You'll get crazy newbies who call 3x a day for 2 weeks straight, and post argumentative paranoia demanding the rebate is guaranteed, in writing, by certified mail, on their doorsteps, by tomorrow evening. Then all the other newbie sheep freak out, and THEY call 3x a day, for 2 weeks straight, and the paranoia explodes. And suddenly everyone's carting their paper back to the retailer demanding a refund.
All those who CALLED to confirm.... Your dad should have silently slept that night.
I don't think you missed out on much on Black Friday. At least in my interpretation, the sales this holiday season were handled very differently. Instead of those only available in limited quantities “sold for a loss” Black Friday deals of past years; there were much less generous discounts presented to consumers as sales but in unrestricted quantities and in durations that ran the whole of the Holiday season. Anchor stores and major franchises adjusted their business plans this year so that in this economy their sales would not be flat. In an attempt to adapt, stores like Sears spread the wealth and offered a few sweet spot sales every weekend to keep people coming through the doors. Further, stores knew this would be a bad year and reduced the quantities of stock they ordered from suppliers and manufacturers. What you see on sale, which retailers are offering sales, and the time frame when truly “great” deals appear will all depend on the accuracy of retailers forecasts pertaining to the expected number of units sold during the 2009 Holiday Season. I'd watch for activity on 12-22-2009 as retailers will be trying to stimulate last minute buying and may be making adjustments to move excess inventory of items. (Sears has listed a few deals targeted for that 12-22-2009). For items that performed below expectations and where sales were flatter than prognosticated, you'll see some good deals between 12-26-2009 and 1-14-2009. Biggest issue in forecasting the most advantageous time to buy really gets into retailers reluctance to acknowledge what is going on. Without getting too off topic retailers sales are doing much worse than is being publically acknowledged. As that fact would not help people feel comfortable spending all of their discretionary income, especially to the point that it depletes their savings and reserves; companies are being more careful and cognizant than usual of what is released and how things are phrased and disseminated. Along those lines they are also not adjusting prices with supply and demand changes as would be expected. This is particularly noteworthy as even though sales have decreased and demand is down, the current “door buster sale prices” are more than prices that have been offered for like items over the last 6 to 24 months. One has to wonder what role increased competition from online retailers play in the equation and what effect online retailer prices have on consumers’ expectations and the accepted “cost” of an item. Retail, Sale, and Wholesale costs would not only differ but would differ between retailers given their brick and mortar costs and premium commercial location rent expenses, or lack thereof, for online retailers.
Black Friday is a gilded sale. Only some of the deals are actually good, drawing in crowds. Since there are a bunch of other junk there "on sale" customers grab them too, thinking they are getting a good deal since it's black friday. That's how the stores make up for the low prices on the few items.
i just got good game deals on bf/cyber monday, thats it. to be honest i would of saved money if i ordered the games online but i dont like to many boxes coming in for various reasons, theft, wait, ups guy reported my moms dogs for barking everytime he tries to deliver a package hehe.
tv's i'm glad i got this one about 90 days before bf. most of the tv deals were on lower end tvs. past that it wasn't good anyways=p
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