Lying to rival shoppers, hiding must-haves the day before, and using sign language to communicate across the store: The tricks of extreme Black Friday bargain hunters
17:08 GMT, 23 November 2012
Black Friday’s extreme shoppers are coming up with such conniving ways to thwart the competition that some people decided to forgo their Thanksgiving feast
The biggest consumer spending day of the year isn't what it used to be; with retailers now opening earlier than ever, day-long lines, and watchful policemen, so shoppers have revised their strategies for the ultimate trip in bargain hunting.
Taking friends to divide and conquer, camping out for days prior, using sign language to communicate across the store, lying about fake sales, and hiding merchandise before the sale even starts are just some of the strategies that extreme bargain hunters are employing.
Planned and prepared: Black Fridays extreme shoppers are coming up with such conniving ways to thwart the competition that some people decided to forgo their Thanksgiving feast altogether
One 21-year-old college senior admitted to tricking other customers into thinking they could get a better deal elsewhere so that she can cut the queue.
Amanda Willis, who was in an hour-long line at J Crew told Today.com that she secretly made her phone ring, before yelling into it: 'Are you kidding Yankee Candle is giving away those big candles for free for the next 10 minutes!'
Most of the people in front of her fled the store at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets to run over to the candle store. Miss Willis then made her purchases in under 15 minutes.
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Tricky children and a counterattack: While a grandmother employs her five-year-old granddaughter to thwart other shoppers (left), a Best Buy general manager prepares his staff for the Black Friday shopping frenzy
In Salt Lake City, Utah, Chace Cannon, 26, waited outside all night in six degree temperature so he could purchase a-40 inch Westinghouse HDTV for $299, usually $600.
He explained that he and his friends
put eight televisions in their shopping carts, and on the way to the
checkout, a swarm of latecomers tried to take the boxes. The team raced
to a corner and protected their shopping carts until reinforcement
friends and family arrived.
now that Black Friday is quickly getting supplanted by Grey Thursday
with retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Sears opening their doors
yesterday at 8 pm and Target at 9pm means that the rush to get in first has intensified further.
Melissa Rush from Florida said she is 'hooked' on the 'adrenaline high of getting all these great sales.'
Patient and methodical: People wanting to get in first gathered outside of Target last night as they counted down the minutes to 9pm, the beginning of the store's Black Friday sales
Research and coupons: Using a bevy of coupons, price matching, and manufacturer's rebates, some shoppers get all their Christmas gifts for under $10 per person
Traveling in packs: In order to fend off swarms of latecomers that try to take items from carts, people use reinforcement friends and family to shop in groups
The 24-year-old's aim today was to buy a present for each of her 30 different family members, without spending more than $300 total.
a spreadsheet on her phone that she synced from her computer, a bevy of
coupons, price matching, and manufacturer's rebates, she says it is all about meticulous research.
says it is most important to look at the catalogues from the week
before, as well as Amazon.com, to make sure the Black Friday 'deals' are
actual savings – and to make sure you go with at least one other person
who can get into the checkout line as soon as you enter the store.
She admitted: 'At first people thought I was crazy. Then they saw the receipt.'
And Holden Hanson, who won't take any chances in missing out of his must-have products on Black Friday, said he goes to Walmart on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to hide the items on his list so other shoppers won't find them.
Addiction: Some people say they are 'hooked' on the 'adrenaline high of getting all these great sales'
Good advice: Some people say it is important to look at stores' catalogues from the week before, as well as Amazon.com, to make sure the Black Friday 'deals' are actual savings
The more sinister elements of Black Friday shopping are still prevalent however.
After a Wal-Mart worker was
trampled to death in 2008 by uncontrolled crowds, some shoppers such as David Galloway from South Carolina, said his Thanksgiving will be spent with family and watching the great American tradition of football.
He told The Huffington Post: 'I think greed is winning out over family but I think [stores] will get enough of a backlash to make some change next year.'