The real kicker about BF for me is you see items on sale that don't normally go on sale, you don't normally see reduced prices on game systems throughout the year unless you are buying used or just happen to run into a great deal at a yard sale. Last year I got a DSi for $120 simply by catching an Amazon sale and they retail for $150. I haven't even seen any DSi deals this past year, while I am sure there will be a deal for them this year I have already had nearly a whole year's enjoyment out of mine.
Last Year Walmart stores were opened early morning at around 1 'o clock itself to avoid the kind of Stampede happened in some places. Guess the same for this time,so get on early by 2 o clock and avoid the lined crowd....but another thing they will allow you to get billed all your stuffs by 5'o clock.even get in anytime at the store..!!!
I'm looking for an HDTV (40-46" range) for a gift. Hoping for some Sandisk Micro sdhc 16gb class 4 cards for a BF doorbuster. Have been commissioned to buy a tablet for a friend (must have for his work), he doesn't have time to take off for BF this year. That's about it unless I find some killer tab prices for me + a few flips to offset costs.
Totally different experience at our Target the last few years, "total chaos" are the words that come to mind instead. I wish our Target was this organized, they literally just threw the doors open and people started running. People came from the parking lot at the last minute and jumped to the head of the line. Needless to say, I will not be going to Target this year, It's just not worth the stress IMO.
Same issue here in Indiana. I think the moral of the story is knowing your specific store--because things will most definitely be run differently depending on where you live.
One big thing I've learned from Target, however, is that you ALWAYS need someone with you/helping you (agree with making friends in line is helpful; but it's 100% more reliable/secure bringing a friend with you from the get-go)
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I am mostly looking for stuff for Christmas this year. Some clothing too. The winter jackets I got last year I bought big so they should still fit this year. I plan on getting some shirts, socks, and pants for the kids... and maybe myself.
I am getting the kids bikes, so we are looking for those. Also video games for my son. I want a PS3 this year, and a kinect for my xbox. I also want the new touchpad leapster explorer for my youngest.
SPONGEBOB MOVIE FTW!
*Maybe the seasons of DVDs will be on sale this BF?!
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So anyone know what the consensus was last year .. where the Online Deals or Live Deals better by comparison? Particularly in the 55'+ Flat screen arena
In the same boat as you. I don't know if it would really be worth the hassle of finding a good TV deal instore on BF vs online, or even on CM. Have seen a few comments of BF deals becoming less slick lately...
Advice #1 --- ask the store location you want to shop at what time they will open on BF.
Sounds dumb, right? The ads will have the times listed --- well, no -- they always put a disclaimer. Because of legal restrictions, contracts & what not --- not all locations can open early on BF.
One chain I know always opens at 7am on BF EXCEPT for one location that they made a binding agreement to get a building permit -- they cannot open before 10am, period. The ads never state that -- the store puts a note on their door for people who actually show up at 7am.
Advice 2 --- choose the location of your chain stores carefully. I'll give an example -- GAME STOP -- location # 1 is in a small mall with a BEST BUY & TARGET, location #2 is in a strip mall with no other BF retailers. Location #1 was a mad house. Location #2 (just a couple miles away) only had 6 people in line at BF opening because the only store open then within eyesight was a Starbucks. So what was more important -- the ability to go to 3 BF stores or having almost no competition for one store?
Holiday season is easier with a stockpile and gift closet.
With regards to this part on the FAQ: Can I buy stuff now, avoid craziness on BF morning, and walk in and get an adjustment for the better price? Aren't I crafty?!
Hey! This question is in red! Yes! Because it's important and people seem to gloss over this info and ask the question a million times anyways. A lot of people seem to think they have this awesome idea Then they walk into their store on BF and are denied the price adjustment. Even if your store has a price adjustment policy in place, they usually do not honor it on Black Friday. So don't plan on it. Again there are always exceptions, some store in Podunk, Nostate might do it, but a huge YMMV
Can I purchase the item before hand, walk into the store on Black Friday and do a return and rebuy? This is not the same as asking for a price adjustment...
Here's my 2¢, for what it's worth. This was posted in a TP thread, so some of it pertains to that ordeal, but it also touches on the Target $7 Lord of the Rings Blu Ray box set last year that people shat blood over when their orders were cancelled, so it still fits as solid BF advice. Direct copy/paste here, I'm not going to edit it, so forgive me if it's not completely relevant to Black Friday.
Anyhow, anyone who blames OnSale for not getting their TouchPad has none but themselves to blame. When they put together th SD zodiac, August will surely be the sign of the n00b, and it's symbol will be an image of the Touch Pad itself. Since Black Friday season is here (the first crappy ads like Ace Hardware usually start leaking around this time), here's knowledge from an experienced SDer to help you kids out:
1. Always hedge your bets. If it's something you really want, place multiple orders & cancel/return when you get one (I placed 5 orders, got 2. I'm no flipper, so I quit once my Best Buy in store pick up order was in my hand). Remember, there's no guarantee you have one until you actually have one. People did the same whining last year with the $8 Lord of the Rings BRD boxed set at Target, claiming it was Target.com's fault, and that they would have gone to a Target b&m or PMed it at a competitor. Again - hedge your bets. I got my set for $7.20 (total, not per movie ) because I placed s several orders online and went to the store in the morning.
2. Nobody likes lurkers and freeloaders. Many vets here are cool guys, and will gladly help out one another. Had my other 3 Touch Pads have arrived, I'd have unloaded them on friends at cost. However, 10 rep points look like 1 feedback on ebay. No one's going to deal with you. Therefore, contribute! Post deals. Answer questions. Provide personal experiences on the item in a deal. When you build a reputation, you're much more likely to make arrangements with fellow SDers, from Steam 4-pack buy-ins to coupons to to unreleased BF ad scans to the coveted discounted firesale items. (Per forum rules, you can't make deals on the forums, and you aren't supposed to use PMs, either. Get emails or IMs to keep the mods happy.
3. Don't let your brain outsmart itself. If this isn't something you want or need, walk away. Mass hysteria has set in on more than a few people here, wanting one only because it's a semi-legendary item. The original thread could one day serve as a sociological case study for soc. & psychology students someday. Honestly, I bought 2 (1 16 & 1 32) for $246 total. The fun has worn off. While I'm not experiencing cognitive dissonance (I feel the price I payed was fair, but these certainly aren't worth more than that to me), I do find myself back to using the laptop almost full time again. If it's something you really need, knock yourself out. Otherwise, cool yourself off. This is the perpetual challenge for all SDers, to avoid purchase BECAUSE it's cheap. My Steam library is evidence of my struggle here, but the fact I haven't bought from Steam in months suggests I may be on the right path finally.
4. You are entitled to nothing. This is another one that's difficult to accept, but which makes the buying (and living) experience so much more peaceful. When you get rejected while everyone else got the deal, don't get angry, get Wu.
5. Black Friday is a scam. It used to be slick, but now it's just dick. It's really only good for the small things like super cheap games & movies. However, this stunt by HP has taken a huge piece of the tablet market out of play (meaning competitors have to really compete for remaining marketshare, meaning slashed prices), and generated a lot of buzz about tabs amongst the ill-informed (meaning cheap junk tablets may start becoming a threat). Tablets are likely to be the star items this year. Expect most to be junk, but a few will be worth standing in line for. If you don't get in on a deal within he next month, just calmly wait to see what BF has to offer. Just remember to hedge your bets (join a BF team to help your odds), buying online at 12aPst/3aEst while standing in line.
Successfully landing a slickdeal can be a matter of luck, being at the computer at the right time and being amongst the first in. However, your odds are better if you stack the deck in your favour. Best of luck in all future pursuits!
-Sent from my HP TouchPad
You're language is changing and your powerless to stop it.
I have to completely agree, and I don't buy things just because they are cheap. I do buy the super cheap video games and if I get one that I don't like or I don't get one then I am not fretting about it because the price will come down eventually on it. If I am planning on purchasing an item it is usually decided on before BF. I usually decide on the items that I want before and then watch for them to get discounted during BF. I am not the person to buy a random TV or a random Blu Ray player that might turn out to be crap.
If you really want something you have to have multiple ways of getting it, provided your item is on sale at multiple stores, then be prepared to deal with the consequences of getting more than one and be prepared to deal with the extra items.
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