HOUSTON – With COVID-19, retailers and customers are pushing more “Black Friday” transactions online this year. While GameStop offered a store that many customers said it had to get.
Some have waited more than 24 hours for the new PlayStation 5 or XBOX Series X system. They said it was their only option because it sold out online.
“People want to stay safe, so I wouldn’t expect a lot of people to go out to the shops,” Armando Velasquez said.
Another buyer said, “It was a difficult year, so I wanted to take a risk.”
“I’ve been trying since the November 12 launch when the consoles came out and it was really hard,” Dominick Garcia said.
“In the store, it’s better to go, just pick it up and pay cash for it,” Sheila Sanders said.
GameStop isn’t the only retailer offering stores on Black Friday. KPRC 2 also detected long lines on South Gessner Road outside of Melrose Family Fashions.
Many say the purchase was much different than in previous years.
“It’s like on the edge, like everything on the edge, people are at the forefront,” Perez said.
Shopping experts say Black Friday will be Cyber November.
Many retail giants like Walmart, Target, Lowes and Amazon have changed their additional online shopping plans, but many of the shoppers we talked about said the online process was not easy.
“What I would see on social media is that robots use access to these consoles and people order 20-30 of them like that,” Johnny Perez said.
Here are the CDC’s buying recommendations:
- Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfectant wipes, if any.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines.
- Use marked entry and exit points and follow direction signs or floor signs designed to keep people at least 6 feet away.
- Only if possible, touch the products you want to buy.
- Consider not consuming samples or buying food or drink from self-service stations.
- If possible, use contactless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keyboard). If you need to handle money, cards, or keyboards, use a hand sanitizer immediately after payment.
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