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Black Friday Smartphone Deals: 7 Tips
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Stratustician
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11/28/2014 | 1:47:20 PM
Armed and ready to shop.
Some great points.  I think many folks simply go to key stores and assume that the best deals will be had there, so it absolutely makes sense to look at not just cyber Monday, but as you mentioned, retailer apps.  I personally never would have thought about that.  Thanks for the tip!
PedroGonzales
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11/28/2014 | 4:57:59 PM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
the best tools to use for this holiday shopping as you have pointed out are the retailer apps and discount research.  You forgot to mentioned, if you have to go to a store, a lot of patience.
PaulS681
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11/28/2014 | 7:02:09 PM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
@Pedro.. maybe one of the best suggestions is your last one... Patience. I personally wouldn't even attempt to go into a store on black friday.
WaqasAltaf
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11/29/2014 | 2:08:05 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
PaulS681, if this is the case then retailers must work to route some of their customers through online mediums. No customer should go to the competitor because of this reason.
PaulS681
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11/29/2014 | 2:47:46 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
It doesn't work that way... Black friday is a day they have special deals on in store item only. You have to go to the store and they are all swamped.
WaqasAltaf
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11/29/2014 | 3:20:27 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
PaulS681, ok. Then there is no option but to be patient when visiting retail stores. I wonder how the economics works. In case of more demand, price should not be decreased. That is what the academics say.
WaqasAltaf
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11/29/2014 | 1:20:50 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
Pedro, apps might be a good way to shop online but people often hangout on such occassions and retailers ensure that they pay cash and buy on spot rather than going back home and research further and buy online.
tzubair
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11/28/2014 | 8:44:31 PM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
"I think many folks simply go to key stores and assume that the best deals will be had there, so it absolutely makes sense to look at not just cyber Monday, but as you mentioned, retailer apps"

@Stratustician: Initially it as black Friday and then came in Cyber Monday and now retailer apps have kinda made the boundaries between them a bit murky. I don't think it makes sense to separate those days now given the fact that everyone who goes to a store will be using his/her phone to browse the retailers app and pick up the best deals. They won't wait until Monday to go back and search online for deals they couldn't find.
WaqasAltaf
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11/29/2014 | 3:09:59 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
tzubair, true. Secondly the hype of Black Friday is too tempting for the customers to buy something on this day. Furthermore, retailers looking to maximize revenue on Black Friday will try not to let customers wait till Monday and execute purchases.
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11/30/2014 | 4:04:52 PM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
Great points. Waiting to see if I can get a good price for Nexus 6. Blackberry deal sounds good but when you have your eye on Android Lollipop it isn't much appealing.
Li Tan
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12/3/2014 | 8:55:03 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
I did not get smartphone but got an iPad Air with very good deal. But the unfortunate thing is that, it supports just WiFi + 3G cellular, the latest 4G LTE is not supported. Buying a new phone or tablet is not an easy decision - money is just one factor. Another thing to prepare is backing-up + restoring the data to new phone/tablet.
WaqasAltaf
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12/21/2014 | 6:57:50 AM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
[email protected], I sometimes wonder whether Blackberry made a leap backward or the stride taken by Android and Apple is too long for Blackberry to catch up. Now even the corporate world is adapting to Android and Apple which is the same community that gave recognition to Blackberry. Haven't seen users who are individuals buying Blackberry. 
mak63
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11/28/2014 | 11:44:34 PM
Re: Armed and ready to shop.
Probably one of the best comment titles of the year.
PaulS681
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11/28/2014 | 6:57:51 PM
BlackBerry
Wow, That blackberry deal sounds pretty good. Although I still wouldn't switch, but it makes you think.
tzubair
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11/28/2014 | 8:46:28 PM
Apple Store
I wonder why Apple Stores don't take part in the deals. They might be losing a lot of money by not offering deals on Black Friday - let alone the customer traffic that goes to other stores. Would you not say that it'd be a good idea for Apple to take part in the sales? Anything else it might end up losing on?
Technocrati
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11/28/2014 | 10:54:02 PM
Re: Apple Store

@tzubair     Good to see you here !    Can't you imagine the chaos that would create ?   They already have crazed Appleites ready to pay full price anytime they want, reduce the price and call it Black Something would just be crazy chaos.    

Most of the profit would probably have to be paid back to the state for all of the police and damages that would result.

Besides with a valuation of 700bil, who needs it ?

Technocrati
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11/28/2014 | 11:14:49 PM
Back Up Your Phone? When Was The Last Time ?

Thanks Eric for the backing up of your phone reminder.   I was due and did just that thanks to you.  But not planing to trade my phone in anytime soon - just paid this thing off !  : ) 

Technocrati
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11/28/2014 | 11:18:18 PM
Meet Haggle Haggleston
I really like your advice on Haggling as well, as you mention not something generally practiced in the U.S. but it doesn’t hurt to try. I do it every now and then, but I think I am going to try it more often.
WaqasAltaf
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11/29/2014 | 1:18:50 AM
Clever retailers
Eric, nice piece of tips. However, shopping seasons can be cleverly handled by retailers. They can increase prices in the weeks before occassions and decrease them to bring them at the same level few weeks before. Not all but some will be tempted to do that. Beware of such retailers.
am8144
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11/29/2014 | 8:23:07 AM
all friends
nice wrk
H@mmy
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11/30/2014 | 4:08:23 PM
Haggle
"Don't be afraid to haggle"
Does it even work ? why would he entertain me that much ? but no harm in trying, may be you get something out of it.


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