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Day 8 Rejection Therapy: Get Number One Spot in Best Buy’s Thanksgiving Line

It’s Thanksgiving! Yes, you get in line for five hours hoping to grab the 80% discount on a laptop. However, I bet you have never been number one in line before, have you? Do you know how it feels to be number one? Do you know what it takes? No, I don’t have what it takes, but I tried to acquire the spot instead. This is the beauty of rejection therapy. If I get a ‘yes’, then I get an 80” TV for $100. If I get a ‘no’, then it’s the musical sound of success.

I was confident that I could at least carry a conversation with the #1 guy, but when the #2 guy jumped in pointing at the rules on the wall, the battle was lost. You don’t want to negotiate with two or more people who sacrificed their entire Thanksgiving to be at the front of the line when Best Buy opens its door.

Learning: One versus many negotiating is much harder to carry out than one versus one. When making a crazy request one is better off being in a private one on one setting.

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  • robin

    love the concept and I will most definiatly follow you from now on : )
    all thanks to reddit : )

    • Federico

      I’m here thanks to Reddit too. I really like the idea, because they are quite funny videos, but at the same time they are not of a guy being an asshole to everyone in public, but of a guy being polite and showing how friendly and helpful people are, even when they are asked for crazy things.

      Good Job, and great idea. I’ll definitely follow through the journey.

  • Bob

    ask cop to hold his gun or drive his car

  • Bob

    if you see a news van ask them to interview you and put it on tv

  • Bob

    if you see the salvation army guys ringing the bells ask them if you can ring the bells for a little while. tell them they can go on break and use the bathrooms

  • Jia

    Thanks Bob for the suggestions. They are really good and also complies with my criteria. I will give them a try. Thx!

    • Theresa Maria

      What’s your criteria?

  • gina z.

    there are a lot of great ideas on here for you, jia. i struggle with high anxiety, panic attacks and depression. i can tell you one thing that does it to me ALL THE TIME: job interviews! talk about rejections! i didn’t see anyone suggest it and i don’t know if it’s on your list. to make it interesting, you should go to a job fair with a really lame resume and apply with everyone, no matter what they’re looking for – even better, apply for the company’s highest available positions that you would obviously not qualify for. have fun with it by pretending you are someone other than yourself, like maybe you are a bored millionaire who gave away all your money or an ex-con that was in for impersonating a pilot or something like that. i would LOVE to see you catch that on video!

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  • Shail

    This is cool and fun 🙂 This is very impressive and not for faint hearts.

    Interesting personal story to share about Black Friday sale. On thanksgiving in 2010, I successfully partnered with # 1 spot guy to let me buy a TV to save $800 (minus $100). But it wasn’t exactly getting the # 1 spot 🙂

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  • Ignacio Nieto Carvajal

    It’s so sad looking at all these people in the queue loosing days of their time for … what? A 50% discount on a TV? 80% in a laptop?? One single hour of my life’s worth more than that.