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Your Take: Any Good Black Friday Loot?

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You know I skipped Black Friday (and I stuck to my guns for another year – nothing enticed me anyway) but that doesn’t mean you can’t brag about some loot you scored because you were the early bird.

Did you get anything particularly good this year that you want to brag about? Or just have a good story of something you saw?

Or, if you were like me, did you skip it entirely?

(Not sure what happened but this didn’t up as scheduled on Friday morning … )

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24 Responses to “Your Take: Any Good Black Friday Loot?”

  1. Adam says:

    I got the $200 Milwaukee Cordless Hammer Drill and Impact Driver combo set w/ 2 batteries and charger from Home Depot. It was a steal of a deal. The drill alone sells for $270 on amazon. Home Depot opened at 5am. I woke up at 3:30 am (had alarm set for 4) and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I drove to home depot. No other cars were there. At 4 a few cars started trickling in, and several more at 4:30 am. At 4:50am everyone got out of their cars and walked to the doors. At 4:55 am they opened the doors and everyone calmly filed into the store. The entrance was narrow and a lady kept pushing her cart against my right leg. I almost wanted to push her basket into the display to her right because she was pushing so hard into me. After I got through that I was frantically walking and looking for the combo set. Near the entrance was most of the inexpensive BF items, and the electric and cordless items were by the lumber section. I walked that way and they had 6 of my combo sets at the end of a display. I calmly walked over and grabbed the first one, and then another guy came up to me and asked if they were a good deal because Ryobi had a similar combo set for $100 (but it was a regular drill and not a hammer drill). I told him about the amazon price, and he grabbed one of the sets as well. I had one of the BF store flyers where I saw a Ryobi impact and drill bit set on sale for $10 so I picked up one as well. I didn’t have any problems paying and leaving. That was it for my BF shopping. There is a walmart near me, and there was not an available parking space when I was out driving around 11:30pm on thanksgiving night. I’m kind of saddened by society. Individuals will fight and go mad to save $50 on a tv, which has ongoing costs such as electricity, cable/sat subscription, blu-ray player, netflix subscription, etc, but hardly anyone will spend the money on tools, which can be used to make money.

  2. Shirley says:

    I physically skipped BF (as usual) but skimmed through the ads online for Thanksgiving and Cyber Week sales. I ended up with a 23″ widescreen monitor for $98, a foldable high chair for $29.88 (we babysit great-grandson), 2 16GB flash drives for $10 each, and my husband’s favorite cologne at half price. None of these things were absolute necessities but all were on our wish list and at $200 for the lot, I’m feeling good! ;-)

  3. Dawn says:

    We went to Wal-Mart for the sewing machines. My two little girls want to learn to sew but I am leary of letting them touch my expensive machine. They are open all night so we just went to stand by the plastic wrapped sewing machines. It was a little crazy next to us with the deeply discounted video games and DVDs. They had several police officers in the store.

    When 10 pm came around, we grabbed the two sewing machines and cases, 5 boxes of Rubbermaid containers (we have 7 kids and they lose those things left and right) and checked out. We arrived at 9 and left by 10:30.

    I was planning on going back for the 8 am sale on PSPs for my son, but on the way home, I check out Toys R Us on my phone. I was able to get that plus a free game for the same price. The $7.42 shipping I paid was worth it to not have to get up early on Friday.

    We also hit JoAnn Fabrics on Friday for a few things to go with the sewing machines and Bed, Bath, and Beyond for the 20% off everything which we used to get my culinary student daughter a the chef’s knife she asked for.

    The stores were not crazy at all on Friday.

  4. daenyll says:

    took advantage of BF deal at the liquor store to stock up for holidays.

  5. lostAnnfound says:

    I did a little shopping online and also went out about 9:00 a.m. I was able to get Canon DSLR for my daughter at Best Buy and a Kindle 3G for $85.00 at Target (normally $139.00).

  6. Amy says:

    Neither my husband nor I went shopping at any stores on BF, but he found a great deal online for a season of Big Bang Theory with free shipping for under $10. That’s all we bought between the two of us.

  7. Danish Kem says:

    After I got off work at 6pm Thursday night, I drove to 3 Best Buys in my area to see how bad the lines were. I was interested in the $199 Sharp 42″ 1080p HDTV.

    All 3 BB stores had between 30-50 people in line and there was one kid who was first in line that offered me his spot for $50. But it was now 6:30pm, and I would have had to wait for another few hours.

    I happily drove home and enjoyed a good dinner with my wife and 10 month-old daughter.

  8. Lesley M says:

    Stayed away like you. What freedom!

  9. Kathy says:

    I didn’t go out on Black Friday, but shopped online on Thanksgiving day. Bought two pair of Ugg boots, saved over $100, and got free shipping. I have refused to pay the price for Uggs in years past, but the cost I paid was very close to the price I would’ve paid for knock-offs, so I didn’t mind a little Christmas splurge for my daughter.

  10. Mike says:

    Bought a 46″ HDTV for gaming. $400 off.

  11. sheri says:

    I skipped retail stores and went grocery shopping. I stocked up on a few after Thanksgiving items (on sale) for my pantry.

  12. Nelson says:

    I got a brand name leather jacket for $128.00. Retail price: $550.00 It is a great jacket what will be with me for many years. My wife bought a couple of TVs and saved $100 in one of them.

  13. donna says:

    I don’t celebrate christmas, so no BF for me. I shop all year round, gift my family and friends, rightfully (when i find a bargain that i know they can either use, or will excite them and i can afford it).
    Daughter went out with friend, but it is their time together. They did not stand in lines, they just waited in their car. No biggie. My own heart just couldn’t not bring me to “pepper spray” someone for an Xbox…we all have a right to our space and place on this planet…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Ok, you’re going to laugh at this one. My local supermarket had their own version of BF which I thought was a funny concept. So, I bought a very large package of Bounty paper towels for a ridiculous price of $9.88. Pretty good! Then I went to the local hardware store. Any item under $30 was half priced. So, I bought a 5 pound box of coated galvanized deck screws. When do screws go on sale? Never! I found this bargain to be even funnier if not downright useful. So for 25 bucks, I am the owner of 15 rolls of paper towels and 479 deck screws, which I did really need anyway. In sum, BF was very entertaining!

  15. hoht says:

    What’s better than Black Friday? Sleeping in on Black Friday :D

  16. govenar says:

    I didn’t get anything exciting; just some free stuff from CVS.

  17. evelyn says:

    This is a good explanation of why I don’t participate in any of these “sales” that the stores are trying to entice us with:

    http://earlyretirementextreme.com/read-this-rant-and-save-50-70.html

  18. Joe says:

    Got a 23″ LED monitor from Best Buy for $119, as well as an XBOX 360 from Target for $139.

    I think the one cool thing is that all year, I fight the urge to spend, but on Black Friday, I allow myself to splurge (on myself and others), so it’s almost like opening a dam.

    I then promptly fell asleep at 1PM and woke up on Saturday haha.

  19. Husker Avid says:

    I bought two children’s coats at $9.99 each for our church’s coat give-away. We gave away 1200 coats in mid-November. There were 1000 people who received vouchers to come back on December 1. Our small chuch has turned to and will meet this challenge. Made BF for me. Oh, the retailer was K-Mart, I shopped the ads and this was the best deal. My personal goal was 10 coats–I did it for less than $50 shopping Goodwill and sales. There were no lines at K-Mart at 6:00 in the morning.

  20. Jessica says:

    I wasn’t planning on going shopping on Black Friday but since our baby woke up at 5am for the day, my husband urged me to go and see what I found while he was on baby duty.

    My best find was three coach purses from Dillard’s that were 30% off and then take an additional 50% off of that. One for my mom that’s regularly $200 for $67, One wristlet/wallet for myself that’s normally $108 for $35 and a small purse for my friend’s birthday (dec 23rd) for $47, regularly $150. A pair of fossil sunglasses for $5 (regular $40), a pair of Steve Madden sunglasses for $7 (regular $50). I also got my husband some $4 plain t-shirts he had asked me to keep a look out for that were regularly $8.

    I got two really nice oscar de la renta men’s sweaters at macys for $21 each (regular $60) and a Double decker Kitchenaid toaster oven for my mother-in-law for christmas for $77 which was exactly what she wanted(regular $99, it wasn’t on sale but I had some random coupons). At Old Navy I got $5 fleeces for my daughter in several different sizes that will hopefully fit her each winter for the next several years and a couple double packs of knit gloves for $2.

    For not really going out looking for anything in particular, I sure did buy a lot!

  21. Tina says:

    We got good prices online for baby stuff in preparation for our first baby due in Feb. It’s not for Christmas, just good timing for us!


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