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Black Friday = Big Fakeout?

November 23rd, 2007 at 08:59 am

I've never once shopped on Black Friday --- Generally speaking, I'd rather have elective surgery than face the crowds! Smile

However, since moving to Austin, DH & I have been talking about getting a GPS to help us navigate the maze of roads here (it would be especially useful in our house-hunting efforts), so I contemplated putting on my shopping armour and fighting the hoardes if I could find a screaming deal.

I've been reading up and know what sorts of features are desirable, and got a general idea of prices. When yesterday's paper came I went through all the advertisements and looked at all GPS on sale. I looked at everything, including (but not limited to) the door busters.

Generally speaking, the sale prices were not any better than what I could find on-line or elsewhere. There was one door buster item that was $30 less than the next-cheapest price (and $30 is not an inconsiderable savings, so I would have been willing to muster my courage and venture out), but the model that was offered in that case wasn't very highly rated and seemed to be an out-dated and not very desirable model.

I started thinking that Black Friday is just a bunch of hype, and that people aren't really getting the deals they are lead (by the retailers and even the media) to believe they are.

End result = I'm still sitting here at home, blogging. My record of never once shopping on Black Friday stands.

P.S. - Maybe I'll find the sort of deal I'm looking for on Craigslist after the holidays, when someone is trying to unload an unwanted gift or has buyer's remorse??? If anyone wants to unload a good GPS at a fantastically discounted price, let me know!

2 Responses to “Black Friday = Big Fakeout?”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    Yeah that's pretty much my conclusion on Black Friday. My dh hit a couple of sales today, but nothing grand. We've found as good/better deal other times of the year, on just about anything. But I have friends who swear by it and assume we are missing out.

    I'd rather stay home. Big Grin
    Good luck on the GPS! We're going to look at those probably in a year. Let prices come down a bit more. But I could see wanting to speed that up if we just moved. would make things easier.

  2. kilcher Says:

    I think people are getting the deals. Most stores publish they have X number of items per store. However, there are a LOT of people wanting a FEW items. And unless you're willing to get in line 12 hours (or more) early you're probably not going to get much. Certainly not if you get there at 9am.

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