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Old 05-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #46
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am I the only one who noticed in the video of the guy trying to be resucitated (spelling) that there were people laughing about something towards the end, after the police had just given up?
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:40 AM   #47
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St. Pete couple in line a week early for Black Friday

A check of the calendar shows the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is still a week away. But don't tell that to Lorie and Ryan Davenport of St. Petersburg.

On Wednesday, they set up a large blue tent at the Best Buy store near the Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, prepared to camp out for more than a week to snag some electronic deals.

"We've been doing this for six years now and we got beat out by the same guy for the last six years," said Lorie Davenport. "So this year, we said, this might be our last year, it might be our last hurrah, so we're coming extra early if we have to because we are gonna be first if it kills us."

After getting an OK from Best Buy management, the Davenports are now in it for the long haul.

Although the couple say they're not sure what they'll buy when the doors open at 5 a.m. next Friday, they are hoping for a good deal on a large-screen TV or perhaps something from the Apple Mac line.

From past experience, they know some items will be in short supply, and that means they have to be on guard for people who stretch the rules.

"You don't know how many friends at the last minute that are gonna come in and squeeze in the line. Lorie Davenport said.

Lest you think the Davenports plan to stay every hour of the day, there is a small detail you should know. They stay in line by day but another family spells them at night. The families are saving spots for a total of 10 people.

It appears stretching the rules may be open to interpretation.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:56 AM   #48
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"You don't know how many friends at the last minute that are gonna come in and squeeze in the line. Lorie Davenport said..
Are they sure they're not in a U2 GA line?
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:40 PM   #49
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Wish I had that much spare time!
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:50 PM   #50
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Wish I had that much spare time!
Me too. My wife and I are considering doing the Black Friday thing for the first time in our lives next week. We'll be visiting friends in Portland, Oregon then so we'll be in unfamiliar territory. But we're going to try it anyway. I'm looking to get a new laptop and she wants a camera.
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Old 11-19-2010, 04:59 PM   #51
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Must be a regional thing. I casually rolled into Best Buy around 10 AM on Black Friday last year, and they seemed to have stacks of everything that had advertised - even the big ticket items.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:38 PM   #52
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After getting an OK from Best Buy management
Sure, I would do the same. Advertisement for free. What else can you ask?
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:51 PM   #53
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"We've been doing this for six years now and we got beat out by the same guy for the last six years," said Lorie Davenport.

I have a novel idea: Go to a different Best Buy.
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Do these people not ascribe any value whatsoever to their own time?

What losers.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:15 PM   #55
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Do these people not ascribe any value whatsoever to their own time?

What losers.
To play Devil's advocate here, the same thing was said of me by friends and complete strangers when I slept outside the Bell Centre in Montreal for three days and two nights in freezing temperatures in March 2005 just so I could buy U2 tickets. And I wasn't even first in line. Some people had been there a full day ahead of me.

So, really, we don't know what motivates these people to do these things, nor do I think it's our place to judge. But that's just me.
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So, really, we don't know what motivates these people to do these things, nor do I think it's our place to judge. But that's just me.
These people said that their motivation was that they wanted to be first in line because they had been beaten by the same man for a number of years in a row.
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To save a couple bucks on an electronics good, or to get the opportunity to see a unique event (every concert is unique, the experience cannot be repeated) of a band that, well, just elevates my mind and soul, I just value those things very differently. To each their own, right, but sometimes it takes very bizarre forms, little frightening too.
For my love of U2, even though I never went to nearly such extremes as many people I know, I've also heard funny things from friends, but most have some sort of understanding there.
A flat screen tv... I would hope my friends would take me to a psychiatrist.
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I can't really blame people who line up early on Black Friday, despite the media seemingly sensationalizing them as wackos.

If you save 300$ on some electronics product and line up 6 hours for it, there's a very good chance you don't earn 50$/hr at your day job and it's a worthwhile investment of time.
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i'm not gonna lie, i'm going to miss black friday this year. i never buy any big ticket items so lining up early has never really appealed to me (my mom and i did go once super early, right before the department stores opened).

i always buy my big ticket items throughout the year i do at least get some discount, though. i got my hdtv around super bowl time through amazon so i also got free shipping and bonus...no sales tax. that alone is a nice savings as it's 9.25% back home. my laptop came with a free ipod touch (which i then sold on ebay), i think i got a free printer with my imac. the last thing i can think of where i don't think it was on sale or anything was my dvd player, but i waited so long to finally get a dvd player anyway it was pretty cheap as it was.

but if people have the patience to wait that long for a good bargain on something, more power to them. i personally wouldn't do anything like that (hell, i don't even do ga for u2) but that's just me.
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Old 11-20-2010, 12:28 AM   #60
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If you save 300$ on some electronics product and line up 6 hours for it, there's a very good chance you don't earn 50$/hr at your day job and it's a worthwhile investment of time.
Sure.

But to line up a week in advance...
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