As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m increasingly finding myself being enticed by advertisements for Black Friday deals offering great prices on things I don’t really need. This past weekend I was very close to buying a new Fitbit to replace the one I have which still mostly works (the display stopped working) because a store was offering 10% off all electronics. If you’ve ever bought a Fitbit product, you probably know that it’s one of those odd products where the cost is pretty much fixed and you will pay the same price no matter where you buy it. Typically, the best you can do on a Fitbit is find a store willing to throw in a small gift card or some sort of bonus item, so when I saw that I could get the latest and greatest version for 10% off, it seemed like an obvious decision.
What follows is essentially my thought process, with some added suggestions, as I fought my instincts of an impulse shopper. I’m presenting it as a 5-step method to deal with the whole “Black Friday” spectacle in case you really are going to do some shopping.
In the end, if I do decide to get a new Fitbit, I may buy one online but probably not. More than likely, I’ll continue to use the one I have until it really does quit. I am glad that after looking and debating for a while about which model to get, I realized I’ve gotten along just fine with no display on my current Fitbit and I hated the idea of being rushed into a decision because a sale was ending in a couple of hours. Take control of your shopping and fight the urge to fill your home with things just because of a limited time offer. Guess what, Black Friday will be here again next year and they will continue to come out with new and better gadgets.
Copyright Dave Lubke and www.davelubke.com, 2022
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