We Made it Back In One Piece, After Black Friday Shopping

Real Estate Broker/Owner with M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. BK629999

This morning we were up at 4:30 and headed out the door at 5:30 to brave the masses on Black Friday.  We were headed to Staples first.

I'm really not much for shopping.  But, I do head out on Black Friday, as I know this is the time of year that I can get my electronics, printers and Antivirus protection for my computer at good prices.

This year the biggest thing on my wish list was a camera.  I wanted one that was a step up from the one that I use to take my blogging pictures;  a camera that would give me better quality indoor and night pictures.   

As we were waiting in line for Staples to open at 6:00 AM we met two great guys, Geno and Andrew.  They said they had a long night.  They got in line at Target at 6:00 PM the night before to grab a 40" inch HDTV on sale for $298.  That was a $250 savings!  Well, it seems there were a number of other people that had the same idea.  I believe one of them was a lady that nearly threw her shopping cart and hit Geno.  Apparently, it wasn't a pretty sight.  They got their TV and headed to Wal Mart to stand in line for a 5:00 sale.  That was another mob scene from what they said. 

Once we got in to Staples, we got a new office chair for $70 off, an all in one printer, scanner, copier and fax for $120 off, 4GB SDHC cards for $7.99 each, Norton Antivirus Protection and a Universal Remote Control for free.   I really like Staples on Black Friday.  They are so organized and I have always been able to get what I set out  to buy there.

When we arrived at Wal Mart just after 7:00, it seemed like a ghost town.  The crowd was gone. At one point it seemed as if there was only one other customer in the store with us.  There were 4 cashiers with no lines, asking if they could help us check out.  They said the crowd had been there from 3:00 - 6:30 AM.  We were able to grab the last Nikon camera they had at an $80 savings and I was tickled.

At one point in the day, we stopped at home to drop our purchases off, so we didn't have a van full of goodies.

The rest of the day we hit several other stores to grab some miscellaneous odds and ends and to have some fun.  The only real mob we ran into was in Sears.  The lines were long, but they moved quickly.

We got home at 4:00 and I have to say I was really beat.  We got everything that we went out to get.  It was a great day and now I'm going to put in a movie and head to bed early.

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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Sandy....glad to hear you got everything that you went out to get.  I stayed clear of the stores today.

Nov 26, 2010 10:52 AM #1
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Gosh Sandy, you are a real trooper.  It sounds like you scored some great bargains at Staples.  Looks like the girls had a great time!

Nov 26, 2010 10:54 AM #2

Hi Sandy,

Got a couple finds at Staples myself, but Office Max was the reall win-win.  Two 23 inch monitors for under $100 each! My husband and I started at 11:30 PM and did nearly a dozen stores... spent much more than expected, but a good Black Friday is a good indicator for the economy's bounceback!


Nov 26, 2010 10:59 AM #3
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Today is the day of day for shoppers and looks like your family was having a good time.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 26, 2010 11:04 AM #4
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Sandy ... thanks for sharing ... and I am glad again that I just went to the office.  You did seem to be better prepared than most ... enjoy your movie!

Nov 26, 2010 11:11 AM #5
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Heading back out - Black Friday still has another six hours left!

Nov 26, 2010 11:12 AM #6
The Elise Bickel Team
ReMax Select Realty - Pittsburgh, PA
Leasing, Property Management and Sales

I've noticed the best time to shop is between 7am and 9am on black friday. The reason...Early morning shoppers will usually be done by 7am and back to bed(or to bed for the 1st time in days) and the casual shoppers usually sleep in from all the thanksgiving fun until 8 or 9 and then by the time they get ready they don't hit the stores to 9 or 10. So, if you are looking to go shopping when its not too busy do between 7 and 9am.

Nov 26, 2010 12:11 PM #7
Robin Dampier REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker King - Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source

What a brave lady and it appears you and those lovely young ladies did a great job and got some very good deals.  I have a problem with crowds so I spent the day here at home "putzing" around.  The slide show is great.

Sue of Robin and Sue


Nov 26, 2010 12:37 PM #8
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Hey Sandy, looks like the team was out for another win.  Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!

Nov 26, 2010 03:11 PM #9
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

Last year was the first time I did Black Friday.  Spent the night camped out with the oldest son at a Portland area electronic store to get a computer for my wife.  We had a great time - he took his bike and cruised the parking lot, did time trials on his laps, snacked, chatted between ourselves and the other campers...  Was a great bonding experience. Youngest son wanted to do the same this year but we could not find a deal that we wanted to camp out for.  We are looking forward to next year so we can find a camping out deal.  Would I do it otherwise - no way.  Too easy to get it on line but a great way to spend time with the kids. 

Sounds like you had a great experience.


Nov 26, 2010 03:30 PM #10
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Judith, It waa a fun, productive day. I know quite a few people with your same sentimant about shopping on Black Friday. 

Bruce, We did well.  And we like to go because it turns into such a great day for us - being silly and enjoying some time together.

Liz, Wow, it sounds like you were the die hard Black Shoppers.  Sounds like you and hubby did well at Office Max.  Always nice to get a deal.

Lou, We had lots of fun.  It was great.  Did you get out at all?

Nov 27, 2010 01:25 AM #11
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Jack, I hope that you had a productive day at the office.  When we head out for Black Friday we make our list of where we're going at what time and what we need.  A bit of organization helps so much.

Liz, You go girl - did you get some great deals?

Weber Team - I found the same thing to be true.  Many of the stores we went into during those hours were empty.  And we were still able to get what we went in for.

Hi Sue, I don't blame you for staying home, especially if you don't care for crowds. Home would have been the best place for you yesterday.

Nov 27, 2010 02:36 AM #12
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Kevin, These girls were great - when we got in a store we all headed different directions to get what we came in for.  It worked out great and we had a lot of fun.

Mel, Black Friday can be a time of great bonding. I've never camped out before.  Sounds like a good experience for you and your son.  Maybe next year you'll find something to hang out and wait for.

Nov 27, 2010 02:38 AM #13
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


              We went away to Bastrop Texas at Lost Pines ( that will be a blog subject); it has been a tradition we do every other year. This time we had 3 other families decide to join us in all we had 16 people. The ladies of course wanted to do Black Friday at the nearby outlet mall in San Marcos. We left a little after 9:00A and did not get back until 5:30 it was marathon shopping for all no lunch just straight shopping. I think next time I want to get there about 6:00 A to get some really good deals but a good time was had by all.

Nov 29, 2010 02:22 AM #14
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Yolanda, Sounds like a great time with some old friends. Nothing better than that!  Wow, it does sound like a marathon for you ladies - no lunch to boot - no time - gotta get those great deals!  I know how that goes.

Nov 29, 2010 02:33 AM #15
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