questionsdoes black friday even matter anymore?

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Not to me. These days it just means I'll take a personal day at work to avoid dealing with all the traffic getting there.

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Not when you can get crazy awesome deals here on WOOT! Especially when you get a 8gb 1 tb hp p7 desktop for $380.

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Woot and deals dot woot have made it so affordable to acquire things I want, I no longer think of the "deals" on black Friday as being so awesome. However, I never was one to stand in line all night for anything.

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Black Friday is one of my favorite days of the year. Sure I can get cheap electronics and such on woot over the year but clothes are heavily discounted and there is something amazing about a day that is 100% devoted to shopping!

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IMHO, it hasn't been worth it for the past decade already. Comparison shopping search engines have made need obsolete, except the masses don't realize it.

As long as people clamor over each other for that "hot item", however, stores will continue to do BF. Not every one is smart enough to know what's a great deal and what is just merely on sale. 10 loss-leader items yield to hundreds of profitable sales ... in the store's perspective, why not, right?

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I look for good "door busters", and I'll still get up early to try to get some. And, I frankly enjoy going out there and fighting the crowd for a few hours. Some good people watching, some good deals and a good start to feeling festive.

However, my days are done for waiting on a line overnight, and I still do most of my shopping online.

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My Xmas shopping is actually done. Thanks Woot Off! The only thing I can work up some enthusiasm for is maybe the Xbox at Target for $139 and, this is a weird one, the Waffle Stick Waffle Iron JCP will have for $10. I may get excited if someone offers LOTR blu-ray extended for $50. Otherwise, I am hanging out to see what happens on Cyber Monday which I thought had better deals than BF last year.

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I think it is becoming more of an event or holiday since you can get so much good stuff online.

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I live for Black Friday. I know it sounds silly, but I dont care if I am only saving $25 or so. I like being one of the first people in line, talking to other people in line, sticking it out through the cold (we were in the negatives this past year!). It is really more of a personal challenge anymore.

So far I havent seen anything that I absolutely need to have, but I will find something. I might pick up another TV this year, just because that is the only big ticket item that I "need" right now. So it might not be as relevant anymore, since I could spend a few dollars more and not wait out in the cold, but that wont stop me, and it probably never will.

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Yes, yes, yes! Especially if you like getting up at 3AM!

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I want to drive a port-a-potty around and charge the people waiting on lines at Best Buy to use it.

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I would have to say No, especially after Wal-mart's new best price guarantee where they will give you a gift card for difference if you buy an item now and you find a lower price in a print ad later. with the exception of a few items that they release solely on Black Friday you can buy what you want now and get a gift card to WM for the difference with Black Friday ads later.

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Not really. It used to be special until things like "Cyber Monday" came along.

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No it doesn't seem to make much of a difference any longer. I agree with inkycatz that with online shopping becoming much more of a normal and accepted method of shopping. Not only that but its become a full "Black November" sort of thing as seen on Newegg.com I also find that most of the items which are on sale you can find usually year round for the prices they offer with the exception of say the first 50 items but then you spend HOURS waiting in line for an item when you may not get it. And at least for me, the value of my time ends up costing me WAY more than the savings on the item I would be waiting for so it doesn't make sense to sit out in the cold waiting in line for the possibility to save a small amount of money when most online retailers have the same deals available online anyway.

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@inkycatz: Or things like "Black Friday Week!," "Black Friday Month!," and my personal favorite "Black Friday in JULY!" heh..

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But yeah...as much as I hate to admit it, I'll be trying to find a few things BF/CM. Not hard, but I'll try. Mostly I'm just going to check on specific things I've been waiting to go on sale. Or specific stores that don't have sales that often.

Gonna be mad if somebody puts 5.56 upper receivers on sale for $199 :)