questionsblack friday..........online or in-person, which…

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The crowds are better left to those without the internet.

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You can have the crowds and the cold temps. I ♥ my interwebz!

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I like doing both. I browse the online offerings and then will go to a couple of stores and scavenge the remaining deals later that day (most likely around 10am when everyone that participated in black friday is sleeping).

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Last year 90% of my purchases for black friday was from Amazon (Prime, and tax free). They had a deal like every 30 minutes for a few days which was so awesome because most of the deals were a steal.

But now that they're charging tax.. not sure where I'd go to now.

As for going to the stores... still debating which one to go for (a little iffy on Walmart from last years incidents) if there is anything I wanted. But its usually like, if you're the first ones in line, you're going to have a bad time.

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I know so many people who relish the whole wait in line in cold parking lots for deals things, but I prefer seeing if there's anything interesting happening on line. I don't do a lot of spending though; I tend to gather presents throughout the year. My nieces and nephews usually get wootshirts! I've kept in the cedar chest since I bought them for the day one price.

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I always have to work, not in the craziness, though. My job is generally slower for the day and then a zoo on Monday.

I have never ventured out. I like playing online. I have gone out later in the day looking for an advertised special and it is generally sold out. This year I do not think there are any higher priced items I have in mind to buy.

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My wife and I make a date out of black friday, but neither of us shops electronics, so we're pretty far from the crowds...

i won't wait on line, or fight for doorbusters - that's silly. I'll hit mostly localshops, and have gotten some really incredible deals.. Some of our best memories are early morning browsing, coming across truly unique items that we ordinarily wouldn't splurge on, and finding out it was a great price. If/ when we do get near the bigger shops sometime in the mid-late morning, i can't tell you how many times i've had someone working there would make an exception and give us one of the "hot" items when i would simply ask politely if any of the specials are still available. Apparently after a morning of rude, entitled customers, a simple smile and politeness goes a long way. If the thing is sold out or not a great price any more, no biggie, and i make sure to thank them for checking anyway.

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I do both. Like @goatcrapp, my spouse & I make it a very early morning date & think it's a hoot. We never attempt to be the first, because that gets too crazy (or downright dangerous!)

Interestingly, last year we were in line at Walmart--many hundreds of ppl back--when it opened at 4am. I had no trouble getting the laptop I wanted to pick up for a bro, but no luck at all w/ getting some TOWELS! They were actually the first things sold out that I was aware of! Who've thought!

Some stores we stay away from, no matter the time on Black Friday: Best Buy & Kohls, for instance. We've had awful experiences at both.

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I don't like waiting or crowds, so I think you can guess that I prefer the internet.

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I make it a point to not leave the house on Black Friday. The traffic and the crowds drive me crazy and are not worth whatever bargain I might find. I am much happier sitting at home, shopping on my computer.

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My mom insists shopping in person the morning of Black Friday. She says it's part of the holidays and gets her in the Xmas mood. "Long lines, mobs of people and sold out sales?" I ask. She says she can look past all that. She's there for fun. Keep that positive Christmas spirit flowing.

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I tend to shop online. I haven't been to a Black Friday sale since my daughter was 6 (now 18). There was a fist fight between moms with their kids looking on the last time I shopped out (Walmart). No thanks, I'll shop online.

@joshobra: Amazon Market Place with Amazon shipping doesn't charge tax. I have started looking at their partners to avoid tax. Usually, not always, you can find one that has the same or just a bit more and still get prime shipping. While this probably doesn't apply to Black Friday, it is a way to get around paying more tax up front. Besides for me it is cheaper to pay the state than Amazon for taxes owed. (6% to Texas or 8.25% (includes county) for Amazon). Also I have Shop Runner and this works well for stores too.

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I got to the first store on my round last year at 6am...having missed all the doorbusters, nothing else was tempting, so I returned home empty-handed and bought everything online - that I hadn't bought at midnight earlier.

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Online! It starts the holiday spirit on a good note.

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@pamfenway: oddly enough - around here kohls is pretty good... best buy is also awful, and i stay far far away from walmart due to horrible experiences... guess it depends regionally. For walmart - we seriously felt in danger for our safety, even many hours after the door busters... and i was prepared to start swinging at the next person who crowded in so close i was holding up his weight.

never again for walmart around here lol. We've had great luck at target though.

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I do both. Most of my shopping is online, but I enjoy heading out on Black Friday and mingling with the crowds. I'll usually grab a few things while out, do some people watching and hopefully get started on the "holiday spirit". I don't, though, wake up early and go when the stores open (anymore). I just do it to be a part of it.

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I may be crazy but I actually like the hanging out in front of stores at 2am waiting for them to open. The line conversations are funny and it is a good way to feel the start to the holiday season. Target is a must hit up since they usually will give out something and the crowd is always decent. I avoid Walmart like the plague since people there would rather step on you than anything else.

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@goatcrapp: Walmart is a must avoid no matter where you are, they just seem to attract that kind of crowd. Best Buy has a three hour checkout line even before they open, it makes no sense to me. They have never had anything worth that kind of wait in my opinion.

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@goatcrapp: I guess you're right about how stores are different regionally. My local WalMart, for instance, has everything set up where aisles are roped off and designated solely if you want to buy X (a laptop, for example, or a hot toy). First you have to get a voucher from the person at the head of that aisle, and then you can pass through to the end where the item is actually located. It's extremely organized and sane. Checkout lines are fast, because every single one is open. By contrast, my local Target is like a free-for-all, and is too scary for us to go to early in the morning for the best bargains. Kohls would be okay except the checkout lines take literally hours to get through. Nothing is so annoying as finding a good bargain and then waiting over an hour only to decide you just can't wait another two to check out, and leave empty-handed.

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I've done it off and on over the past few years. But I have to say that after my experience last year, I am never going to go again. Pushing, rude people muscling around to save a few bucks. Not the way I ever want to start the Christmas season.

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Keep the crowds for the lesser educated (knuckle draggers, mouth breathers) people that enjoy punching and trampling eachother for last years model refurbed blu ray. I'll get a better price with out sales tax online!