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Xmas shopping Informative - After thanksgiving sale

Review by andbran on 2009-11-23
Some one wrote a reveiw awhile back making suggestions for xmas shopping. I thought I would add some thoughts. most of the items on sale are going to be"quanities limited, no rainchecks"this generally means once its gone its gone. they don't offer rainchecks because there is no guarante they will get any more. this is not the retailers fault but the manufactoror. they control how much they get. retailers will not, as a rule, but any "hot"items on hold. so you will have to get there early and hopefully get one. if you plan on "camping out" to be there when the store opens please don't go by yourself. your life is not worth getting a TV cheap.
Comments:34 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-11-24
Posted by goduke on 2009-11-23:
Well...not always. Sometimes retailers purposely lowball stock on certain items which cut deeply into their margin in order to pull the audience in. They only give each store 2 of the rock-gut priced TV's (on which they lose money), put the legally required "we don't really have many of these" disclaimers on, knowing that people will clammer to get them, and often stick around to buy higher margin items.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
Yahoo! Let the chaos and the madness begin!
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
PS. I had bought a 42" HDTV for $500 at Sears on Pre-Black Friday sale. I was the only customer there that day when I purchase the tv.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
I will not get up in the middle of the night to wait in front of a store, in the cold, waiting for a store to open at 5am just so I can save $10 on electronics or sheets or something. I will be all nice and warm, tucked in my bed, sleeping.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
Yaya, you are a wise woman in avoiding the madness and chaos at the stores on Black Friday!
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
I, on the other hand, shall be there, getting my grubby hands on hot items.
Posted by goduke on 2009-11-23:
I'm taking the dogs to the beach on Friday. Away from all the chaos.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
Goduke, you are also a wise person in avoiding the mayhem at the stores this coming Friday.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
At the stores, this Friday, it is every man for himself. You all have been warned...
Posted by SteveWiginowski on 2009-11-23:
I like what some stores do before the doors open. They will go through the line asking people what big items they want. Obviously, the first person in line gets his pick of any items they want. They will give out vouchers to these people before the doors open to ensure that they will get the item. For example, one time I waited outside of Best Buy and was 2nd in line. We were looking to get two TV's that were on sale. When they came out, we told them that that's what we wanted, so they gave us two vouchers and told us where to go to pick them up. We were still able to shop for other smaller items, but if we wanted any other ticket items, we could've requested the voucher.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
What Hot ticket item are you in the market for MRM?
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
Nothing in particlar... Ive already got all the hot items during the Pre-Black Friday sales. On Black Friday, I want to be part of the mayhem and chaos and browsing the stores. When you see me on the road, in your rearview mirror, best move out the way!!!
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
Black Friday aint no joke!
Posted by goduke on 2009-11-23:
What are the hot items this year? I'm not seeing anything big in the news and ads.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
There was a 42" HDTV for $500 at Sears. That was during the Pre-Black Friday sale.
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
4 days and 12 hours left till the mayhem and the chaos! Woohoo!
Posted by MRM on 2009-11-23:
There are Acer Netbooks for $199.99 at Target this week.
Posted by Slimjim on 2009-11-23:
How is putting an item on sale that a store only has 4 of, while designating a huge section of a sales circular to, not the retailers fault? Clearly these items are set up to bring people in and the store had no intention of selling them in the quantities in the spirit of such an advertisement.
It's not bait and switch, becuase each location technically had some, but it's pretty close since those items will be sold out before even the last in line gets into the place upon opening on Black Friday.
Posted by SteveWiginowski on 2009-11-23:
Alley, I agree, but that's why those people should get to the store sooner. If I'm the 200th person in line outside the store before it opens, I don't expect to be able to get an item that a store only has 5 of.
Posted by JR in Orlando on 2009-11-23:
All this concern spoils the first come, first served aspect of these sales. When younger, I camped out to get what I want. There is nothing wrong with that system. In fact it is kind of exciting.

Part of the problem is that people participate, who are not suited for that event. The stores not to blame when people bring their children younger than 13 years of age, when old people are near the front, or people have limitations. The reality is, if you do not have the ability to rush in the store, you should wait. (If you wouldn't at least think about running with the bulls in Spain, you should not be at the front of these lines.)
Posted by Abbie13 on 2009-11-23:
Another reason stores run out of hot items is because black friday ads get leaked and people come in and buy the hot items early then come back during the sale and get adjusments.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-11-23:
personally i don't even go out on that day.
i'd much rather stay home and watch tv specials or relax
Posted by Principissa on 2009-11-23:
I'm with pepper! I've got Family Guy seasons 1-7 and we're having a marathon all day on Friday while snacking on turkey day leftovers and drinking beer. Don't get much better than that! :)
Posted by Abbie13 on 2009-11-23:
Man I wish I could stay home I have to work at 4am oh well at least it goes fast
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
Ima eat snacks and play modern warfare 2 all day *Yeaaah boi*
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
I will still be all tucked in my bed
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-11-23:
I'm waiting for someone to complain about the use of Xmas
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
actually jkt, Xmas is perfectly legit. The Bible (NT) was written in koine greek. In greek, the first letter of Christ is chi, which looks like X. X became an accepter symbol of the name of Christ, and was never improper or disrespectful.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-11-23:
Yes it is, but there are "Christians" out there that are offended by the perceived "abbreviation".
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
There are "Christians" out there who are offended by everything that isn't THEIR particular brand of christianity. Forget them.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
Hey Princi, when I finally get out of bed on friday, can I come over and watch Family Guy and drink beer too? I'll bring chips and salsa.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-11-23:
Think most of them fall back on the old saying keep Christ in Christmas. Old habits die hard.
Posted by SadSackSam on 2009-11-23:
The vouchers don't always work. At my store we always adjust the bf lay out so the hot item is in an odd place. If you find it first it is yours. It is one of the small perks of the job and revenge for going through the mess. At least on the early shift you say it is over there, on the clsing shift you try not to laugh and say oh we just sold out, sorry.
Posted by azspots on 2009-11-24:
Taking Ox, the doberman to the dog park....will avoid malls like the plague. If I can't get it from a grocery store, or Circle K, I don't need it until Saturday.

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