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Black Friday Shopping

FMIL, FI's aunt and I are planning to cross the border and shop in Rochester next Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We have a hotel reserved. We are planning to arrive around 5 am.
I've never been shopping on this weekend before, is it really as crazy as everyone says? Anything I need to know? Good sales?

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    I've only gone later in the day.

    From my understanding, only the people who practically camp out get the insanely good deals.  You can still make out pretty well, though.

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    It is TOTALLY CRAZY! Last year was my first year and I was at Walmart at 3:45 am (they didn't open until 5)... look at the ads before you go and know what you want ahead of time. They have a lot of them online right now. There will be a mad rush to get everything that's on sale - so you want to be standing by the items you want when it comes time.

    It's really fun, but so exhausting! Have fun!
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    I can't handle crowds like that so I've never gone.  My mom really wants to try to get her MOB dress while I'm in town though, which would necessitate shopping one of those days.  I'm trying to convince her to buy a couple options in advance so we don't have to deal with the crowds though.
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    Just kidding, my mom wants to go the day after Xmas, not on Black Friday.  I think Black Friday is even worse though.
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    Have a game plan in place. And don't stress out. You may not find all the good deals you would have hoped for, so don't get your heart set on something because a lot of stuff sells out quickly. Remember to have fun. It's easy to get crabby because you'll be tired and surrounded by rude people.

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    Yes it sucks. People get really stupid to save a few bucks. I quit shopping on Black Friday a long time ago when people kept bumping into me or stepping on my feet. I feel my tempature boil when I get crowded like that.
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    I think it depends on where you go. I've worked at the mall the past three out of four Black Fridays and yes, it's busy, but really the traffic was the worst part of it. The lines at one store I was working were really long, but it was moving.
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    This is the first Black Friday I havent had to work so I'm not leaving the house all day.

    Ironically last year the week of Black Friday was the only week of the year we didn't hit our sales plan. So we had "Black Friday" written over the weeks plan with a big red "under sales plan" beside it.
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    Check the advertisments.   I read where Wal-Mart is not doing the door busters like they did last year.  Some are staying open for 24-48 hours.  Remember last year when the guy died?  They do not want that to happen again. 

    (btw - I was just at the Wal-mart a few weeks ago.  that place was CRAZY on a random Sunday, I can't imagine what it was like on Black Friday.)






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    Last year (or two years ago) a security guard at a Walmart was trampled to death by the idiots rushing inside the store to get good deals. People just kept stepping on him to get into the store--it was ridiculous.

    As other PP's said, know what you want to get in advance, get it, and get out. Either way, it will be insane.
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    I'm just looking for new work clothes ( starting a new job next week) and just Christmas presents in general.
    Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to put some snacks in my purse so I don't get cranky.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_etiquette_black-friday-shopping?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:9Discussion:5c710887-56ce-446a-8737-845c8009387ePost:d959c6af-9e65-41fa-895b-94cb76e3ec29">Re: Black Friday Shopping</a>:
    [QUOTE]Last year (or two years ago) a security guard at a Walmart was trampled to death by the idiots rushing inside the store to get good deals. People just kept stepping on him to get into the store--it was ridiculous. As other PP's said, know what you want to get in advance, get it, and get out. Either way, it will be insane.
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    I believe it was last year.  And on Long Island.  I'm so proud (not).

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    LOL, I might like getting my feet stepped on then ! ;P
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    I haven't tried shopping on Black Friday in a long time, so I'm no help.
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    I stood in line at Best Buy last year from 1:30am (they opened at 5). The Starbucks next door, which normally opened at 6, opened at 4:30. It was crazy. We got a TV and PS3, but I'm never doing that again.

    But if you're just looking for clothes, crafts, DVDs, you can go a little later.
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    The last time I went shopping on Black Friday I was happily surprised.  The crowds weren't as bad as they can be the Saturday before Christmas.

    I love my sleep and don't want to give it up so I'm not a doorbuster girl.  If DH and I have the time though, we may pop into a place or two.    Just pace yourself!
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    TAKE A WEAPON!
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    I'm going in looking for a wedding band. I'm not too concerned if I don't get one though. I've gone once with my mom and that was totally fine at the mall. I went to Khols one year and that was a total madhouse.
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    FI & I will be in NYC for Black Friday....that is going to be insane.

    Mom works for Walmart....they are having big ticket items and handing out actual tickets, so there is no mad dashes to the products.  For example if they have 10 flat screens on sale, the 1st 10 people in line get a ticket for one.  And sales are starting even earlier then last year.
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    It really depends.  Try to avoid parking lots that have only one entrance/exit.  You'll spend 3x more time in your car than shopping.  Best plan is to go early, and be headed home by 9-ish.  Although, I think the online shopping is really the best.  No crowds, most places do free shipping. . . it rocks. 
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    I've never done the crazed electronic shopping, i.e. best buy. THAT is where it's nuts with people camping out.

    I am a Black Friday clothing shopper and I just get to the mall depending on when the first store on my list opens. I don't think the malls are as bad. The lines are just sometimes long, but you're waiting inside.
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    It's not that bad.  Get the circulars and come up with a game plan.  Here's a website that already has a lot of the circulars published:  http://www.blackfriday.info/

    I like the PPs idea of going early and being done by 9.  That's what I always do, then we go to Chick Fil A or Bob Evans for a tasty breakfast, go home and decorate for Christmas.

    If you're shopping for clothes, you'll be fine.  It's the TVs and electronics that you have to be really careful about with the store minimums of 3-5 and lining up and people fighting.

    Please please just go, have fun, and be nice, especially to the poor checkout people.  I remember working in retail and how crappy people could be,  and there's always 1 or 2 people each year that I see being downright nasty for no reason on Black Friday.  If you go with a good attitude, you will have fun.

    A lot of stores are doing things this year to prevent mob scenes--even last year Target had a super fast checkout system; all their checkout lines were open and there was a single roped-off line with a manager directing people to the next available cashier so there were no fights.  We got through checkout in about 2 minutes, it was glorious.
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    I go with my mom so when we get to a store we check out the lines first, if it's really long one of us stands in line while the other shops, then we switch. 
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    I do black friday every year at Wal-mart and it is a blast! Ours is open 24 hours so we get there around 3am and scope where the stuff we want is.

    We then shop for the stuff that is not Blitz or Door Busters as they are calling them this year. I go grocery shoopping too-no one is over there and there is no line (i don't get anything refrigerated or frozen though). I check all that stuff out, put it in the car and return to the store with anything I need money wise in my pocket.

    Never get a cart unless you have big stuff to get. I always carry a hand basket, get near the stuff that I want and get it when 5am hits. We meet up and swap out the things others get for us (at least 3 people go every year) and check out. The jewelry counter usually has the smallest lines.

    Treat it like a contact sport and you will have the best time!!! Worry too much about the stuff you are trying to get and you won't have any fun at all. Good Luck!!!
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