Website Tracks Black Friday Deals

The website BlackFriday.info tracks post-Thanksgiving sales ads as they’re posted and leaked, giving you one-stop shopping to find out what deals will be worth elbowing strangers in the face for.

Some of the recent additions include Radio Shack and Toys R Us.

While we’re on the topic, why or why not do you find braving the Black Friday crowds worth it?

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(Photo: Beth Rankin)

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  1. morganlh85 says:

    I love Black Friday shopping, not only to get good deals, but because I love all the hooplah! Nothing brightens your day like crazy shoppers.

    It also helps that my birthday is during Thanksgiving week, so I always have some birthday cash to spend…on myself!

  2. burnedout says:

    I hate crowds and I was required by my job(s) to work Thanksgiving weekend for 10 years of retail hell. Nope. Not leaving my family, house, cozy fire and leftovers for ANYTHING that weekend. I’d even think twice if the house was burning down. I love Thanksgiving, but I HATE Thanksgiving shoppers. I’ll take advantage of the sales online and get the free shipping and gift wrap!

    • milk says:

      @burnedout: My father used to be a store director at Toys R Us. He’d have to be there around 2-3AM on BF, and we wouldn’t see him again until after inventory in February. I’m sure your family’s happy to have you back. :)

    • Karita says:

      @burnedout: Same. After years of retail work, I avoid all retail stores from Thanksgiving through New Years. I’m not exaggerating. There is nothing that can tempt me enough to force myself to deal with that teeming mass of unpleasant humanity, and the godawful traffic around all the shopping areas.

      I’ve done all my Christmas shopping online for a number of years now, and I don’t feel that I’ve missed out on any good deals. I usually get unique little things anyway, or cool stuff from Think Geek.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Braving the Black Friday crowds is only worth it if you’re:

    a) relatively young, in good health, and are pretty tough (toughness is not based on physical attributes)
    b) camping out with a cheerful companion
    c) camping out near a good variety of restaurants within walking distance (one stays, the other brings back kung pao chicken)
    d) waiting in a line of mostly good-natured people (suburbian Best Buys are generally safe, suburbian Wal-Marts are not)
    e) there is something that is set at a price in which you will never reasonably see for the rest of that product’s realistic shelf life/popularity (you will probably see the Beatles box set, which is $180 on Amazon, for $90 in five years, but do you want it now or in five years?)
    f) you want something that most of the people in line are not aiming to get (increasing your chances of success)

    • merely_a_muse says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: F is a HUGE BF factor.

      I remember one year my sister wanted a wine fridge from Best Buy, we got there pretty early but the line had already snaked around the building & beyond. But everyone else in line there wanted a TV or an XBox or the like so we were able to get in & get a smokin deal on that thing.

      • formatc says:

        @merely_a_muse: My friends and I have gone every year for about 6 years now, and most years we aren’t looking for anything in particular. We just go for an excuse to stay up all night, get diner breakfast at 1am, go to the store, and hang out in line. This year will be interesting, because we’ve always gone to Circuit City, and Best Buy is way too chaotic. We may end up camping at Staples for no reason next week.

    • techgoddess: Only .002 cents per byte says:

      @pecan 3.14159265: Maybe point F should be point A.

      That being said, if you’re going to camp out at Best Buy, camping out at the bigger stores will net you a better chance of getting the Doorbuster deals. I was 15th in line last year and I got both of the cheap laptops.

      I’m not doing it this year because it’s gotten too dangerous (I live in Houston and someone got tasered at the Galleria BB and there was rampant cutting in line) and the deals this year aren’t good. This year, it’s Thanksgiving at my boyfriend’s house.

  4. revmatty says:

    I love Black Friday! It’s almost as good as the Superbowl for getting all the crowds to stay away from the Zoo/Botanical Gardens/Science Center etc, making those places much more enjoyable for me and my family.

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    If you are not actually there be a madness-driven shopper, it IS rather entertaining to watch everyone.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      @Loias: Last year, we drove by Best Buy and there was already a line of people snaking around the side of the store. It was about 30 degrees outside, and they were all bundled up and still shivering. I admit that we laughed.

    • Outrun1986 says:

      @Loias: Yeah I agree its really entertaining. 2006 was the best though when you had people lined up at walmart at 3pm 2 days before the Nintendo Wii released trying to get one. I am sorry but NOTHING is worth sitting out in the cold for a couple days to get.

  6. humphrmi says:

    This is a website I’ve used in the past to track Black Friday deals: [blackfriday.gottadeal.com] . Not that I do that anymore.

  7. jayphat says:

    bfads.net is a fairly popular one I have been using since 05′ or ’06, can’t remember which.

  8. ponycyndi says:

    My top 3 most-hated things about shopping:

    #1. Big-box stores (Walmart at the top of that list)
    #2. Crowds
    #3. Waking up early
    #4. Insane people stampeding to save .15

    So that pretty much sums up why I don’t do BF, EVER.

  9. Moosehawk says:

    Actually thanks to blackfriday.info I just recently scored myself a good pre-bf deal on a tv at newegg. especially considering the tv deals are looking dry this black friday

  10. almightytora says:

    Looks like a few stores have already asked the website to remove their Black Friday ad from the site.

  11. coan_net says:

    My wife loves it. I actually get a sheet ready with all the deals, stores, open times – and she & her friend go.

    They take walky-talkies to talk to each other while in the store – so they can cover twice as much ground.

    Also on my list is a list of people we need to buy gifts for so if something that is not on the list pop’s up, she can get that also. We can get most of our Christmas shopping done then.

    Last year I have a few things I wanted also. I actually got EVERYTHING on my list by 3:00am Friday morning online as the deals went live on websites (some from stores which are not around us… since we don’t live close to any “BIG” cities to be able to find all the stores.

  12. riroon says:

    I HATE Black Friday… hate the fact that more and more stores are open Thanksgiving even worse.

    1. Christmas is a holiday to celebrate Christ’s birth — the peace-on-earth, goodwill towards men guy, remember? To kick off the season celebrating his birth with parking lot fights, aisle scuffles, wrestling over sweaters, cursing out people you don’t even know over a toy, etc., just isn’t worth it. Commerce is part of the celebration, and crowds come with that. I’m not saying let’s all go Quaker here. But the sheer insanity (and not in a good way) of Black Friday shopping seems to be the total opposite of what the holiday is to represent.

    It doesn’t help that many stores, who’s yearly legers depend on the success of BF won’t even mention the ‘C’ word. (I’m looking at you, Best Buy).

    2/ The Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping event has gotten way out of hand. I can’t stand the fact that stores that used to open two hours early for the big day began pushing back to the middle of the night and now Thanksgiving Day. The workers — who will be well-overworked in the next month — deserve time with their families and loved ones as much as their managers and stockholders who will be with theirs during that time.

  13. sprocket79 says:

    I love Black Friday. I am totally camping out in front of Target this year – for the 3rd year running.

    I used to do Best Buy, but people got insane and started lining up a day in advance. I’m crazy, but not THAT crazy.

    Here’s to hoping most of the deals are found online and I can get most of it without leaving my house.

  14. utensil42 says:

    @squinko: I also recommend stocking up on needles (hand or machine), pins, and thread if you sew frequently. Those suckers can get expensive, but if you buy them when they’re 2-for-1 and apply a coupon on top of that, you’re golden.

  15. CamilleR says:

    @squinko: My worst Black Friday experience ever was going to Joann’s with my Mom and sister. Long line for the cutting counter followed by another long line at the register. And this particular Joann has the cutting counter right behind the registers meaning it was hard to find the end of the line and the lines for the two areas kept getting mixed together.

  16. the dodo, the cuckoo, and the nene says:

    @melking: I did the Gap Give & GIft sale online. You get the same deal with a better selection (at least for me-they have many more smaller sizes for shorter people), free shipping, & a choice of 5 different stores. (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime, and Athleta) I don’t enjoy large crowds or wading through piles of clothes. Plus, if something doesn’t fit, you can return it to a store.

  17. YardanCabaret says:

    @squinko: Maybe not the Spanish Inquisition perhaps the caretakers of the Holy Hand-grenade? Or both?