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Reply #112: It's really easy to handle these sort of items and crowds if you want to do it. [View All]

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LeftyMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 02:26 AM
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112. It's really easy to handle these sort of items and crowds if you want to do it.
Before the store opens, you go out to the assembled masses and you tell them "we have X number of item Y in stock, raise your hand if you're planning on buying one." Then if you want people to line up you start handing the tickets that correspond to that item to each person in line until you run out. If you don't want people to line up you hand out numbers and then draw for winners right before the store opens.

Either way you let people in the store a few at a time, so nobody tramples anybody or runs to get whatever is such a big damned deal.

Anybody with a room temperature IQ can figure out how to do this safely. WalMart does it unsafely because all those people lined up, and the visuals of the mad rush of people and the tramplings tell the people at home that WalMart is worth all that and that they should shop there. They don't make money on the stuff they sell BF morning, they make money on all the free advertising they get when every news crew in the area comes by their stores, and when people driving by see idiots in tents lined up and think the deals must be worth that.
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