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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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  • Damned By Damned
    12.02.09  

    I definitely do Black Friday every year. I stay up for the online shopping. Then I am up at 3 am to be at the stores by their 4 am opening time. I don't get the limited big ticket items though. With 4 children I am looking for the deals on clothing, jackets, etc. It also helps that I have a husband who will go with me.

  • cybrown551 By cybrown551
    12.02.09  

    I did not go shopping on Black Friday because I rather wait until Christmas Eve to see what is on sale at that time. I did get a chance to shop online for cyber Monday.

  • AimeeAken By AimeeAken
    12.03.09  

    I did not because I was one of the lucky people that had to work a 10 hour day, but even if not I would not venture out. My hubby took the kiddos out to so some shopping, but that was WAY after the crowds were gone (like after 3PM) and a football game was on so the stores become empty. ( I love shopping during games) :) We do not watch football, so that works for us. My husband would never go out on black friday either. We tried it once for an item back before we had children, and it was a mad rush of people shoving each other and breaking items as they ran down the isles. It looked more like a zoo than civil people, so it is not my idea of a good time. I will buy what is on my list, and that is all. I do not go overboard and I do try to find bargains when I can. When children want something specific, that is hard to do when it is an item that never goes on sale..Everyone else is just happy with what I get them because the reason for the season is much more than just gifts.. :)

  • jack00jb By jack00jb
    12.03.09  

    Never!! I absolutely dread the crowds on Black Friday - regardless of the sales. Most places are extending the sales this year anyway.

  • kmccarron19 By kmccarron19
    12.03.09  

    I go every year! I don't mind the crowds and I always do great. I love all the sales. I mostly go to Kohls to start. I love it and wouldn't miss it.

  • sarah2 By sarah2
    12.04.09  

    I donĀ“t like Black Friday! ThereĀ“s nothing worse than standing in line for hours--time is money, IĀ“m not sure the sales make up for the lost time...

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    12.04.09  

    i choose to never attend black friday's mainly because each and every black friday has been cold and drizzling or even heavy rain at times. I have no patience in waiting in long lines just to get one item that is on sale and jeapordize my health.

  • Larak12 By Larak12
    12.04.09  

    I was waiting in line at bestbuy we were the 16 person in line. We got a 2 sony vios, 1 desktop, camcoder, a nano, a scanner printer, speakers and movies I live in Nebraska it was cold I had so much fun and it wasn't all Jamed up by the way it was my 1st black friday ever!!

  • Lusadi By Lusadi
    12.04.09  

    I avoid black Friday every year. I am happy to leave those deals for other people. Instead, I prefer to just watch sales the entire year and purchase items for people as I find them. I have a present shelf in the closet. This has the additional benefit of allowing me to keep emergency gifts on hand for unexpected guests or a forgotten birthday.

  • gabbyuhlig By gabbyuhlig
    12.04.09  

    i did black friday for the first time this year. my boyfriend wanted this 42" plasma TV. we got there at 930 thursday night and slept inside the walmart til 5 am. i am never doing it again! i'm a very calm and nice person.. there was a woman there who had less stuff then i did and was very old as well, i let her in front of me and the woman behind me started flipping out and called the manger on me! i was so angry. good thing the manger sided w. me and understood why i did what i did.

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