Atlanta Black Friday wrap-up

What a great Black Friday it’s been-and we want to know what you found. TVs? Game systems? Furniture? What was your best find today, either in-store or online? More importantly, how long did you have to wait for it?

Speaking of the Internet, serious shoppers should rest their fingers this weekend to prepare for Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year.

To get you ready, here’s a list of retailers already offering deals.

Target.com: You can land an XBOX 360 4GB console with 2 wireless controllers bundle for $199 or an AOC 24″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for 249.99.

Walmart.com: Still available are an Emerson 32″ LCD 720p 60Hz HDTV for $198, a Nintendo Wii Limited Edition Value Bundle for $249 and tons of other stuff.

Amazon.com: Score an Apple iPod touch 8 GB (4th Generation) for $199 or a Garmin nüvi 205W 4.3-Inch Widescreen Portable GPS Navigator for $79.99.

Toysrus.com: Get up to 75 percent off action figures, up to 50 percent off stuffed animals and up to 60 percent off games and puzzles.

Bestbuy.com: Many of the big deals are sold out, but you can still find a Panasonic Viera 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $699, an LG front-load washer/dryer set for $999.98, or an Insignia™ 10.0-megapixel digital camera for $59.99.

Sears.com: Search by category or by price point. They still have Panasonic Viera 42-inch 1080p Plasma HDTVs for $549.99 and a General Electric 14.1 megapixel 5X optical zoom digital camera for $69.99.

Also: Kmart, Brandsmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Office Depot, Office Max, and Old Navy have sales online today.

See a great Cyber Monday deal? Tweet me @atlbargains or email me at ldavidson@ajc.com.

-By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

40 comments Add your comment

JT

November 26th, 2010
3:02 pm

What tickets at Walmart? I was supposed to be number 98 of 99 for the 32 inch $199 TV at Chastian Rd. Marietta, but the line was the “checkout” line in automotive and you had to pay for it when the gave it to you. In 45 minutes 2 people checked out. I had to leave to go to work at 5:45. No tickets were given out so I could not come back to “claim” it. NO lines at front check out, but they would not let us have the unit to continue shopping or go straight to the front. Lost out on that deal.

Remember though – while disappointed, only just that. Jesus is the reason for the Season and I will find a TV elsewhere before 12/25.

Paul

November 26th, 2010
3:16 pm

Lots of silly people racking up debt to buy non food items they quite possibly don’t really need. Quite sad.

Jen

November 26th, 2010
3:22 pm

my husband and i were crazy enough to brave Walmart @ 12:01AM when the “non electronics” items went up for grabs. it’s a shame though b/c if it weren’t for many Walmart associates (particularly the managers who arranged the whole set up) who couldn’t keep order and organization at all, Walmart may have actually beat out most everyone in all categories (electronics, housewares, clothing, toys, etc.). it wasn’t completely bad for us since we were there so early on–but after we encountered the whole set up fiasco and how trashy the place got, we paid for the items we got and waited probably 30 minutes in line.

but this is Walmart’s problem. Yeah, you can get many things for lower prices, but more often than not i can easily go to Target or even Big-Lots! and pay cents sometimes dollars less (and not have to deal with any headaches of Walmart such as finding items efficiently and having enough cash registers available).

what made this Black Friday shopping season worse than any others i’ve ventured to is the vast variation in start times (e.g. ToysRUS? kicked off @ 10pm, followed by Walmart @ 12:01AM then Kohl’s @ 3AM, etc.). this poor decision in changing the variations of times is actually not a solution in keeping overwhelming crowds down as it rather created more problems (a huge argument broke out in Walmart about the line formations then Target had to call the police because people became very angry, again about line formations outside!) than ever before. whatever happend to simply having EVERY story open @ 5 or 6AM? i don’t have a problem with that. at least that gives my body time to have relaxed and digested all that Thanksgiving food from the day before so i can be rested and geared up for snagging amazing deals the next morning!

sad to say with all that madness, i only accomplished to get some things i was hoping to have. ironically, many other items which i thought might be considerable ended up being a typical sales-price for during the week (e.g. Macy’s One Day Sale events). a far cry from what we expect on Black Friday. anyway, i think after all these years, this is my LAST Black Friday venture. thankfully, the rest of our family agreed that gift cards and cash is what they’d rather have.

DaculaJones

November 26th, 2010
3:24 pm

My son waited from 9:30 pm to 5:00 am for the $199.99 Laptop at the Hamilton Mill Walmart.
Nice that he got to wait inside the store. They went down the line at 4:00 and made a list.
They were origanlly going to have 54 units but when the pallet arrived, there were only 37.
No Big Deal for my son as he was 4th in line.
They called out names and handed them out and all went in good order.
We could go to the check-out to pay for it too.

Walmart?

November 26th, 2010
3:29 pm

Why do you still say “Walmart.com: Still available are an Emerson 32″ LCD 720p 60Hz HDTV for $198″ When it is not available on their site and has not been available since 5am this morning?

Atlantans

November 26th, 2010
3:34 pm

People why are you spending money in the no-job market error?????

Really?

November 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

A laptop for $199? Why waste your money. Laptops will be obsolete soon and certainly one for $199 will. A 60Hz TV? What a joke. All you are buying are old models and you arent “saving” any money. You are paying the correct price for an OLD technology item, not a sale price. Plus you are spending time driving, parking, dealing with idiot people and their kids who have no discipline, and waiting in line. Time is money, so whats your time worth? Obviously not much. Do your research people.

Justin

November 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

@ Paul and Atlantans

I was thinking the exact same thing! When I woke up this morning every channel was hyping Black Friday. All major network news channels were reporting on how full the Mall lots were. All I could think about was all the people I saw on TV yesterday who were working good jobs a year ago and couldn’t afford Thanksgiving dinner.

DW

November 26th, 2010
3:48 pm

Black Friday is a sham. Only good deals for the 1% that are crazy enough to camp in front of a store overnight. Even then, the products on sale are the old ones the stores are trying to get rid of.

Agree with Wal-Mart?

November 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

Watching the iron bowl on the t.v. – the ‘true reason for the season’. NEwayz, 32 emerson on walmart.com is ‘out of stock’ . Just checked the site.

Innocent Bystander

November 26th, 2010
4:03 pm

I don’t mind people spending money in these tough economic times. It isn’t my responsibility to ensure that others are acting in a fiscally responsible manner. People want to spend themselves further into debt? Great. Not my worry.

Mark

November 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

Bless those consumers’ hearts.

Jason

November 26th, 2010
4:24 pm

You are a damn fool if you waited in massive lines to buy anything. Most of those items were low-end, crappy out of date technology and not worth waiting all night for. I got EVERYTHING I wanted; no lines, hardly any waiting (for Black Friday anyway)… Toys R Us had the PS3 dualshock for $32, of course they were out of them, target had plenty in stock for $40 in any color, which is still a good deal and as cheap as you can get them online. Best Buy still had their Doorbuster games in stock, no massive lines.It was a win-win.

kmb

November 26th, 2010
4:34 pm

Compared to 2 years ago, this Black Friday is more hype than reality. Two years ago there were deals worth all of this craziness.

BamaGeorgia

November 26th, 2010
4:43 pm

I agree with a alot of you that Black Friday is all hype..Alot of the electronic items that are deeply discounted is for a reason: They will be obslete or outdated in a year, especially the TVs. The newer TVs will be internet ready, the ones on sale for $199.00 today, mostly likely are not. I hope everyone is doing their research.

Amanda

November 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

Walmart was organized CHAOS! It’s not worth the hassle to get in line at 11:00 p.m and wait until 5:00 a.m to get 1 ticket. If you needed to go to the bathroom, they gave out 15 min passes. If you were not back in 15 min, your missed your place in line. You can’t shop for other things when you wait in line that long for one thing. The customer service reps. told one lie after the other about what time they wer giving out tickets. Why start one sale at 12 am and another at 5 a.m.? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t know what brain set attempted to organize shopping at Walmart. They need help. The different lines they created to purchase the different size flatscreen tv’s was a joke. my friend got in one line the manager walked her to and then was told hours later that she wasn’t in the right tv line. AWFUL!

Lucky

November 26th, 2010
4:59 pm

slept ’til 8am after figuring that most doorbusters would go quick. Got to walmart at 8:30 and a sales staffer told me that they were finding things all over the store. I found the “must have” flatscreen in the shoe department (cha ching $300 savings). I found the GPS for my mom in a return cart (another huge sale item). Our Walmart – Windward – always rocks! They had great staff, great attitudes, and every register open. THANKS to all the STAFF at Walmart and other places for working hard today! I appreciate you!

Leigh

November 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

We did brave the Mall of GA briefly to hit the Williams Sonoma store (around 11 a.m.) I got the advertised deal of two Calphalon fry pans for $49.95. Normally, they are $225. I am thrilled with this!

Rhonda K.

November 26th, 2010
5:22 pm

Well, no need for any TVs or computers, but we did pretty good. I took my 13 year old daughter, who was more than determined to make the most of the $ she earned. We got great deals by using coupons, and hitting the door buster sales at Borders, Ulta, Belk, Bath and Bodyworks, Juicy Coulture, where I got a $185 purse for $90, the deal of the day!

Randy

November 26th, 2010
5:27 pm

What I found out is Target in Athens sucks when it comes to controlling their lines. Being about the 40th person back from the front of the line and waiting from midnight to 3 AM the store employees finally arrived and at that point cars started rolling in and the people in front of the lines started letting all their friends and family cut in line with them. Target employees did nothing to stop it and in fact the manager thought it was funny. I will no longer purchase anything from that sorry store and it’s pathetic manager.

NIKKI

November 26th, 2010
5:34 pm

Geesh….I can not believe people put themselves through Walmart aggravation at any time.

toasty toes

November 26th, 2010
5:38 pm

Got electric blankets at Kohls…King was $59 full was 34…could’ve bought online, but wanted them for tonight. Left house at 7, was home by 7:30.

DW

November 26th, 2010
5:41 pm

@Randy LOL!!!! Were you there for the tv deal too?

Randy

November 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

DW yes I was ! Was that a joke or what? That store manager is a complete joke. Target needs to demote him to toilet cleaner.

Bahumbug????

November 26th, 2010
6:21 pm

Why are there people on here speaking about OTHER people’s $$$?? I am not in debt nor have I ever been, PRAISE GOD. If you don’t want to participate in BF FINE, but do not sit here and judge the financial statuses of those who are willing-and ABLE-to do so. Even in good times there will be families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner, what are YOU gonna do about it? Me and mine were at Turner Field yesterday. We also got up and SHOPPED for ourselves and for our adopt-a-families. Judge lest ye not…

Have mercy :-/

I stimulate the economy...one pair of shoes at a time

November 26th, 2010
6:25 pm

Lol, I took my little sister to work at 4am, bless her heart she earned every bit of her time and a half today. Afterward, I drove by Walmart, did a u-turn and went right back home. The parking lot was at capacity. I purchased all of my Black Friday goodies online at the stroke of midnight. Only went to Bed, Bath and Beyond for my Christmas decor with no problem :-) The online deals are still going for many stores. Happy shopping!! Lord knows the economy needs it.

I stimulate the economy...one pair of shoes at a time

November 26th, 2010
6:33 pm

“It’s not worth the hassle to get in line at 11:00 p.m and wait until 5:00 a.m to get 1 ticket. If you needed to go to the bathroom, they gave out 15 min passes. If you were not back in 15 min, your missed your place in line”

That is INSANE. Walmart had the same deals online as in store! With FREE SHIPPING on top of that! Whew! I don’t know how you all do it. The best deals are the day before and after Christmas anyway. I agree with the posters about outdated merchandise on sale. I looked at reviews for the Walmart TV and they were not great. A 60Hz LCD TV isn’t worth anymore than $200. LED 120hz, or bust.

Lucky2

November 26th, 2010
6:38 pm

Went to walmart at 4pm…plenty of doorbuster items available…got some nice xbox video games for 5 bucks..along with some blurays…and I was plenty rested..reality for retailers…this season be prepared to suffer along with the rest of us…expect unemployment to rise!!!!

Lisa T.

November 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

@Bahumbug: I AGREE! (Just had to chime in and 2nd your motion!) And thanks for helping others at HFtH yesterday!

david

November 26th, 2010
9:36 pm

For “Really?” Laptops will never become “obsolete” as long as businesses and people still use them. As a matter of fact, I’m blogging from my laptop right now…..

david

November 26th, 2010
9:44 pm

And speaking of Laptops. About 2 weeks ago I was in walmart, and purchased a HP 17 inch laptop for my wife. It was about $548.00 which is kind of a deal seeing that a 17 inch laptop will cost ya bigtime bucks…. And even if it is obsolete in a year, so what. I can always add a more memory and a bigger hard drive which will be less than buying a new one in a year. So, if you can get a deal, then go for it. It ain’t a matter with getting a good deal on merchandise. Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays Folks!

Who cares

November 26th, 2010
10:20 pm

Why are you people worried about how others spend their money? So what someone stood in line for over 5 hours to get what they wanted. How are you helping others that are in need? You guys really need to get a life just b/c some one stood in line for something they wanted does not mean they are broke….stop judging others and do some positive like mind your own business. So what TV’s get old so are you saying you buy a new one every yr? I don’t think so…you got a old TV also you just did not stand in a long line for hours clapping for you.

And YES I did stand in line in Walmart for over 5 hours but I got what I wanted and I got 2 by the way…you guys know the black Friday rules get there in time or to bad for you!

Can’t stand negative people…….. Hope you have a Merry Christmas…..

Duckman

November 26th, 2010
10:40 pm

Speaking of Wal-Mart. I work there and think the place is a f’n joke. I watched as one of the Asst. Managers price reduced a 32 innch Samsung for the same price as the 32 inch emerson for another Asst. Manager and didn’t even have to wait in line for that killer deal.

CaribouRancher

November 26th, 2010
11:13 pm

This has been one of the most entertaining threads, ever!

Beth

November 27th, 2010
12:30 am

We went to the Tanger Outlets in Commerce last night. We headed up there around 8PM and hung out in a hotel lobby to print out coupons, etc. Most of the stores opened by 10 or 10:30, even though most people didn’t know this. I got in line at the Coach outlet and it was TOTALLY worth our time. Between my mom and I, we got probably $1,000 worth of merchandise for $300. She bought 5 purses. All of these were on clearance (50% off lowest price). They were handing out 20% off of everything and then I had two separate 20% off coupons that they let us stack on top of each other. We got most of our gifts for females all in one place in about 45 minutes (that includes waiting for 15 minutes in line to get in the store before they opened).

It was definitely worth it for us.

There is also a Gymboree Outlet there that was having some serious sales. Kids PJ’s (I hear they have the best) and outerwear were no more than $6. We also had 15% off coupons so our family racked up there as well.

Tuckergirl

November 27th, 2010
1:21 am

Looking forward to Cyber Monday when I can shop at home, don’t have to waste gas, stand for hours and watch people be rude and cut in line. I’m happy for those who snagged deals today but I think I’ll do just as well on Monday, if not better!

@TurkeyMom

November 27th, 2010
5:17 am

Amazed that anyone is spending money when you have no idea what your tax bill will look like in April. Saw an analyst report that avg will go up $4900 for a married couple making approximate $100k combined. Check the return policy on what you bought.

Saint Richt

November 27th, 2010
8:07 am

Got the items we wanted from Walmart BEFORE 12:01 by simply walking around and putting them in the cart and then checking out after midnight. The only thing we “competed” for was a Wii game that just came out, was $30 and we got it for $10. I would have been able to grab that early also if it wasn’t for the cops, as usual, concerning themselves with things that are meaningless, but ignoring a lady with a baby and an 8 year old who were trapped in the video game madness….nice job on that front guys (and Walmart)!

And if you didn’t have your competitor’s ads in hand for items you wanted at Walmart, you are nuts. We picked up two $20 DS games for $7 each, simply by having the Target ad and all I had to do was go grab them from the video game section, no lines, no waiting.

Picked up a ticket for a Nintendo DS for my mother in law, WENT HOME and she came back 5 hours later and picked it up.

Only the sheep who follow the “rules” blindly lose in situations like this……if you are actually waiting to pick up stuff that is sitting on the store’s sales floor until you are given permission, you get what you deserve………………

Christine

November 27th, 2010
8:30 am

My sister and I got to Target in Buford (across from the Mall of GA) at 11:30 pm and we were about 40th in line and we waited until the store opened at 4am. Around 3am a Gwinnett County Police Officer and 3 Target employees showed up to help with the crowd control. The line stretched from Target all the way to the end of the shopping center. We had people trying to let their friends in the front of the line and people just walking up and standing on the sidewalk as if that was were they had been all night. The employees and the officer were removing these people and making them move to the back of the line so that those of us who had waited all night got in the store. We went after 2 items and she was first to get hers and I was first to get mine..there was no waiting at the cashier and we were in the store and out in 9 mins. Target was very well organized and the employees were very helpful. Kudos to the entire Buford Target Team and the Gwinnett County Officer for all your work!!

Tuckergirl

November 27th, 2010
4:48 pm

Nice to hear that, Christine. I hate it when people cut in line when you’ve been standing there forever. Then they get all offended when you call them on it. Lazy twerps…