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Ask Slashdot: Top Black Friday Tech Picks? 189

theodp writes "Take a gander at the 2013 Black Friday ads and your head will be spinning with deals that seem too good to be true. And while the WSJ will try to slap you back to reality with a story on The Dirty Secret of Black Friday 'Discounts', it's still hard not to get jazzed over the prospect of picking up an iPad Mini w/$100 gift card for $299 (Walmart), a 16GB Nexus 7 for $199 (Staples), or a 32GB Microsoft Surface for $199.99 (Best Buy). So, if you're playing the game this year — either online or in-person (hey, what could go wrong?), — what are your top tech picks for Black Friday? Any strategy for improving your odds of getting them?"
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    "Black Friday" is ridiculous, refuse to buy anything on Friday.

    • Spent Thursday with friends. We had a US-style turkey dinner (well, veggies for me) at church at lunchtime, hung out for the afternoon, went to Korean BBQ for dinner, and on the way there we saw people waiting in line at Best Buy.

      Ok, going to restaurants technically counts as "buying things", but we didn't actually do that Friday.

  • Don't! (Score:5, Informative)

    by EMG at MU ( 1194965 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @06:47PM (#45543719)
    You don't have to buy anything!

    Don't stress out, don't skip spending time with your family and friends, don't become part of a violent mob.

    You don't have to. You aren't defined by your possessions.
    • Re:Don't! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by PolygamousRanchKid ( 1290638 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @06:52PM (#45543779)

      Don't stress out, don't skip spending time with your family and friends, don't become part of a violent mob.

      . . . spending time with my family and friends is becoming a part of a violent mob . . .

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward insensitive clod!

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        I was going to write up a sound and reasonable comment on why you shouldn't bother, but hell, I'm not American and I can hardly wait for this seasons Youtube videos of rabid American black friday consumer addicts. As the protesters like to say "the rest of the world is watching" but this time they are just laughing at the lemmings.

        • It is kind of sad. I saw a news report of a guy on Monday setting up his tent outside his local Walmart so he would be one of the first in line (yes, there were people in front of him) for the $99 TVs. It's a good deal from what I saw but to stand in line for 3 days just to get it??? And the stores are getting even worse since Walmart and others are opening up on Thanksgiving day to rake in the early money. The sad thing is that those unbelievable deals tend to be in very limited quantities so most of the
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      “I see in the fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars, advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of the history man, no purpose or place, we have no Great war, no Great depression, our great war is a spiritual war, our great depression is our lives, we've been all

    • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) *

      Our Black Friday will be driving out to the middle of nowhere for the long weekend, looking out at the night sky, and freezing our keisters off.

    • Are you trying to suggest that after the first Thanksgiving that the pilgrims and native Americans didn't jump in the car to go stand in line at the local Wal-Mart, where people work for sub-poverty level wages and all the products are made for people who make less than 1/4 of that?

      I don't think that's right. I'm pretty sure those pilgrims were big fans of the door-busters. That's what the big hats were for, so you could butt aside all the smelly fat people grasping with their greasy hands for cheaply-mad

    • by Optali ( 809880 )

      How are you going to have fun without being part of a violent mob?
      boooooring :P

  • Buy buy buy! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @06:48PM (#45543725)

    Consume, you fucking motherfucker, consume! Buy that shit, we don't care if you don't need it, buy buy buy!

    • I'm sorry I can't remember where I read this, probably imgur, but I saw a funny remark:

      It's positively American to celebrate one day giving thanks for what we have, and then follow it up with trampling your neighbours to get more things.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    There's a reason shops price at, say, $299.99... people tend to feel that's closer to $200 than to $300.

    So make it a habit to tell yourself "that is practically $300", then deal with it as if it was $300. Which it is. You can save up the last cent for your retirement, see if you'll retire rich.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    is to not share my strategy on Slashdot.

  • Invariably, the shit that is on sale on "Black Friday" is also shit that nobody really needs. I ain't buying anything on "Black Friday".
  • Poor people problems. I'll get my mini giraffes online and not have to deal with that mob.
  • by CronoCloud ( 590650 ) <[moc.liamg] [ta] [noruaduolconorc]> on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @07:02PM (#45543881)

    Pro shoppers do not shop on Black Friday. It's crowded, noisy, simply annoying...wait and shop when it's less busy. Yes you miss out on some loss-leaders, but don't give into the hype, you will enjoy your Christmas better.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Some of us don't even aspire to be a "pro shopper." Black Friday and Every Other Friday, I've usually got something more interesting to work on than honing my shopping skills to the professional level. I can't be the best at everything in life --- I'm fine with being just a reasonably competent shopper, and making up for it by being a bit more "pro" in other areas.

  • I do all of my shopping online, so I'm not buying anything on Friday regardless of how cheap it is or how badly I want it. I'm going to wait for Cyber Monday!

  • So yeah, I bought a 3TB drive from Best Buy today for archival purposes, not caring less if they put it on sale Friday, and I noticed a tent — a god damned tent — just outside the entrance. Some fuckwit is actually camping outside a Best Buy to be first in line.

    There will be a reckoning. Keep printing Ben; lets make this implosion every inch of whatever it is they mean by `American Exceptionalism.'

    Happy Holidays.

    • let's hear it for American Exceptionalism... []

    • Righties have been making the same prediction since the very first administration when Alexander Hamilton assumed the states' war debts, and started the United States Bank. And yet grandkids have always had a higher standard of living than their grandparents. Maybe it's time to challenge your faith in your feudal economic theories?

      • I really REALLY doubt that my nephews are ever gonna have the standard of living that my father has. Then again, he started working at IBM in 1956.... And they're now college graduates who can't find jobs.

        • by n7ytd ( 230708 )

          My grandfather dropped out of high school to work his entire adult life in a phosphorus mine while farming on the side to make ends meet. He never traveled more than 1,000 miles from the place he was born, and died before 60 due to lung disease.

          I work in a climate controlled office. My wife and I are taking our kids on vacation next week, we thought it would be fun for them to ride on an airplane for the first time, and Disneyland seemed like a good place.

          I feel like a lazy shit whenever I think about how

  • by asmkm22 ( 1902712 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @07:18PM (#45543995)

    Black Friday represents everything about America that the Terrorists hate, so help fight Terrorism by fighting your neighbors over a $300 TV. And remember to report any suspiciously non-American activity to the proper authorities, such as Fox News.

    • Black Friday represents everything about America that the Terrorists hate, so help fight Terrorism by fighting your neighbors over a $300 TV.

      $300?!?!? Pffft... try $98 bucks! [] Them's fighting' words!

      • I guess that tells you how long it's been since I bought a TV...

        • Re: (Score:2, Flamebait)

          CHAPEL HILL, NC -- Area resident asmkm22 does not own a television, a fact he repeatedly points out to friends, family, and coworkers -- as well as to his mailman, neighborhood convenience-store clerks, and the man who cleans the hallways in his apartment building.

          asmkm22, who tells as many people as possible that he is "fully weaned off the glass teat."

          "I, personally, would rather spend my time doing something useful than watch television," asmkm22 told a random woman Monday at the Suds 'N' Duds Laundr

  • by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @07:28PM (#45544075)
    I'm white, you godamn racist holiday!
  • by hambone142 ( 2551854 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @07:47PM (#45544233)
    Frankly, I can't think of anything I want to buy at this stage of my life. I have a good stereo set, a decent flat screen TV, about 6 computers or so, a car I'm happy with, a boat that I'm happy with and I'm pretty much satisfied with my life. Oh yes, I have a good life partner, place to live and health (so far). Now and then I take a trip to the local "technology store" (Fry's) and I take a look at newegg and tigerdirect to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm not. I seem to spend most of my discretionary funds on travel lately (mostly tropical places). If there was some trinket I needed to buy, I would have already bought it. I guess I'm just in the "enjoy life" stage and really don't want to buy any crap at this time. I already have enough of it. I'm a bad consumer. I'm happy with what I have.
    • Bad consumer, I hope you are at least eating all the tempting foods and letting your health go so you can prop up the medical industry?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @09:53PM (#45545313)

      That's called "privilege." *Most*people would be "happy with what [we] have"if we had the kind of money needed to have 6 computers, 'decent' (read: likely quite pricy) flat-screen TV, a presumably-'nice' car, a boat, and funds to travel around the world to tropical paradises. Most folks aren't anywhere near that lucky, even if they're careful with their spending.

      • I'm less monetarily lucky than about 70% of Americans and I don't see anything particularly worth buying either. I've got a computer, two LCDs, a smartphone and a tablet (all of which together probably summed $600). What would I do with another gadget? It's perplexing how people manage to spend so much for so little.
    • I have a good stereo set, a decent flat screen TV, about 6 computers or so, a car I'm happy with, a boat that I'm happy with and I'm pretty much satisfied with my life. Now and then I take a trip to the local "technology store" (Fry's) and I take a look at newegg and tigerdirect to see if I'm missing out on anything. I'm not. I'm a bad consumer. I'm happy with what I have.

      Actually, you are quite a good consumer by most reasonable standards. Not to start a flame-war, but the "must-have-latest-iThing" mentality is in the minority of the people I've met. You have made a lot of purchases, many of them with long lifetimes, so it isn't surprising that you don't get more now.

      On the other hand, do you rent/buy movies? Or music? Or games? The first three things you mentioned are largely dead-end devices in themselves. A stereo without music is like a really expensive paperweight.


    • by Anonymous Coward

      Intetresting. I was raised (rightly or wrongly) that you exchange gifts with family and friends, not buy stuff for yourself. I was also taught that it's the thought that was important not how much you wanted what was given. Overall you sound rather self-absorbed.

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Same here even though I have very old stuff like my 19.5" Sharp CRT TV, VCR (not for recording, but interfacing between my desktop PCs, DTV Pal DVR, TV, etc.), Casio Data Bank (DB) 150 calculator watch, Windows XP Pro. SP3, KVM from Y2K, analog 2.1 speakers, etc. I don't have cable and satellite TV services, but do use Internet and over the air (OTA). I don't even own a mobile phone. I am simple and old school. I will upgrade/replace when it is time. :)

    • by n7ytd ( 230708 )

      "Spend your money on experiences, not things." A wise man once told me.

  • by Espectr0 ( 577637 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @07:49PM (#45544257) Journal

    i don't get all the haters here that say to avoid the day. if you NEED something, buy it if you can find a good deal, and if you want to avoid people then buy online. that's it.

    sometimes Americans just try to find a cat's fifth paw .

  • How about this? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Jawnn ( 445279 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @08:00PM (#45544337)
    We all spend our Thanksgiving with family and friends, giving thanks, watching football, etc. and not playing into the infinitely cynical hands of the retailers. I don't give a flying fuck about what killer deal Wal-Mart is offering to 20 "lucky customers" tomorrow. I really don't. Why do you?
    • I'm not a USian but I just don't get it... People cramming into planes flying halfway across the country to watch TV with their family and then cramming into planes again to go back to work...


  • Why not just ignore the whole thing.

    if you want a deal, you can download World of Warcraft for 75% off on Black Friday, but you'd be better off doing the Friends and Family thing instead - during the month when you get 2x experience you could get up to at least level 70.

    If you want tech, Cyber Monday is usually better.

  • by cervesaebraciator ( 2352888 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @08:18PM (#45544513)
    not to have to stand in the cold for hours, fight a mob, get cussed at by numerous irrational drones, guarantee that you'll come home miserable and exhausted, force a retail employee to skip Thanksgiving, and then stand in interminable check out line before going to do it again at another store? If this amount is greater than the $75 you'll save on that TV, then you should just stay home and do something you'll actually enjoy. How much is it worth to you to have a day off, to be able to read an extra book to your kids or, if you don't have any, to yourself?
    • by Reziac ( 43301 ) *

      Not to mention the old marketing trick (I recall a study of same being a /. article a few years ago) of raising the price the week before, then lowering it to slightly *above* what it was originally, so they can advertise this great bargain for Black Friday... knowing that a lot of people only see the "price reduced" part, and have no idea what it was before.

      Not only that, but tech stuff commonly has a price drop in January...

  • It's not on "special", but with all the yahoos at the stores, I should get *great* service at my local restaurants, whichever one I choose to go to lunch at.

    • by SeaFox ( 739806 )


      With everyone out making a day of shopping for themselves -- er I mean, their families, lots of folks eat lunch out since they're in a shopping area already at that time of day. Restaurants are normally packed, too. And packed with tired kids that got dragged along by their parents and people with shopping bags they aren't keeping out of walkways.

      • by msobkow ( 48369 )

        I'm downtown well away from the "big box" stores that draw the crowds to the edge of the city. The only "competition" I expect at the restaurants is from anyone who's working downtown. (It's not Thanksgiving here in Canada -- we had ours a while back. It was verra nize.)

  • I've never gone to the stores on black Friday and I don't intend to start this year... But I did notice Amazon and Best Buy have Grand Theft Auto V on sale for $33.99 so I might go ahead and grab it since I was planning on buying it soon anyway. They also have some pretty slick deals on the Breaking Bad blu-rays.

  • by darkain ( 749283 ) on Wednesday November 27, 2013 @09:57PM (#45545361) Homepage

    I picked up the Asus Nexus 7 16GB (2013 edition) for $151.12 off Amazon Prime just two weeks ago... How is $199.99 a deal in comparison?

    TL;DR: Nothing is appealing this Black Friday.

  • by alantus ( 882150 ) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @12:35AM (#45546157)

    I'm in the process of customizing/buying a Lenovo X230 for a family member, despite their BIOS whitelist shenanigans.

    The Lenovo store always has a super special e-coupon discount, they are kind enough to give you the code right there in the checkout process.

    A few days ago the laptop in my cart, with the coupon, was $1,037.
    Now, after applying the new black friday e-coupon (10% discount), the price is $1,061.10

    Perhaps I should buy it now, before they have an even better Christmas "sale".

  • ... to win, is not to play.
  • So they lure a gazillion people in with 25 different doorbusters, that they have, like, 12 of, each. The rest of the shit in the store is marked down barely, if at all, from the "normal" price. No thanks. Now Walmart is doing the doorbusters in phases... No thanks, I don't need a 32" Funai TV that bad, even if it is $98...

  • I'm not really impressed by these sale prices since I can usually find deals that are just as good any other day of the year. A couple of weeks ago I bought a 32" 1080p HDTV, which I am using as a monitor, for $130. I don't see any deals that good in these ads.
  • by wonkey_monkey ( 2592601 ) on Thursday November 28, 2013 @06:55AM (#45547583) Homepage

    I wondered what were going on about.

Friction is a drag.