Black Friday, Cyber Monday and a Kodak Printer Giveaway Oh My!

by Gayla Baer

It doesn’t matter who you are – whether you’re the second in command to the Jolly Old Elf himself or whether you’re family and friends compare you to Ebeneizer Scrooge – everyone has a story to tell this time of year.

With Black Friday being only three days away and Cyber Monday less than a week out – MomGadget has teamed up with Kodak to offer up an awesome prize to the one person who delivers the best Holiday Shopping Tale.

Here’s how this fun and entertaining contest is going to work…

Share your own shopping tale on your own blog and send me the link

OR

Post the story in the comment section of this post BEFORE Wednesday November 28th at Noon EST.

The stories that have been submitted at that time will then be sent to those sponsoring this event where ONE Winner will be selected.

What you’ll win is your very own Kodak EasyShare 5300 All-In-One-Printer – as previously reviewed by MomGadget.

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It’s that simple! A chance to win an awesome prize for sharing a story you’d probably be blogging about Anyway!

Cool huh?

I’ll share my own most memorable shopping tale to get everyone started…

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I was 11-years-old and was about to embark on my first ever, Black Friday shopping excursion with my mother and a couple of aunts. We were on the hunt for the coveted Cabbage Patch Doll that seemed to clear out of the stores just as quickly as the employees could stock the shelves.

We were outside a Hills Department Store at 6:00 AM waiting for the doors to open – I had NO idea what was about to happen on the danger I’d placed myself in by getting to the front of the lines.

When the doors were unlocked it was as if someone had released a herd of hungry bulls – everyone racing to the back of the store – to the toy department.

Once there, I found the perfect doll. She had blonde hair and blue eyes just like me! I grabbed her up, turned in excitement and started to move toward my mother.

Suddenly I saw stars and my doll was ripped from my hands. A woman who looked to be in her 60′s had snatched the doll from my hands and bolted out of the crowd. I am NOT exagerating! I had the black eye to prove it!

I never saw her or my doll again!

I wound up getting a Cabbage Patch that year, but not because of the shopping trip we took that Black Friday – My grandpa said it was because he found the woman with my doll and gave her her black eye back.

Now that I’m older, I know that was just a story, but still, Grandpa was my hero for getting me the perfect gift that year.

Now it’s your turn! do tell…

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Julie November 20, 2007 at 6:20 pm

Okay, here’s my Black Friday shopping story.

A friend and me woke up at 4 in the morning to go stand in line at a toy store. We decided to bring our strollers with us to hold all of our packages.

Well, it didn’t take too long for our strollers to be filled to the brim with all the great deals. We started noticing that people were staring at us. I thought it was because we were just so darn good looking or something, lol! At 4 in the morning – right.

Finally a lady tapped me on the shoulder and asked me if my baby could breathe okay under all those toys. Yes this lady, as well as others obviously, thought that we had stacked packages on top of our babies! Can you believe that?

I quickly informed her that there was no baby under there and that my babies were fast asleep at home with daddy.

I will never forget that. My friend I got got a very good laugh out of that one!

Queenie November 20, 2007 at 8:24 pm

My mom and I used to make tradition of embarking early on Black Friday to get a huge dent made in our holiday shopping. One particular Friday, we had driven up to our local shopping area and parked. Coffee in hand, ready to hop in line at the first sign of life at the front door. Apparently, we didn’t have enough coffee. Or nearly enough sleep. Because we were awoken at 9 am to a rapping on the window. Police. They thought we were homeless and had camped out for the night. It is also possible that someone thought the snoring and drooling that was taking place in the front seat was scary enough to warrant calling the police. Yep. We missed out on the sales AND we gave the police a chuckle.
Happy Black Friday all.

whitetiger707 November 21, 2007 at 2:32 am

Leave it to me to be nice and get taken advantage of. I was one of the first in line to get a portable DVD player on Black Friday. It was the one thing I had been waiting for. After I got mine put in my cart, I started to pass a few more back to those behind me. As I did that, someone took mine out of my cart. I looked at her and said “I’m being nice enough to pass some back, you would have got one without taking mine.” She turned around and took off, with my DVD player. Needless to say, I still got one, but the fact that she took it out of my cart, which was right beside me with my son sitting there playing his gameboy, really ticked me off.

Michelle B November 21, 2007 at 5:41 am

Well let’s see. A couple of years ago I learned that Walmart had my dream digital camera on sale. A Kodak 6.1 mp camera. It cost around $300 at the time and I knew there was no way we could afford that. Well walmart had it on sale on Black Friday between 6am and noon for around $100. I didn’t know if we should really spend that money as we had just had a baby the begining of Oct. and I had lawawy to get out in a couple of weeks and money was not super tight but not real lose either. My husband told me to go that it was too good a deal to pass up. So I left the house about 11 am I was wiped out from the day before. So I told myself that if there was one there to get I would buy it if not I was not meant to have one. So I drove over there, looked around and didn’t see any at all. Was about to leave but decided I would ask a sales person and there was only a couple left. I bought and went home. I love this camera it is everything I wanted and more and I am so glad that it worked out that way.

Naomi November 21, 2007 at 2:54 pm

When I was about 4 (my daughter’s age now), I remember going to the bakery with my mom and aunt to pick something up for a family gathering. I really wanted something from the party favors rack but my mother said no. So I pitched a fit, whining and crying and being generally obnoxious. My mother calmly kept saying no, we’re getting what we came for and then we’re leaving. I kept on being a brat, saying I wouldn’t leave without the toy. So my mother left! I watched, sulking, as she put the boxes in the car and drove off. I was completely speechless- mommies don’t leave their kids at the store! Well, unbeknownst to me, my aunt was hiding to make sure I was alright. But when my mom pulled back up, needless to say I was very contrite.

Maybe that’s why my daughter is being such a holy terror these days. Karma?

Wendy November 22, 2007 at 3:46 am

Gayla, sounds like a wonderful contest opportunity!!! I’ll have to let you know if I have any extraordinary shopping tales to share. :)

By the way, I’ve always wondered how it comes about that companies team up with bloggers for give aways such as this one? Who initiates that type of thing? Just curious!! Learnin’ as I go! lol

Wendy

Maura November 23, 2007 at 10:25 pm

My husband and I have only been braving Black Friday for a few years now. The first year we decided to hit Best Buy for some great deals on electronics.

We grabbed our finds and got in this humongous line that snaked all over the store. While waiting in line, we noticed the woman in front of us was struggling with her packages, so we lightened her load by letting her use our cart.

We also struck up a conversation with the people in back of us.

Soon, everyone was on a first name basis and we shared some great stories and laughs! When it came time to checkout, we didn’t want to leave!

Every year, we try to keep it light and be friendly to fellow shoppers in hope that they will do the same.

Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

P.S. I also blogged about your contest here:
Win a new Printer for you Home Office

navi November 25, 2007 at 3:40 pm

no chance of winning. I’m a last minute and/or online shopper. Something about Christmas shopping on Christmas eve seems fun to me. Maybe because that’s when our parents took my sister and I out to get presents for each other. I’d go with dad, she’d go with mom. This year, I got my oldest a few gifts in a bag from target’s $1 section because they were so perfect for her about a month ago. I don’t think I’ve shopped on Black Friday in years (unless you count grocery shopping after 6 pm). I spent most of this Black Friday in and out of bed (in and out, because I have 3 kids, so staying in bed isn’t an option)

My favorite holiday shopping trip, would be on Christmas Eve, right before my shift at Meijer (which actually closes in the evening on Christmas Eve), with no car, and $100 to spend on extended family. Somehow I managed to convince the husband to come with our daughter, by bus. We brought the carseat along in hopes that we could get his parents to pick him up there. We got there I think about an hour or so before I had to clock in. Nothing spectacular, except the idea of riding a bus with a toddler and a bunch of gifts… and running around the store to get them all in an hour (there was our daughter, and us, and then I had 3 siblings and a mother – he had 1 sibling, 2 step siblings, a dad and stepmom, his mother and grandparents from all sides) but it was delicious fun… I don’t remember whether or not he ended up riding the bus or getting a ride home, though… I’ll have to ask him about that one.

Caryn November 26, 2007 at 8:51 am

Hi

I blogged about my Black Friday experience here:

http://jasonncaryn.blogspot.com/2007/11/black-friday-craziness.html

I also blogged about the contest here:

http://jasonncaryn.blogspot.com/2007/11/cool-contests-of-week.html

That was fun!

Caryn

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls November 26, 2007 at 4:22 pm

What a great giveaway!

I posted about how Black Friday shopping went for me this year: http://debmomof3.blogspot.com/2007/11/ok-so-maybe-i-am-crazy-or-not.html

And also linked to your contest as well: http://debmomof3.blogspot.com/2007/11/contest-round-up-12.html

Thanks for the chance to enter! :)

brandy w November 26, 2007 at 4:45 pm

i want this printer so bad, my husband has been asking for it. since we don’t have the money this year to buy each other anything. i acn’t get it.

my story. i have never been black friday shopping until i had kids of my own. it was two years ago i went. my husband was in iraq and i had my eight month old, plus i was pregnant.

i had filled up my buggy with stuff that were door busters so they were gone fast. my daughter kept coughing so i decided to pick her up out of the buggy. pat her on the back. i turned around for a split second, and my cart was gone.

i started to flip not only did it have great deals in there, but my diaper bag and daughters blanket etc. i finally found it and the lady who snatched it. we had a big altercation. the manager came over and told us both to leave. after the cops showed up because i wouldn’t leave. i had personnal belongings in my cart. they finally relized the cart was mine, and let me retrieve my stuff and buy my items. i had to leave immediately after.

i rarely ever shop on black friday now, unless there is a deal that’ll save me tons of money. which is rare.

jessica November 27, 2007 at 4:43 am

I do try to stay away from the black Friday shopping experience, mainly because of the time when I was 10 and my family decided to just “quickly” make a stop at the mall on our way to my parents bowling league….well, suffice to say we never made it to the bowling alley, we were in the parking lot of the mall for at least an hour, and I don’t think my mom even got what she was after at the mall…so needless to say I avoid crowds.

Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings November 28, 2007 at 3:08 pm

I used to work in a retail store and one year there were lines up the sidewalk to get in. The managers were letting the employees in only if we had our badges. People were trying to grab the badges out of our hands, push there way into the doors as we were let in, etc.

Scared me! I don’t shop on black friday if I can help it… not even at a grocery store.

Amanda November 28, 2007 at 6:21 pm

my worst shopping story was tripping and falling on my face in front of a HUGE crowd.

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online grocery shopping January 21, 2012 at 4:43 am

givaways and gifts are the best options increases the goodwill of the company and its workers of course. :)

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