Beware of So-Called Black Friday Deals

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EvelinB

Cyber Monday is the second biggest shopping day of the year, even though Black Friday has all the attention. I found this here: Cyber Monday deals include laptop deals The best deals for holiday purchasing are often to be found on the internet. This year's Cyber Monday bargains contain laptops, netbooks, and free shipping bargains.

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mesiah

Wal-mart is a joke. Don't bother showing up for their door busters because you wont get one. I made the mistake of going to their pre-black friday sale to get an xbox. I found out that each store only got 5 units. They got 1-3 of each of the televisions that were on sale. It was the biggest scam I have ever seen.

If you want to go electronics shopping on black friday, go to best buy. Its a given that if you aren't there the night before you aren't going to get a door buster item, but there are plenty of items that are still majorly on sale, And best buy is up front about the number of items they carry. They will post the minimum number they will have on hand in their add. For all but the smallest stores the number that is printed is much lower than the actual number they receive. I know last year they advertised at least 10 of their on sale graphics cards per store and they actually received over 40 of them. Same with their $300 computer deal, there was an entire pallet of them sitting in the middle of the store. While Wal-mart relies on cheap tricks to get you in the door, rest asured that best buy is the real deal.

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GM From My Chea...

I post deals on my blogs and use twitter to keep my followers informed, with deals from just last week like that $250 laptops, really don't see why would someone stand in line for hours with just a chance to purchase an item. My shopping is almost done without any head aches all mostly online.

 

http://www.mycheaptech.net/

 

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Atomike

Best Buy will have Far Cry 2 for $5. I plan to take their ad into my local Wal-mart later on Friday (when the crowds have thinned) and have them price-match the deal. Wal-Mart should probably not sell out, since THEY technically don't have the deal. Hopefully this plan will work - and if so it may work for TVs and other big items. I'm hoping they honor price  matching on Black Friday ads. We'll find out.

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mesiah

Wal-mart will not honor the price match. They will call the nearest best buy and check stock. If that best buy is out of stock they are not required to honor the price. And most likely it will be so crazy that best buy wont even answer there phone, in that case wal-mart still will not honor the price match.

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Trooper_One

Over the years, I've noticed that the quality and price of items sold in Boxing Day (your Black Friday Equivalent) aren't as good as they used to be.  If they are, there's only like 5-10 items max and the rest are you usual 20% off.  I can wait till summer for a better price for previous year's product.

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MrBlonde81

Last time I went to a black friday sale, the DVD recorder that was advertised in my local ad wasn't even stocked at the store.  Since then I've done more shopping on "Cyber Monday" than "Black Friday".  I don't want to be bothered with getting up early, shoving, and long lines in and out of the store.

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jcollins

I read somewhere that Cyber Monday's starting Thanksgivings day for some places...

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lunchbox73

Is Walmart opening early this year? An employee got trampled to death last year, remember?

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Havok

I totally understand the pain of mister Craig Johnson, but as a humble grunt at a local retailer, sometimes stuff either doesn't show up on the truck, or you legitimately run out of stock. For instance, we received 25 units of item 'X' the day before the sale. 5 sold before the sale started, which by the way was a two week event. The 20 others sold during the first week and our replenishment truckload of 9 units never made it to the store.

Stuff happens that  you can't predict or stop in the madness of retail.

 

 

CLICK.

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Muerte

That, and if you wait til closer to christmas the deals onthe good stuff even get better.  Just a matter of keeping your eyes open.

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jcollins

So far, I'm not seeing anything I want to wake up early for out there.  Remember, you may be saving a few bucks, but are you spending more in time waiting to get a chance at the deal?  For me, a few hours sleep is worth more than 10 or 30 bucks off on something...

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aviaggio

Exactly. There is no deal in the world that is gonna make me want to camp out in front of a store all night and have to fight the crowds and lines, with a very high chance of not even getting what I came for. No thanks. There is nothing I need that badly.

Black Friday is the one day of the year I absolutely refuse to leave the house. Just not worth dealing with the traffic. It's easier just to stay home and relax.

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Tekzel

You and me both. I have never participated in that particular piece of madness, and I never will. I would rather pay the normal price than deal with all that.

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