Black Friday 2012 shopping tips
November’s most prominent holiday is without question, Thanksgiving Thursday, but the few days that follow cannot go without note. Black Friday has gained prominence as the best days for super savers to find the very lowest prices on electronics and brand name clothes. With people lining up upwards of a week in advance of Black Friday in order to be the very first through the doors, bustling lines that stretch around several blocks, and stampede-like conditions upon midnight openings, it’s no wonder that there is a media circus every year showcasing the frenzy of Black Friday.
If you’ve never lined up for Black Friday and are thinking that this is the year to skip the Turkey and give it a go for the heavily marked-down LCD Tvs or find the best laptop deals of the year, here are some things you’ll need to keep in mind when preparing to camping out for Black Friday.
- Timing – If you intend to be among the first dozen people through the door, you’ll have to get in line at least a day in advance. This means missing Thanksgiving completely. There will be folks who line up for multiple days. Only do this if you know for a fact that there is something you must have.
- Plan – The premium products with the biggest discounts will be in extremely limited supply. You can check at retailers’ websites to find out what deals they’ll be having for Black Friday. Know what you want and where it is located in the store so you can make a beeline there once the doors open. Some of the biggest deals will be at Target and Best Buy. A couple of Target’s doorbuster deals are a 32″ Apex LCD TV for $147 and Beats Headphones for $199.
- Friends – Try to bring at least two other people with you. That way, if one needs to leave to run errands or use the bathroom, there are two other to defend the spot in line. Shoppers will get touchy about cutting because the best products are in limited supply.
- Food and water – If you’re going to be in the same spot and don’t want to constantly make trips to grab breakfast, lunch and dinner, bring snacks and drinks (something in a thermos will keep you warm for a spell). This isn’t the most nutritious option, but sacrifices must be made if you intend to snag the very best deals!
- Warm clothes – Layers are the best option. Nights will be colder than days and it’s best to be able to adjust your warmth.
- Shelter – For shoppers who will be staying overnight for multiple nights, a portable tent is a great idea. Bring a sleeping bag with you as well, so you can bundle up instead of being exposed to the elements.
- Entertainment – Portable gaming systems, cards and board games will keep you sane. You might also want to bring a novel if you’re able to read over the noise of eager shoppers.
Keep your wits about you, be kind and courteous, and try to be in good health. Good luck to all the Black Friday hopefuls, and be sure to have fun!