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Old 11-19-2006, 07:20 AM   #1
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Black Friday

I'm interested in purchasing a door buster deal from Best Buy during "Black Friday" next week and was wondering what time I need to show up to snare one of these deals. What if I purchased the item now and then played the return-it-and-buy-it-back game on Friday? Can I buy it back at the Black Friday price?

Does anyone have any experience/suggestions on this topic?
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Check the store inventory to see how many of those items they really have. Generally it's very few. I can't get caught up in the fury. I'm pretty disgusted with this whole PS-3 hype with fights breaking out and people geting shot - over a video game.
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yeah, why not? after the recent "hoopla" over the ps3's...seeing all those people setting up tents in line for days...why couldn't one of those be an aluminum tent?
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They do have a thirty day policy, where they will give credit if they lower a price beyond your purchise price. You just have to call them on it before the thirty day limit. Is that what you are speaking of?
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Hey, You could sell coffee and donuts out of your AS.
Might make enough to by the PS3.

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Old 11-19-2006, 08:21 AM   #7
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They do have a thirty day policy, where they will give credit if they lower a price beyond your purchise price. You just have to call them on it before the thirty day limit. Is that what you are speaking of?
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Best Buy will not honor the 30-day price difference for the door buster Black Friday sales. The "door buster" sale is the one that runs from 5 am to noon on Friday. That is the reason why I was thinking of playing the buy-it-return-it-buy-it-back game.

I've done some more searching around and have found the TV set at both Circuit City and Wal-Mart for $300 less than Best Buy. Plus, both CC and WM will honor the Black Friday price difference, if any, for any purchases prior to Friday. Also, CC will match any competitor's price. Guess what I'm doing today?

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I love the coffee and donut idea!!!!
I will keep that in mind if I ever need to wait in one of those lines!
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My son worked at a Best Buy store for awhile. The employees got to purchase items at cost plus 5%, so it was easy to see their cost vs retail price. Believe me - Best Buy is a full markup retail store. They have publically announced that they are not interested in the price-sensitive shopper. A few sale prices may be a "loss leader" to generate traffic, but you have to know what you are doing because most still have a heavy margin built-in. Buy your things on the Internet and save!
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My son worked at a Best Buy store for awhile. The employees got to purchase items at cost plus 5%, so it was easy to see their cost vs retail price. Believe me - Best Buy is a full markup retail store. They have publically announced that they are not interested in the price-sensitive shopper. A few sale prices may be a "loss leader" to generate traffic, but you have to know what you are doing because most still have a heavy margin built-in. Buy your things on the Internet and save!
Hmmm...do I see a new part time job in my future???

Seriously, thanks for the insight. I am comparing costs in brick&mortar vs. internet and have found that when there is a brick&mortar sale, it comes close to matching the internet pricing when you factor in the additional shipping charge for internet sales. If the difference is around $100, I don't mind spend the extra $ at a brick&mortar because it is much easier to deal with returns/exchanges in a brick&mortar than it is with the internet.
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Often the shipping charges for an Internet purchase are offset by the avoidance of sales tax (6.5% in MN). Also, I have found that the Internet sites of the brick-and-mortar stores are not price competitive, and they charge sales tax. Ebay and the mom-and-pop places can be a better deal. I don't return many items (unless defective, which is rare) so that is not a big factor to me.
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Often the shipping charges for an Internet purchase are offset by the avoidance of sales tax (6.5% in MN).
Sales tax is not a concern for us as we buy in NH (no sales tax).
Also, MA features an annual tax-free shopping day.
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Where you gonna fit that 42" in the 17'er. That will leave you with less than14' to chase...... the dog around.
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I've done some more searching around and have found the TV set at both Circuit City and Wal-Mart for $300 less than Best Buy. Plus, both CC and WM will honor the Black Friday price difference, if any, for any purchases prior to Friday. Also, CC will match any competitor's price. Guess what I'm doing today?
Incorrect - WM Black Friday prices are good from 5am to 11am only. Prior purchases are excluded.

Some retail stores (not WM) also have their BF ad items online for purchase prior to BF, and without having to fight the crowds. I got my multi-position ladder from HD last year that way.
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