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HookedUpStang's Guide to BF at Best Buy

HookedUpStang 1,023 October 10, 2007 at 09:01 AM
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Hey guys.. 11/21 UPDATED!!!
Last year was my first BF... great success... this year im looking for a bigger score. with bigger profits.. less cash spending.. and more fun!

I have put together this thread to share my experience and to help people on their first time out.. PLEASE DONT PUT BANTER HERE!

Last year I had spoke with 2 friends who were willing to skip thanksgiving, for a price.. that being said, one wanted a lappy (250 toshiba) and the other wanted some camcorder (225 i think)... I promised it to them...

They arrived at 1pm on thanksgiving with a tent(buy one and return it after!), and were the first there... I arrived at around 4pm and there were around 20 people behind them already...essentially killing the SD for anyone showing up later...keep a watchful eye on ANYONE who is "talking to a friend" especially if you are in front as the difference between the 10th and 11th guy in line is HUGE... people WILL attempt to cut.. be PRO-ACTIVE... squash their idea before it hatches!

I parked my car next to the tent infront of the store and was able to sit inside for most of the time and listen to music....

I wore layers, 3 pants and tops... (ny is cold, but yes i went to an NJ store and saved $500 in tax!)

A WARM possibility.... for us in the north http://products.desatech.com/prod...cts_id=393


There are some things you need to do BEFORE the madness begins...

At some point they will hand out tickets(3am), starting at the front of the line, one ticket for each of the door-busters, you can get 1 of each, but not 2 of 1...

There are many SDs that arent door-busters (a $15 mp3 player was a SCORE last yr, sold them all for $50, and there was no limit, i got around 20 of them)

THE SANSA MP3 PLAYERS WILL BE A GREAT RE-SELL PROFIT MAKER!!! GRAB AS MANY AS YOU CAN!!!

1. FLOOR PLAN -they will have some of the "grab-n-go" deals scattered, you need to know where to run to first, then 2nd.. and 3rd.... Its best if you have friends so you can split up and take everything...

2. STUDY-make sure you know all the deals, and their ebay value before you get to the store if you are planning on reselling

3. PLAN- plan on it being too long, too cold, and too boring.. bring plenty of stuff to keep yourself entertained, along with a tent, umbrella, poncho, calculator, multiple CC's, RUNNING SHOES, a cell phone, and water... NO COFFEE (it makes you poop and leave the line!) BRING A TENT.. setup EARLY... bring bottles to pee in like the Aviator... (idk what to tell you ladies out there) but having a friend with you is CLUTCH

4. TRAVEL- I live in NY, but i camp at a store in NJ where theres less competition, and the tax is 2% less, it saved me $480 bucks! (this year i will be staying on LONG ISLAND because of the lack of deals.. the tax stinks anyways tho)

ALSO.. THERE IS NO DELIVERY AVAILABLE ON DOOR BUSTERS.. so dont get excited and wait for a 50" plasma unless you can take it home yourself!



I will update this thread based upon my oppinions on the quality of BB BF deals as they come out... Just because its a doorbuster doesnt mean its cheaper than ebay...

quote Originally Posted by zohyeahz View Post
If you only want the items there are vouchers for (generally the best deals) I've found that you can just take your voucher, run to another less popular BF sale (like Big Lots or Macy's or something) and still get in on their deal before you have to be back at BB to redeem the voucher. The line is going to be 2 hours long by the time you've shopped for even 10 minutes and they usually have those darn "voucher" lines where you HAVE to use them, so might as well try to get in on another deal in the meantime.

I dont sugguest this zoh... a ticket doesnt mean anything, and if they sell your item, you are out of luck... try sending a complaint to mgt lol...

You MAY be able to kill 2 birds with one stone, but if you leave and get beat, well then you get nothing! In addition, the biggest profit margins i made were on NON-TICKETED items!


HERES WHAT IM BUYING.... I WILL GET AS MANY AS I CAN OF EACH...
Emachines Desktops
All Laptops
All Sandisk 2mb's
TomToms
22" monitors

I may pick up some others like...
Panasonic minidv for 150
Kodak 6mp cam with digital frame


its a much different game than last year... theres a LOT less stuff worth buying... but i know ill be able to trade tickets... remember to make friends on the line...Theres only 15 of the panny 42"s... people will want them... TRADE TRADE TRADE... get all the tickets you can...

DONT FORGET TO ASK IF STUFF WASNT PICKED UP!
They can sell it without tickets at around 11am i believe... i will update more... as i see fit..

ITS FINALLY HERE... AND LIKE LAST YR... IT WILL BE RAINING ON MY TENT!!! I wish i lived in warm weather...
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so what happens when you have to pee?
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Good info...and good question from freerob
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Quote from freerob View Post :
so what happens when you have to pee?
have one of your buddies save your spot in line and go pee! Huh

or there are adult diapers Dontknow your choice.
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Hmmm... I thought you said you went to Jersey in another thread.
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If you only want the items there are vouchers for (generally the best deals) I've found that you can just take your voucher, run to another less popular BF sale (like Big Lots or Macy's or something) and still get in on their deal before you have to be back at BB to redeem the voucher. The line is going to be 2 hours long by the time you've shopped for even 10 minutes and they usually have those darn "voucher" lines where you HAVE to use them, so might as well try to get in on another deal in the meantime.

It worked for me (Ah, small town America)- YMMV
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Quote from zohyeahz View Post :
If you only want the items there are vouchers for (generally the best deals) I've found that you can just take your voucher, run to another less popular BF sale (like Big Lots or Macy's or something) and still get in on their deal before you have to be back at BB to redeem the voucher. The line is going to be 2 hours long by the time you've shopped for even 10 minutes and they usually have those darn "voucher" lines where you HAVE to use them, so might as well try to get in on another deal in the meantime.
I went to an NJ store to save on tax...
I dont sugguest this zoh... a ticket doesnt mean anything, and if they sell your item, you are out of luck... try sending a complaint to mgt lol...

You MAY be able to kill 2 birds with one stone, but if you leave and get beat, well then you get nothing! In addition, the biggest profit margins i made were on NON-TICKETED items!
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Quote from HookedUpStang View Post :
I went to an NJ store to save on tax...
I dont sugguest this zoh... a ticket doesnt mean anything, and if they sell your item, you are out of luck... try sending a complaint to mgt lol...

You MAY be able to kill 2 birds with one stone, but if you leave and get beat, well then you get nothing! In addition, the biggest profit margins i made were on NON-TICKETED items!
I agree with this. Best deals I got in the past few years were non-ticketed small dollar items. But they usually do ticket the high $ ones.
Ex.:
DVD player $10 (-$10 reward GC @ Sears = FREE)
MP3 Player $1.99 @ Big Lots
Flash Drive $5 @ CC
Double Halogen worklight $9.99 @ Sears
Tons of DVD/CD-R's - Free AR
27" TV $66

How did I get deals at so many places? I combine a familial work (um slave) force with darting from one store to another. I work more on BF than all year long!
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#9
Last year was crazy.

ps3, wii and BF, all in two weeks. it was painful... and freezing for that matter
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any slick deals on tents? the easy ones ?

Quote from Caydensmom View Post :
have one of your buddies save your spot in line and go pee! Huh

or there are adult diapers Dontknow your choice.
actually no....once you get to know people around you, you scratch their back, they'll scratch yours. Especially it being thanksgiving....make sure you bring some form of weapons just in case someone tries something funny or threaten you.
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#11
I got to Best Buy at 4pm last year and didn't bring a tent. I did just fine too.
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Am I the only one who has a problem with these jokers profiting off Black Friday ?

It's you that makes this a nightmare for the average person who just wants a good deal.
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^^Well, i'm not one of those jokers. I got there at 4pm last year and didn't get my laptop that I was going to use for school. I am in college and need one.
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Am I the only one who has a problem with these jokers profiting off Black Friday ?

It's you that makes this a nightmare for the average person who just wants a good deal.
Average people don't deserve good deals. We put in the legwork the same as everyone else, so saddle up or stop complaining. You get the same exact profit we do, but we understand a thing called opportunity cost.
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For the people with concerns about the people making money off of Green Friday: I side with you for a certain reason...that reason being that some people only come to get gifts for other people, while you guys are grabbing each item off the shelves and making money off of it. Seems like the greed factor comes into play.

For those who don't have concerns: I side with you also because I see where you're coming from. An opportunity comes to get a flash drive for 5 bucks when its regularly $40 and you buy all 20 they have on the shelf...you spent $100 when you would have spent $800. So you save $700. Then you go sell those on eBay or elsewhere for $40 bucks, you just made $700 in profit. Great for you. Bad for those employed by retailers, myself included. Granted, we get discounts at that price every day, so its no need for us to rush. And if we did, tried to resell those items, got caught, we'd lose our jobs. Because that's ripping the company and customers off...

Too bad they don't let the lucky number get all 10 laptops they have on sale...the resell on that would be amazing.
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