Black Friday 2010 Deals and Shopping Tips

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It’s that time of the year again: the time when you’re counting down until the next celebration in this holiday season. Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, has just passed and Thanksgiving is around the corner. Shortly after, we’ll all be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and other holidays. Get ready for the upcoming Chrismahanukwanzakah by taking advantage of Black Friday. I use this day after Thanksgiving each year to get the majority of my holiday shopping done. With the huge number of Black Friday 2010 Deals out there, the task of shopping on that hectic day can be daunting. Here are some handy shopping tips to help get you through this upcoming Black Friday:

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Some stores will release their Black Friday ads early, while others will wait until mere days before November 26th. In the past, I even found out the hard way that some stores will release a decoy ad, and then put out an ad with much better deals on Thanksgiving. This year I’m finding the deals in advance and then will double check the ads right after my delicious turkey dinner. Important: don’t forget to bring the ads with you!

Plan, plan, plan

Prioritize the deals you want to take advantage of, so you can map out the stores you plan to visit. My plan of attack this year is going to be centered around getting my parents a new laptop. I’ll keep searching the Black Friday laptop deals and go to the store offering the best deal first. After that, I’m going to hit up stores will clothing deals that I’m interested in, but that are less likely to run out of supplies.

Get there early

This is especially true if you’re looking to take advantage of the doorbusters. Usually, the Black Friday 2010 Sales and Doorbusters have limited quantities because they are the items that you’ll save the most money on. To take advantage of these deals, you need to be the first in line at that store, which may mean staying there overnight. You should plan to be there at least a few hours before the store opens. If you’re lucky, the store will hand out vouchers for the limited quantity doorbusters, which guarantees that you get that item on a first-come-first-served basis.

Try a different approach

I try to find loopholes in the system, so I can get the deals without the danger of being trampled. Here’s the best one I’ve managed to do: find a store that says they price match, purchase the Black Friday deal item from them as soon as you see the ad for it, then go in on Black Friday with your receipt plus the ad. When I did this for a great sale on an HDTV, they gave me back the difference. Another method, if you want things that aren’t doorbusters: go in a day before and put it on hold, then go back at any time the next day to get the sale price on those items. A third approach: some Black Friday deals are also offered online, which doesn’t require you to stand in line for hours.

Have a backup planBlack Friday LCD TV Deals

Don’t be caught without a backup plan, just in case you miss out on the big doorbuster sales! If you’re looking to get a heavily discounted TV, have multiple Black Friday LCD TV deals picked out as backup options. When I get to a store that has too many people, I just move on to the next one that has a similar deal.

Take advantage of Cyber Monday

Sadly, Black Friday doesn’t always work out. Last year, I accidentally slept in and missed most of the good stuff, which is why I’ve started looking through Cyber Monday deals. If you haven’t heard of Cyber Monday before, it’s the first Monday after Thanksgiving and you can find online deals similar to Black Friday. This is great because you don’t have to travel, and you don’t need to line up hours before a store opens.

Good luck and happy hunting this Black Friday with these tips!

-Krista

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