Winners and Losers

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby sportymonkey » Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:08 pm

Winners:
Under Armour. I scored a compression shirt that is regularly $80 for 20 bucks. Double points for them still honoring their 20% off store-wide flash sale an hour later. ( Didn't realize I was in the store for that long and had asked and they didn't even flinch when honoring it).
Lids: Yeah another silly one. Since my youngest son was so good walking around the outdoor outlet malls in 31 degree weather and behaving he got to get a hat that he liked. The hat was supposed to come up as 20 but they had a glitch in the computer. While standing there waiting the cashier just looked at him and said, " Since you are a patient little guy ( he's 7), I will just make it 5 bucks and it's yours." That made his and our day.

Toys R US half and half- We were 63rd in line. We got in and could not find some items but was no big deal. The one thing that makes it nay was that we got told yes that legos were 40% off and then no by other employees. None of the ones that I was going to purchase for a friend wrong up as 40% and really did not want to sit there and hassle with the already pissed off cashier. They do get huge brownie points for giving out a goodie bag and bottled water to the first 100 though. It had some really good stuff in it to my 4 kids' eyes. There were 2 motorized xiau xiau ( like littlest pet shop) pets, crayons and coloring book, star wars lego battlestar fighter plane, little collectible nicknacks, candy, and some coupons.

Looser: Old Navy again. We got there later after we went to Macy's. Getting into the store and moving around was great. However we stood in line to check out for just shy of 2hrs. I finally had seen the reason when we got up there. Not only were they asking if we wanted to open up 2 different things like cc and mailing lists but they had a pre stop where it took forever to just get the security tags off. I felt sorry for her bc she was probably new but geez it took forever.

Walmart- Not really bc of sales or anything of that nature. It was more due to the police officer whom thought he was tough shyt and just waiting to get the chance to pepper spray someone. We were waiting for the 8g sd cards at the 2nd wave. He kept yelling for everyone to squish closer as if we couldn't hear. Well some out of country peeps were trying to grab at the gps in the pallet. They finally made them stand 5 ft back. But after unwrapping them with only a minute to go all hell broke loose. He warned everyone that he would spray if anyone touched them until 10. One guy who didn't speak english ran through the aisle grabbed one and ran away. As the officer was yelling, cursing, squeaking his horn; the other non english speaking peeps crept up and started pulling them off. At that point all you could hear was him yelling " Get the F back" and alot of screaming. I just looked at my friend and said the H with this and took one of the cards and got away. The officer peppered a couple of ppl but we were out of that area by the time it started to get near us. Thankfully it wasn't too bad.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby caravaggio » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:00 am

Loser:
Walmart. Their ad had the wrong Monster High doll pictured so they didn't have a single one in store. As soon as I saw there weren't any on the pallet I left the store.
Me. Went too late to Toys R Us so they were out of what I wanted and were apparently out QUICKLY.

Winner:
Target: Had the xbox live cards (ran up wrong but with the ad they quickly fixed it) AND the harddrive I wanted so I can return the one I bought before the holiday.
Kohls: Had something I bought earlier for cheaper, Kohls charge card so I will return the older stuff. Saved at least 30 dollars before mark down.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby Marcus29fan » Sat Nov 24, 2012 1:09 am

Losers... WALMART. When are they going to learn that a bunch of idiots are going to storm the video game pallets thirty minutes before the designated time? This year I witnessed an 8-yr old or so girl get trampled. Hey Walmart, try selling some online like Best Buy and Amazon so we don't have to act like animals and how about setting up an area and allowing two in at a time and limiting to one per customer?

Winner....BEST BUY. Orderly, had a lot of stock. Got my three LED's and X box live card.
Also winner to AAA for giving me a jump when my car died in the parking lot!!! lol

Winner to Target for again being organized and orderly on the checkouts and for passing out free samples of what we all really need after being around a bunch of infected people, C-packs filled with vitamin C and other energy boosters.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby steffj89 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:18 am

Online-
Winners--
It is a draw between BB and sams. Even though both sites hung up and crashed once the process was able to complete it was mostly painless....LOL

Losers--
Again its a DRAW, Target and Sears both advertised their member only pre sale like they were going to be the second coming and instead it was only a glitch....neither of them had most of the good stuff even available....though they probably thought they won, because by making it seem like these are special deals they will convince some who are soooo excited to shop that these are the deals they might not get otherwise....


In Store--Bath and Body Works and VS both had tons of staff, who knew their stuff, shopping bags, samples and awesome goody bags and quick check outs....

Wal mart- for playing on that OK law We didn't step foot in there until late today. everything that i would have gotten last night was still there....huge pallet of 38$ blu ray players
Target still has check out issues....cannot for the life of me figure out why they can't create a better check out system after all these years....oh wait....they had a better one 3 years ago and for some reason decided it didnt work and went to this crap.

Also wondering if ON's bizarre timing etc this year didn't hurt them. it was virtually empty every time I was in there....4 times over 24 hours...they were open all day thurs, closed from 7-midnight and then reopened??
just really odd....
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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby kowen » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:36 am

sportymonkey wrote:Winners:
Under Armour. I scored a compression shirt that is regularly $80 for 20 bucks. Double points for them still honoring their 20% off store-wide flash sale an hour later. ( Didn't realize I was in the store for that long and had asked and they didn't even flinch when honoring it).
Lids: Yeah another silly one. Since my youngest son was so good walking around the outdoor outlet malls in 31 degree weather and behaving he got to get a hat that he liked. The hat was supposed to come up as 20 but they had a glitch in the computer. While standing there waiting the cashier just looked at him and said, " Since you are a patient little guy ( he's 7), I will just make it 5 bucks and it's yours." That made his and our day.

Toys R US half and half- We were 63rd in line. We got in and could not find some items but was no big deal. The one thing that makes it nay was that we got told yes that legos were 40% off and then no by other employees. None of the ones that I was going to purchase for a friend wrong up as 40% and really did not want to sit there and hassle with the already pissed off cashier. They do get huge brownie points for giving out a goodie bag and bottled water to the first 100 though. It had some really good stuff in it to my 4 kids' eyes. There were 2 motorized xiau xiau ( like littlest pet shop) pets, crayons and coloring book, star wars lego battlestar fighter plane, little collectible nicknacks, candy, and some coupons.

Looser: Old Navy again. We got there later after we went to Macy's. Getting into the store and moving around was great. However we stood in line to check out for just shy of 2hrs. I finally had seen the reason when we got up there. Not only were they asking if we wanted to open up 2 different things like cc and mailing lists but they had a pre stop where it took forever to just get the security tags off. I felt sorry for her bc she was probably new but geez it took forever.

Walmart- Not really bc of sales or anything of that nature. It was more due to the police officer whom thought he was tough shyt and just waiting to get the chance to pepper spray someone. We were waiting for the 8g sd cards at the 2nd wave. He kept yelling for everyone to squish closer as if we couldn't hear. Well some out of country peeps were trying to grab at the gps in the pallet. They finally made them stand 5 ft back. But after unwrapping them with only a minute to go all hell broke loose. He warned everyone that he would spray if anyone touched them until 10. One guy who didn't speak english ran through the aisle grabbed one and ran away. As the officer was yelling, cursing, squeaking his horn; the other non english speaking peeps crept up and started pulling them off. At that point all you could hear was him yelling " Get the F back" and alot of screaming. I just looked at my friend and said the H with this and took one of the cards and got away. The officer peppered a couple of ppl but we were out of that area by the time it started to get near us. Thankfully it wasn't too bad.




Which Wal-mart did you go to? I heard someone at the Southport Wal-mart was tazed near the GPS area.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby kowen » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:42 am

Winner: Wal-mart- I got almost everything I wanted. It wasn't as crowded as years past either. Although I don't like the earlier start times.

Target- We were towards the back of the line to get in, and we still got everything we wanted. We were in and out of there in less than a half hour.

Losers: Kohls- Line was wrapped around the store and back to the front when we went there an hour and a half after opening. We didn't wait, and decided to come back later. Went back at 4, and still had to wait an hour to checkout.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby MegaBlue » Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:56 am

Even though I managed to get a tablet, Kmart was a loser for the Thanksgiving Day event. EVERYTHING that was supposed to be on sale was ringing up improperly, which prompted every single one of the five cashiers to have to get the poor floor supervisor to come to their registers - one by one - to do overrides for them. That poor girl!

I heard that the local Walmart was a zoo with a crowd that, as the cashier put it last night, seemed to look like the entire city population had shown up. That surprises me, considering that the store is under heavy renovation right now to expand it into a supercenter. I had thought that everyone would visit the other three locations in the county - Lorain, Elyria, and Oberlin, OH - but if that many people were at ours, I can only imagine how horrible the crowd was at the other locations. They did still have quite a few of certain doorbuster items left - apparently, nobody wanted the $5 memory foam bath mats or "Breaking Dawn, part 1" on DVD, to say nothing of the 5 Xbox/Skylander sets and about 15-20 Wii consoles sitting in the middle of the store - so it looked to be hit-or-miss. I didn't even go to Walmart until last night, and that was just to see what was left.

Other than that, there wasn't really that much out there. I think next year's going to be better. The Wii-U should make its appearance in everyone's ads, so that will draw the crowds.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby CrazyTrain » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:56 pm

Winner.... Target. Organized lines, let people in in groups. Handed out maps and energy bars. Plenty of stock. Electronics area was organized. Checkout quick.

Runner up... Toys R Us. The employees were the most helpful - one even went to search for a toy for me. quick organized check out.

Losers... Bath and Body Works for their pushy employees

Kohls... no control, horrid confusing lines, low stock.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby tlwg04 » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:16 pm

Losers Extraordinaires: Any retailer that opened their doors before 12am. It's called BLACK FRIDAY, not BLACK THURSDAY. In 2 more years, no one will bother to close at all. :roll: I blame KMART for this foolishness.
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Sears: for having 7 outdoor entrances and 2 mall entrances, but only posting on ONE DOOR that tickets were being given out 2 hours in advance...AND ONLY HAVING 4 TVS IN STOCK. Because of this, many fights broke out, some people were trampled in the mad dash to electronics, and 100's were angry. My first year at Sears---and my last.

Loser: Walmart. Mob mentalities, the two guys walking around trying to sell Iron Bowl tickets for $150 per ticket, the fact that NO EMPLOYEES knew where ANYTHING was (!!!!), the staggered times designed to keep you in the store, the backed up check out lines because no registers started working until WEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL after the 8 pm sell---so now the 10pm check out lines were practically back to electronics, and the fact that tickets for the big items were giving out completely 4 hours BEFORE the sale started. Seems like the sale started at 5, not 8. :roll: :evil:

Loser: Target for not having anything good this year. They are usually my first stop---this year, i went there during the lull while waiting for JCP to open at 6, and still got the keyboard that i wanted.

Loser: Belk for the complete brawl in the shoe department. An old woman was trapped in the melee by a section of boots,and another woman slugged her in the face because she wasnt moving out of the way fast enough. I later saw her being escorted to the police car. It was complete savagery in that store, and the check out process was horrendously long.

Winner: my 16 yo who wanted to experience BF for the first time, and being a trooper. I love she!

Winner: JCPenney's for having a decent amount of $10 jeans, and other goodies on sale. The pins arent as fab as the globes, but i like the idea of possibly winning a prize!

Winner: the guy who was waiting in line behind me for a laptop. neither of us had a ticket, but one was left over. He got to it before I did, and gave it to me when he saw the look of sadness on my face. A complete hero to me....I was sorry to see his pregnant wife berate him to death as they walked away.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby sportymonkey » Sun Nov 25, 2012 3:19 pm

kowen wrote:
sportymonkey wrote:Winners:
Under Armour. I scored a compression shirt that is regularly $80 for 20 bucks. Double points for them still honoring their 20% off store-wide flash sale an hour later. ( Didn't realize I was in the store for that long and had asked and they didn't even flinch when honoring it).
Lids: Yeah another silly one. Since my youngest son was so good walking around the outdoor outlet malls in 31 degree weather and behaving he got to get a hat that he liked. The hat was supposed to come up as 20 but they had a glitch in the computer. While standing there waiting the cashier just looked at him and said, " Since you are a patient little guy ( he's 7), I will just make it 5 bucks and it's yours." That made his and our day.

Toys R US half and half- We were 63rd in line. We got in and could not find some items but was no big deal. The one thing that makes it nay was that we got told yes that legos were 40% off and then no by other employees. None of the ones that I was going to purchase for a friend wrong up as 40% and really did not want to sit there and hassle with the already pissed off cashier. They do get huge brownie points for giving out a goodie bag and bottled water to the first 100 though. It had some really good stuff in it to my 4 kids' eyes. There were 2 motorized xiau xiau ( like littlest pet shop) pets, crayons and coloring book, star wars lego battlestar fighter plane, little collectible nicknacks, candy, and some coupons.

Looser: Old Navy again. We got there later after we went to Macy's. Getting into the store and moving around was great. However we stood in line to check out for just shy of 2hrs. I finally had seen the reason when we got up there. Not only were they asking if we wanted to open up 2 different things like cc and mailing lists but they had a pre stop where it took forever to just get the security tags off. I felt sorry for her bc she was probably new but geez it took forever.

Walmart- Not really bc of sales or anything of that nature. It was more due to the police officer whom thought he was tough shyt and just waiting to get the chance to pepper spray someone. We were waiting for the 8g sd cards at the 2nd wave. He kept yelling for everyone to squish closer as if we couldn't hear. Well some out of country peeps were trying to grab at the gps in the pallet. They finally made them stand 5 ft back. But after unwrapping them with only a minute to go all hell broke loose. He warned everyone that he would spray if anyone touched them until 10. One guy who didn't speak english ran through the aisle grabbed one and ran away. As the officer was yelling, cursing, squeaking his horn; the other non english speaking peeps crept up and started pulling them off. At that point all you could hear was him yelling " Get the F back" and alot of screaming. I just looked at my friend and said the H with this and took one of the cards and got away. The officer peppered a couple of ppl but we were out of that area by the time it started to get near us. Thankfully it wasn't too bad.




Which Wal-mart did you go to? I heard someone at the Southport Wal-mart was tazed near the GPS area.



LOL! Wow it gets twisted really quick. It was the southport Walmart on 31. But no one got tazered unless later on they did. The cop was looking for someone to go ape nuts on. He just pepper sprayed the whole gps pallet instead. I've not looked on youtube yet and wonder if out of all those hundreds of people recording if one of them decided to post it there. Hmm, on a mission.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby maintain242001 » Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:16 pm

For me everything went well except Sears online....its been a complete failure for many since last Sundays pre sale.....they owe a lot of people refunds and arent in a hurry to do anything about it

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby bfaddict » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:03 pm

Winner - everywhere i was able to get that i wanted to thursday night
Walmart, Target, Younkers, Bath and Body works, Best Buy (for being out at 6pm Thurs until 4am Friday that sure doesn't seem like much lol)

Loser - JCP for not opening at midnight with the mall

Big winner - target.com for letting me order all my big items thursday morning and i should get most of the stuff on tuesday!

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby HighwayForFriday » Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:04 pm

Online

Winners: Amazon and Kohls. Both were a breeze for checkout and to find the products I needed including the lightning deal laptop from Amazon which I'm using to type this message! [Saturday Shipping :wink: ] Not to forget Kohls coupon + my ability to use my Kohls Cash.

Losers: Sears for not being honest about putting up items which were SUPPOSED to be online. *cough* Toshiba 50" TV! *cough*
HighwayForFriday??? On Black Friday you gotta make a run to the nearest highway for your favorite deals duh!

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby bfaddict » Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:46 pm

walmart was seriously allowing security guards to pepper spray people who touched the items early??? OMG.
talk about a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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Re: Winners and Losers

Postby BeachGirlShops » Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:45 pm

After all my frustration with Home Depot pulling their ad, their sale was the best. They had plenty of doorbuster items in stock, tons of employees that were smiling and helpful (unlike the Walmart & Target crew), they started on time, had it well organized with dougnuts and coffee to boot. Job well done.

Target was total chaos. Long, long lines. Nothing really good that I needed/wanted anyway.

Kmart's Thanksgiving day sale here was a joke. Yeah, I should have know better! Oh well.

I love BF! I cannot wait until next year.


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