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Top 5 Black Friday 2012 Tips

oFlamingo 3,855 October 16, 2012 at 05:33 PM More The Wall Street Journal Deals
Black Friday season has officially begun! In addition to Hot Deals, Freebies and Coupons, the Black Friday 2012 deal forum is now available for the latest and most accurate discussions about the biggest shopping day of the year! Discussions about Best Buy’s price match and Sprint’s $50 Galaxy S3 have begun, so make sure to continuously check this forum to plan your Black Friday shopping accordingly.

The way we shop changes every year, so here are our Slickdeals’ Deal Editors-approved Top 5 Black Friday Tips for this upcoming holiday season:

1) Plan ahead: It's easy to get carried away with all the large explosive fonts from Black Friday ads, but just as this [wsj.com] recent article mentions, some Black Friday deals are not deals at all! Retailers don't readily reveal historical pricing, but by visiting Slickdeals regularly and searching for a particular item, you'll find the best historical prices are for all the big ticket items you're looking for. Predictions mention that 42" TV's will be available for $299 this Black Friday, but at Slickdeals, we've already seen a 42"1080p LED TV for $189 earlier this year! Additionally, retailers have been starting their sales earlier and earlier each year. Users can start checking Slickdeals now for early deals and savings.

2) Skip the lines, shop online: More and more online retailers are price matching in-store competitors and offer free shipping. Even traditional brick and mortar stores like Walmart or Best Buy often have the same deals online, so why bother freezing in the cold?

3) Bring your smartphone: If you do like the cold, make sure to bring your smartphone. Best Buy has already announced that they will be price-matching deals for the holidays, so best bring your smartphones to show cashiers how much you're really willing to pay for your new toys! Aside from that, bringing your smartphone will also allow you to check historical prices on the spot helping you decide whether you really are getting a legitimate deal.

4) Don't buy accessories for your big purchase...just yet: A lot of the doorbuster deals are designed to bring customers into a store, whether online or brick and mortar. How do retailers recover on these low margins? By selling accessories! Keep in mind that we've seen FREE iPhone 5 cases in the past as well as HDMI cables for $1.50. Both these items sell for well over $30 during Black Friday.

5) Sign up for credit cards...early: The best credit card deals we've seen in the past year have been during Black Friday season (multiple free flights, $500 in gift cards, etc). Our sources say that these deals will start in early November this year. Users can earn extra points, miles or cash for their holiday spending if they sign up for these credit cards ahead of time.

And if you miss out on your Black Friday deals, remember that Cyber Monday is right around the corner. Deal Editor Brisar has mentioned that a number of door buster deals last year were available online three days later! For the latest definitive Black Friday deals, visit the Black Friday 2012 Forum on Slickdeals!

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the 42 inch best buy deal was a price error
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Been saving up for a good ultrabook. I hope I find one this bf.
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Bringing a smartphone IS a good idea. If only Slickdeals had a native app to make it an even better idea. Until then, it's just plain difficult to use Slickdeals on your smartphone Frown
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Quote from speedosrock1053 View Post :
the 42 inch best buy deal was a price error
It also wasn't LED.
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Quote from slicksteals1109 View Post :
Bringing a smartphone IS a good idea. If only Slickdeals had a native app to make it an even better idea. Until then, it's just plain difficult to use Slickdeals on your smartphone Frown
If only it came before Black Friday...Wink Stay tuned!
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Black Friday makes me sick.

When i lived in NC you'd just see 100 fat asses wasting away Thanksgiving eating Bojangles chicken (which i know is delicious not my point) instead of spending quality family time together just for the chance to get a 42" TV for a hundred bucks cheaper. Needless to say 98 of those people were too dumb to realize the store blatantly advertises only 2 TVs in stock per location.

Let me be clearer - black friday sales that have now moved up to midnight have families putting their material greed ahead of family values. They could at least jog in place while waiting in line but nope, sitting in camo camping chairs complaining that their fingers aways hit more than one key at the same time on their smartphone.

With online sales and free shipping there's no need for this if you have an average IQ. Nor is wasting your Thanksgiving (hell pick up an extra shift and there's your $100 you'd save wasting away in line).

Just Fugly.
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i always believed that black friday had just become 2 extremely fake words when put together, but was it always that way? I have to wonder if 'black friday' was always a gimmick by these stores (more so now than in the past) or if its because we have slickdeals to educate us on what real deals are these days.
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Black Friday makes me sick.

When i lived in NC you'd just see 100 fat asses wasting away Thanksgiving eating Bojangles chicken (which i know is delicious not my point) instead of spending quality family time together just for the chance to get a 42" TV for a hundred bucks cheaper. Needless to say 98 of those people were too dumb to realize the store blatantly advertises only 2 TVs in stock per location.

Let me be clearer - black friday sales that have now moved up to midnight have families putting their material greed ahead of family values. They could at least jog in place while waiting in line but nope, sitting in camo camping chairs complaining that their fingers aways hit more than one key at the same time on their smartphone.

With online sales and free shipping there's no need for this if you have an average IQ. Nor is wasting your Thanksgiving (hell pick up an extra shift and there's your $100 you'd save wasting away in line).

Just Fugly.
put simply...don't neglect your family by waiting in line...you can sit in front of a computer instead. woot

Quote from oFlamingo View Post :
If only it came before Black Friday...Wink Stay tuned!
EEK! don't tease us.
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Quote from slicksteals1109 View Post :
Bringing a smartphone IS a good idea. If only Slickdeals had a native app to make it an even better idea. Until then, it's just plain difficult to use Slickdeals on your smartphone Frown
SD has great mobile access.

Use http://m.slickdeals.net for the quick checks.

Use the full site if you need to leave reps. Wink
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I am going to kook at it just Panasonic TC-P55VT50 this black friday.
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Yeah if you buy a laptop on black Friday from a place like best buy, they try to shove warranties, software and all other stuff up your mouth. Its the most annoying thing ever.
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Quote from slicksteals1109 View Post :
Bringing a smartphone IS a good idea. If only Slickdeals had a native app to make it an even better idea. Until then, it's just plain difficult to use Slickdeals on your smartphone Frown

they have a rss feed app in the android store https://play.google.com/store/app...eals&hl=en
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if theres a black friday deal for the ps3 slim.. ill buy it instantly even though i already have one XD
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Quote from reardoma View Post :
Black Friday makes me sick.

When i lived in NC you'd just see 100 fat asses wasting away Thanksgiving eating Bojangles chicken (which i know is delicious not my point) instead of spending quality family time together just for the chance to get a 42" TV for a hundred bucks cheaper. Needless to say 98 of those people were too dumb to realize the store blatantly advertises only 2 TVs in stock per location.

Let me be clearer - black friday sales that have now moved up to midnight have families putting their material greed ahead of family values. They could at least jog in place while waiting in line but nope, sitting in camo camping chairs complaining that their fingers aways hit more than one key at the same time on their smartphone.

With online sales and free shipping there's no need for this if you have an average IQ. Nor is wasting your Thanksgiving (hell pick up an extra shift and there's your $100 you'd save wasting away in line).

Just Fugly.

Great post. Find a few deals spend 15 minutes on line. Order and be done and back with the family.
I tried Walmart at midnight two or three years ago. Walked in, realized I was 3 hours too late with the store being open 24 hours, looked around for 10 minutes, realized it wasn't worth it and went back home and decided to look on line. Found the same deal I had gone in for and for only a few bucks more in shipping had the deal. Now they are creeping earlier and earlier into Thursday for the deals. So not only taking the shoppers away from families but forcing retail employees to work on Thanksgiving. No thanks, anymore. It used to be fun to get up at 5 am, go out and grab a few deals and be home and back in bed before anyone in the family was up. No school like the old school.
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