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Do You Do Black Friday?

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Do You Do Black Friday?
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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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  • laine17 By laine17
    11.30.09  

    I hate Black Friday. I hate the crowds, the fighting for parking spots. Not worth it to me, Id rather pay the extra money than deal with the traffic and crabby people.

  • cleanliving By cleanliving
    11.30.09  

    Black Friday - No way! Too early to rise, too many people, too much traffic. I got the same deals online - from the comfort of home!

  • tmaier By tmaier
    11.30.09  

    If the other shoppers were a bit nicer the experience would not be so bad.

  • redkat3274 By redkat3274
    11.30.09  

    I went but only b/c there was one particular gift I wanted to get my toddler. It wasn't too bad here in DFW but then again I was only in the store for 20 whole minutes!

  • lfriday By lfriday
    11.30.09  

    No, No, No.... Too crowded and I like to take my time and shop and not be rushed.

  • Denisegrnk By Denisegrnk
    11.30.09  

    Nope~~~ Not worth the aggravation & in Chicago it's not only aggravating it's dangerous!!!

  • mommyducky By mommyducky
    11.30.09  

    I didn't make it to black friday this year due to lack of funds, I can't shop for christmas gifts. I am going to do my shopping online with gift cards that people have given me and that I have signed up for. I will do amazon. That is the best. My brother went and he said that the deals weren't that great and that there were so many people that it wasn't even worth it. He got freaked out and left without even buying what he went to get. He said it wasn't worth the hassle.

  • birds4me2 By birds4me2
    11.29.09  

    I did go Black Friday shopping this year. Target and Walmart were the only stores I visited and it was well worth it. Got what was on my xmas shopping list :)

  • carrothead By carrothead
    11.29.09  

    . I went to walmart shopping ,we went to garden center to check out stand in line for 10 miin and out the door

  • brimcgrail By brimcgrail
    11.29.09  

    I have shopped on Black Friday in the past and will NOT do it again-I have been shoved , pushed, stepped on, cursed at, and stood in lines for hours to then be told that the product I was looking for was sold out....

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