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Black Friday: Share your experience

Out shopping for Black Friday?

Let me know what you’re up to!

What deals do you see? How is traffic/parking? Are lines long or non-existent?

Share your tips for Black Friday shopping success.

Leave a comment on my regularly updating Black Friday blog or send updates, observations, complaints and, of course, pictures via Tweet or #ig using Twitter (#BlackFridayATL) or by email at

– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Black Friday: Restaurant deals

Depending on when you take part in the Black Friday experience this year, you may be working off a meal or working up an appetite.

Retailers aren’t the only ones offering up the deals.

If you’re looking for a yummy meal, here is a sampling of  Black Friday deals from local eateries:

ra-sushi11RA Sushi Bar Restaurant:  Choose from more than 35 sushi, appetizer and tapas selections, plus a wide variety of beer, wine and signature cocktails in the $2 to $7 market. Black Friday food specials start early at 11 a.m. and roll until 7 p.m.; drink specials available all day.

Which Wich (Brookhaven): Buy one regular Wich and get a second regular Wich for 1/2 off this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Extras not included, must ask for Facebook/Twitter Black Friday Weekend Special.

Sam’s Club: Sam’s Club is def. not a restaurant, but they are offering free Starbucks and pastries to club members arriving for the 7 a.m. opening on Black Friday.

Know of other Black Friday specials at local eateries? …

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Black Friday: Biggest newspaper of the year brings big savings

Doorbusters? Try doorstops.

The Thanksgiving Day Atlanta Journal-Constitution is our biggest newspaper of the year, thanks to a heaping helping of Black Friday ad inserts. This year, the paper weighs in at just under five pounds, with advertisements from up to 82 different retailers.

Tucked among the Black Friday doorbusters are some additional coupons and specials for extra savings. Here are just a few examples of the retailer specials we spotted in the Black Friday ads already on the web:

Bed Bath and Beyond: Between 6 a.m. and noon Friday, get a coupon for 20 percent off your entire purchase. The coupon is valid all day Friday.

Big Lots: All day Thursday, Friday and Saturday, spend $50 and get coupon for $10 off your next purchase.

Kohl’s: For every $50 spent, get $15 in Kohl’s cash, redeemable Nov. 26-Dec. 3.

Macy’s: $10-off coupon for all sale and clearance apparel and home items (totaling $25 or more), valid until 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.

Michaels: 30 …

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Black Friday: Deals and store hours from top retailers

When it comes to Black Friday shopping, your best weapon is preparation. Know the deals, know the store hours and know when to call it quits. The last one is up to you, but here’s a little help on the first two:

Doorbusters are the big deals everyone is after. Foursquare, a location app for smartphones and tablets, analyzed more than 2 billion check-ins during Black Friday 2011 to determine the most popular retailers. From 10 of those top stores, here are some of the advertised deals you can expect to see this Thursday or Friday.

(Remember, these items will go quickly — unless you’re shopping the guaranteed items at Walmart this year. More on that below.)

Best Buy: Toshiba 40-inch LCD 1080p HDTV, $179.99; Toshiba Smart Blu-ray Disc Player, $39.99; Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 White 7-inch tablet, $179.99; Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, $48 (with 2-year activation).

Dick’s Sporting Goods: BOGO on fleece-lined Crocs; Livestrong LS8.0T Treadmill, $599.98; men’s or …

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Local shops celebrate Black Friday/Small Business Saturday

Just like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is getting an early start.

The shopping day, which falls on the Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, was founded in 2010 by American Express. It was designed to help small businesses get their fair share of shopping dollars during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year.

According to Bank of America’s fall 2012 Small Business Owner Report, Atlanta small business owners see little to no benefit from Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Eighty-nine percent of Atlanta small business owners say that Black Friday has either a minor or no impact on their business’s bottom line, and 76 percent believe Cyber Monday is overhyped and has no significance to their bottom line.

But that hasn’t stopped some local shops from getting a piece of the early action including women’s clothing boutique, Rene Rene, which will offer shoppers 25 percent off everything in-store from Fri. – Sun. and Bella Bag, home of high-end pre-owned …

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Black Friday: Open on Thursday? No thanks, says Von Maur

Black Friday continues morphing into “Gray Thursday” this year as more retailers announced earlier-than-ever openings. But what to make of the stores that decide not to open on Thanksgiving?

It means they are leaving quite a bit of money on the table, according to a study from the NPD Group Inc., which provides consumer and retail information. The study found retailers with extended hours in 2011 saw sales gains of up to 22 percent for the entire Black Friday weekend.

One retailer bucking that trend is Iowa-based Von Maur, a privately owned retailer with two metro Atlanta locations. Not only does the retailer stay closed on Thanksgiving, its 9 a.m. opening on Friday is relatively late compared to many other department stores.

“We don’t participate in any of the midnight sales and extreme hours,” says Amy Davis, advertising manager for Von Maur. “It comes back to a company mindset of being mindful not just of what our customers want, but really taking into …

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Black Friday: What’s new for 2012?

I’m officially confused about what to expect this year on Black Friday.

Will people shop in-stores or stay home and shop online?

Will they shop on Thanksgiving or wait until Black Friday?

Will they shop…at all?

I’ll have until next week for the answers, but here are some thoughts from about how Black Friday 2012 might be different:

Fewer People Are Buying TVs

When it comes to Black Friday sales, HDTVs lead the charge year after year. However, for current HDTV owners, there are few reasons to upgrade to a new set. In fact, many of the features touted by today’s top HDTVs can be found in almost every consumer electronics device, from Blu-ray players to gaming consoles. For instance, both Netflix and Amazon’s Instant Video service can be streamed on a variety of devices, from tablets to an Xbox 360. With very few incentives to upgrade, TV sales will not be as high as previous years.

More Stores Will Offer Mobile Promotions

Mobile shopping is on the rise, and as a …

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Black Friday: Childcare!

This post has been updated with changes to the program.

So what’s the latest in Black Friday news?

Black Friday childcare…who would have thought?

Any kind of shopping with kids is tough. Shopping with them on Black Friday is probably a recipe for disaster.

I’m sure you’ve seen the frustrated parents of toddlers and children pushing strollers through crowded malls. And you may have even found yourself asking, “Who would bring a baby out on Black Friday?”

So it makes sense that childcare centers would consider having a Black Friday special.

North Atlanta’s Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Gwinnett is offering a special program to meet the needs of shopping parents.

Parents can drop their kids at Children’s Lighthouse  from 4:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Black Friday. Company officials say they are responding to parents who are worried about their children in the crowded and often dangerous local retail outlets.

The cost of the program is $25 per child and allows parents to …

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Black Friday: What not to buy

With holiday shopping season fast approaching — actually it is here  — advertisements for the latest and greatest goods are surely flooding your snail mailbox and email inbox.

Avid shoppers are gathering Black Friday ads, making lists and setting shopping budgets — and the super savvy ones know that not everything out there is a deal.

Several years ago, I raced out during Black Friday for a doorbuster deal — a first generation Flip Video camcorder. I had not done the proper research. I just wanted it. I paid $70 for a battery operated camcorder that I used exactly three times and realized later that it was #notadeal.

You live and learn.

Now consumers have so many resources at their fingertips to help avoid bad buys this shopping season. Recently, the experts at Dealnews and Kiplinger released pretty comprehensive lists of what NOT to buy on Black Friday and during the holidays. Use them to help you plan your attack. I’m summarizing the items here, but click the links above …

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Black Friday: Shop smart for the best deals

Jan Hartzfeld has been a Black Friday shopper for 30 years.

In the early days, the East Cobb resident and her husband would head to the local Walmart at 6 a.m. and stroll the aisles looking for deals. But today, anyone using that strategy isn’t likely to find shopping success.

“Shoppers are more aware,” says Hartzfeld, 52. “Now they go with a mission, they know what they are looking for at each store. People have a plan and they start early.”

It’s a good thing shoppers have gotten smarter, because retailers’ approach to Black Friday has evolved as well. Thanksgiving Day openings, doorbusters, online deals and this year’s price-matching are all strategies designed to keep pace with an increasingly savvy consumer.

But in recent years, some consumers have strayed from Black Friday with the understanding the shopping holiday doesn’t necessarily have the best deals after all. tracked online prices a number of national retailers had on a wide range of …

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