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Friday, November 24, 2006

Black Friday

I'm sleeping in.

Avoiding the lines.

and the crowds.

and the madness.


Cause the wife and I finished our shopping already. Or, at least we finished our retail shopping, we might make a few internet purchases still.

But the point of this post is to rub our holiday toy buying experience in your face.

We went to Target Wednsday evening. Got there at 8:00 pm. Probably half a dozen customers in the store.

ALL the toy shelves were stocked, full.
ALL the toys we were hoping to buy were there, in stock.
The line to check out was . . . there was no line. We walked up and had our choice of 1/2 dozen open check out lines. No wait. At all.

Then we went to Toys R Us to pick up two more items. Got there at 9:15 - 15 minutes before they closed. Walked to the appropriate sections, with a fully stocked store before us, picked up the approrpiate toys, and made our way out.

Total time in at Toys R Us (Hell) - 12 minutes.
Total time holiday shopping at retail - under 2 hours.
Gifts we couldn't find - zero


Like I said, I am sleeping in for black friday.

Only store I'll hit is Dicks - I have a 50% off ammo (limit of 6 bboxes) coupon for tomorrow. I figure - with the current high ammo prices - its worth at least $30.


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