Friday’s question: what tech did you buy already this season?


Here in the U.S. many retail stores open up at 5 a.m. and many have special sales that just last for a few hours. In my experience, if you haven’t bought everything you wanted by 8 a.m., you’ve missed the super sales since quantities are usually low and the "mob-factor" is high. A few years back, I decided never to shop on Black Friday again OR do all of my shopping on-line.

Barb and I already bought some cool tech for the kids via on-line retailers; nothing beats getting great deals while shopping in your pajamas while sipping coffee! I can’t share what we bought the kids just yet, they’re savvy-enough to navigate over here. You do know I bought a Zune player (more on that later) and although it doesn’t count as a holiday purchase, I bought an Xbox Live HD video rental. The real question is:

What did YOU buy today? Did you battle the crazy crowds and what was the experience like? What was the best tech deal you found? If you had a bad experience and need some uplifting, just read my Xbox 360 debacle from one year ago; hopefully, your day wasn’t as bad as that one.


Mark Martinez

Got my Wii on Black Friday! Saw the 400+ at Best Buy and headed over to the mall at 4 am, got in at 5, and waited outside EB Games for 2 more hours until it opened. There were six consoles available and I was third in line.

I also got my gorgeous ThinkPad X41 (I know, I know, a year late) a couple of weeks ago, two new 19″ monitors for my desktop, Bose TriPort headphones, and a couple new 2GB USB drives.

It’s shaping up to be a good season.


All I bought was some wine today. Went to Staples this morning to pick up a GPS on sale for my father-in-law, but I missed it. Thats about all I have patience for on this crazy day.

Kevin C. Tofel

We actually had to run out to our local Wal-Mart for cold medicine and it wasn’t too bad. The salesperson I spoke with said we came at precisely the right time. It was madness in the morning but by 10:30 when we were there, they looked overstaffed. Sad that the only thing we bought on Black Friday was Advil Cold and Sinus…. :)


Heh. I guess everyone’s still out shopping — or maybe they’ve already dropped. I’m about 4,000 miles away from the nearest sale, so I can only experience it vicariously this year. I look forward to others’ comments.

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