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Black Friday is the official start to the holiday shopping season and takes place every year the day after Thanksgiving. On Friday November 26, 2010, thousands of people are going to lineup at every singly major store in order to *hopefully* get some items at great prices. If you are one the thousands of people that are going to spend the night standing outside stores then I strongly recommend reading this tutorial.
In order to survive the caffeine-induced, zombie-like mob you need to be extremely well prepared and follow these steps:
Print out all the Black Friday ads and search for some of the best priced items. If you are looking to buy a new TV then do your homework. Every store has their Black Friday ads already published. Read reviews and see if it is worth buying. Personally, I would not wait for hours upon hours in line just to buy a TV that is $100 cheaper. If you are going to wait in line, make it worth your time.
Pick ONE store that has the most items you want to buy. Time is an important issue and there are going to be thousands of people in every store at every moment. DO NOT think that you will get a great deal at one store and get another great deal in another. The hottest items sell out right away - so pick ONE store wisely. For example - are there more items you want at Best Buy or Target? This is one question you need to ask yourself.
Bring credit cards! It is going to be extremely early and the LAST thing you need is to misplace your wallet/purse. If that does happen (i hope it doesn't) it is much easier to cancel your credit cards verse losing money - There is no one to call about losing money. Plus with credit cards, you will get in an out of the store quickly and build up points.
Arrive at your store early! Some people line up at stores right after Thanksgiving dinner (about 8 or 9 PM). Most stores open at 4 AM! I suggest driving around a few stores after eating dinner. If there are people already waiting, then I suggest going to another store.
Dress warm and BE PATIENT! It is going to be a long day and if you remain calm you will walk out of the store in a good mood. If you start getting grumpy or annoyed then you won't be able to think clearly and you might forget something that you wanted to buy.
Black Friday Internet Tips
Finally, the LAST thing I want to bring up is this: After you return from the stores, usually it is around 9 or 10 AM, log onto Amazon. They always have great deals and you will have a better chance of buying things since it is online verse waiting in line at a store. Amazon will start having their BLACK FRIDAY Sales on November 22 - so I suggest you check it out daily! If you are interested in reading about other Black Friday tips or want to read about what items I think will be this years hottest holiday items then please check out the Best Toys to buy!
Good luck and have fun! This is the best tip I can give you!