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Walmart´s Brilliant New Strategy
For Preventing Black Friday Chaos

Business Insider, by Ashley Lutz

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 11/23/2012 6:01:17 AM

Walmart had its fair share of disasters on Black Friday last year. A screaming mob fought over a $2 waffle iron, a woman allegedly pepper sprayed a crowd so she could get an Xbox and people were sent to the hospital after being slammed to the ground in a tussle over smartphones. This year, Walmart employed a brilliant tactic for controlling the crowds. The retailer staggered promotions to prevent another stampede. Walmart opened doors at 8 p.m., allowing shoppers to get into the store. Those interested in the toys, clothes or kitchen appliances on sale bought them.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: provide, 11/23/2012 6:50:40 AM     (No. 9030215)

What about those union inspired employee walk outs? Customers could apply for empty positions as they shop.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: robertj984, 11/23/2012 6:53:42 AM     (No. 9030220)

Its not what they are buying, its the "thrill of the hunt". "I was one of the few at WalMart to get a (.....)". Fill in the blank

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dman, 11/23/2012 7:05:50 AM     (No. 9030233)

Herd mentality. Get in line, be a lemming, and save 50-60%. Realize you really don´t need that item, stay home, and save 100%.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: franq, 11/23/2012 8:05:43 AM     (No. 9030306)

There is nothing I need that much, at any price.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 11/23/2012 8:07:15 AM     (No. 9030311)

My 18yos and his girlfriend chose to brave the line at Best Buy for a $179 40 inch flatscreen. They were ready in line and up front, going to get it, when a Mexican family cut in the front of the line and each of them got a TV. Yet there were no fights, everyone helped each other out and waited (except for that one family)


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lefticide, 11/23/2012 8:13:16 AM     (No. 9030320)

#6, They probably cut in line ahead of those legally waiting for their immigration papers, too.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Refried, 11/23/2012 8:34:20 AM     (No. 9030365)

Dittos # 7.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Shimmer128, 11/23/2012 8:43:40 AM     (No. 9030386)

Nodding my head # 7

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Reply 9 - Posted by: LouD, 11/23/2012 8:59:19 AM     (No. 9030407)

We took our neighbor to Walmart last night, as her tv broke and she needed a new one. I guess that staggering business really didn´t work out so well, as there were big crowds and really long lines. And when they started selling items on sale (not enough stock, so they gave out coupons), there were long checkout lines, and I do mean long. After we got out of the store, my neighbor said "Never again!"would she attend one of those type sales. The money you save isn´t worth the time and aggravation.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley, 11/23/2012 9:22:44 AM     (No. 9030441)

I´m with other LDotters. Even if everything was free it wouldn´t be worth it to me. I´ll either shop online or not at all.
Some people have a type "A" personality. Some have a "B". I´m more of a D minus.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: F16 guy, 11/23/2012 9:34:37 AM     (No. 9030460)

How many in line are on gov´t assistance?

How many have less than a months savings in the bank?

How many are behind in a home or car payment?

How many have an IRA ?

The media churns up the feeble minds of these lemmings, just like they do with the badly flawed election cycles.

And do you think that next year they´ll be any better off financially ?

Our priorities in this country are so messed up !



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Reply 12 - Posted by: FilAm, 11/23/2012 9:42:57 AM     (No. 9030472)

#12 And how many have recently complained about the economy so ruined by Bush that Obama needs another 4 years to fix.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: voxpopuli, 11/23/2012 10:09:00 AM     (No. 9030508)

we were at WMT last night to get the $147 (guaranteed) tv..
they said they had 65 of them - and then they would hand out a coupon for the rest, which had to be paid for at checkout and then you´d get the tv by Christmas.. ok.. nothing else to do, so stood in the line and although we were probably number 100 WE ACTUALLY GOT A TV..
then we looked at how to check out.. it was about a THREE HOUR WAIT..
i went back to the line which had just started to hand out the vouchers and gave the tv to a nice young family..
all that to save $40???

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Reply 14 - Posted by: englishleigh, 11/23/2012 10:21:32 AM     (No. 9030529)

The teenage son of a friend of mine went to Walmart last night to try and buy a DVD set for his sister...he waited in line and just as he was about to get the DVDs some thug threw him to the ground by his throat and scratched his neck up just to get to the DVDs before he did. Police were too busy guarding the TVs and big-ticket items to notice.

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