Weekend Open Forum: Share Your Black Friday Experience

By on November 27, 2009, 8:09 PM
Although the last hours of Black Friday are ticking by, the steep sales and shopping season have only just begun. Many businesses will continue to offer discounted merchandise over the weekend, and Cyber Monday is only two days away.

Until a few years ago, Black Friday was only embraced by brick-and-mortar chains, but that is quickly changing as folks realize they can cash in on the season's hottest deals without brass knuckles or the stamina of a marathon runner. Whether you raid the local Wal-Mart at 3AM or browse the Web in your underwear, the day after Thanksgiving is hectic for most consumers.

In this installment of the Weekend Open Forum, we want to hear all about your Black Friday experience. What awesome tech deals did you find? Have any bargains to share with fellow TechSpot readers? Did you get everything on your shopping list? And perhaps more interestingly, how many times were you punched in the process? Discuss.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

My tech purchases consisted of some of the games on the STEAM sales and a few blu-ray DVD's, mainly from Wally's-Mart. Hard to pass up decent blu-ray titles for $9 a pop. All of those purchases were online.

I did go out today and hit a couple of malls, but ended up buying nothing but basic home supplies and toiletries. What the heck, might as well buy razor blades while they're on sale!

Guest said:

I participated in Black Friday in 2 ways.

I ran two discount codes of 30 and 50% on Linux training products at beginlinux dot com. (no plug intended, sales over) This is a big discount for the site as some of the products include instructor-led training and so on. The sale had only a few participants but then again Linux training isn't usually bought out of impulse...or is it?

I also went out looking to buy a Black Friday Linux netbook in the stores where I'm located. Spokane, WA. No luck. I did pick up a higher end Logitech mouse for $25, A Logitech camera for $20 and 15 8GB Sandisk USB drives for $150. All in all it was a successful day.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Oh yeah, after reading guests Logitech purchases it reminded me that I did buy a Logitech G500 gaming mouse.

Boogityboo04 Boogityboo04 said:

I bought.. nothing. But I probably will buy components for a Core i5 system from Newegg later tonight.

Guest said:

I found a great deal for a 500Gig Toshiba USB for $40 at OfficeMax.com.

They sent a confirmation email.

Two deals later I got an email cancelling the order plus the additional item that I had ordered to get free shipping.

They sent the additional item and charged my card.

Beware of scams.

JudaZ said:

what the hell is Black Friday? ...

Clrabbit said:

To [JudaZ]: Black Friday is what we call the Friday after thanksgiving. :p

Also know as one of the biggest shopping days of the year sense a lot of stores will do one day sales and many will even open at Midnight to kick them off. so if you want to get $200 off of something you get to line up out side of a store before they close to be there when they open the next morning. lol

Although thous of us who were happy with DL game sales on D2D, Steam and Impulse didn't have to sleep outside after dinner off.

Really it's funny I spent more money buying books not on sale then I did on any BF sales today. I love the Internet you get good sales and you don't have to leap over an elderly person, or any thing crazy and still get a decent deal. I was tempted to pick up a DSLR from Sony for $200 off then I realized I don't like Sony and Nikon wasn't having a sale

stwongbad85 said:

Today was all about Blu Ray. Best Buy and Amazon. Got all the Star Trek movies that I want on Blu Ray for around or under $9 (without having to buy the complete sets).


Astro199 said:

i stayed up all night Thursday waiting for PS3 and Garmin GPS deals from amazon.com.

I bought a PS3 with infamous and killzone 2 for $300 and assassin's creed for only 10 bucks! I also got the Garmin 255W for $120. all with free shipping! it was pointless to wait in long lines on Friday morning when you can get better deals online, but i eventually visit some local stores just for the experience

lfg18 said:

Well i just got some blue rays from costco and cables and stuff like that for my pc, I'm still trying to get good offers online

JudaZ said:

clrabbit said:

To [JudaZ]: Black Friday is what we call the Friday after thanksgiving.

Aha ... thanks for the explanation.

Never heard it before ... )

Razerblade said:

I live in the UK so we don't have such a thing as Black Friday but i did buy a couple of games and a new TV!

Guest said:

I bought Call Of Duty MW2 :)

pbartman said:

My wife sent me out to get a microwave with a hangover

But we did save $90.

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I stayed at home, and did not buy anything. Apparently people were lining up at midnight to get into stores that opened at 4 in the morning! In my opinion, that is absolutely crazy.

nubnasty said:

i bought a 24" inch samsung monitor with tv tuner :]

Ofcourse comes with HDMI,VGA,DVI etc... =]

mopar man mopar man, TechSpot Ambassador, said:

I was broke. I didn't get up at an annoying 4 AM or anything, but I did go to the Mall and various other stores in the largest city we have bordering me. I didn't buy anything, but I was very tempted to get small little electronics, really. I would love to have gotten that $197 laptop for one of the many friends/family who need one, though.

Cueto_99 said:

Unfortunately on Colombia we don't have black friday either, but thanks to steam, I was able to save a lot on the THQ pack that includes more than 15 games...

kaonis92 said:

I just bought a couple of games from steam including L4D2

BlindObject said:

I got a BFG GTX260 MaxCore OC2 for 156 bucks. That's about it, I didn't really go nuts with the shopping.

speeedy6 said:

I worked all day, Hated it but I had not plans to buy anything anyways.

freedomthinker said:

We don't have that here

Sixrealms said:

I bought nothing considering there were few deals that got me interested but not enough to get them. We did, however, got many, many customers who purchased the deals we had since I work in a computer store.

Chazz said:

I did absolutely nothing, I'm not a fan of massively crowded stores and I didn't find many good online deals. Maybe cyber monday will offer something better.

Timonius Timonius said:

I bought a couple of games on steam and impulse. Oldies but goodies!

timljh said:

too bad, there is nothing special in my country, no sales and etc.. hopefully it will changes in the coming year..

ken777 said:

Didn't need to leave the house. Got almost all of my tech shopping done on Wednesday when Newegg and TigerDirect both had nice Bing cashback deals. There was such a mad rush at Newegg when the 10% cashback started, that the site would barely load for the first hour or two. Also got some pretty cheap games from Steam.

AfricanTech said:

I just wonder when the equivalent of Black Friday or Cyber Monday will come to South Africa (here's hoping it's in my lifetime)

Onewill said:

I didn't have to leave the comfort of my apartment. It was impossible to pass up a 650MB WD Caviar Black from Newegg for $49. The problem with shopping online is that it can be more difficult to refrain from spending a lot of money.

klepto12 klepto12, TechSpot Paladin, said:

i added a new 46" samsung to my collection it is very nice i also looked around for good deals but money was kinda short after i bought the tc lol.

saintbodhisatva said:

I was looking for a good windows 7 deal. I couldn't find any for black friday.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

I wen into Best Buy to satisfy my father's curiosity on laptop deals, and unsurprisingly to me I had already found better deals online...I snagged a used DS lite (screw the DSi) for $60 bucks, which is $20 cheaper than usual, and less than half the price of a new one. And it's condition is about as good as you could ask for. A friend of mine got The Dark Knight for $3. Although the places I went were not as packed as I had anticipated, which I fear may be a reflection of the state of our economy, as much as I hate thinking about that....

Vicenarian said:

I was going to buy some stuff...but found out the shops didn't ship to Canada.

I guess the term blue friday would have been more fitting.

Afenix said:

There are no Black Fridays in my country, but i till purchased some games via steam!

Basher said:

Little to nothing. Bought something for $15 bucks on Amazon, but saw no other smashing deals. Fry's in 2006 was the best I can remember--Q6600 G0 w/ cheap motherboard for $200.

CannondaleRider said:

I've been a dedicated Black Friday shopper, usually camping outside Best Buy or Circuit City for hours upon hours. This year, though, I spent most of my time online buying from Newegg, Amazon, amongst others, and left the B&M shopping "experience" to a couple of stores for items I was unable to purchase ohline (shopvac from Home Depot) or for items I wasn't comfortable purchasing online (such as a new winter coat for the wife....fit counts!)

But for the vast majority of items I wanted this year, online buying proved to be the easiest route to take and saved time, gas, and frustration.

claycc said:

I stayed away from the stores but I get a good deal on an Intel atom Netbook for $230 and helped my sister find a good deal on a new LCD monitor.

ryan29121 said:

The deals this year were not very good, in my opinion. I searched best buy, sears, k-mart, and target and didnt really find anything too spectacular. There are always some things that are un-reachable such as the super doorbusters, but most of the time there is somethings that are good and still available later on in the day. Didnt really find any. Perhaps next year.

FrankTank said:

I was one of those nuts up at 2:30am and at Walmart at 3am. All for nothing. The doorbuster electronic deals were gone 9pm Thanksgiving Day. Yup, thats when the line started forming the night before. They quarantined the crazy first customers to the optical center. They allowed all customers into the store. You were able to grap some of the advertised deals and hold them in your cart but couldn't check out until 5am. The electronic line was pretty long. Most people looking for the Xbox or GPS. Other advertised deals weren't unwrapped until 5am or so. I actually didn't stick around, I took off to Kohl's with the wife, then Macy's, then back to Walmart and Target. Finished up around 9:30am.

Best deal I got was the Belkin N150 wireless router ($30), 4 GB Sandisk flash drive.($8) and a Fadded Glory winter jacket ($15). The wife picked up some clothes, etc. I got a nice sale price on some TImberline Boots at Macy's($63). Nothing big at Target, I actually did better browsing the clearance rack.

All in all, I think I'll be out again next year. But this time I'll sleep into 7am and get out a little later in the morning. I found that at around 8-9am Walmart/Target still had majority of the advertised deals. I see no reason for losing that much sleep next year.

AtK SpAdE AtK SpAdE, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I stood in line for a 60 dollar LCD monitor last year, but I didnt really find anything this year that was of use. Sure the laptop was 198 dollars at walmart, but it was a emachine with a celeron. not really a great deal to me.

Deso said:

I found a great deal on Coolmaster HAF 932 for 85 bucks + free shipping on newegg ;]

IvanAwfulitch IvanAwfulitch said:

I didn't really buy anything, but I got to laugh at the locals who were camping out in front of the store a few days ahead of time. Why are they even bothering? Why not just order online? Newegg has great deals all year round for the most part, and Black Friday just makes everything cheaper. Sorry for those who aren't in the states that can't get those deals, by the way. I feel your pain.

AnonymousSurfer AnonymousSurfer said:

what the hell is Black Friday? ...

A day where you can get great deals like 75% off of computer, etc.

I didn't buy anything then, but plan to get a extra SATA hard drive internal to add more space. Getting low :p

PUTALE said:

i decided not to get anything this year and avoid the crowd. I don't think that there's much things that I absolutely need this year and the deals are all just okay.

bbbfalcs said:

I would rather pay the normal price than deal with the mess that is "black friday"

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

gf got an 8gb IPOD touch for $150, yet games were still $60 at ebgames were i was.

levar said:

I got the follow below;


Online purchases;



Zenphic said:

So far I've been holding out from buying anything. There are some good deals around, but nothing too exceptional in Canada as of yet!

matchu said:

I was going to buy a cheap HDD (Western Digital, 320gb, 32mb cache, sata 3gb/s, 7200rpm)... but when i turned around for an afternoon, it was sold out. bugger!!!

ET3D, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Not Black Friday (since it's not celebrated here), more like Sunny Sunday, but we did manage to buy two Wii consoles for family members at a really good special deal price (that's still higher than the normal US price).

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