After the online Black Friday Sale on Thanksgiving Day it is time to head out to your local Black Friday retailer of choice to line-up early enough to have a chance on getting your hands on doorbuster deals. In the case of Best Buy, you need to be there way ahead of the midnight opening.
Lines have unwritten rules that when broken result in chaos and possible a good old fist fight. To avoid that Best Buy issued today tips on the do's and don'ts for Black Friday lines.
One of the controversial points from Best Buy's tips is that it is acceptable to hold places in line for more than one person. Best Buy just says to tell line-mates ahead of time that you hold lets say 10 spots (there go all $199.99 Sharp 40-inch 1080p HDTVs). Of course it is perfectly fine to hold a spot in line for someone behind or in front that needs a bathroom break. But to basically be able to have one person to hold the front of the line for the whole kinship is I think unfair. What is your opinion? Please it below in the comments. Find below all tips Best Buy has for you on lining up on Black Friday. See also our How to Get Doorbuster Deals at Best Buy Guide.
Black Friday Line Do's and Don'ts
- Bring Company - Wrangle a friend or make friends in line to allow for breaks while waiting. Bring snacks for sharing and be neighborly. This will help when negotiating line-holding strategies in the event that nature calls.
- Prepare to Wait - This year, Best Buy is making the wait enjoyable for everyone by entertaining the crowds with the film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at approximately 120 stores nationwide. Be sure to get in line in time to catch the free screenings starting at 9 p.m. local time. To learn which Best Buy stores will feature movie screening experiences in your area, visit this page.
- Get Comfortable & Check the Weather- Make waiting more comfortable with a tent, chairs, sleeping bags and blankets. Hand and foot warmers may be a necessity to fight off the cold or in some cases, rain or snow. Check the weather ahead of time.
- Make it Fun - Make the wait entertaining with technology. Bring along a favorite device like an eReader, laptop, smart phone or tablet to play with when the movie isn't playing. Best Buy has seen some pretty amazing setups with big screen TVs and gaming systems. Some customers have even hosted a traditional Thanksgiving dinner as they've waited.
Etiquette - Remember that being nice to your neighbors makes the wait more pleasant.
- o If holding a place in line for someone, let line-mates know ahead of time, so no one is surprised when the entire extended family shows up an hour before the store opens. Remember, people count heads before they decide to join the line.
- o If leaving the line, make sure to tell line-mates when you are coming back.
- o If making a coffee or food run, offer to pick something up for fellow best friends in line. It fosters good will, and more importantly, they'll most likely return the favor later.
- o Most importantly, when the doors do finally open, stay calm. Try to be patient and understanding with fellow customers and the store employees. With so much anticipation for that moment, it's easy to throw all that goodwill out the window.
- Read the fine print - Big doorbuster items will have limited quantities, so get in line early. Black Friday ads should indicate the minimum quantity guaranteed to be in stock. The best retailers to shop are those who pass out tickets (like Best Buy), so consumers don't stress out once the doors open. Be sure to read those coupons carefully. Some of them are only valid for certain hours or for very specific items because some restrictions almost always apply.
Check out the toda's announcement of the Best Buy Black Friday Online deals for Thanksgiving Day and Shop Best Buy for the latest deals.
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