Black Friday: The CultureMob Guide to Thanksgiving Shopping Madness

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Black Friday 2010
Black Friday 2010

Black Friday is not only traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season, it’s also one of the biggest events of the year. Love it or hate it, no sooner is the Thanksgiving table cleared than the thoughts of millions of Americans turn to making Black Friday plans.

Here at CultureMob, we always like to blatantly jump on the Black Friday bandwagon, because we’re nothing if not opportunistic traffic junkies willing to piggyback on mass interest in going out, even if it’s for a Black Friday shopping trip. (Notice how we’re repeating “Black Friday?” That’s because we don’t want any search engine to mistake this article for anything other than one about….Black Friday!)

So here it is: our little contribution to the world of sick mass consumerism, CultureMob’s third annual “Guide to Post-Thanksgiving Shopping Madness.”

NOTE: This will be updated all week as we have more to share.


By CultureMob Writers

Black Friday – Free Shipping at These Online Stores

If you’re Black Friday shopping online in 2010, these are the stores that are offering free shipping this year. Isn’t it nice to shop and save without leaving your home?

Black Friday Printable Coupons

Sure, all the major stores are offering great deals on merchandise for Black Friday, but some of them are only available if you have a coupon. Some of the deals just get better if you have a coupon. Print these coupons and bring them into the stores when you go shopping on Black Friday.

Black Friday Bargains at Los Angeles Thrift Stores: Goodwill, Salvation Army and More

Yes, the best Black Friday shopping bargains in Los Angeles can be found at thrift stores. Sure it’s one thing to save 50% off the latest thing-a-majig electronic at a traditional retail store, but I experienced shopping bliss last year when I discovered the Black Friday bargains at a Goodwill Thrift Store.

Black Friday Walmart Deals for LCD HDTVs

Black Friday this year is all about the HDTV deals, and Wal-Mart is going to either be the cheapest or close to it for the models they carry. So if you’re looking for an HDTV you probably should start there, then take a look at Amazon if you’re willing to buy online.

Finding Black Friday Deals: 5 tips for surviving the shopping frenzy

If you intend to head out into the cold this Black Friday in the hope of finding a basketful of bargains, then now is the time to give your strategy some thought. Every store from Best Buy to Macy’s will be offering plenty of deals to entice you in, but in these tough economic times it’s more important than ever to spend your dollars wisely.

Black Friday Deals Comparison: Wal-Mart vs. Target

There are a few questions most of us tend to ask about Black Friday, day-after- Thanksgiving sales: Wal-Mart or Target? LCD or plasma? 40 inch or 90 inch? Sony or Visio? Blackberry or i-Phone?

The Couch Potato’s Guide to Black Friday TV

I’ve never been a fan of Black Friday. On the day after Thanksgiving I’m always too hung over on carbs and tryptophan to manage more than a woozy walk from the kitchen to the living room. When it comes to braving the malls and finding adequate parking on Black Friday I happily leave the shoving and hoofing to the heartier members of my family. If you’re like me then you’ll be spending this Friday snuggled happily on the couch watching TV and here is sample of what TV land is offering us:…

Free Food on Black Friday

Just because you nearly ate your own weight on Thanksgiving, it doesn’t necessarily follow that you won’t want free food on Black Friday. You need to keep up your strength for all that bargain hunting, after all.

Black Friday Deals for the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers and Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers, are all having Black Friday deals for team merchandise. Look below to see what your favorite team is hosting.

Black Friday: My Philadelphia Sports Holiday Shopping List

With Black Friday coming up, everyone is gearing up to get that early shopping done. What I’m looking to get for the holidays are not gifts that can be picked up at 5AM from Best Buy, Target, or Wal-Mart. I’ve compiled my list for Santa (or in my case Hanukkah Harry). It’s everything I want for my Philadelphia sports teams and my enjoyment watching them.

Black Friday made easy: the best online deals this Thanksgiving

This year many online retailers have extended Black Friday to cover the entire Thanksgiving week, so you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to pick up a bargain. There are some impressive deals to be had just by sitting at home at your laptop or PC.

Black Friday Deals on Thanksgiving Day

You just finished a big turkey dinner and you’re feeling that familiar sleepy lull that comes right after the meal, what do you do? Go shopping of course! This year many retailers are offering Black Friday prices on Thanksgiving Day for online customers. Beat the crowds and get those deals early!

Black Friday DVD and Blu-Ray Deals: The Best Post Thanksgiving Movie Bargains

Black Friday is the best day of the year for movie buffs to find great deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays. Since most of the 2010 Black Friday ads have already leaked to the internet, we know that this year’s post Thanksgiving shopping spree will be no different. Based on the currently available ads, here are the best 2010 Black Friday DVD and Blu-Ray movie deals (my personal recommendations are marked with *).

Anti-Black Friday: Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Santa Ana November 28

The Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival travels back to its birthplace on Sunday, November 28th, near the historic original Orange County arts district. Handmade art and craft items are showcased by as many as 100 vendors in a creative extravaganza.

Black Friday and Current Deals for Book Lovers

Every year thousands of people set their alarms to go off before the sun rises in hopes of getting a good deal on Black Friday. This year will be no different! What’s so great that it would force someone to get up at 4:00 AM to stand in line for a store to open at 5:00 AM? Excellent prices on E-readers, books, and more!

Hottest Christmas Toys for 2010

You need to shop early for Christmas this year to get a hold of the hottest toys of 2010. These toys are so cool even adults will want to play with them. Parents, don’t be ashamed to ask for these for yourself – Santa will understand.

Best Children’s Movies to Buy for Christmas 2010

There is a wonderful selection of entertaining movies for children this Christmas season. If you long to hear that “squeal” of delight, then you will want to add these films under your tree.


Black Friday Sites

These sites aggregate deal information for you.


Black Friday News & Tips

Black Friday 2010’s dirty little secrets

Retail experts say the annual hype and hoopla that surrounds Black Friday also masks some nasty surprises. The most painful: The crushed hopes of hundreds of midnight shoppers, who camped outside for hours in the cold hoping to score a 40-inch LCD HDTV for under $500, only to later learn that the store had four in stock. But there are many more. Here’s a sampling of Black Friday secrets that CNNMoney.com has flagged for deal hunters…

Black Friday slowly gobbling up Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday has been creeping earlier and earlier every year. But this just may be the year that the term “day-after-Thanksgiving sale” becomes obsolete….The list of retailers open on Thanksgiving has grown this year to include Sears, Toys “R” Us, (opening at 10 p.m.), and most Walmarts.

Planning brings greater success at Black Friday hunt

Got a Black Friday shopping strategy? If not, you’re likely to waste a lot of time and effort on the madcap day after Thanksgiving. And you’ll probably miss out on some fantastic deals too, experts say.

Some 79 million Americans shopped on Black Friday last year, and one in three Black Friday shoppers were at a store by 5 a.m., according to the National Retail Federation.

Here are some tips and strategies for making the most of your Black Friday shopping and scoring killer deals on what is often the busiest shopping day of the year.

Black Friday Week – Retail Preview

Wal-Mart is counting on strong Black Friday sales in order to meet earnings expectations for the year….Most other retailers are tightening margins within an inch of their lives and opening hours before dawn on Friday to allow customers to take advantage of heavily discounted items.

Shopping for Deals Before, After, and Even During Thanksgiving Dinner

Having been burned in the past by deals and specials that weren’t all that special, consumers have little reason to believe that they’ll actually find the best prices on Black Friday or any particular day. Consumers are confused and sick of the hype, and it looks like they’re just not buying into Black Friday like they did not long ago.


Random and Gratuitous Black Friday Shopping Links

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