Ongoing Holiday Savings

By Melissa Webb
November 29, 2010

Each year when Black Friday comes around, stores catch the attention of shoppers ready to save money during the holiday season.

Black Friday is not an official government holiday but is known as the busiest shopping day of the year.

Many stores in the mall, plazas and outlets, lines were long and parking was very limited to the point where customers decided to make up their own parking spots on the grass at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, PA.

“Cars are everywhere! I am finally done shopping and I can’t remember where I parked,” Phillip Demarco, a customer said.

Wal-Mart was opened on Thanksgiving Day and started many of their sales at 12 a.m., which led to the big electronic sale that stared at 4 a.m. on Black Friday. Throughout the night, customers were allowed to shop and claim the items they wanted to purchase.

Doors at Best Buy stores opened at 5 a.m. with 20-50 percent off many items like HDTVs, notebooks/net books, desktops, DVD/blue-ray players, cameras and just about everything else the store sells.

“I bought a 42 inch HDTV for $1,100 and a play station three for $299,” Joseph Palmer the mail room manager said. “My mom then calls me up and tells me about this deal for $1,180 for both items together, but the TV was 46 inches instead. So I had to go get it and return the others.”

Stores such as Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren factory store at the Philadelphia Premium outlets held lines throughout the day escorting a certain amount of customers into the store at a time to keep order and prevent chaos.

The Polo Ralph Lauren factory store had 30 percent off the entire store. “It was well worth the wait, the prices are already low so I had to stock up on sweaters for the winter,” Michelle Mizanni, a customer said.

An estimate of 1,500 people camped outside of the Toys R Us in Deptford, New Jersey waiting for the doors to open. Customers had to have tickets in order to purchase some items, which was available ahead of time.

A website, held a contest for the craziest black Friday photo. It was its first year being held and photos were submitted to page. The winner won a $500 cannon rebel xs digital camera

Express offered 40 percent off regular price items in the entire store until noon. The location at the Philadelphia Premium Outlet, Express Last Hurrah had 50 percent off the entire store including sale items.

Victoria Secret gave out a supermodel tote bag with lotions and perfumes inside of it, all for free with a $60 purchase.

Sales continued all weekend long. Guess offered 20 percent off their watch collection and an additional 50 percent off sale items. Many of their boots had 40 percent off as well.

The sales did not end there, Monday was then known as Cyber Monday and many websites offered free shipping such as Amazon, north face, alloy and many more. If you missed the sales on Black Friday this was another chance to save on holiday shopping.

For some stores, sales will continue throughout the holiday season. To stay updated on ways to save and get the best deal sign up to receives emails from stores that interest you.

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