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Old 11-14-2007, 12:42 PM   #21
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I have never gone shopping on the day after Thanksgiving and never will. I hate shopping and don't even want to see major throngs.
Oops..........I thought you said major THONGS.........that would be worth fighting the crowds for..........
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:51 PM   #22
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I'll probably be staying home watching the kids while DW goes out. She has this amazing ability to get up at 4 am when she wants to. She's reported the stores really aren't that bad during the "early bird" time period, when all the good specials are anyway. The crowds really get bad about 10, by that time she's done and on her way home.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:59 PM   #23
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I want to get a laptop....but I don't want to stand in line for it.
Can I get it before hand and then go in for a price adjustment?
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:30 PM   #24
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One of our local stores is having a T-giving day sale that I might pop into since they have a TV that I have been considering....I have heard stories of locals on the day after sales and say no thanks....
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:55 AM   #25
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i had to open this thread just to know what black friday is. (i thought maybe stocks were taking another dive.)

Me too Lazy. I felt dumb and Googled it - that is why I explained what it is in my post - to help out all of the others ignorant of shopping terms.
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Here's a dirty trick that Ace hardware is using to get people into the store on black Friday. They advertise a Free After Rebate electric screwdriver. I was planning to stop by until I noticed the fine print:

"Offer limited to stock on hand. Average availability, 20 units per store. No rainchecks."

IOW, the first 20 people through the door at 7 AM get the free toy.
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My Dream wrote: If I understand this correctly, your Black Friday is the same as our Boxing Day Sale?

It's the day stores hope to get into the black (positive, not red) for the year by selling oodles of stuff. Thanksgiving is always on Thursday, and the day after is when the sales for Christmas supposedly start. Now please explain Boxing Day to me. When I was a kid I thought it was when British kids fought over who got to keep which Christmas presents.
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I opened this thread when no one had responded and didn't know which direction it was supposed to go...so I exited and waited for a post or two to show up to know if it was a doomday or shopping thread.
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Me too Lazy. I felt dumb and Googled it - that is why I explained what it is in my post - to help out all of the others ignorant of shopping terms.
too funny. 'cause i did just what twinkle did. and if you were as lazy as me, between the three of us, we never would have figured this out. i hope knowing about this doesn't obligate us to participate. i think i will bike to the beach that day. or maybe the roadways be too dangerous? maybe i'll just clean the house.
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Me too Lazy. I felt dumb and Googled it - that is why I explained what it is in my post - to help out all of the others ignorant of shopping terms.
Ok a bunch of anti consumers here - I only knew the term because you took the time to clarify.
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My god folks we are retired, why fight the crowds. Are there that many this weekend only bargins out there?

I like xmas shopping during mid week either in the morning or mid afternoon, when there is lots of help and not many shoppers.

Although I will say that internet shopping is even better.
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One of our local stores is advertising its Black Friday (supposed to be the day after Thanksgiving) specials for tomorrow (the Saturday before Thanksgiving) beginning at 4 am...has the world gone completely mad??
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When I joined the military in 1966 we were forced to stand in line for long periods of time. Never again!!!!!! Do I hate crowds? YEP! I may be frugal, but I am not into self abuse.
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Hey the stock market needs a good Black Friday! So while I will NOT be out among the crowds, I applaud those that are! Especially those who spend!
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I've got to confess that I actually participated ONE TIME....it was the year of Furby.....my daughter was 4 or 5 or so.....and had fallen in love with the da*n thing it.....and my Mom wanted one too.....

AND.....I had just discovered ebay and felt that I could express my internal entrepreneurial spirit if I was lucky enough to find more than the two that I actually needed

It was WAY TOO early for any normal human being to be up....and it was much colder out there waiting in those lines than that nice warm bed that I had just left....but this was to satisfy my burning desire to make some $$$ off of this crap fulfill my daughter's Christmas dream and to make my Mom smile.....so I could endur it!!

OK....long story....short....

My hunt was successful.....I captured four of them varmits was lucky enough to find enough to fulfill all of my requirements 'cause I sold the extra two for WAY MORE than the cost of all four that I had bought, which left me feeling a little smug at the time and make Christmas the wonderful Holiday that it was meant to be !!

But I am soooo passst all of that crap commercialism now.....anyway.....you can tell that it IS a fond Holiday memory....and to respond to the intent of the OP, ~ it's all yours.....when Friday comes - I won't be ANYWHERE near a mall or other retail store if I can help it!....so GOOD LUCK! I hope that it is all worth it (to you)!!!
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For anyone who desires to see what the stores have on Black Friday.
See the HTML version:
Google Docs - Black Friday buying Guide


Or download the Excel File:
http://dl3u.savefile.com/796bca60a2a...Guide_2007.xls

You will need to scroll horizontally to see $$
Some stores should allow buying online at the BF prices. Good price on a 42 Panny 720p Plasma from BB and Toshiba HD-A3 Player from Sears

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If I understand this correctly, your Black Friday is the same as our Boxing Day Sale?
The day after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping day of the year in the US and the 'official" start to the holiday shopping season.
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My Dream wrote: If I understand this correctly, your Black Friday is the same as our Boxing Day Sale?

It's the day stores hope to get into the black (positive, not red) for the year by selling oodles of stuff. Thanksgiving is always on Thursday, and the day after is when the sales for Christmas supposedly start. Now please explain Boxing Day to me. When I was a kid I thought it was when British kids fought over who got to keep which Christmas presents.
"Boxing day" is a British tradition dating back several centuries. The day after Christmas, people gave boxes containing gifts to servants and tradespeople.

Where I come from (Ireland) it's called St. Stephen's Day. Traditionally young men went from house to house singing silly songs, collecting money and beating "the wren" from the bushes. Over time it evolved into the first day of the "January sales". Thanksgiving is not a public holiday there.
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Traditionally young men went from house to house singing silly songs, collecting money and beating "the wren" from the bushes. Over time it evolved into the first day of the "January sales".
But of course! That makes perfect sense...
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"Boxing day" is a British tradition dating back several centuries. The day after Christmas, people gave boxes containing gifts to servants and tradespeople.
And so regifting was born.

"oh my dear god, look at this thing...think the housekeeper would want it?"
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Black Friday 2007 stories.. Post them here!

here are a few stories of folks....
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