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Black Friday Madness

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Post by Orlylicious » Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:43 am

It's here, are you ready? https://blackfriday.com/ Doorbusters already online, expect discounts of 30% or bundle cards (like $100 gift card at Target for buying a $349 Apple watch). Walmart's 32 page ad just in: https://blackfriday.com/stores/walmart/ads/black-friday

ABC News:
Black Friday 2015: Best Tech Deals We've Seen So Far

Target is kicking off the holiday shopping frenzy at 6 p.m. on Thursday. One of the advertised door busters: 25 percent off all Apple TV devices

Beginning today, Amazon is adding new deals added as often as every five minutes for eight straight days. One of the hottest deals being teased: The Jawbone UP3 fitness and sleep monitor for $99 (list price $179.99).
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/black- ... d=35322639
USA Today
Best Black Friday deal so far: $150 50 inch TV

Dealnews picks a no-name 50 inch flat-screen TV selling for a rock-bottom $150 on Amazon next Thursday, Nov. 26, as its overall top deal.

The site says this is the cheapest 50" inch TV it's ever seen; $240 had been the previous ceiling. It also beats every other Black Friday deal it's seen for a similar size HDTV.

However, don't look for this if you're shopping on the computer. Amazon will only offer the TV via its mobile app, says Dealnews. "We'd never seen this before," says Benjamin Glaser, features editor for Dealnews. "But as Amazon goes, so goes the industry. You may see other retailers throwing in mobile-only deals this week too."

This year Wal-Mart is offering a $250 gift card for the iPhone 6S, bringing the effective cost down to $400.
See any great deals? Are people in the mood considering the state of the world? One Month until Christmas!



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Post by Whatever4 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:18 am

We don't spend anything on Black Friday.


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Post by gatsby » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:31 am

Does that $150 50-inch TV include the electronic circuit boards and display, or are those sold separately?



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Post by Notorial Dissent » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:47 am

The absolute last place I want or intend to be on that day is out in public. I firmly intend to be home happily sleeping off the day before. I don't plan on seeing the light of day, assuming we even have any, storm portended, until sometime late that afternoon.


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Post by Hektor » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:09 am

Heresy! The true reason for the season is Boxing Day. But if you must, make sure you take out seven pay day loans in anticipation.



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Post by tek » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:47 am

There was a time, back when we had kids (daughter, nieces, nephews) to buy gifts for, that we'd be out at 4am on black friday..

But eventually it turned out that you never could actually get any of the good stuff without risking a gunfight.. and the kids grew up (the youngest just turned 16), so we pretty much ignore black friday..

Plan for this black friday is Gingerbread Pancakes, sausage, Vermont Maple Syrup, and lots of coffee. Maybe have daughter and son-in-law over for dinner not involving turkey.


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Post by magdalen77 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:21 am

I'd never do Black Friday at home in the Philly suburbs. I live less than three miles from the King of Prussia mall (i.e., the largest mall on the East Coast). I avoid even driving through KOP for a month and a half every year.

When I used to do Black Friday I'd go with my SIL and we'd do it up where they lived in Northeast PA. Still crazy, still crowds, but not as intense. I actually found quite a few good deals, though I was never going for things like TVs and electronics mostly clothes and kitchen utensils.



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Post by MN-Skeptic » Sat Nov 21, 2015 12:21 pm

Our closest Costco hasn't gotten too crazy on Black Friday, so we'll go there during the day - not when it opens - and check out the specials. The nice thing is that they produce a cookbook highlighting products they sell and give you one as you leave the store on that day.


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Post by Suranis » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:30 am

Only 2 days to go...

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Post by Chilidog » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:01 pm

You realize, don't you, that the "doorbuster" sale items are cheap crap designed and made just for this sale?



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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Nov 25, 2015 12:03 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:Our closest Costco hasn't gotten too crazy on Black Friday, so we'll go there during the day - not when it opens - and check out the specials. The nice thing is that they produce a cookbook highlighting products they sell and give you one as you leave the store on that day.
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Post by magdalen77 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:09 pm

I might wander out late Friday afternoon to see if I can find a cheap small crock pot. Then again I might just get lazy and order it from Aunt Ammy.



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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:14 pm

There's a cool site called camelcamelcamel, you can put in an Amazon product page URL and it gives you a price history to see if that sale is for real.

Here's Amazon's Cyber Monday lineup (some will just be mobile):

Amazon Echo, $149
Kindle Paperwhite, $99.99
$30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle
Fire Kids Edition, $84.99
$25 off Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Cloud Drive – one year of Unlimited Photo storage, $1
Amazon Cloud Drive – one year of Unlimited Everything storage, $5
LG Electronics 60” 1080p TV, less than $700
Top-selling 48” 4K TV Home Theater Bundle, less than $600
VIZIO 54” 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar, less than $300
60% off MEE audio Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones
$100 off Philips Fidelio Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Save $100 or more on select LED and curved monitors from Samsung
Save $200 on Intel-powered Lenovo 2-in1 laptop
Save 25% on top-rated HD action camera
Save $40 on Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
Save $35 on Sony SmartBand 2
Save 30% on Mira Wellness and Activity Bracelet, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups
Save $20 on Pencil by FiftyThree, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups

Amazon also says that starting tomorrow and lasting through November 28th, you’ll be able to buy a Fire tablet for just $34.99.

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Post by esseff44 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:30 pm

The best sales are in January when they have to get rid of all the stuff that didn't sell before the holidays and they don't want to pay inventory taxes on. This is especially true of seasonal and big ticket items and items that upgrade frequently. The whole business of xx% off is just that. It's a percentage off of what it was inflated to so they could make buyers feel they are getting a super bargain. :roll:

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Post by Chilidog » Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:00 pm

I HATE THIS SHIT

my wife has to work from 4pm to 2 am

I have to drive her to and from work that day

Black Friday sucks

It commercialism marketed to lemmings.



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Post by MN-Skeptic » Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:43 pm

Minneapolis StarTribune - Black Friday to be less of all-night affair as some malls won't stay open

From the article -
After staying open all night the last couple of years, several shopping malls are finally putting an end to those hours on Thanksgiving night.

Ridgedale Center, Rosedale Center and Burnsville Center are among those that will close their doors at midnight after opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Those malls will reopen at 6 a.m. on the actual Black Friday.

“The traffic has shifted,” said Sean Phillips, regional marketing director for CBL & Associates, Burnsville Center’s operator. “The bulk of the business was happening before midnight.”

CBL decided to close the dozens of malls it owns or manages around the country at midnight after talking to employees, customers and other malls. As stores have begun to open in early evening on Thanksgiving, there wasn’t as much of a need for the extended hours overnight.
The article also notes that some of the anchor stores, with their own entrances, will remain open all night. I think it makes a lot of sense to close from midnight to 6am.


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Post by MN-Skeptic » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:35 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:Our closest Costco hasn't gotten too crazy on Black Friday, so we'll go there during the day - not when it opens - and check out the specials. The nice thing is that they produce a cookbook highlighting products they sell and give you one as you leave the store on that day.
Well shucks and darn.

We stopped by Costco for a few things this evening and chatted with the gal manning the door and she said that Costco won't be producing a cookbook this year. At $5M, and with customers insisting on taking extras for family members, it just was too much. Darn.


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Post by P.K. » Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:32 am

Whatever4 wrote:We don't spend anything on Black Friday.
Yeah. I would rather pay full price plus 10% than go shopping on Black Friday. I don't call it "buy nothing day" because I may buy food, or buy tickets to a local theatre's show, but I won't buy non essential stuff.


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Post by Chilidog » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:28 pm

I dropped my wife off at the department store with three names tonight. She is working a 4:00 to 2:00 am shift (10 hours, in fact, she is working 4 10 hours shifts this week end, on top of her main job :( )

There were idiots standing outside the main doors, in the rain, with their kids in tow, an hour early.

I hate people.

Actually, I can't decide who I hate more, the ignorant rubes who actually think they are getting some sort of special bargain today (they are not), or the company bosses who made the decision to open at 5:00 today (you can bet that none of them are pulling 10 hours shifts this weekend).

My only solace is the small joy in knowing that the Pilgrims, those puritanical, extremist, intolerant, theocrats, would be totally horrified at the fact that this day has turned into a mindless celebration of crass materialism, fed by cheap garbage made by non-white, non-Christian people.



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Post by Whatever4 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 6:34 pm

When I was in retail, I always worked Black Friday and one day of that weekend, even when I was corporate management and didn't have to. Now, I'm a determined Spend Nothing participant.


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Post by vic » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:12 pm

For me, Thanksgiving is the start of two month's of crazy traffic. There's a major mall about 1/2 mile to the east of me, which means that from Black Friday through the after-Christmas clearance sales in order to go east, I first have to go south.

The east side of the mall is on a road which is an exit from California SR 118* just under 3 miles north. This means that every east-west street north of the mall gets gridlocked at unexpected hours.

* Otherwise known as the 118, or the Ronald Reagan Freeway.



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Post by Orlylicious » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:31 pm

Amazon's lightning deals are always at least 20% below the 60 day price (the sellers have to qualify, submit an application and be approved). http://camelcamelcamel.com/ is great for price histories and watches.

One of the best deals is Ebates, it's cash back most everywhere, double this weekend, you just click through their links. I've been with them since they started ... Just saw I've gotten $2,019.01 cash back over the years via PayPal. So it really works. You get $10 for signing up (and it's free). http://www.ebates.com/



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Post by Foggy » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:35 pm

I'm gonna go stand outside a McDonald's at 3 am.

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Post by DejaMoo » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:42 pm

Chilidog wrote:You realize, don't you, that the "doorbuster" sale items are cheap crap designed and made just for this sale?
Very often, it's leftover stock that has been superseded by newer technology, which the manufacturers sell in bulk discount and the retailers snap up for their doorbuster specials. Which pretty much describes all of the black friday tv deals I've seen this year. We're at stage two of a three-step technological upgrade in flatscreen televisions. If you need a tv, or just want a cheap one for the time being, go ahead and buy. Otherwise, postpone your upgrade plans for a couple more years when the true UHD standard becomes the default television.

Me, I just bought a few things from Amazon that were on my wishlist for christmas presents. One was a hardcover book. After dinner, I discovered that Amazon is offering a 30% discount (up to $10 value) on any one print book purchased, using the promo code HOLIDAY30. Since I'd already placed my order, I spent the next couple hours trying to get through to customer service. When I finally succeeded and asked to have the discount applied to my order (which hasn't even shipped yet), I was told No. Thanks, Amazon.

Costco's taking $10 off the purchase of one pork loin tomorrow. I'm gonna get me one, since I'm heading there to buy a couple packages of Eneloop rechargeable batteries.



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Post by Chilidog » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:55 pm

Orlylicious wrote:Amazon's lightning deals are always at least 20% below the 60 day price (the sellers have to qualify, submit an application and be approved). http://camelcamelcamel.com/ is great for price histories and watches.

One of the best deals is Ebates, it's cash back most everywhere, double this weekend, you just click through their links. I've been with them since they started ... Just saw I've gotten $2,019.01 cash back over the years via PayPal. So it really works. You get $10 for signing up (and it's free). http://www.ebates.com/
I got a better way of getting cash back, don't spend the money of stuff you don't really need in the first place.



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