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Old 11-24-2007, 11:45 AM   #61
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Memories of Black Friday past

Seems like it was 2003, maybe 2004, and Circuit City had HP laptops on a sale good enough to coax me out of bed in the middle of the night. First and only time for the early morning shopping thing. It was at Temple, TX. I have to admit, it wasn't bad.

No one broke in line or rushed the door. Their crowd control plan was amazing. They rolled out a hugh screen TV and played at least one movie...maybe Shrek...don't remember. What I do remember is that they rolled a serving cart down the line...coffee, juice, danish, donuts, muffins, etc. Then they started playing games with neat stuff for prizes...CD players, remote control cars (about the size of a medium size dog) among other things. Then they started at the beginning of the line and handed out coupons for the doorbuster items. SIL and I got the last two laptop coupons. DD was at another store with her DD. I called her and told her we were having donuts and coffee. When they finally opened the doors at 6 am, the employees were wearing santa hats and lined each side of the entrance door singing jingle bells. Sounds too good to be true, but I swear that's how it happened.
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Old 11-24-2007, 02:58 PM   #62
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happy to report that apparently black friday has been extended through saturday here in consumerville.

my mouse wheel broke last night so i thought it might be safe to shop today. wrong! could not find a parking spot. came running home with my broken mouse tail between my legs.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:08 PM   #63
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I didn't go shopping (or anywhere else for that matter) yesterday. Radio Shack had a 4gig flash drive on sale that I wanted, but I wasn't about to join in the feeding frenzy to go there yesterday. Instead, I went to coffee this morning with my cronies, and then afterward, about 11am, I went to RS. They still had several flash drives in stock...still sale priced....so I grabbed a few of 'em.

Besides the manager and one clerk, there were 2 other customers and myself in the store. Also very little traffic today...everyone must be pooped out after their adventures yesterday!
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:49 PM   #64
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I didn't go shopping (or anywhere else for that matter) yesterday. Radio Shack had a 4gig flash drive on sale that I wanted, but I wasn't about to join in the feeding frenzy to go there yesterday. Instead, I went to coffee this morning with my cronies, and then afterward, about 11am, I went to RS. They still had several flash drives in stock...still sale priced....so I grabbed a few of 'em.

Besides the manager and one clerk, there were 2 other customers and myself in the store. Also very little traffic today...everyone must be pooped out after their adventures yesterday!
I didn't go shopping yesterday, either. Today we went to Radio Shack, and we were the only customers in the store. Frank bought a battery, and I bought nothing. Guess we are not the ideal customers.

Then we went to a consignment antique store. This is one that we have been to before, frequently. We were AGHAST at the prices. They have doubled in the past year. I don't know if this is due to Christmas, due to the complexities of New Orleans' recovery, due to inflation, or what.

Pretty disappointing.
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DD's birthday was on Black Friday and she wanted to go shopping. I asked her if she was sure this was what she wanted to do and told her that I would not go at any 4AM. We arrived at the mall at 8:01 and left at 8:58AM, without buying a thing. I guess the stores where she went (Hollister's, American Eagle, PacSun) did not have the huge sales that she was expecting. She said she would never go again. That works for me. I browsed at a couple of new stores that I did not even know were at the mall. My DH called and I met him at Lowes and we spent a couple of hundered dollars on insulation and odds and ends he needed for remodeling our family room downstairs. I have looked online and think that I am going to be doing the majority of my holiday shopping online. I have never done this at Christmas, but it seems like a good way to do it. I am not a shopper.
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So far three years of regular use and no blown bulb yet. I'll replace the bulb in it once and then get something else. I only bought this one because it was sitting in the aisle in Sams Club with a 50% off clearance sticker because it was the last one, had a "Broken Stand" and I knew the model was new enough to not have the bad bulb. The "Broken Stand" turned out to be someone trying to put the screws into it with a power drill and spun them out. A little glue and some dowels and its better than original.
Do you mind me aksing what it cost you after the discount? I remember seeing REALLY expensive sets...but that was it!

if the thing has as good a pic as I heard they do, I'd stock up on bulbs and ride her til she dies....why switch?!?!?! I guess it depends how much the bulbs cost....
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Neither DW or I shopped on black friday. But, we did see some news coverage, and here in the Chicago area there were some crowds at some stores in the pre-dawn hours.

But, one big change we noted is that "black friday" is no longer a "christmas" event (small c intentional) in our area. It's a "holiday" happening. Chicagoland is into the "happy holidays" instead of 'merry christmas" big time.

I'm glad to see it. It's been frustrating seeing the inappropriate connection between Santa and all that crap and the actual Christmas (note big C) season. Now, no connection at all.

If we choose to go to Christmas Eve service this year, we will. And, there will be zero connection between that and the "holiday" chaos going on at the mall. I'm glad for that.

Happy holidays to ya all!
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I had to WORK on Black Friday. But I did some online shopping on Thanksgiving and bought a 22" Flat Pannel Wide Screen monitor for my computer and a Canon 7MP Digital ELPH camera. This cost about $400 total.
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I had to WORK on Black Friday. But I did some online shopping on Thanksgiving and bought a 22" Flat Pannel Wide Screen monitor for my computer and a Canon 7MP Digital ELPH camera. This cost about $400 total.

i saw a nice 22" LCD wide for 167 at target! i wish i hadnt just purchased a 19
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We were out taking pictures for our Christmas card. Here's one of the rejects.
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I have looked online and think that I am going to be doing the majority of my holiday shopping online. I have never done this at Christmas, but it seems like a good way to do it. I am not a shopper.
I've been doing some of my shopping online for years. Last year I did ALL of my shopping online! Most of it at Amazon....heck, they even wrap the stuff!

I'm doing the same thing this year. No crowds to contend with, no clerks trying to get me to buy more/different things that I don't want, no fighting traffic and wasting gas. I just punch some stuff on the keyboard, they charge my CC, and then either the nice guy in the big brown truck, or the cute gal in the FedEx truck walks up to my front door and hands me a box load of goodies! Simple!

I even do some of my Mom's Christmas shopping for her. She tells me what to buy, I find a good price for it, charge it on my rewards CC, and then she reimburses me. She gets what she wanted for a good price, plus no traffic, clerks, crowds, etc, and I earn points on the CC. We like Amazon, and Amazon likes us.....besides I earn 3 points for each dollar spent there!
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Hey Al...that beaver is telling you to buy some Tech Stocks...

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Do you mind me aksing what it cost you after the discount? I remember seeing REALLY expensive sets...but that was it!

if the thing has as good a pic as I heard they do, I'd stock up on bulbs and ride her til she dies....why switch?!?!?! I guess it depends how much the bulbs cost....
I think it was around $2000 in 2005, came with a nice black and green glass stand. TV hadnt even been unboxed. I think the original list was $3500-3800ish.

I can get the bulbs for $165, and I oughta pick one up because they just pop when they go so having a spare on hand would be a good idea. The logic board croaks on them too so I dont want too many of them.

Best bet on tv's is to wait until early january or early february then take regular trips to sams club and some costco's. People buy big screens for christmas or the super bowl and then get buyers remorse and bring them back a few weeks later. Sams puts them out on the floor and marks them down by at least 25%. Some costco's do this too.
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Had a pretty good BF. I was debating heading out to Circuit City for the $300 laptop for my FIL. Since our baby was born, I haven't been getting much sleep anyways and since I was already up at 5 am ... I decided to go to CC. It's only 2 miles from our house and it was packed so I decided against it and went to the new Staples down the street about 20 min before it opened. Totally unprepared for what to get, except for a color laser for $99 after rebate. I overhead a lady talking about a GPS and ended up getting the last TomTom! The best part was that it was supposed to be $125, but they gave it to me for $60 because of a price mistake!
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Glad I checked out this thread again.

When I look at the wild shopping on black Friday and before Christmas, I think "Well, at least the shoppers are buying presents for other people -- that's nice."

But I have a feeling that now, much of the Black Friday stuff (e.g. plasma TVs) is not purchased as gifts.
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Target was the best, clear aisles, everything I wanted was still in stock at 8 exept for one thing. They had employees escorting people coming down the finishing chute to an open register. I told the lady at the register that it was my best shopping experience ever, she told me I was the 4th to say that!

Fry's was the worst, I took one look at the 1/4 mile line, winding between half the aisles of their very large store, and walked out. Guess they were having stupid good prices on HDTV's.

They still had the deal on the mp3 player the next day. So I got DW's presents all finished - stayed within the mandated budget of $100 and got 4 good to great presents! It's kind of like hunting....
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The lines at Farm and Fleet were short and the staff was well prepared. A new Carhart jacket for my son, a dozen pair of leather palmed work gloves for DW and a stock watering tank for Uncle Roscoe, all at great prices, and I was out of there!

Just kidding......
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The lines at Farm and Fleet were short and the staff was well prepared. A new Carhart jacket for my son, a dozen pair of leather palmed work gloves for DW and a stock watering tank for Uncle Roscoe, all at great prices, and I was out of there!

Just kidding......
Don't laugh to hard. My Mom worked at our local F&F back in the 60's, and probably 90% (or more) of the Christmas gifts were purchased there. No joke! And that was way back when it was a REAL farm store, not like the ones today that are more like department stores. It was great for me.....loads of Ertl tractors, and Tonka and Nylint trucks...and BB guns (and I didn't even put my eye out)!

We still do a great deal of shopping there, but seldom any Christmas shopping anymore. Actually we do very little Christmas shopping in the 'brick & mortars'...online is SOOOO much easier!
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Don't laugh to hard.
We still do a great deal of shopping there
Only half laughing actually...... We go to the Fleet Farm (similar to Farm and Fleet) near Steven's Point, Wis., when we're up there and I just love the place!

I can't find one around here. There used to be one in Woodstock, but it's gone. Think the building became a Harley dealership. Where is the one by you? Rockford?
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Online shopping has been great this year almost everybody was offering free shipping and discounts so why would you even bother going anywhere else ?
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