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2011 Black Friday Downloadable Ad Scans

November 11th 2010 21:37
So just what is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving when many people have the day off and retailers open early with "door buster" deals in hopes of creating a green Christmas season for themselves.

Some stores open as early midnight to get the jump on the competition. The term black is an accounting term that means that this is when stores start making money for the year and come out of the red. This is especially true for smaller retailers as many of these speciality shops do as much as 80% of their sales in this one month period.

More and more of my shopping is done online each Christmas but for some reason I always get up early and join the mob scene to catch some great deals. This year is no different with GPS units reportably selling for $49, laptops for under $200, and huge deals on HDTV big screens.

It's not just the deals though, its tradition with me. I like getting out in the cold and interacting with my fellow sufferers. I enjoy the rush of adrenaline when the doors swing open and getting a first look at the holiday decorations in the brick and mortars. It's my official start of the shopping season and on successful trips I can wrap up purchases for 4-5 people on my shopping list.

If you are interested in joining the millions of us earlybirds at the local mall, I've got a few suggestions that might help you out.

1) There are websites that are devoted to Black Friday. Many will have the adscans from the big stores like Walmart, Best Buy, and Toy-R-Us two to three weeks before the sales start. Some of these sites make it easy to make a shopping list by letting you combine sales from different stores.

2) Have fun with it. If there is a deal that is too good to miss, plan an all night camping trip in the parking lot. Bring movies and popcorn and meet some of your neighbors. You might make a new friend while saving a buck or two.

3) Be respectful. People have died from being trampled at Black Friday events. Every year I see one or two people, who once the doors open will push and elbow their way to the front.

4) Many stores sales are good for the whole weekend, so plan which store you need to hit first and what stores' deals might be around Saturday or Sunday.

5) Ask about price matching. Stores want your money and even better if they can take it from a competitor.

Happy Black Fridaying!

Click here for ad scans for all of the largest retail chains Black Friday deals

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