You know, that annual Friday where someone would have to PAY me to go near a mall. Never mind, Wal-Mart. Or *shudder* an outlet mall.
It's not the crowds. It's not the risk of bruising. It's that I don't wait well. Even in my favorite restaurant for my favorite food with my favorite friends, my limit is about 40 minutes. And that's if we can wait in the bar.
I don't wait. There is very little in the world, materialistically speaking, that is worth more than my time. So the idea of standing in line to buy something just doesn't compute. Especially waiting in the middle of the night, in the cold. With crazy people.
Black Friday simply isn't for me.
But the whole idea of it brought up an interesting conversation with my family which went along nicely with an interesting conversation I had with an author friend Sunday.
How does what something *costs* speak to you about what it is *worth*?
My family and I were talking about how far something would have to have its price cut before I'd go out on Black Friday. My dad asked, "would you stand in line for five hours for a 60 inch tv that was only $100". No. My mom asked, "would you stand in line for five hours for a new car that was only $100?" I paused longer at that one, but no. Five hours?? My sister asked, "would you stand in line for five hours for Garth Brooks concert tickets that were only $100?" Again, a longer pause, but no.
I just HATE waiting. It isn't *worth it* to me.
My author friend and I were then talking today about e-book pricing... how much e-books should cost and what people are willing to pay.
There is-- and I do find this fascinating-- a faction of romance readers who won't pay more than $2.99 for a book, no matter what. No matter if it's 400 pages, or the last book in a series, or by their favorite author. They feel that $2.99 is a fair price. But there is also a faction that won't pay *less than* $3.99. They don't see books priced less than that as "valuable". These people also won't ever download a book that is free, feeling that it must not be worth their time.
I personally don't fit into either category and I would guess most readers also don't fit strictly in one or the other group. For instance, I have some authors I would pay almost anything for. I'd be ticked, but I would pay. I've bought ebooks for $10.99 (and complained about it loudly). I've also downloaded and read free books. For me, the price doesn't tell me the true value of a book.
But, I'm curious how you all feel. What things play into making a book "worth it" it to you? Author name, the series, the premise, something else?
And, did you go out on Black Friday?? :) How long did you wait and was it worth it?