It’s almost Black Friday, Black Friday Christmas Eve, if you will (sort of) which means the western world is about to lose its collective mind for BARGAINS, SAVINGS and DEALS on just about every consumer good your tiny brain can imagine.
I can’t stand shopping as it is, so the prospect of hundreds of penny-pinching people descending on a tiny branch of Curry’s World for a slightly reduced 50″ plasma screen TV they really don’t need is my idea of hell on earth.
You’ll have seen the videos where sales-mad shoppers who have lost all sense of rationale, rhyme and reason stampede to get their hands on whatever products they desire, but without doubt the greatest Black Friday video is this one of Hook writer Alfie Powell somehow managing to survive BF2k15.
It’s amazing he lived to tell the tale.
Anyway, it seems that shoppers are getting the madness in early this year as people have been queuing up at Aldi stores since 6am this morning to get their mitts on a Kevin the Carrot toy – you know, the lil’ anthropomorphic veggie from the Xmas ad who thwarts evil parnsips called Pascal.
What a weird sentence.
But some people aren’t just getting them in for the kiddies at Christmas, oh no, they’re doing it for much more un-Chrismassy reasons; specifically, to flog them on eBay for £950 and make an absolute killing.
Apparently, the toys sold out online within just a few hours, so customers decided to try their luck in stores, with queues out of the door from 6.30am.
There were also reports of fighting among consumers.
Photographs from inside and outside Aldi stores on social media revealed shoppers piling into shops for the giant toy priced at £19,99.
However, soon after, listings began to pop up on eBay selling the toy for close to £1000, which many people aren’t too happy about given that it’s a charity item.
An Aldi spokesperson said:
“We’re sorry that some customers were unable to buy this product. However, demand for these toys has been exceptionally high.
“To avoid any disappointment, this year we increased the range by adding new characters such as Pascal the Parsnip, as well as the amount of soft toys available in each store.
“We also limited purchases to two variants per customer so as many people as possible had the chance to buy these products. As with all our Specialbuys products, these are only available while stocks last.”
At least it’ll soon be over for another year.
Oh wait, Cyber Monday…
Images via Twitter/eBay/Kennedy News and Media