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Do You Do Black Friday?

Do You Do Black Friday?

For those of you that were brave enough to wade through the crowds of Black Friday shoppers this year, you may have noticed that not everyone stuck it out all day long.  The Wall Street Journal reported Friday evening that Black Friday started out strong, but slowly thinned out by afternoon.  This is because shoppers were not willing to stick around unless they were seeing some major discounts. 

A lot of the savings we were seeing this year came in the form of doorbusters and a good deal of sales on electronics.  Unless you were lined up outside the door just as stores opened in the early morning, you may not have seen too many savings.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Andrew Harris, a Dallas police officer, planned his Black Friday out perfectly when he showed up for a sale at Target at 3am, 2 hours before the store even opened, and bought a 32" LCD HDTV for $246 (a savings of $180). 

Wal-Mart also saw lots of traffic, with some customers showing up the evening before to camp out in front of the store.  Stores like Wal -Mart recognize the need to get shoppers in by enticing them with deep discounts since many consumers have expressed a need to spend less this year than last. 

Aix Partners LLP
released a study earlier this year with some data about the upcoming holiday season.  They found that 88 percent of consumers planned to spend less this year than last year and 82 percent said that what they do spend money on will be purchased from value stores like Wal -Mart.  Though the numbers sound bleak for retailers, the National Retail Federation is only predicting a 1 percent drop in U.S. holiday sales, which is up from last years 3.4 percent decline. 

Did you venture out to the stores this Black Friday?

Do you plan on spending less on gifts this holiday season than you did last year?
 

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  • aprlar3lil1s By aprlar3lil1s
    11.28.09  

    My husband and I go every year for Blackfriday normally we do just Toysrus that what seems to have the most christmas items on the lists however this year my husband and I went to Toysrus and Walmart.. we really did great this year.. We budget every month and we set aside money for our family for christmas year it was great.. I then went to a Sports place to go get my husbands Suprize Christmas Gift Still have to find a suprize Birthday present though.. he never got gifts on both days as a kids and i dont think thats fair so i make sure he has something to open on his birthday right before Christmas... (oh and I am 13weeks Pregnant High RIsk and on a Medical Pump and I still went to injoy the time with my husband) the places we went to were great and very well orginized too shocking cus some places are CRAZY!!

  • sakana By sakana
    11.28.09  

    I was done shopping (all 5 presents I actually bought) before Black Friday - sale or no sale, shopping on Black Friday seems to me a masochistic choice of how to spend a holiday ;). The rest of our gifts will be homemade (we make candy and cookies and other fun stuff like pop up cards and creches) and charitable gifts (Heifer, etc). We don't have kids, so it makes it a lot simpler...

  • whslibrarian By whslibrarian
    11.28.09  

    We started at the midnight opening at Prime Outlets in Williamsburg. Kate Spade had wonderful deals. Everything 50% off marked price plus i had an additional 10% off coupon. Weather was too rainy and cold to just roam. I visited fewer stores this year. Usually Best Buy is always a stop but not this year.

  • abbashiikh By abbashiikh
    11.29.09  

    The only time i like black friday is when i need a specific product and it costs too much then i get to save 50 percent of the regular price.

  • jstagrl By jstagrl
    11.29.09  

    No! I have never shopped on Black Friday. I absolutely hate crowds and from what I hear, some people behave ridiculous. There is nothing out there that I want so bad that I would be willing to fight my way through crowds of crazy people. I highly prefer to shop early in the morning, on weekdays... during normal days. I don't care if it's not a sale. I'm an avid couponer and almost always find a way to get what I want for a good price.

  • heather23 By heather23
    11.29.09  

    On-line shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday is the best of both worlds. No crowds, with early bird deals and free shipping all around. Black Friday was the first day of snow here in the midwest and I was warm and cozy shopping from home.

  • MarieVonLove By MarieVonLove
    11.29.09  

    I don't do Black Fridays because I can't stand the crowds and the idea of fighting someone over a discount. The whole point of shopping was to be happy, not start a brawl.

  • sartom By sartom
    11.29.09  

    We did go out on Black Friday, but not at odarkthirty in the morning. My husband and I went about 11 or so because what we wanted was going to be on sale all day and was not a "hot" item. We went to Target and got two Christmas presents for the kids. Nothing else was "on sale" that we really wanted or needed. I only go out when there is something on the kids list that they want. We thought about going to Sears for the washer and dryer deal (500 for the pair) but each Sears was only getting 4 sets, and I did not want to stand in line for the chance of maybe possibly getting one. If they want to sell them that badly, they would have that sale everyday and help out the "little" people. more.

  • kmpbacon By kmpbacon
    11.29.09  

    I did not get up early to go shopping this year. I already have alot of my shopping done and there was nothing worth getting up early for me to buy. This year I have been very creative and have made personalized baskets for everyone with a specific theme.

  • jlincon71 By jlincon71
    11.29.09  

    I can not do black friday i can't stans the crowds and then waiting in line for hours...no thank you i rather stay in.

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