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Old 11-27-2009, 03:06 PM   #21
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I've never done the 'Black Friday' thing...and never will unless I'm dead and someone drags my corpse along with them. Ain't no way, no how, I'm getting involved in the rabid, feeding frenzy that goes on!! Huh-uh!!

I went for a nice peaceful breakfast at the local coffee shop, and visited with friends. My buddy said his wife (who works in electronics at SprawlMart) had just called and said that the computer they had on sale for 'black friday' were all gone in a heart beat...s'posed to have had 33 on hand, but they only had 3 (ooops)...and about 100 people in line for them. She said they told the people that they were all out, but many of them just kept standing in line hoping they'd bring more out. She said they told there are no more...period! But they continued to wait in line anyway....duhhh!

I needed to go to a store across the drive from SprawlMart, and there was traffic backed up all over the place....except for the rear access that goes to the SprawlMart loading docks. So I wheeled back that way....no traffic....all the way around the SprawlMart property, out the far truck parking exit, across the road at the dead end, into the strip-mall parking lot, and right up to the front door (no 'black friday' sales in the strip-mall). Did my business, and headed right out the main drive to the highway...no traffic outbound, only inbound.

I did the same thing near the big mall in the next town over...circled around the back way, right into the parking lot of the store I needed to get to. But I left the same way I came in....out and around the back....too many psychos randomly aiming vehicles in various and sundry directions...and a multi-car pile-up to boot!!!

The folks getting the best deals today are the CC companies.....kah-ching!
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:09 PM   #22
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I could be a 'people' person, if people weren't such a$$holes.
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Old 11-27-2009, 03:27 PM   #23
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DW has been shopping online for years using free shipping promos. Not sure if we are saving any $$ ... but the convenience trumps.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:59 PM   #24
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Like some others, I haunt the cyber aisles during Thanksgiving weekend. Yesterday, the 15-inch digital frame I've been "following" on amazon.com suddenly dropped $60 from its price. Wasn't sure whether it would get even cheaper if I waited, so I grabbed it. Now, to pray that it a) arrives, and b) works! There were 60 customer reviews, mostly positive. But...the five negative reviews involved frames that failed to operate.

Even when we were buying toys, we didn't do the Black Friday thing. The whole scene was just too ugly for the few bucks that were saved. We still go shopping for clothing on the day after Christmas. Lots of good deals, and we often have the stores to ourselves in the early a.m. (unlike B.F.!)

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Old 11-27-2009, 07:04 PM   #25
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Up @ 5:30 in Best Buy got the first and only front load washer (ours is near dead) later folks got a substitute model which may be good but I had not researched model. Orig price $1,200 got it for $600, got a Flip type (not brand) videocam, store had 10 & only 3 left when I got to them. Just what DW wants for pics of grandchildren. Then on to sports store for a half off diving top for DW. Fun day, lots of adventure, kind of reminded me of the Rose Parade.
My netbook which was I thought was a deal@$325 earlier this year was $177 at Fry's. DW bought a Cannon DSLR earlier this year which was much cheaper today.
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I tend to think for the most part, the FIRE crowd tends to be introverted and thus the thought of being among the early morning Black Friday throngs is about as appealing as the thought of a root canal.
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Good for you, thefed. Wish I could have been there.

I have NEVER done Black Friday shopping. I will NEVER do Black Friday shopping.

Any questions?
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:35 AM   #28
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I never thought I'd shop on Black Friday, but I was curious...

Went to the mall at 9:30. A lot of people, but not too bad. I've seen it a lot worse on a normal weekend during the day. Around the mall, traffic was light, mall parking lot full, but I found parking almost immediately.

Bought 2 iPod Nanos for $138 and an iPod Touch for $268, at the Apple store. Good prices.

I then went to Costco and bought an LCD 32" 1080p TV for $450, and while waiting in line, realized I get $60 off with coupon. I also bought $60 iTune gift cards for $48 (20% off). They had iPod Nanos for $128, limit one. I was tempted to return the other one at the Apple store, and probably would have, if I could have bought two at Costco. Apparently, saving $20 is worth it for me, but $10 not so much. Mostly because it looked more people were hitting the stores.

Next I stopped by a local bakery to buy a pie for our Thanksgiving dinner. We were having it Friday night, instead of Thursday, because my spouse was working Wed/Thurs. 20% off of holiday pies.

I was skeptical of Black Friday shopping, but after this year, I might make this a yearly tradition... Of course, you'd never see me out there at 5am.
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We were determined not to participate in Black Friday shopping, but ended up going to Barnes and Noble around 3 PM just for something to do. Surprisingly, there were several parking spaces available. Frank bought the new Clive Cussler book and we were just third in line at the checkout.
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My buddy said his wife (who works in electronics at SprawlMart) had just called and said that the computer they had on sale for 'black friday' were all gone in a heart beat...s'posed to have had 33 on hand, but they only had 3 (ooops)...and about 100 people in line for them. She said they told the people that they were all out, but many of them just kept standing in line hoping they'd bring more out. She said they told there are no more...period! But they continued to wait in line anyway....duhhh!
I wonder if they had "presold" theirs to people who called in about it beforehand...

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front load washer (ours is near dead) later folks got a substitute model which may be good but I had not researched model. Orig price $1,200 got it for $600,
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I tend to think for the most part, the FIRE crowd tends to be introverted l.
Not me; I'll talk to anybody, and will start a conversation in a line just to get all those grumpy-looking people to crack a smile awreddy.

One thing that keeps me away from the sale lines: I get uncomfortable when I have to stand for long periods on a hard floor. It has been this way for me since my teenage years. Does this bother anybody else when shopping?

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One thing that keeps me away from the sale lines: I get uncomfortable when I have to stand for long periods on a hard floor. It has been this way for me since my teenage years. Does this bother anybody else when shopping?
That, and the fact that I get a little "germ-ophobic" when I am surrounded too closely by masses of bleary-eyed, unwashed, drippy nosed, smelly, sneezing humanity for too long. Call me a snob.
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I wonder if they had "presold" theirs to people who called in about it beforehand...
She said that after a search of the stockroom by the grunts and management, they deduced that they'd been mistakenly place out on the sales floor weeks ago as regular stock....Oops! (don't know how other SprawlMarts are run, but our local store has always been one giant cluster-****)
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Black Friday is certainly a good excuse to spend money on something you don't need but want.
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