Thursday, November 27, 2008

$$Black Friday Shopping$$

I imagine you have eaten all the turkey you care for and have scoured the ads for tomorrow. This year's holiday shopping season is expected to be a bargain hunter's paradise. With struggling retailers and a sagging economy, everyone's vying for your dollar. But unless you know how to score the best deals, chances are you can wind up spending more than you wanted. Follow this Black Friday Strategy Guide before heading out and you'll hopefully find the best deals. The "big-box" stores will have some of their Black Friday sales online on Thursday. In fact, in years past, we've seen some deals sell out before Black Friday. #1 Black Friday tip is to begin shopping online on Thursday, as early as possible (if you live on the West Coast, start Wednesday night). You should also pre-shop Black Friday doorbusters online. Once you decide on an in-store only doorbuster you want, search dealnews to be sure no one else has a deal on that or a very similar product. Then, use price comparison engines like PriceGrabber or to make sure that the alleged doorbuster is in fact the lowest available price. Still a good deal? It might be worth a trip to the store then. Be careful of extended warranties & in-home installations These services are a big profit center for the stores. Add them, and you may spend much more than you initially bargained for. Don't be talked into buying a long, pricey warranty if you know a one-year or two-year plan will do the trick. If a deal doesn't make you "gotta have it" wait for a better deal later. Many Black Friday deals are matched or beaten later in the season. Most "doorbusters" are on no-name brands, and you probably don't really want a junk TV as your home entertainment centerpiece, no matter how cheap. It's a buyer's market, and prices aren't going up. Want to score a deal no one knows about? On Thanksgiving Day, retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City are expected to advertise additional Black Friday deals that weren't in their circulars. These "secret" deals will only be found online (e.g., at, so the trick is to uncover them on the Web on Thursday so you'll know about them when you get to the store on Friday. Instead of napping after the turkey, go online and check out the websites: Look at my blog page dated (I've added more sites since originally posted on that date.) Also, here are some additions: h

$$$Happy Hunting!$$$ HOHOHO

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