Black Friday & Supply Chain issues
Except for video games, there shouldn't be any issues
The line about Black Friday shopping (just a few weeks away) is that all the good stuff will be gone by the time you actually begin shopping.
And those great “doorbusters” deals we’ve seen for all those years will be a thing of the past.
I’m here to tell you I’m not buying it.
Unless you’re in the market for a video game console or the top of the line iPhone 13 or MacBook Pro, have no worries. There will be plenty of product for you to buy. As always.
Big TVs? Thousands, at really good prices, with a handful of crazy prices on Friday morning. Streaming devices and smart speakers? More than you can handle.
Black Friday has historically been the time to get discounts on stuff as the official kickoff to the holidays, but as with years past, the sales actually began quite some time ago. It seems they never end.
Ten dollars off here, $20 there, but if it’s stuff you really want, like a hot camera, top of the line smartphone or videogame console, forget about discounts. You’ll pay full fare, if you can find it, or maybe more. The Nintendo Switch OLED is sold out most everywhere, but Walmart has it. And the company is charging $200 over retail price, as is eBay.
The websites that get commissions for selling stuff claim there are lots of great deals out there already. Not really. Unless you want last year’s smart speaker from Google ($59.99, down from $99) or an Amazon Fire Stick streaming device for $25 instead of $50. Earbuds in general are also in abundant supply, and affordable.
Videogames are another story. The Sony PlayStation 5 videogame console, which has been hard to come by since it was introduced in 2020, will be “even harder to get,” per Bloomberg, as Sony has cut production due to supply issues. Facebook’s Oculus 2 is in stock, however.
A loaded iPhone 13 Pro Max would be delivered by Dec. 13th if you ordered today, ditto for the new MacBook Pro, neither of which, at $1100 and $1999 starting prices, would likely be considered gifts. A $399 Apple Watch is delayed until 12/21, and to get the Google Pixel 6 Pro phone you’ll have to wait until Dec. 15.
But I found a new Amazon 50-inch TV set, normally selling for $470, already cut to $325. And that’s now. I didn’t find any major TV that was sold out, and just like turkey will be served on most Thursday tables for 11/25, I expect to see big box stores flooded with amazing and abundant TV deals for Black Friday.
So happy shopping everyone!
This is an absolute terrible deal:
Google announced a subscription plan for new Pixel phones that sounds like the answer to your dreams. Instead of shelling out big bucks every two years for a new phone, just rent it, for a lower overall cost.
Except this deal isn’t a deal. There is no substantial discount or incentive to sign up. It’s crazy!
Here’s the math: a new Pixel 6 Pro costs $899, but Google would like to rent it to you for $1320 for two years and then get you a new replacement phone. The company will throw in “free” online storage (200 GB, worth $52) ad-free YouTube and Music ($240) and a few other items. That comes to $1,192. Buying on time never makes sense financially, but at least when you do it, you usually own the product and can re-sell it.
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Let’s compare that to Apple’s upgrade plan, which is way more consumer friendly. That $1,100 iPhone 13 Pro would cost you $1297.92 over two years, which is actually a slight discount, as it mandates that you have AppleCare, which costs $200 yearly. And you get a new phone every 12 months, which is way cooler. Who cares if you don’t own the handset?
Nude Photos Blurred
Remember the brouhaha about Apple’s summer announcement that it would start letting parents know when their kids had nude photos on their iPhone, in the name of child safety? The privacy blowback was extreme, and Apple walked it back, stalling and saying it would rethink the plan. Per The Verge, Apple’s new scheme is to blur the nude photos on kids phones, and not inform the parents about what it found. But Apple will still be scanning our phones looking for images and the Verge says that after finding said images, “the child will be warned about its contents and told it’s ok not to view it.” How do we feel about this?
YouTube Kills visible dislike button:
As a content creator, I find it very disheartening to look at my videos on YouTube and see a thumbs down. How rude is that? If you don’t like it, shop elsewhere! So I’m thrilled that YouTube has decided to eliminate the button from public view. Teens abuse it to bully others. And it does nothing but make people feel bad. So thank you YouTube.
My friend Charlotte “Ginger” DiNunzio, whom you hopefully remember from her appearance in some of my Photowalks videos (most recently Manhattan Beach) has a new book out called Ginger Snaps. It’s a photographic celebration of British redheads. Ginger grew up in England, where she says redheads are persecuted. In this podcast interview, she talks about being spat upon and having eggs thrown at her when walking down the street. I had never heard such stuff before. She’s got some wild stories.
Speaking of Manhattan Beach, we had a great time shooting the sunset Thursday at our Photowalk. I hope you’ll come to the next one.
Pro tip: this weekend in Manhattan Beach is what’s known as “Pierghenge,” when the sun sets perfectly directly between the beams of the Pier. The shot below is from last November at this time. Many of us will be out Sunday looking to create magic again. Come look for us under the Pier!
Palm Springs Weekend!
Are you in the desert this weekend? If so, it’s not too late to join me! Meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Sonny Bono statue downtown. Then again at 4 p.m. for windmill time. And please, if you haven’t caught it yet, check out the latest Photowalks episode, from Palm Springs, USA!
Thanks for reading, watching and listening, and have a great weekend everyone!