Black Friday

Like a lot of you, I’ve been focused on finding Black Friday deals today. Although I wasn’t willing to drag myself out at 4 AM, I did head off to Target around 7. The line was LONG, but moved fast. I also found most people to be friendly & in a good mood, so it was a pleasant experience, really, overall. After that, I went over to Bed, Bath & Beyond (20 percent off everything, before 10 AM) where I got some great gifts. That was it, though, for the in-store shopping, for me. The rest I plan to do online.

If you don’t know about this already, Amazon has had Black Friday deals all week, continuing today. New “lightning deals” start every 45 minutes or so; items do sell out. I bought one while I was standing in line at Target, via iPhone. There are some good deals — too many GPS devices, unless of course that’s what you’re looking for, but lots of other movies, housewares, etc. Still going the rest of the day — check it out.

For Barnes & Noble, spend $100 online, get a $10 gift card. Not a bad deal, if you’ve got some planned book purchases already. Other items, including DVDs and books, on sale but — to be frank — I found their offers in general to be very disappointing. Today especially, you’re likely to be able to find a better price on most of the items in B&N’s “holiday gift guide” somewhere else.

Updated to add: Barnes & Noble’s “hottest buy” this year, the Nook, not only hasn’t been released yet — even pre-orders taken now won’t be received until January 4th. The Kindle is currently in stock at Amazon.

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