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It's hard, if not impossible, to avoid the consumer apocalypse that is Black Friday, but that doesn't mean you can't turn it to your advantage.
Black Friday signals the beginning of the holiday buying season, and there are plenty of sales going on for both software and hardware/software bundles.
What does a gamer do in the face of such low prices?
Are you buying thoughtful presents for friends and family, or do you have more selfish motives in mind? After all, what's wrong with spending your hard-earned cash on the person you love the most – yourself?
Please tell us what kinds of deals you've come across in the wild, and if you want to pretend you've bought said game or system for someone else as a gift, then we'll let your conscience be your guide.
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I've only gone Black Friday shopping once, and it was last year. I had been dealing with an old 19 inch TV in my room for years, and it just wasn't gonna cut it anymore. So I braved the long lines and cold weather for a $200 32 inch TV. It was worth it. Now, I love that TV.
To be honest though, I'll probably never do it again. Most of the things I usually want are available online for the same sale price, so I'd rather just order in the comfort of my home.
I bought 6 games on black Friday for myself, and 3 as gifts. The deals are just sooo good. $25 for Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs, NFS:MW, Borderlands 2, and Dishonored; $20 for Max Payne 3; $15 for Dance Central 3 and Forza Horizon. I bought all but 3 games online; to which I went to Walmart with no problem.
I'm staying home. I don't wanna deal with people, plus I haven't seen too many great deals on anything this year.
I grabbed the $200 vita bundle with AC along with the uncharted game and persona 4. just wrote a blog about it a few minutes ago in fact!
Always go with friends, and go in packs. You can have your friends go get certain items, so that you all get what you need at the good prices, and you don't have to worry about mass crowds. You just have to be strategic, and never go alone.
I tend to avoid the masses on Black Friday. However, I did go to a Walmart and Gamestop in the middle of the afternoon last year and managed to get the Limited Edition Legend of Zelda 3DS and Gears of War 3 for a discounted price. Surprisingly, there weren't that many people out by then.
What I normally like to do is keep an eye out on online stores like Amazon. Today I got the Assassin's Creed PS Vita (for $170) with a 3 month PS+ trial and a free code to download All Stars Battle Royale for free! I couldn't pass this up because Uncharted: GA and Gravity Rush are free on PS+ right now. Buying the Vita is definitely worth it because I think it has a lot of potential. I also bought the Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition on Blu-Ray. Man, I can't wait to watch those movies again.
ONLINE SHOPPING!!! I'm finding the same deals you can find in Brick and Mortar stores. Bought KH 3D and Theatrhythm FF for $19.99 each on Gamestop.com. Found the AC III Liberation Vita Bundle for $179.99 on Amazon.com, $20 cheaper then other places. You can backorder the Wii U basic set at Gamestop.com, while you MIGHT get lucky finding one at a store. You don't have to wait for cyber monday for these deals.
P.S. Just saw someone saying "Calm the f**k down, I'm going to stab you people" while in line at Kmart on TV. *facepalm*
I managed to acquire Lego: Lord of the Rings, The Sly Collection, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, MGS 4, and a Nintendo eshop card at Gamestop. Then at Best Buy, I bought a USB drive, an SDHC card, a Wii points card, and a PSN card.