The scramble to get the best price on items becomes a serious competition. Stories report large crowds mowing down stores, and ultimately each other, over marked down products. The new phenomenon, consumer culture, shocked the nation as America’s sales rates rose. But within the MVHS student body, the wait for a product originated from the passion of the actual product and the experience of the anticipation. The general concept moved away from the rush of discounted goods and into the patient customers willing to abide by time. Here MVHS students share their stories about their experiences of waiting.
When sophomore Pallavi Komma was in fourth grade, she waited in front of the AMC movie theater for over an hour to see the premiere of the new Harry Potter movie series.
“I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since day one,” Komma said. “One of our family friends... got these tickets to the premiere and I was really excited.”
Her enthusiasm, combined with her youthful spirit, created boundless impatience. Even though she was willing to wait large periods of time just to see a highly anticipated movie.
But, this kind of patience comes in different levels. For sophomore Dorothy Chou, her dedication to a specific music group had her traveling about four hundred miles to see them perform. She and two other friends drove down to Los Angeles to see a two-day long concert of Kpop boy group GOT7. In addition to spending money on the gas prices, she invested over four hours to see the group perform.
“We walked to the venue and we saw that there [was] already a pretty long line and it was four hours before the concert,” said Chou. “We wanted to get there earlier, so we [could] see [the concert] better [from the crowd].”
She had seen them perform once before, a year ago, but anxious to see them again, she went out of her way to attend another concert. She also admitted being shamed for the decisions she established to ensure her view to her idols.
“I think it was worth it, so when I do tell other people... They think, ‘Why did you wait for so long?’ But [it was] because the experience was so much better [than the first].”
In the more traditional sense of purchasing products, junior Jen Huang went out into the night at around 9 p.m. to her local Best Buy to buy a television on discount. She stood in a line that wrapped around the building for over an hour with her older brother.
She explained her drastic decisions were just for the simple thrill of the experience. Emotions of delight on a single night, where she wanted to share a connection with the same people going through the same situation. From both parties ultimately acquire the same goal, which is always, getting the best deal.
“My brother wanted to get a T.V. because he was just moving into his new apartment,” Huang said. “It was more of the fun spirit of it all. It’s pretty funny how excited everyone gets about it.”