Chatterbox Black Friday Tips!
I have been a loyal Black Friday shopper for many years now. To put it into video game speak, if Black Friday were Call of Duty, I would be 5 times prestige mode… many years under my belt! This year, I decided to share some of my most precious tips on how to have a successful Black Friday shopping experience.
1) Grab a couple of the 5 hour energy drinks and use them! With most of the stores opening up at 10pm or Midnight on Thanksgiving, some may feel the need to load up on coffee or those tall energy drinks! The party rule comes into play here. As soon as you break the seal and start going to the bathroom, you will be visiting the bathroom at every store, while other people are snarfing up the doorbuster deals!
2) Bring a chair and a blanket. More than likely, you’ll be in a line waiting outside for a good couple of hours. I’d say to get a decent spot in line, get to your top priority store 2 hours early and bring something to entertain you (ipod touch, DS, etc.). It’s going to be a long time, so might as well be comfortable. I would also suggest bringing somewhat disposable blankets/chairs. I have a set that was originally put in a garage sale, but now I use these solely for Black Friday. Seeing how you don’t want to bring it into the store with you when you go, you can park it outside and you have a good chance for somebody NOT to steal it. You will more than likely have to dump trash out of it when you come out though. That is a given. People are jerks.
3) Plan your route ahead of time! I like to take a lot of back roads in order to make right turns into the parking lots of the stores. You always have somebody who has no business being out of the house stopping in the middle of an intersection and holding everything up. If you can make a right turn, do it!
4) Schmooze with people in line! You’re usually stuck there for a couple of hours with people and sometimes this can be used in your favor. I’ve had it go both ways where I had a parent tell me something they are looking for and I happen to be in front of them to grab the last one to hand to them. Not only does it work the other way at times, but it just feels good to do something nice. After all, the Christmas season officially starts on Black Friday and Santa IS watching you!
5) Lastly, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t find the DVDs or CDs you’re looking for at places like Best Buy and Target… WalMart is price matching all items that they have in stock. What I typically do is find a lonely Walmart in a quiet area (not so much in a town with a Mall or other stores) and do my entire price matching there. It’s actually easier than fighting the crowd in some of these stores.
That officially wraps up this edition of Breaking Down Black Friday! If you do decide to go out, be safe and remember to have a good time. I don’t want to read any reports of fighting or deaths… I MEAN IT!
Save Room 4 Love (and Christmas Spirit),
Brad (The Chatterbox)