Anyone into Black Friday?

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So I've been looking at all these ads and it appears there's all this cool stuff being sold Friday morning, some of it is on major clearance at many stores. Is anyone into Black Friday?

I'm thinking that I'm going to wait in line at Walmart at 10 PM tonight; they open the path to their goods 5AM Friday. There's quite a few laptops on super clearance at Walmart, and I'm looking at one in particular.
 

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Make sure its a decent laptop. The last time I was looking at walmart for a laptop and found one on sale for a great price the sales guy himself warned me off of it saying that the processor was so slow it could only barely run Windows.

I went one year to look for Black Friday bargains. Just looking at the lines changed my mind. I am claustrophobic. One of the places I looked had a line going through the store so you pretty much had to stand in line waiting to get to what ever section you wanted so you could pass by looking to see if there was anything you wanted and then continue on in line until you reached the register to pay. Not really, but that's what it looked like from outside. ;-)
 
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I don't leave the house on black friday. Stay up all night with crazy people so that you can get stampeded and fight over substandard one-off items called 'derivitives' in the industry?
 
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There's nothing I love more than not participating in Black Friday sales. The only thing I like about it is the high demand for security at places like WalMart. I'm going in around 1 tonight, staying till 9, and making $9.50 an hour. Being a poor college student, it's a pretty good way to make some quick money.
 
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I used to go out shopping, our family made it a girls day. I loved it! Still do, but work and school are more important to me... though, I asked mom if she would go with me :biggrin: She has to get Christmas ideas for me, I'm a hard one to buy for.

Dad is going to be one of them that go to Office Depot before they even open. They are having an awesome deal on a computer and the store only has 4 of them. He's not one to do that but, it's super cheap and a nice one at that.
 
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most of the stuff at best buy is marked up as high as 400%

you're buying it for a lot cheaper on "black friday" but you're still getting ripped off

you can get these "amazing" prices at tiger direct any day of the year
 
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I usually do my best to avoid being anywhere near a mall on Black Friday. Usually I just stay home that day, but tomorrow I'll be on the road back home for a reunion (and now I'm wondering why I ever decided to do this...maybe because I don't look as fat, gray-haired and old as all the former cheerleaders do now :rofl:). One part of the trip will be a bit dicey, since I can't avoid passing a big outlet mall on the way, which is close to a regular mall. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it's not too horrendous by the time I'm passing there in the early afternoon. The rest of the travel route is planned to avoid malls.

I'm going to also try to avoid exchanging any gifts this year so nobody has to go out shopping. I'm accomplishing this by not giving my mom or sister my mailing address. :biggrin: I know, I'm an awful daughter. My mom has no idea where I live now. I just keep conveniently forgetting to give her my address when she asks. At some point I'll have to give it to her, but I hope I can at least get past the holidays first.
 
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I get off work at 7am. Hopefully there wont be too much traffic. Where I live there's a mall or major outlet store within a stones throw no matter where you are.
 
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My plan for "Black Friday" is to wash my siding.


whee
 
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My friday will be sparkling (I'm scrubbing the house) :biggrin:
 
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Okay, I don't know if I should really call it a fun experience, but it was extremely well worth it. I got in line at Walmart 10:30PM last night, and was 3rd in line for the laptop I wanted. It seemed like a very long 6 1/2 hours. However I got what I wanted, and that laptop line filled up fast! The laptop seems to be working smoothly so far. I bought my last one in 2005, so I guess anything in 2009 runs much better.

Then after that I went to Best Buy and bought Civilization IV for 1/4 of the price it normally is.

It was a little humorous watching the Walmart customers though. I don't know if the better metaphor is that they were wild pack animals, or wild pirahnas! Or when I would see a worker shout "HEY!" at some customers, and the customers would keep at it.
 
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I just look forward to the videos online of people acting like animals to get a few bucks off of something they don't need.
 
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Okay, I don't know if I should really call it a fun experience, but it was extremely well worth it. I got in line at Walmart 10:30PM last night, and was 3rd in line for the laptop I wanted. It seemed like a very long 6 1/2 hours. However I got what I wanted, and that laptop line filled up fast! The laptop seems to be working smoothly so far. I bought my last one in 2005, so I guess anything in 2009 runs much better.
You queued 6 1/2 hours just for a laptop? I hope it was more or less free!
 
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I've finished powerwashing about 1/2 of my house. That's enough for now.

Let's go shopping!
 
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I went early and got portable DVD players for the grandkids. RCA 7 inch screens for 40 dollars each, which was a good deal. I ended up getting some good deals on winter dog coats too.
 
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No shopping today! My wife and I made turkey soup and I took some to a friend and to my father. We made snacks of chicken, beans, etc, rolled up in wonton wrappers and baked. Very nice with habanero salsa. Black Friday is snacks, soups, and relaxation.
 
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I'm staying home today. My girlfriend has to work. :\

I suppose my job today is to deal with the aftermath of last night...namely, our kitchen is a disaster area! :P
 
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No shopping for us... We went bowling! (This is the first time I've gone bowling in years, and my natural body action is now back-and-forth baby-swaying... so don't ask my scores... :uhh:)
 
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I ended up getting some good deals on winter dog coats too.
All the dogs I ever had grew their own winter coats. They even shed enough to share an extra coat with someone else if it was needed. :biggrin:
 
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All the dogs I ever had grew their own winter coats. They even shed enough to share an extra coat with someone else if it was needed. :biggrin:
My dog sheds enough that every couple of days, I sweep up enough hair to completely populate my neighbor's Pomeranian. It's funny - the owner is the town's fire-chief and he trucks pulp-wood and logs for a living. Big burly guy who takes his ferret-sized dog everywhere. She's about 1-1/2#. My dog likes her, but can knock her over just by giving her a "kiss" with his tongue, so she's appropriately cautious of his attention.
 
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Okay, I don't know if I should really call it a fun experience, but it was extremely well worth it. I got in line at Walmart 10:30PM last night, and was 3rd in line for the laptop I wanted. It seemed like a very long 6 1/2 hours. However I got what I wanted, and that laptop line filled up fast! The laptop seems to be working smoothly so far. I bought my last one in 2005, so I guess anything in 2009 runs much better.

Then after that I went to Best Buy and bought Civilization IV for 1/4 of the price it normally is.

It was a little humorous watching the Walmart customers though. I don't know if the better metaphor is that they were wild pack animals, or wild pirahnas! Or when I would see a worker shout "HEY!" at some customers, and the customers would keep at it.
How cheap was the computer? I got an e-mail from HP the other day, the Compaq Presario, regular price $349.99.
 
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Two years ago on Black Friday I was driving down the road minding my own business when this old woman in a huge Cadillac sideswiped me as she was pulling out of a Wal-Mart. The officer asked her if she had seen me in the road when she pulled out, and she told him that "She had to get to Target quick."

I haven't left the house before 9:00 PM Black Friday since.
 
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All the dogs I ever had grew their own winter coats. They even shed enough to share an extra coat with someone else if it was needed. :biggrin:
Lol, thats true enough, but the corgi is only 12 inches tall at the shoulders. So it has more to do with keeping the wet mess off the dog. And of course you can't get something for one dog and not get it for the other.:uhh:
 
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Awesome day! My siding is clean and I just got back from a free They Might be Giants concert at one of our local casinos, and it's still just 10 PM and I can still get me some good prices on some useless crap!

What a country!
 
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Awesome day! My siding is clean and I just got back from a free They Might be Giants concert at one of our local casinos, and it's still just 10 PM and I can still get me some good prices on some useless crap!

What a country!
Oooh, I love They Might be Giants!
 

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