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Black Friday shopping

November 17, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Remember when Black Friday started maybe at 5 or 6 a.m.?

Sure it may have been still dark outside, and you look like you just rolled out of bed, put some shoes and a coat on and drove to the store (because that's what you essentially did), but it was the quest for the bargains that fueled you.

One of the greatest Black Friday bargains that I owned, but I didn't run out and get, was a buy one silk shirt at regular price and get the second one for a $1 or something like that. My aunt went to JC Penney's or Herberger's (I can't remember which store she went to) to buy these shirts for those who wanted them.

In the last few years, "Black Friday" has crept into Thursday, slowly but surely. I remember wanting to check out the deals at midnight Black Friday last year, but I wasn't brave enough (plus I heard about the parking).

So now Wal-Mart and Target are trying a new tactic - opening Thanksgiving evening. Wal-Mart will open its doors at 8 p.m.; Target at 9 p.m. According to an Associated Press article last week, those who are lined up inside a Wal-Mart between 10 p.m and 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving will be able to purchase the following items: an Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi for $399 plus a $74 Wal-Mart gift card; an Emerson 32-inch LCD TV for $148, down from the original $228; and an LG Blu-ray Disc player for $38, about half off the original price. Those are the big deals, folks. As for Target, its offerings include at 32- inch HDTV for $147, Xbox 360 Kinect bundle for $199.99 and a Nook Simple Touch E-Reader for $49. I paged through Target's Black Friday ad online. The only thing that stuck out for me was the latest Sherlock Holmes movie on DVD for $4.

But if you just want to start shopping early on Thanksgiving Day altogether, there's Shopko and Kmart. I remember running into not one, but two Shopkos in St. Cloud on Thanksgiving Day three years ago. My mission - to get whatever season of "House" was on sale for $14.99. Didn't find a copy. I think I ended up going to Target the next day and getting that particular DVD.

And although they claim they're not really into Black Friday shopping, my brother and Ross are the ones who will be more eager to check out the sales than I am. I remember one year that Ross went Black Friday shopping with my brother and I and got the first three seasons of both "Mad Men" and "Burn Notice" for $10 per season at Best Buy. And there's the garage door opener he got at Sears. We had to make a special trip to some store in Woodbury I forgot the name of for a can crusher. But we all agree that we aren't really crazy about the Black Friday traffic.



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