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Old 11-25-2005, 01:28 PM   #11
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I will be missing one of the best shopping days of the season, since we're pakcing to move I love a good deal!
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I just got home from a 9 hour stint at walmart (working, not shopping). At 3 am, there were already more than 50 people in line. By the time the doors opened at 5 am, there were well over 150 people lined up around the building. I'll have to say though, that I really do love this day. It's so...full of excitement. People are so patient and nice, and kind. Sounds ironic, but it's the truth. Lots of stores had some great deals...but sadly it seems like you had to be in line by 8 pm the night before to get any of them. (Yep, people lined up outside the door at my local walmart at 8 pm Thursday night). I just don't have the guts to do that, especially when it's 17 degrees outside, and a windchill close to 0.

So, best of luck to all who hit the stores today. I hope you come away with some great deals! I think I'm going to go tommorow, and take advantage of the stores that are running 2 day sales.
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LOL, this brings to mind my sister-in-law, who heads out early on every "Black Friday". About three years ago, she was at the check-out somewhere after a long day of shopping, and had her credit card declined! She used another card, and upon investigation, found that the credit card company had seen such a high volume of activity on her card that, even though it wasn't reported, they thought it might have been stolen and shut it off! When you think about it, that's a pretty good service!

I, on the other hand, have not left my house today, and I'll get my shopping done eventually.......
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Old 11-25-2005, 07:14 PM   #14
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Well I am back. I finished my entire shopping list with the exception of my nephews Fischer Price Baby Touch something or another. It's kind of like Leap Frog...kind of. I was not about to try to find a parking spot at Toys R Us. I'll get it tomorrow morning. It was great though. I ended up $50 under budget and got nicer gifts that I had anticipated. JC Penny was the best with their early bird sales. The crowds weren't bad until about 10:00. That's why we leave early. Until around 9:30 we could grab what we needed, then walk right up to a register and check out. The problem with us shopping so early is that we don't eat breakfast beforehand. Then by 9:00 we are starving. But nothing is open at 9:00. So we had to wait it out until 11:00 and by the time we got our food we felt like we hadn't eaten in days. Next year, we're packing snacks.
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Bless you. I wouldn't have gone shopping today for all the tea in China. Today is to relax, put your up feet and eat leftovers. Fortunetly there is wall to wall football to watch on the tube.
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We have a tradition in our family. Thanksgiving Day we have lunch with the whole family. After lunch everyone heads to the living room and lays down on the floor/couch/whatever is available. Then after about 30 minutes we grab all the catalogs that my mom has been collecting for the past month. We sit around the coffee table and cut out what we want for Christmas. We put our names and the store that it comes from including size or color information. Then after we're all done, everyone leaves except me and James. We haul up the Christmas tree and put the lights and ornaments on. Then we decorate the rest of the house. My parents come home around 11:00 to a completly decorated house. Then the next morning we get up at 3:00 and get ready for a day full of shopping.

The first year we did the shopping we were gone from 4:00 AM until 10:00 PM. I don't know how we did it. Ever since then we poop out around noon. But I am normally done with all my shopping by 10:00 AM anyways.

The worst place to shop is Toys R Us, Circuit City, and Best Buy. I wouldn't stop at any of those places for ANYTHING. I'll order it online before I do that.

Anyone have any stories?
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I worked at wal-mart today in the electronics department. I worked from 10am-10pm. It was fine after like noon. Still had some calls coming in about our $300 laptops or other blitz items up until 8pm. Which we sold all around 5:30am i heard lol... I picked up a couple of 256mb SD Flash Cards for $13.88 a piece. With my discount... Overall it was pretty fast day... One of the fastest days i've worked. It was fun, but I don't wanna work the early shift that day. lol
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I'm with you, Fishyfanatic--get in early, get out early. Most of the best sales end by noon, but if you're in by 6 (or so), they you can be done within hours! I avoid Walmart, Kmart and Target--since the sales at Macy's and Penny's are usually great. No kids yet, so Toys R Us and the electronic shops have not been an issue.
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