I got smaller stuff this year, but agree, on a whole, it was an underwhelming year of deals. Part of that could be I've got a lot of the "door busters" that people want, and I refuse to spend $500 on a "great deal" tv bc unless It's something I'm totally sold on, I'm not going to drop $500 just because it's on sale and a good deal. If it's not what i want feature wise at that point, not worth it. I think amazon's deals leading up to thanksgiving were better. Always next year.
I actually made out pretty decent. Got two out of the three must have games on hubby's list (Madden and WWE 13), was able to snag Epic Mickey 2 for the kids, was able to get all of the stuff I wanted from Toys R Us online without the system wigging out like I was fearing, and got my totes from VS and BBW. A little disappointed I missed out on the $97 TV, but hoping I can score something next week.
You may laugh at my couponing, but you pay for stuff that I get for free.
1. It's harder to get the outstanding deals online because more and more people use sites like Slickdeals so they are sold out in a few seconds.
2. Less stores honoring orders and more and more cancelling them every year. Seems like more and more good deals get cancelled because they are "out of stock" yet you can buy it at the full price. Just browsing through the forum it's amazing how many people are getting cancelled even if they got it and bought it when it was in stock. Also, seems to be more common where you sit there and try to add a legit deal to the cart and checkout and it can't be done.
3. Having it start on 8 pm on Thursday at some stores pretty some what killed Black Friday. It pretty much became black friday week or black friday week and a half with places like Amazon starting on Monday and going through the next Monday (cyber monday) and might go through next week yet(?). It was more exciting when it was one day and not spread out.
4. Amazon and other sites seemed to push a ton of stuff they want to get rid of at say 10-50.00 off instead of having less deals at say 100-500.00 off. My brother went to kmart and walmart and seen bikes that were 8.00 off and tvs that were 20.00 off. Minus the few door busters... With amazon and their lightning deals I remember years ago where there were a lot less deals but every deal was unbelievable and you couldn't pass it up even if you didn't need it. I think they got tired of everyone being mad because those few deals were sold out instantly and said we will just do 165 lightning deals a day that way everyone gets something they like. Only problem is most of them seemed like stuff they wanted to just get rid of (3 pack scotch tape!!! speaker wire!, etc). So instead of a few deals with 100's off it was a ton with like 5, 10, and at most like 50.00 off with the laptops. Side note: Another thing was a lot of the lightning deals and other deals seemed to be off brands and older products. Most people don't know and just see a price but a lot of 60hz tvs at big sizes will have more pixelation. People think they got a good deal but odds are a tv from Spectre, Apex, Quantum View and Scheital or whatever it was will have a problem. Hard enough to not have problems with the bigger name brands like Vizio, Toshiba, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung.
5. Also, you have to realize as things get cheaper you are going to get less money off. So when tv's were 2500+ dollars getting 500-1000 was amazing. Now with tv's being 500 and under you aren't going to get anywhere near that. With things like dvds and blu rays they are pretty much topped out at 1.99 (seem some at .99) and with blu rays like 3.99. With dvds you cant go much lower than .99 or it isn't worth selling for them. There might be a few more dvds at .99 and blu rays at say 2.99 but don't expect stuff to drop much more next year. There is only so low they can go. It's different when dvds were like 25-30.00 and you could get 10-15 off... now as the prices go down there is less savings.
From my professional experience in dealing with product pricing/placement I can tell you that sites like this and information always available are what kills the desire to offer incredible deals on Black Friday. It used to be that people would have to go all over looking for a good deal, which would force them to go into stores that didn't have what they wanted but had shiny packaging on it. In the heat of the moment if people saw other people buying it they assumed it had to be a great deal. B&M stores made their money by getting you in, so they could afford the rediculous deals and freebies. Now people make it a strategy plan to ONLY go to this place and that place because they saw the deals a week or two ago. This makes it hell on the competition, and even if the stores throw out a super doorbuster, people just Google the prices of the other "awesome deals" and pass on it. Yes, price knowledge helps the consumer but stores use ignorance as a chance to clean out the junk and it just isn't happening like that anymore.
The deals are supposed to be a surprise! You guys are looking for unwrapped presents under your Christmas tree and it's just killing the fun.
I had a good BF, of course I wasn't looking for a TV as I can't afford one.
I was able to get all the games on my kids wishlist online for a good price.
Still have to buy for my parents and sister but the videos of people flipping out over TV's is entertainment.
I'm happy with my 20 inch, it works, I get channels, no biggie.
Same here, all year thought I could afford a decent latest generation HDTV on thanksgiving, and after seeing them, deep inside I just couldn't drop some coin. Just like any business, the retailers have realized the need to squeeze out more money from people's pockets, by using Black Friday as an opportunity
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