6 things to do while you’re on hold next weekend.Posted by Donna Freedman on Nov 12, 2012 | 14 comments
Planning to shop online between Black Friday – which is increasingly more of a Post-Turkey Thursday – and Cyber Monday? A company called STELLAService has determined that the merchants with the shortest phone-support hold times are Nordstrom.com (18 seconds), Overstock.com (44 seconds), LLBean.com (46 seconds), Zappos.com (1 minute, 9 seconds) and Target.com (1 minute, 18 seconds).
That information is based on the 2011 shopping season. I bet it’ll be just as good this year, since retailers are scrambling to stand out among the din of the busiest shopping weekend of the year.
And if you’re buying from a place that leaves you languishing on hold for lonnnnng minutes? Here are six things to do while you wait:
1. Do the Swagbucks daily poll and a couple of searches. If you wind up on hold for an unconscionably long period of time, you might be able to complete a survey. (Not a Swagbucks member? Hope you’ll join with my referral code. Trade in your points for gift cards to do some holiday shopping.)
2. Check your Facebook page. Because who couldn’t use more cat photos?
3. Rummage through cupboards in search of leftover Halloween candy. (I love wifi and hands-free phones.)
4. Fold laundry. It has to be done eventually. Why not multitask?
5. Go to the bathroom. Unless you’re not the kind of person who does that while you’re on the phone. (Liar.)
6. Memorize state capitals. (Not really. I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.)
My kid, and my giveaway
Abby wrote an interesting post called “Why you should read spoiled Black Friday ads.” Perusing them a week or two in advance does more than help you plan your shopping.
With a mix of snark and common sense, she explains how those leaked ads can help you get real about what you’ll buy – and what you won’t. You’re freed up from the “immediacy” factor, aka your inner 5-year-old screaming, “That! That! And that too!”
Abby also has a post up at Wise Bread called “The new graduate’s guide to affordable fun.” She acknowledges that student loans are a pain but says they “don’t preclude your having fun.” Along with tips on happy hours, free movies, weekly specials and the like, she includes this very common-sense suggestion: Schedule a day each week to meet up with friends.
“It helps get you through the week without extra spending. After all, it’s hard to rationalize going out on Wednesday if you’re meeting up with friends on Friday,” she says.
Finally: You may have noticed that I did not put up a giveaway on Friday. That’s because I’m putting one up tomorrow. It has a holiday-shopping theme and actually involves two prizes of equal value, both to be awarded in time for Black Friday/Turkey Thursday.
You can probably guess where I’m going with this, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out if your guess is correct.