I didn’t have anything to buy this year during the Black Friday shopping spectacle. But I tagged along when my son wanted to go to Best Buy and Target yesterday. My younger son is now mobile, sporting his own driver’s license, so I got to be the passenger. Though, I’m still a little vigilant to make sure his driving skills are properly executed.
There were none of the usual shopping frenzies that characterized typical Black Fridays. Though the number of customers looked like a typical pre-Covid weekend. The price of TVs continues to impress, and though I have no need for one, I’m still astounded by how low they continue to fall.
Less impressive was the price of cameras. I also had no plans to buy one, but I enjoy monitoring prices. The typical entry-level DSLR or mirrorless two lens kits, which sold in the past for $500, was $100 more this year. Was it inflation? Or the camera companies trying to recoup something in a tough sales year. Or perhaps they realize that dropping the prices further may no longer entice entry-level buyers. Those folks have irrevocably moved to smartphones.
I’ve all but moved away from new cameras. Nearly all my recent acquisitions are at a 30% to 90% discount from the original prices. That’s the benefit of buying used. Because I have so many cameras, I have no need to jump on the latest and greatest. Of course, I am foolish enough to have over 50+ cameras. But that’s a story for another post.
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