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Old 11-27-2009, 06:45 AM
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How about you? What was your experience?

AAFES on military base opened at 0400, got there at 0330 and the line was out the door into the parking lot.

So much for being an early bird!

They gave out 'tickets' as you walked in for the items and only those w/ tickets got to purchase them....the tickets ran out before we got to the door....oh well. We did not, repeat...DID NOT buy anything else. Saying was that retailers wanted to get as many people in the stores so they would buy the more expensive items because they'd rationalize they waited for an hour or more and "it's only 50 bucks more" and then splurge.

Oh well! Live and learn....be there by midnight!

Did anyone get any of the good stuff? How early did you get there? Was there a crowd?

Fill us in!
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Old 11-27-2009, 10:20 AM
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I went to a Target, the line was out the door, they opened up the store, and next thing I know, everyone tried to bumrush the store, literally the back of the line became the front! The State police took the most animated guy, and made him wait for the end of the line!

I guess he didn't learn that in elementary school "no pushing in line!"

Anyway, same old story ten cheap flat screens, 100 people. My main argument is, that Target didn't give away tickets, and they hid the cheap TV's away from where they actually were, so while most of the crowd went to the back of the store, those in the "know" went directly to the area, so you had literally 5 people who were together buying 5 seperate TV's, not cool

One lady even called her son to come inside the store to pay for a second TV, at the point I went home and got back in bed

I might try Toys R us later, but I have a feeling anything worth buying is already gone
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Old 11-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Location: Illinois
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I got a lot of good stuff. For myself, I got:

A small crock pot (I really needed this - $4 at Walmart)
Hat, glove, and scarf set
2 scrub tops for work
A vest/jacket
Another heavier jacket
A new winter coat
A sweater
Food processor
Panini press

My daughters got:

Multiple items of clothing
A mini laptop
A notebook/planner

Target was a total wash. Well, I did get the vest from there. Everywhere else we went was crowded but well managed.
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Old 11-28-2009, 10:21 PM
Location: Canton, GA
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Went to Walmart at 6:30, it was pretty picked over but got some Blu-Ray movies and XBox 360 games for $10/each. Plus a few other odds and ends. Then went to Brandsmart at 7:30 and they had everything in stock we wanted except one thing (which we got a raincheck for) They had the best deals and although it was extremely busy, we still had salesmen helping us and answering our questions.
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