(Closed) My firs Black Friday! HELP

posted 5 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@nvmed:  Chicago is going to be INSANE! Maybe consider going to a  suburb if you have transportation.

Post # 4
901 posts
Busy bee

Get a valium prescription. I live in Chicago and it’s HORRIBLE here on Black Friday, even in the suburbs. People trample each other, get in fights, etc. It is the worst! We don’t participate!

Post # 5
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Check out local Black Friday ads.  I use bfads.net to check out the circulars and plan my attack.  This year a lot of retailers are opening on Thanksgiving evening instead of at midnight on Black Friday.  Customers have mixed reactions but I predict turn out will still be high.

Don’t forget about Cyber Monday.  In all honesty a lot of retailers are already offering great deals at their online stores.  I just bought a brand new laptop with 500 GB Ram and 4 Gig of memory for $350 including taxes with free shipping!

Post # 6
2448 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

you can get better deals on days other then black friday, unless you’re willing to stand in line for hours and get into physical altercations.

Post # 8
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I don’t think wedding dresses have black friday sales? For that you’d want a sample sale.

Michaels is the only major retailer that would have sales on maybe some of their wedding stuff?

If you want a good black friday experience, try walmart at 5am!!

Post # 9
9414 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think the ads come in the Thanksgiving paper, so I would go through all the ads.  They are also online, just google it.  Write down which stores and which things are in that store that you want or would be interested in.  Then just prioritize.  If there is one thing you want more than anything else, better make that your first priority. 

A lot of places like Best Buy only have X amount of their super deals, and people are out in line by 5pm on Thanksgiving to get them (and that was for when stores opened at 5am…if they open at midnight you might have to be out there at noon!).  If you aren’t there at that time, you probably won’t be getting many of those products. Not worth it to me, but maybe for some it is. 

I know at Best Buy they used to hand out a piece of paper for whatever product special it was.  And you had X amount of time to purchase it.  If you didn’t in that time, they would release them.  So there’s always a chance you could just come when the store opens (not waiting all night in line) and hope someone doesn’t purchase theirs.  That might work for a camera or GPS but probably not a laptop.

You can also get great deals online, so don’t forget about that.

Post # 11
1342 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@nvmed:  Oh please oh please oh please don’t form an opinion on Chicago and the States based on Black Friday!  It’s utter chaos…  It’s fun if you know what you’re doing.  But I promise we are not always that crazy nor are we that aggressive!!!!!!

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