As you probably know, the day after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday in retail, because that's when the businesses that have gone into "the red" during the summer begin making a profit and go back into "the black" because of increased sales.
For years people have been showing up at stores like Walmart at 5 in the morning if they want to get that special 4 hour deal before they run out of stock. This year Best Buy is advertising a complete package with an eMachine desktop computer, a 17" LCD (yup, not CRT) monitor and a Canon all-in-one printer. No rebates, just an instant discount. Wow!!
Sounds really great, right? I called locally and my sister called Best Buy in MA. From what I learned, in 2006 people were lined up in the parking lot at about 3am and a couple of families camped out in places where it was allowed. At 4 they begin handing out tickets (sort of like a bakery I guess) so nobody cuts in line at the last minute. At 5 the door open and it's first come, first served. The ads say they have 15 in stock, but my sister was told that store only has 1 left. Hmm.
Well, I thought I'd mention this in case someone really, really needs a computer and only has $200 to spend. It would also make a fantastic gift, wouldn't it? They're also advertising a Sony Vaio laptop for $399 which is about $350 off the regular price.
Some stores are open on Thanksgiving (hard to believe!) and some are having online only sales during certain hours. Good luck in your pursuit of the great bargain. In this day and age, maybe you should take along your pepper spray!
Here are some links:
Happy shopping. I think I'll go to the beach. It's cheaper...and probably safer too.