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Warrior13 Posted: 22:47 Nov26 2021 Post ID: 3456197
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I got my copy from Target, and they also didn't have it on the shelf. They were all in locked plastic boxes on a display. Horrible experience. On top of having to locate them, I was subjected to a soft-spoken young lady cashier. It would've been hard enough to hear what she was saying because of this, but I had her wearing a mask and a thick plexiglass throw on top of it. I had to have said "Excuse Me?" and "What was that?" like five times during the minute transaction.
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Sanzano Posted: 07:59 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456202
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Is Black Friday legit in the US. Over in the UK it had been exposed as a scam for shops to get rid of their old stock so they have room for the new stock for Christmas. Prices of items is also dubious to say the least.

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Warrior13 Posted: 13:07 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456203
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Black Friday has not been the same the last two years. It has basically been online, and some stores are saying they are going to keep it this way. I have always done it online anyway. I think most is new old-stock, but I do not mind when it comes to anything but electronics.

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steelersrock01 Posted: 14:16 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456207
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Yeah the past few years it's been different. This year a ton of stores had "Black Friday" deals for the entire week leading up to actual black Friday. I was out for breakfast Friday morning and it didn't seem much more busy than usual. I think most people have just been shopping online. Before the pandemic and online shopping took over even more it was definitely a thing though. You can still get some pretty good deals if you hunt for things. For most of the stuff I buy like tech and games Black Friday is usually the cheapest things get, but it's more like if a regular sale on a game is 50% off, the Black Friday deal will be 60% off. So nothing insane.

My brother did manage to snag a new laptop yesterday on a flash sale, it was regular $1200 and he got it for $700, and I grabbed a sweet 1440p monitor for $260 when the regular price is $400. I'm sure if we kept on eye on sales throughout the year we could've gotten a similar deal. Black Friday is just the day/weekend where you know things are going to be on sale.

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Sanzano Posted: 14:55 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456210
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Sounds exactly the same as the UK and Europe. When the concept of Black Friday was introduced several years back it was a major event in the yearly calender. People would literally camp outside stores in London like Selfridges and Harrods the night before and when the doors open there would be a mad stampede. It would make the daily news because people got crushed and there would be fights. It was comical watching two respectable looking middle aged men fighting over a boxed TV in the middle of the shop with chaos happening all around them.

That's all changed now, I think steelersrock01 is correct and people now search for their bargains online. I have noticed the following trick to rope people into shops. Items are discounted at 40% off on Black Friday and also the Saturday and Sunday. You pay the full amount when you go to the cashier who will then give you the the receipt telling you you have X amonut (your 40%) credit to spend the week before Christmas.

Shop owners are desperate to get shoppers spending money in their shops and not go online. It used to be the commercial centers putting the high street shops out of business, now it's online shopping threatening the shopping malls.

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steelersrock01 Posted: 16:35 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456214
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Lol they haven't done that store credit thing around me yet. That would make me so mad. That's not a discount, that's just them giving you credit to come back and spend even more later.
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Sanzano Posted: 18:03 Nov27 2021 Post ID: 3456217
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That's precisely what it is, they're hoping if they give you for example $40 credit when you return in a couple of weeks time to purchase something you'll spend $80. It's just a way to entice you back before you spend online.

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Warrior13 Posted: 06:01 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456229
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Yeah, I've done pretty well this year since they've had it running for weeks, as Mike alluded to. Helped my mom find a new comforter set that goes for $300 for $80 and a new watch for my dad from $300 to $50. Just have to be on the lookout for the bigger deals. Got basically 30-50% off on everything I bought outside of the above.
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steelersrock01 Posted: 09:58 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456230
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These days I hardly buy any luxury thing if it's not at least 30% off lol. Most stuff goes on sale pretty regularly if you keep an eye out.
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Warrior13 Posted: 13:16 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456235
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Yeah, I might do some Cyber Monday shopping today, but only if it is a good deal.
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steelersrock01 Posted: 15:11 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456238
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I started up a Platinum playthrough instead of buying BD/SP, just made it to Eternia City. Current team is Grotle, Staravia, Bidoof, and Kadabra. I want to end up with Torterra, Alakazam, Rhyperior, Altaria, Walrein, and Porygon-Z. Not the best type coverage but out of these I've only ever played with Kadabra. This time I'm playing on an emulator so I edited my game to let me evolve the Pokemon that need to be traded in other ways.
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Warrior13 Posted: 21:32 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456241
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Nice, but watch out for Ice types. My team was exceptionally weak to them without me noticing.

My brother in law is playing through BDSP now, and he has the worst team I have ever heard of: Roserade, Crobat, Absol, Chimecho, Empoleon, and Luxray. He called it your pretty basic team, and I almost wet myself from laughing so hard. I know you can win any main game with just about any team, but that one was terrible. He then asked me what I went it and I was like. . . You know, just Torterra, Staraptor, Heracross, Milotic, Lucario, and Garchomp. Nothing big. . . lol

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steelersrock01 Posted: 22:29 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456242
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I'll find a way to cover for them, as an adult you can get through the games pretty easily with just basic strategy.

Lmao, I guess that isn't really a terrible team from a game perspective. Tons of people used Piplup and shinx, I'm sure. The others though I'm not sure why you'd choose. Absol at least has the cool factor going for it.
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Warrior13 Posted: 22:43 Nov28 2021 Post ID: 3456244
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Yeah, I almost went with Absol as fill in until Milotic and Lucario since it can be caught in the underground, but the free Manaphy and Jirachi were already way enough.
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