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jkinboston89
11-15-2009, 04:30 PM
I've only done black friday once. We have these outlet stores that open at midnight on black friday. They're about 20 minutes away from where I live but it took us about.... 3.5 hours in the traffic!! There was nothing good there, or maybe it was just allll the people that made it too difficult to even look. Anyway we left after 20 minutes without buying anything.

This year we are planning on going to target, which opens at 5am. I think since I'm going for a specific item it will be less overwhelming, maybe. I wonder what time I should get there, considering it's a big ticket item???

Is anyone else doing black friday this year? If so, where?

Any suggestions for how early to arrive? Should I map out the quickest route to the electronics section a few days before LOL? :dizzy:


duckyyellowfeet
11-15-2009, 04:33 PM
I've worked Black Friday several times...and so now I refuse to go anywhere on that day.

My advice? Unless you have something you're dying to have that is only around in the morning (some stores run specials until noon or whatever)...go later in the afternoon. Even more so to the bigger stores. A lot of those "one-day only" sales are brought back, without the crowds.

Otherwise, wear tennis shoes and skip the workout that day ;) Good Luck!

lizziep
11-15-2009, 04:50 PM
keep in mind that what is advertised in the sale- usually they only have a few of in stock. if you want a specific item you need to be the first- or you won't get it or they'll try to talk you into something similar not on sale. all a part of the plan.

i'd rather be dipped in hot oil and tarred then participate in black friday. i shudder at the thought. lol.


jkinboston89
11-15-2009, 05:02 PM
LOL you guys are hilarious! I'll be SURE to wear my sneakers! And yeah, the ONLY reason I'm going is to get a new tv, that's why I think I'll need to be there at like, 2am! Not looking forward to that haha!

Are there any other good deals out there that anyone knows of?

Glory87
11-15-2009, 05:56 PM
**** no.

You couldn't PAY ME to shop in a store on Black Friday (worked 2 Christmas seasons at a mall B. Dalton bookstore, I am permanently scarred).

Aclai4067
11-15-2009, 06:17 PM
I'm sure my mom and sister will drag me. I have personal space issues and the crowds on black friday make me anxious and irritated, but we go every year. We don't do any of the crazy midnight or 3am shopping. We usually wake up at about 8 and get to the mall at 9-9:30ish

kaplods
11-15-2009, 06:34 PM
Unless you can be the 1st or 2nd in line, I wouldn't bother at all. And I'd suggest you drive by Thursday evening (or if Thanksgiving is too busy - Wednesday evening - yep Wednesday evening) to see if crowds are already gathering.

It's becoming more and more common for folks to start lining up (and essentially camping out) Wednesday evening for stores with big ticket items such as Target and Best Buy.

This means people are missing their entire Thanksgiving, just for the chance to get the one or two items the store will have on hand.

A couple years ago, my husband was able to pressure a couple few salespeople (from different stores) to admit on the phone how many items they get in of each of these super sale items. I say pressure, because it was like pulling teeth to get the salesperson on the phone each time to admit it. They're under strict rules not to divulge the information, because it would tick off so many customers. Hubby is very good at getting information from people though, and finally by a game of "I'll guess so you won't actually have to say it, and I'll promise never to admit I heard it from you." Only from one store did he have no trouble getting the information (and we suspected it was because the salesperson he talked to didn't know or didn't care that he wasn't supposed to talk about it).


In every case the MOST that was ever said to be in stock was THREE items.

We also learned later from a friend who works in retail that at stores like Best Buy - you have to be in the first three in the door - and you neede to know where to go immediately. Some stores require you to get the item from the shelf yourself, others will let you buy the item at the checkout or customer service desk - even though you don't have the item in your hand - so these people will run directly there - while everyone else is running towards the item on the floor.

Also, since the people standing in line on Wednesday know how this works, they bring their families and friends - so they're not just the first person in line, they're the first 10 people in line, and they run directly where they need to go, because they've done this before.

Also, if you think maybe you'll get lucky and the item you want, won't be on the list of the people in front of you, think again. While the flyers generally limit one item per customer - that's only for that specific item, a customer can buy one of everything that is on sale, as long as they don't buy duplicates of any of the items. Those people at the front of the line (who've been waiting since Wednesday) know this, and they're out to get EVERYTHING on the list, because most of them are planning on reselling the items.



It encourages cut-throat behavior at the door (which is how that poor man was killed, I believe it was last year), trampled to death because he couldn't get out of the way fast enough when he opened the door to let customers in.

If you go, be careful.

CountingDown
11-15-2009, 07:04 PM
Absolutely not.
There is nothing I want that badly. My time and health are worth more to me than saving a few dollars.

I'm trying to make more gifts this year anyway. And I'm still in de-clutter mode at home. Unless I absolutely NEED it, I don't buy it.

TamiL
11-15-2009, 07:42 PM
I'll be up at 2 am and walking the stores. I love Black Friday, its fun to people watch and even camp out if I find something I just have to have....I camped out all night to get a Wii one cold November morning. And the fights over stupid toys, better than any hockey game I've been to, LOL

kaybelle9
11-16-2009, 02:39 PM
There was a man trampled to death in my area last year... all because people wanted a good deal. No way will I ever go again.

mrsaugie
11-16-2009, 03:31 PM
I refuse to go out of the house that day. The only way I will leave the house is to go to my deer stand. (yes i hunt). I have found that if you keep your eyes open all year you find just as many good deals with out all the commotion.

jennsreadytolose
11-16-2009, 03:39 PM
I plan to. I'm going to be the customer for once on that day rather then the employee. Working the holidays and hearing the music over and over will suck the spirit right out of you. Then again I may just oversleep as I always do lol.

annie175
11-16-2009, 03:41 PM
THe rest of my family does, but I don't go. I don't like shopping, crowds, or traffic.

They hit Best Buys, Target, Kohl's and Frye's Electronics

Horo
11-17-2009, 07:34 PM
No way, I make it a point to not leave the house all day on that day. =p Things like Black Friday are why I like shopping online..!

twinklebug
11-18-2009, 12:15 PM
Did you guys see that the Target circular was leaked? The black Friday discounts are going to be awesome - $3 toasters! Apparently this is reliable and I don't doubt it - retailers are losing so much money this year.

It may be enough to get me to go out on the worst shopping day of the year!
http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/108153/target-black-friday-bet-appliances

Mikayla
11-18-2009, 12:22 PM
I love shopping, and the crowds and the craziness just enhance that experience for me! However I'm working on Black Friday with dogs..not with people so there will be no craziness for me...or shopping.

Serendipity
11-18-2009, 01:08 PM
No way. I'm working 12 hours at the hospital and making some money instead. :)

I just don't need anything THAT BAD to buy into a day where people will physically hurt each other and (at the very least) treat each other like enemies (have you ever heard some of the snarky remarks that get passed when people are trying to get the same item?) in order to get a deal on a gift for Christmas where we're supposed to be celebrating "goodwill to all". It's crazy.

BrittniMarie
11-18-2009, 01:37 PM
Black Friday for me is like a drug.... I hate that I do it but every year I go back for more!!!! It depends how many items they have... My freshman year a store had 20 laptops for an outrageously low price and living in a college town my roommate and I knew we had to get there early so we actually camped out (tent and all) on their sidewalk and sure enough other people did too... Its like a treasure hunt adventure for me... Now that I have a baby not sure how well its gonna go but last year I was really pregnant this time of year and everyone felt sorry for me and let me rush ahead of them HAHAHA

TXJess
11-18-2009, 02:09 PM
I loathe black Friday. I didn't even know what it was until a few years ago when I got a temporary job at Best Buy. Oh my god, the horror. I cannot explain how stupid people get over $50 worth of plastic. I saw fights over DVDs. DVDs? Really? It was like a scene from Apocolypse Now... Seriously.

We really need a new TV but I refuse to camp out or participate in the craziness. I've joined tons of electronics mailing lists and will find good deals that way. I will enjoy my Friday morning with my son preparing to put up a Christmas tree for the first time since I was 16.

KatTheAmazon
11-19-2009, 12:00 PM
Used to swear i would never go, but went last year... and LOVED it!!! I don't do walmart, but the mall. It's busy, but not too bad. I am going again this year!

Windchime
11-19-2009, 01:26 PM
I've had a root canal. I've given birth to a ten-pound baby. I would rather have a root canal WHILE giving birth to a ten-pound baby than to shop the Black Friday sales! Even the normal weekend shopping during the holidays is too much for me; the crowds, the waiting in lines, the disheveled merchandise hanging off the racks...I hate it all. So I cannot imagine participating in the shoving, the racing, the camping out--ugh! It doesn't sound fun to me at all, and all to save a few bucks on a certain day. I think that we're going to see extremely low prices this year anyway, due to the economy.

So yeah, I plan to spend Black Friday hanging out with my (adult) sons, eating leftovers, watching movies and possibly putting up the Christmas tree. (It's fake, so I like to have it up for a long time). Shopping will be easy this year; one boy is leaving on a mission trip to Ukraine in January so he'll get warm clothing and money; the other wants a TV for his college apartment so he'll get a MODEST new TV. Done!

kaplods
11-19-2009, 01:49 PM
It's traditional on my side of the family (in Illinois) to put the tree up on Black Friday also. This year, though my family is coming to visit us here in Wisconsin.

We decided to decorate early so that our decorations would be up when they came, since we're not going to be able to go down to visit them this Christmas (we alternate holidays between Wisconsin and Illinois, and this year is Wisconsin's turn).

So the tree is already up. My nativity set is up and my hubby's Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys set is up. On the same table, so Mary and Joseph and the wise men are being visited by Yukon Cornelius, The Bumble (a yeti like creature), Hermie the elf wanna-be dentist), King Moonracer (the winged lion, king of the misfit toys) and all the misfit toys.

Baby Jesus is in the toe of my childhood christmas stocking (because in hubby's family it's traditional not to put the baby Jesus out until late Christmas Even, so he's in the creche early Christmas morning).

Funny, because Hubby says "the baby Jesus can't be in the creche He hasn't been born yet." By that logic, the three wise men don't belong there either until January 6 (the church holiday in the Catholic and Lutheran church that celebrates the wise men's visit).

pliem2009
11-20-2009, 12:35 PM
omg!!! the thought of black friday scares me!!! I've never worked on black friday before but I worked the day after black friday and we have the same sale as black friday on a saturday. My co-workers said that it was the same crazyness. This year I am working on black friday.....I'm so scared!!!! wish me luck!!!!!!!!!



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katkitten
11-20-2009, 12:52 PM
I've never been and have, frankly, been a little scared of this tradition...clausterphobia and all... but I live in walking distance of some really nice outlets and have off of work that day this year so i might peek in just to say i did. :) but i wont buy

Heidi58
11-21-2009, 01:25 PM
I enjoyed reading through this thread - I had no idea people had such strong feelings about the day!

I've always got the bulk of my Christmas shopping finished by Thanksgiving, so for me the fun of that first official day of Christmas shopping is the hustle and bustle, the crowds, the Christmas music in all the stores and the excitement of finding a good buy on something I hadn't realized I "needed" to buy. LOL

I don't think I'll be shopping on Black Friday this year though. My parents are going to be here and we'll be doing other things.

cottagebythesea
11-21-2009, 02:14 PM
It used to be a tradition for my SIL and I to get up pre-dawn and join the Black Friday crowd. After Thanksgiving dinner, we'd spread out the paper and search through the ads and map out our route. It used to be a lot of fun, but anymore it's downright dangerous. Besides that, I've discovered you can get even better deals on things right before Christmas.

MaryEllen
11-21-2009, 02:27 PM
My friend's mom does that too. After dinner on Thanksgiving they look at every ad and make a game plan...spend all day shopping. I have never gone...it's not worth it to me.

However, this year I am working. At 4:30 am until 2:15pm. At Macy's, in the Juniors department. I'm terrified. hahaha

utgirl09
11-21-2009, 03:20 PM
I work retail on Black Friday. I absolutely love it! Most retailers offer the same deals online at midnight, so I don't feel as if I am missing out shopping wise. I work at a store in the mall, and people are literally lined up to the back of the store waiting to check out every Black Friday. We are going to have great deals, but every deal is available online was well.

I think for many people it is just tradition. They go every year with their mom/sister/cousin and make a day of it. It is more of the thrill of the hunt than anything.

midwife
11-21-2009, 05:18 PM
I've had a root canal. I've given birth to a ten-pound baby. I would rather have a root canal WHILE giving birth to a ten-pound baby than to shop the Black Friday sales!

:lol: So funny & I agree 100%!

FrouFrou
11-22-2009, 11:41 AM
NEVER! Lol...I have done it once in my life and it actually wasn't bad. But this year I actually finished my shopping by Halloween, yay! So no need too. I wouldn't even if I weren't finished though.

mtloser
11-22-2009, 06:05 PM
I have shopped on black friday twice in my life.

First year I was visiting my sister and she decided to wake me up at 3:30 am banging pots and pans..(after staying up until 1) needless to say I didn't enjoy shopping at all.

I went last year with some friends and it was pretty fun getting some good deals on comforters/dvds.. stuff like that.. no big ticket items.

I think I am going to go again this year but not so early in the morning.. maybe leave the house at 7. Don't want to fight with the crowds, last year Walmart & Target was unbelievable.

Heidi58
11-22-2009, 07:39 PM
I saw Kohl's sneak preview this morning and I'm wishing I could go.... there's nothing there I NEED to buy - but it's so much fun! lol

biosci02
11-23-2009, 01:57 AM
I went to Walmart for Black Friday in 2007. It was crazy, but I didn't get caught up in that. I got what I wanted and got out. There isn't anything that real interests me except some dishes, but I won't be sad if I can't get them. I 'll probably hit the stores later in the day....