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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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#16
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

Install a web browser, add a data plan thru your wireless provider.

1. Go to web broswer
2. Type in adress bar www.slickdeals.net
You now have acess to slick deals via smartphone, no need for an app.

Hope this helps
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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
yaaaa SD does have an app..am i missing something?
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Quote from chuck4rooke View Post :
put simply...don't neglect your family by waiting in line...you can sit in front of a computer instead. woot
LOL exactly my thoughts. i think its actually way more vital (x 192821) that families go out hang in the blistering cold together, chattin with each other and what not while they really cannot manage to play on their smartphone all day cuz their fingers would freeze, than sittin in front of the computer monitor lookin all angry and about to jump inside the monitor..

but in a warm region or on a warm BF day....people would just be lookin down in their smartphones doin the same sh...t..
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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.
Exactly Black Friday is nothing but one giant bait and switch scam that most are too stupid or too lazy(or both) to figure out. They advertise about 5 things they only have 5 of, that about a hundred people will line up for. Once the doors open the first 20 or so people get those deals, then after the 100 or so more people file in they all realize the deal is dead but they're in the store already roaming around and will more than likely buy SOMETHING at regular price because HEY "I've been standing out here for hours already, I can't walk away with nothing".

Now don't get me wrong i'm not saying I haven't gotten suckered before. Bak in 08 I fell into that trap and did the best buy camp out for like 2 hours in the morning. I I felt like a real idiot filing into best buy and knowing that I wasn't going to get that 32" dynex tv for 249.99 .
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Quote from RealD3Al View Post :
Install a web browser, add a data plan thru your wireless provider.

1. Go to web broswer
2. Type in adress bar www.slickdeals.net
You now have acess to slick deals via smartphone, no need for an app.

Hope this helps
Your wisdom astounds me...
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Quote from turkishdawn View Post :
I am going to kook at it just Panasonic TC-P55VT50 this black friday.
I got this model earlier for $1742 shipped white glove by Amazon. My next TV purchase will have the motheye filter in it (but will not be from Amazon because they tax CA now unless they can PM). I think OLED TVs will come out late next year but they will be even more expensive. Blackest plasma is from Panasonic but Sharp Elite LCD beats it by a hair. I just don't like the strange soap opera effect of LCDs that I can still see from the Elite. I also prefer a bezel-less and borderless design. LG did away with the bezel on some of their models but they still have a border when on. I think Samsung or Sony will beat them to it but I want it on a plasma. I also prefer passive 3D glasses. Almost there!

I don't know but come BF, just buy what you think is a great deal then on CM see if you can get a better deal, if not keep checking. You can always get price adjustment or return and rebuy. Just make sure there is no restocking fee and still within the return window.
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Quote from chuck4rooke View Post :
put simply...don't neglect your family by waiting in line...you can sit in front of a computer instead. woot



EEK! don't tease us.

shake head they will never do that...same challenges as facebook is facing now with their mobile app ...its hard to display ads on mobiles that results in loss of revenue... if they figure out how to do it they should also let Mark Z know Wink
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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
Iagree 110% slickdeals on smartphones is just a big pain in the butt, and annoying at the same time. shake head
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#24
The best time to go is between 2am and 3am. Midnight crowds are going home, and it's too early for the 5am early birds. Not counting the door busters (which is always crap), the stores will still be fully stocked. At Best buy and Target last year, I found a noticeable drop in crowds during these times as well as still being well-stocked.

Yes of course online shopping is easier, but realize the black Friday shopping has become a family tradition for many.
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Quote from speedosrock1053 View Post :
the 42 inch best buy deal was a price error
After the disaster with Best Buy last year with them taking 3 months to honor a sale on a tablet, I won' be making that same mistake this year. What a nightmare that was.
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Good insights! worship

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.
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Quote from mitsubi View Post :
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.
Just an FYI Costco sells warranties for TV even if it's not sold from there. Prices from $29 to $99 for 3 years.
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#28
For all the haters, you have the freedom to just stay off the Black Friday button, and go live in your fantasy world where everything is fair, and as you would like it to be. Better yet, you can join the Walmart picket line while you are at it.
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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
Quote from oFlamingo View Post :
If only it came before Black Friday...Wink Stay tuned!
what happened?
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Quote from oFlamingo View Post :
If only it came before Black Friday...Wink Stay tuned!
so where's the app? come on. bounce
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