Skillet9886 wrote:Probably a question that has variable answers based on geography, but I wanted to get a few opinions. I have done early morning BF shopping at Walmart/Target/Best Buy, etc. for the past 8-10 years, but have never done a Thanksgiving evening or afternoon trip. I really have my eye on Walmart's Bissell Powersteamer for $76, so am tentatively planning to head over there sometimes Thursday. Having not done an 8PM sale, I am not sure how much in advance to get to the store. Do you guys have any wisdom? I don't want to skip out on too much family time, but I don't want to end up empty-handed for BF because all the big sales are starting Thursday night...
For a smaller ticket item like the Bissel I'd go at 5pm and see if the pallet is already on the floor. I've snuck things into my cart and covered them with coats and staged my cart near the checkouts twenty minutes before the sale begins to be out the door by five after. Naturally each store is different. Some have employees hawking the pallets and other have associates wandering around more lost than shoppers.
Last year the hawked smaller items were the DVD's and people huddled around the ones they could see two hours before the shrink wrap was cut. That one was a feeding frenzy while other items were orderly (especially if the quantities were plentiful and not in high demand (like your steamer).
Hope this helps; happy shopping.