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11-18-2010   #1 (permalink)
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Default Black Friday - Worth it? No?

Not sure where to stick this, since it's like a shopping thing, but also a general thing. Oh well!

Anyway, my friends have been begging me to go with them on Black Friday, and I'm sort of "bleh" about it.

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-I don't plan on buying anything. The only things I might get are cases for my DSi and PSP. (lololo) No clothes. I have too many, geez.
-Why do I have to go at midnight?
-Kinda freaked out about Black Friday ever since that guy got trampled on at Walmart (I think)... Last year.


My friend was like "go for the experience!" but is it really? =.= Has anyone gone shopping on Black Friday and found it to be "rewarding"? Seems like just another sale day to me. You save more from not buying than buying (duh!).
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Its really thrilling seeing all the sales, but in the end, its really only worth it if you want to go buy something :| Sure the experience in memorable, but the thrill of getting something for so cheap is what makes it awesome. If you're just going with friends, I'd just avoid it == Crowded and stuffy
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If a certain store is popular, you'll most likely find people outside camping until the store opens in the early morning. Lines and crowds of people...

I don't shop on Black Friday. I just wait until the weekend when it dies down. There's not point of me rushing to buy something if I know they have a huge stock and they usually do.
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So, I'm not American and don't really have any idea of what this is. Care to explain the background in it?

Or is it pretty much just a Friday where everyone have low prices?

EDIT: Never mind. I get it now D8
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Black Friday Walmart is serious business. I don't wanna experience that ever again. I got like 6+ GBAs and like 4 Gamecubes for half price if i remember right. Gave them as presents.
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Not really worth the experience unless you're planning on buying something imo. I don't think you need to do any midnight camping for DSi and PSP cases if you do decide to actually get those.

If you do end up going though, you don't need to worry about getting trampled that much. The guy who got trampled at the Wal-mart was an employee who was opening the doors and then everyone just flooded in and trampled him. So as a customer, no need to worry. If you were an employee... don't volunteer to open the door.
 
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I usually don't do black Fridays but...

If I could just get a cheap PSP :v
 
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god, hell no. don't do it for the experience. do it for the freaking cheap camcorders! black friday is the time of year where i buy my electronics/christmas shop. =)
 
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I went to a black friday last year.

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We stayed up in front of Target 2-3 hours and by the time we got in ALL OF THE DOORBUSTER 'OMG GOTTA GET THERE TODAY' SALES Were gone. We weren't even that far behind in line either.

They only stock just enough of the omgwtf black friday sales to survive the 1st half-hour of customers and leave the rest to buy the crappier more expensive stuff, the ones that don't wanna leave with nothing will bite. Overall, just a scam really.

If you aren't 1st-200th in line nor willing to stay up all night to BE first in line; DO NOT BOTHER. That is all.
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I only buy electronics on Black Friday. Some of the other stuff isn't worth it.
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Do it online.
It might not be as good but i guess it is way better than risking your life for some cheap grabs.
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If you know deals that aren't door crashes aren't extremely low so that people are going to throw life away for it... then go for it. Personally I avoid boxing day as well. I do my shopping during the weekly sales from stores. They really don't lower their prices as much as you may think. "Laptop Orig Price: $1000 -> before big sales event every year Laptop Price: $1200 -> During Sale Price: $900" I've seen this too many times at BestBuy. There may be some crazy deals, but those are door crashers and people will fight for it.

The stuff you mentioned may be on sale at Walmart though. The Black Friday flyer leaked onto the net already. There's always better deals to be had for little electronics or gaming devices at sites such as dealextreme.
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Final Verdict: Guess I'm not going. The online suggestion is great though. I'll definitely look stuff up on the Internet.
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