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Old 11-24-2010, 10:57 AM   #1
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I figured Id start a thread for all the warpathians stories, pains and tribulations dealing with Black Friday shopping.

A few years ago I saw a great great deal on a huge HD tv with radio shack in the DMV area. Well I went to 3 different Radio Shacks and none of them had any of the advertised TVs in stock. So at the last store I pretty much lost it. I convinved a store clerk to check if and how many of the advertised TVs they had in stock in all the DMV radio shacks.

The answer? 3. 3 of their advertised blockbuster deals for this tv for the entire DMV area. thats not 3 of these tvs per store but 3 and only 3 for all their stores.

I was pissed. They did the old switch-a-roo just to get me thru the doors. I cursed Radio Shack name.

So beware, dont get your hopes up and post any stories you have of Black Friday shopping experiences good or bad.
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I stay far away from any stores on Friday. Just not my bag in the least bit. In fact I try to avoid malls and stores all December. Online shopping is where it's at.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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Yeah I do to but that was first and only try at the whole "wait outside in the cold to try and get a great deal" experience. i couldnt believe the manipulation. i learned my lesson.

besides that new electronics store HHGregg seems to have great deals for the next few weeks, not just on black friday.

anyone ever gone to a HHGreeg? im going to try it out here in the next week or so.
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Yeah I do to but that was first and only try at the whole "wait outside in the cold to try and get a great deal" experience. i couldnt believe the manipulation. i learned my lesson.

besides that new electronics store HHGregg seems to have great deals for the next few weeks, not just on black friday.

anyone ever gone to a HHGreeg? im going to try it out here in the next week or so.

I went in and turned around and walked right out mine at least had very little selection. They seem to be more of an appliance store then an electronics store.

And yes like Matty I avoid and shop online.

We even did my sons Santa picture last weekend to avoid the "rush".
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I went in and turned around and walked right out mine at least had very little selection. They seem to be more of an appliance store then an electronics store.

And yes like Matty I avoid and shop online.

We even did my sons Santa picture last weekend to avoid the "rush".
Same impression I got when I bought a flip camera from there for my Mom's birthday. It looked like the appliance section at Sears spread out to try to fill a store the size of Best Buy. It wasn't a terrible place and the salesman was helpful but it was kind of weird for some reason.
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Same impression I got when I bought a flip camera from there for my Mom's birthday. I looked like the appliance section at Sears spread out to try to fill a store the size of Best Buy. It wasn't a terrible place and the salesman was helpful but it was kind of weird for some reason.

Yeah it is like the stores are too big and sterile. I felt like Iwas in a Hollywood made up electronics store.

Plus they sell no media what so ever.

When you walk into Best Buy it is like boom boom look at this and that so cool! Walk into HHGreggs and it is like "Hey we got some stuff here."
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I stay far away from any stores on Friday. Just not my bag in the least bit. In fact I try to avoid malls and stores all December. Online shopping is where it's at.
Seconded, thirded, and fourthed. You can't get me near a mall on black Friday. Cyber Monday's where it's at. Finding good prices online is so much more efficient, and you end up with deals just as good.

I really don't know why anybody buys stuff in a store anymore.
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F**k H&H Gregg. They opened one up here in Winchester, and my wife wanted to go see it. So i took her. We didnt make it 5 steps in the door and i saw all the red-shirted salesmen eyeing us like hungry wolves. We never got to look at anything in peace because they wouldn't leave us alone. One guy was cool, he recognized me and said "hey hatchetman" with a thumbs up, but the rest i was ready to just tell them to F**k off.

I have never been back there since.

But my neighbor is in charge of security for the mall here, i mean he is from corporate and oversees the security, and he told me of how last year, the mall started having people surround it around 3 AM, and they went to open a back door at one of the stores so the mall employees could get in discreetly, but someone from the crowd saw the door open and they rushed it, flocking to innards of the mall like a bunch of zombies.

In the commotion he said an elderly man who was on oxygen and using a walker (What the hell was he doing in that line anyway???), was knocked over, and trampled, crushing one of the arteries in his leg, and my neighbor, who was a former police officer, pushed on his leg and minimized the blood loss until the paramedics could get there.

This year he said they aren't taking any chances. Local Police are on hand to assist with crowd control, and the Winchester Armory was nice enough to send over about half a dozen reservists to help. It's a damn shame i'm not in anymore because i would have no problem cracking the skull of somebody who jumped the barricade with my trusty ASP...

Seriously be careful folks...it gets rough out there starting tomorrow...
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Old 11-24-2010, 12:29 PM   #9
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We know SS your probably posting this while camped out in front of WalMart. Your wife seems to drag you into allot of stores. Walmart now HH Greg.
Haha i appreciate the humor. And that's true. And i try and keep the peace with her and go along with it. Walmart was more of a moral issue lol.

But I assure you i'm not camped out at walmart. But i will update you guys tonight when i'm on the way home, because last year at this time people were already pitching tents at Kohls and everything else nearby lol.
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Agreed, I hate black friday.

Just go to Slickdeals and get their deals without moving from your couch.
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Seconded, thirded, and fourthed. You can't get me near a mall on black Friday. Cyber Monday's where it's at. Finding good prices online is so much more efficient, and you end up with deals just as good.

I really don't know why anybody buys stuff in a store anymore.
For sure. Pretty much the only brick and mortar shopping I do is for clothing. Everything else is so easy to do on-line. And yeah, these idiots who camp out in front of stores for 4am openings on Black Friday should seriously take a look at thier priorities in life. So pathetic.
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Old 11-24-2010, 01:32 PM   #12
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i am waiting for Cyber Monday!
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Let's just say, I work part time at Toys R Us.. (in the electronics section) and the store opens on Friday at 5am and stays open till midnight..... Expect a lot of and
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:45 PM   #14
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I've worked Black Friday at 2 different stores (Toys-r-Us and Target) and I gotta say it's painful. First off those big deals that they advertise in stock, well it's a sham. They'll have between 1-5 of them in stock and if you aren't in line at midnight to get your spot in place they will be gone by the time you do get in the door, and that's only if they aren't reserved. When I worked at Toys-R-Us they had a deal, it was a 30 gig Zune for sale (this was back in '07) for 150 bucks, and that was on the front page of the ad where you know everybody would want one. Well, we only got 5 of them in stock, and my manager of the store said that if any of the employees wanted to buy it, just tell him and he'd put one aside for the team member in particular. Well 5 people wanted one but the manager said he had to have at least one in stock for the sale, so he put 4 of them aside for 4 employees and when the store opened at 5 am there was one left, and it went to a guy who had been waiting outside since about 10 pm which was the time my shift started.

So if you see a really great deal that you think you might have a shot at, don't even bother unless you're willing to be in line at midnight at the latest. Same thing happened when I worked at Target 2 years ago, there was some flat screen tv's on sale in the Black Friday ad and when the store opened there was like 1-2 of them in stock, which was ridiculous.

Not to mention all the frustrated customers that wait all night only to be told it's not in stock. That's one of the worst parts of the day, it happened to me both times I was working. It's inevitable that someone will get pissed for waiting outside for 5+ hours only to discover the thing they want isn't in stock, but the whole reason stores do it is to get people to come to the store, not because they actually have plenty in stock. I'm sure that's not the case at every retail store but just take it for what it's worth. There are good deals to be had on Black Friday, I just wouldn't advise getting your hopes up and waiting all night for a store to open because odds are if it's a massive deal they won't have but just a couple in stock.
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Let's just say, I work part time at Toys R Us.. (in the electronics section) and the store opens on Friday at 5am and stays open till midnight..... Expect a lot of and
That's gonna suck hard for you, being in the electronics department. If they still do things the way they did when I worked there 3 years ago, you might be in for a rough day.
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