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Old 11-25-2005, 01:24 AM   #1
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Anyone else hittin the malls?

I'm just curious how many of you are going to be fellow morning shoppers? I am heading out at 4:00 AM to be at JC Penny when they open their doors at 5. Who else will be out and about in the wee hours of the morning?
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Old 11-25-2005, 01:58 AM   #2
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ABSOLUTELY NOT!! 8O

I hate shopping malls with a passion at the best of times. No force on Earth would get me anywhere near one the day after Thanksgiving!

I heard that some NY store - Best Buy, I think - is going to open at 1AM. This is just insane!
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I love malls!

But not on Black Friday, and not when it's predicted to be only 14 degrees at 5 am!

My husband will probably go to Staples before 10 am. They have really good prices on internal hard drives (more room for picture storage!)

Let us know what bargains you got!
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My wife is. Her & a couple of friends scour the newspaper & online ads, & set up some sort of battle plan. They are waking up at something crazy a.m., I'll be asleep.
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I wish i new of some good online sales for aquarium products.


but, actualy going to the mall that early.... i don't need a sweater that bad. lol
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It's 3:48 and we are about to head out. I was too excited to sleep last night so I didn't. It's a ritual for me and my mother. We do it every year. And the malls in St. Louis are not bad until around 10:00, that's why we leave early. I'd rather lose 3 hours of sleep to get that sweater 75% off as a doorbuster. We are serious shoppers today. Last night I made out my excel worksheet with the times that all the stores open, what I am going to buy, and what everyone asked for. I am usually done with all of my Christmas shopping by noon. By 1:00 I am dragging because on Thanksgiving I usually have to do a lot of cooking. Then we drag the tree up from the basement and I put on the lights (6 foot tree with 17 strands of lights) and help decorate the house. Then tonight I will come home and wrap all the stuff that I bought. Can't WAIT!
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I went out this morning to buy a few things. Went to Best Buy, Target, and Wal Mart. Target wasn't bad but Wal Mart and Best Buy were outrageous. We didn't even stop at best buy, there were over 500 people in line before it opened. Every year it just gets worse.
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It's 10 a.m., the wife is back, with many bags of God knows what. She's on the phone with my sister, they're planning stage II of the attack. I believe it's some sort of 3 pronged pincher maneuver on one of the malls. Some of the battle stories are amazing, what a brave woman.
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Thank goodness my boys are grown now. It was not long ago that I used to venture out and head to Toys R Us.

Pandemonium personified is what we went through...in a matter of hours, toys scattered all over the aisles, incessantly crying and tantrum throwing kids, sales personnel who needed constant injections of Pheno-barbital (do you have any in stock? no, yes, maybe, I don't know, come back tomorrow, etc.)...and lines at the register which backed up into the aisles. 8O

So, no more "Black Friday" shopping trips. I can easily manage spreading my shopping out over the next few weeks. with good planning, I won't be out there on the 18th or the 23rd (other statistically nutty days for shopping).
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I have no patience for that insanity. I prefer to wake up early on a Tuesday or Wednesday morning, hit one of the 24 hour joints at 5 a.m. before work. No one there but me, one sleepy clerk, and a few guys with floor scrubbers.
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