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.
Someone needs to put a dirty pair of panty hose in your mouth. You have just spit on the very essence of Slick Deals and should be ashamed to have an account..
damn, I think I was a little tough on the poor guy
I rarely go to B&M stores on or around BF - time with friends and family is worth more than saving a few dollars and dealing with crazy consumers, or just trying to find a parking spot, lol. And I bought nothing online this BF either. Mainly because I already got an i5-2500k CPU from Microcenter for $100 last Friday, and a clearance Denon AVR-1612 receiver for $100 three weeks ago from Best Buy. So the actual BF date didn't rate much compared to those deals. I agree with some other commenters, seems like there are better deals throughout the year if you keep an eye out for them.
Some deals I got thanks to SD:
$200.00 - Intel i7-4770K CPU
$75.40 - 32gb (4 x 8gb) Corsair Vengeance 1600mhz RAM
$107.05 - Intel i5-2500k CPU
$54.05 - Kodak ZX5 Playsport video camera
$105.66 - Intel I3 2100 CPU and MSI H61M-E33 motherboard combo
$63.65 - AMD 840 Phenom II X4 CPU and MSI 880GM-E35 motherboard combo
$88.95 - XBOX 360 Arcade 4gb console w/ 2 games
The real deals aren't in the tv's, laptops, and other electronics for the most part (Vizio 60" being the exception this year). Most of the tv's and laptops are not the quality brands we see year round in the stores. Just limited run sets that may or may not last and don't provide the best picture.
The real deals, are in the media side of things. Blurays, DVDs, and games are where you can really find some good deals. The MS store had some great deals going on as did Walmart for movies and games. Also, not popular or sexy for that matter, are the clothes that are on sale. Especially clothes for the kiddos. $4 pajams, $6 house shoes, $8 7-packs of tshirts, etc. Those are all good deals.
I think more anything else, what's making BF seem not as good as it used to be, is obviously SD, but also the mainstreamness (word?) of online shopping. I remember back in the day before online shopping really took off that Compusa (RIP) had some insane deals that were worth fighting the crowds over. There are still some of these deals around, but the trend has been fewer and more far between rather than insane deals at every store.
I agree, but there are still those individuals who dont know how to shop (mostly elderly) that will end up paying MSRP or close there to.
I disagree for a few reasons, one, the elderly are experienced shoppers, hence the word elderly...they have many years of doing so, and being/doing so frugally. Many have lived through the hard times, unlike the generations born in the 60's forward, and know first hand what it is to want/need essentials, (not the same as the wants the generations for the past 30 years or so call wants). They've been there, done that, through the phases of life and learned to sit back and be patient, live off the hard earned monies they have and not off crediplastic or others. Also.....who do you think have more of the funds to buy the flipped items....the younger generations...think again.
Many of them have no wealth to speak of, don't work, or not much, are used to the instant gratification mindset....and are in debt due to all the non-frugal ways of their spending.
My one purchase this BF ironically had nothing to do with BF. Went to Radio Shack for the 32 GB flash drive since I couldn't check out online, well they were sold out by 7:30 but while there I managed to snag an iLive soundbar with built in sub for $49.99. Random clearance deals > overhyped BF deals as far as I'm concerned.
my store had the updated 40" s22u, not the s2200 that was the doorbuster, for $399.
there was no way you walked in later in the day and saw a pallete of those tv's. the tickets were gobbled up way fast, i wait for one and had no luck.
Ok to be fair, the dude only brought out 2 from the back. It was clear there weren't many but it made me think why they didn't bring those two out before for some reason. What I'm thinking is maybe they were for ticket holding customers but those ticket holding customers never showed up or just changed their mind not sure. Maybe they just wanted to get rid of them.
A few years ago I saw a guy with a ticket tv and he left it on the floor , walked away for a second and someone took it. Honestly, I thought he just gave it up because he walked away away and then he comes back like where is my tv lol. I was thinking that was pretty stupid. Later in the cash register I saw the other guy that picked it up walking out with the tv. I aint no hero so I didn't say shit. But yea you don't walk away from a doorbuster deal lol.
Thats why so many people are reselling on ebay & craigslist right? None of them are making any money..
Why are there so many reseller threads on the net?
Humm.... Buy a $1300.00 tv for $688.00 and then sell it for $999.99.
Never under estimate stupidity "
I tried that route. resellers was so 2000, nowadays the inverntory just move around from big box to individual sellers. No one is buying this stuff at craigslist or ebay. I tried that at craigslist or ebay and no one is paying for the price you ask. You will sit on it for months by then there will be more deals. I was selling one item for 5 months at 20 percent profit and no one is biting. ebay? who wants to deal with a person who files a dispute after they receive your item.
Ah didn't see this before, you're probably right, nowadays maybe not worth it.
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 "
It was ok, i got some good deals but not many great deals
BF is more heavily promoted now than in the past so more people are participating, more demand naturally leads to higher prices. The good thing about all the heavy promoting of BF is that most places go live online early Thanksgiving morning when im getting up to put my turkeys in the smoker so i get my shopping done by 9 am thursday
Black Friday is getting progressively worse every year since 2006. There are relatively few deals to be had anymore other than on Video Games, that's it. TV's are starting to hit their lowest sustainable cost/production level also so we're not seeing big discounts like we use to.
Just wait until next year, BF will be even worse and the best deals will once again be on Video Games and Consoles/PCs.
SlickDeals is also not the same as it use to be, the HP Touchpad firesale introduced thousands of new shoppers to this site which produced an atmosphere where regular prices are becoming FP material and SD itself turned into an ad generating revenue model. The true spirit of SD died about 2 years ago..
Reselling itself also died about 3 years ago. Ebay started increasing prices, the economy hit most people's pocket books, and technology increases led to more availability of electronics for all which was the main thing resellers would sell. One year I could sell a 32'' LCD for $300 that I purchased for $230. The following year a better version of that 32'' LCD could only fetch $215 and I'd purchased it for $185. A 50% decrease in potential reselling profit. I use to sell Quad Core refurbs for $450 and today people only want to pay $275-300. I quit reselling 2 years ago, and I'm sure most other resellers who have a full time job have also, it's just not worth the time or stress to make 30% of what we use to make with fewer customers.
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Buying to resell. Not that anyone cares, but i need somewhere to rant about this BF because compared to last year for me it SUCKS.
Last year I got this list from Target and American TV (local electronics store in IA)
-2x 46" Westinghouse from Target $298
-2x 19" Coby from American $74
-2x Nikon Cameras from Target $99
-1 PS3 160GB Bundle from Target (kept, ended up being free)
-2x Acer Netbooks from Target $157
-2x LG Blu Ray Players from American $49
Sold it all on CL. Made a nice profit. My brother was with me, which is why we bought 2 of everything.
This year several things held me back:
-Could not go to B&M stores this year since standing in line would impede family tradition (thanks a lot retailers for opening 4 hours earlier than last year)
-Tried to get in on Discover price matching (they confirmed they WOULD cover Black Friday) but by the time we got that sorted out, we weren't able to get the card in time
-Was planning on trying for all the Amazon deals but with one exception I failed miserably. Probably has something to do with the spotty connection up here in northwoods WI
So this year I have bought a grand total of 4 things for resale and 2 weren't even on BF:
1x Seiki 40" LED from TigerDirect $199 after mail in rebate
1x Haier 32" LCD from Amazon $97 Lightning Deal, still amazed I got it
-2x Wii U consoles on release day
Things I tried for/missed
-Hiteker 50" Amazon $288 (three computers, one crashed and burned as 30s before deal went live, one got on waitlist but didn't get it, and one got waitlist full)
-Vizio 60" Amazon/Walmart completely failed again on Amazon, unaware of Walmart online sale until it was OOS for good (was going to keep this one for the family to replace a freaking tube TV.)
-Toshiba 40"/TCL 42" $179 Amazon - This one I am legitimately MAD about because I thought they would be lightning deals. But no, instead Amazon decides to slip it by me by announcing it on their Facebook page (never go on FB). By the time I found out about this they were long OOS
-Chose not to order any TV under 32" this year, but now wishing I would have gotten 24" Orion from Walmart.com for $78 just due to the lack of stuff I got.
So, I went from being able to go to B&M stores to not being able to, to being able to price match with Discover to not being able to, to being able to get online deals to missing them. To say the least, it has been a disappointment. I was glued to my computer on Thursday whenever I could be and stayed up all night Thursday/Friday and thankfully I have the 40" Seiki to show for it.
Before anyone knocks me for the time I spend on this, I'm just a 16 year old kid with some entrepreneurial spirit. That's all.
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