 5 seconds?

  35. Jane_Gage says:

    If some drunk ran the tent over early Friday morning that would be horrible.

  36. jedifarfy says:

    I saw this on the news here in Seattle. They got free iPads for their “dedication”. Even more reason to: 1) hate people, 2) hate Florida, and most importantly 3) hate Best Buy.

  37. gman863 says:

    Look at the bright side:

    The upcoming week allows the homeless a free pass to squat at any major retailer without fear of being arrested.