CNN reports Black Friday 2010 looks to be successful and busier than last year as shoppers flocked to sales. Some stores were even open on Thanksgiving itself, while others will stay open 24 hours straight in order to lure shoppers. Clothing, toys and electronics were big sellers, and gaming consoles, iPad accessories, and action figures flew off the shelves.
Toys R Us CEO Gerald Storch said, “Lines have been 500 to 1,000 people at every Toys R Us store nationwide.”
The toy giant opened at 10 p.m., two hours before the start of Black Friday, to boost profits and sales.
My Family’s Adventure
My own Black Friday shopping trip with my wife was eminently successful. Our kids are old enough to leave at home while my wife and I ventured out into the chilly morning air. Despite being full on turkey, we went to Best Buy in Branson at around 3 a.m. to get ready for their electronics bonanza.
My kids are old enough that they want all the coolest high-tech electronic and gaming gadgets. My daughter is more into cell phones, while my son loves video games. We didn’t have to get mixed up with midnight crowds, so we didn’t bother with Wal-Mart or go to Springfield for Toys R Us.
We left the kids in bed when my wife and I arose at 2 a.m. to make it to Best Buy for their huge discounts on electronics.
Best Buy had a decent crowd already at 3 a.m. when my wife and I arrived, coffee in hand. Their coordination and crowd control were always top notch, as sales clerks handed out tickets to those waiting in line for pricier items such at flat screen televisions.
Branson’s official population is only around 3,000 people, and it seemed like they were all in Best Buy’s parking lot by the time the doors opened. We already had a strategy, printed out and ready, of the things we wanted in the store.
Once the doors opened, my wife and I employed the “divide and conquer” strategy. She looked for things in one section while I looked for items in another. We were armed with pens, lists, and shopping carts.
What We Bought
My wife and I were looking for ourselves as well as our kids because the discounts were so deep. But our kids came first, so we packed our carts with video games at $25 off on each game; they are normally $60.
We also found our daughter a new cell phone, which was free after signing a contract. We also loaded up on several Blu-ray movies, which were only $7.99 each for both our kids.
My wife and I then indulged in a new computer. Originally we wanted to get an HP laptop for only $500, but they were gone by the time we made it to the computer section. Instead we settled on a Samsung which was $150 off its original price. We still got a good deal on the computer because we already had alternatives picked out and ready.
My wife and I consider our shopping venture to Best Buy a complete success. Two factors helped our shopping. First is that we only bought for our immediate family, since our extended family lives three hours away. Second is that we were already at home this year and got to shop in our own store in our small town of Branson, Missouri.
Holiday Money 2010, “Black Friday: It’s busy out there!” CNNMoney.com.