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Forget Black Friday, It's Cyber Monday

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Don’t stop now, the spending spree has just begun!

Black Friday is the day when Americans go on the hunt for bargains at brick and mortar retailers around the country. While some people make a point of ignoring Black Friday shopping because the whole experience tends to be pretty traumatizing, a lot of people like to hold off simply because they're waiting for Cyber Monday.

A relatively new tradition when you consider how long we've been "celebrating" Black Friday, Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Black Friday. Typically, everyone slouches into work after a long weekend, bummed out because they have to shake off the turkey-induced coma and get back to work. Taking advantage of the fact that there are thousands of people sitting at their desks and not exactly falling over themselves to fulfill their daily duties, many etailers organize Cyber Monday deals.

Obviously these deals are only available online and usually just for the duration of Monday. However some businesses (Best Buy for example) are milkin' it for all it's worth and have stretched Cyber Monday over an entire week.

So what's your poison, Black Friday or Cyber Monday? More importantly, what are you buying today? Let us know in the comments below!

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    JMcEntegart , November 30, 2009 2:46 PM
    sstymHaving a list beforehand works best for me. This way I won't be tempted by a good deal on something I don't really need.


    Even if I have a list, I just see things and think, "Why weren't YOU on my list? Come to me, beautiful piece of discounted electronics. Soon we will be happy together in your new home."
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    winner4455 , November 30, 2009 2:36 PM
    Black Friday... Just an excuse to buy things earlier!
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    sstym , November 30, 2009 2:38 PM
    I have a mercifully short list of items that I MIGHT buy if the deal is sensational:
    11.6" ULV laptop
    Indilinx or Intel based 2nd gen solid state drive

    And if I don't find a truly great deal, these will have to wait a few months.
    Having a list beforehand works best for me. This way I won't be tempted by a good deal on something I don't really need.
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    JMcEntegart , November 30, 2009 2:46 PM
    sstymHaving a list beforehand works best for me. This way I won't be tempted by a good deal on something I don't really need.


    Even if I have a list, I just see things and think, "Why weren't YOU on my list? Come to me, beautiful piece of discounted electronics. Soon we will be happy together in your new home."
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    maydaynomore , November 30, 2009 2:52 PM
    If anybody here has found a good deal on something, please post it. I'd love to get my hands on a i7 laptop. I found one on Black Friday for $750. Sadly it was an HP (will never buy HP). So if anyone has seen a similar deal, any brand but HP, I'd like to know about it. Thanks!
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    hallic7 , November 30, 2009 3:07 PM
    Well I found very nice Bluray movies deals on Amazon.

    Very happy with this offers :D  !!!
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    DoofusOfDeath , November 30, 2009 3:13 PM
    maydaynomoreIf anybody here has found a good deal on something, please post it. I'd love to get my hands on a i7 laptop. I found one on Black Friday for $750. Sadly it was an HP (will never buy HP). So if anyone has seen a similar deal, any brand but HP, I'd like to know about it. Thanks!


    Actually, HP's dv8t looks pretty good to me. What's the reason for avoiding HP?
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    jerreece , November 30, 2009 3:17 PM
    Yeah, except looking at NewEgg.com (haven't looked elsewhere yet) they're only putting old stuff on sale (or low end, like GT 220 GPUs).

    How about E-Tailers and Intel/AMD put real serious stuff on sale? i5/i7 or PII anyone? Seriously, in my opinion (based on my own wants/needs) the stuff on sale that I've seen so far is gimmick stuff.
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    ravewulf , November 30, 2009 3:22 PM
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    While some people make a point of ignoring Black Friday shopping because the whole experience tends to be pretty traumatizing

    ^OMG THIS

    On Black Friday I slept in.

    So far today I bought a game online and will be browsing around a bit for other stuff later.
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    maydaynomore , November 30, 2009 3:26 PM
    DoofusOfDeathActually, HP's dv8t looks pretty good to me. What's the reason for avoiding HP?

    Bad experience (desktops, printers and a TV they couldn't completely fix the 3 times they came to my house). I swore never to buy HP again. Its been about 3 yrs, and no matter how good the deal, i won't bite. Never again. This is based on my personal experience with HP products. I'm sure there are a lot of people happy with their HPs. I am not one of those people.
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    sstym , November 30, 2009 3:30 PM
    JMcEntegartEven if I have a list, I just see things and think, "Why weren't YOU on my list? Come to me, beautiful piece of discounted electronics. Soon we will be happy together in your new home.



    I know the feeling. However, you have the added perk of being able to think "this will be helpful whilst I work (pantless) from my couch".


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    azxcvbnm321 , November 30, 2009 3:36 PM
    CyberMonday is dead. The only reason we had it was because there was no broadband available for most people in their homes. Therefore they had to wait until Monday to use the broadband at work to buy all the stuff online. Nowadays, there's no need to wait until Monday, so all the deals are released on Friday online with everything else. I have yet to see any deals at all for CyberMonday, Amazon doesn't even acknowledge it.
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    JMcEntegart , November 30, 2009 3:37 PM
    sstymI know the feeling. However, you have the added perk of being able to think "this will be helpful whilst I work (pantless) from my couch".


    It's true. I also recently moved one of my couches into the kitchen. With the downstairs bathroom roughly 7 seconds away, I never have to be away from the fridge for more than 90 seconds at a time ever again.
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    Yoder54 , November 30, 2009 4:09 PM
    I took advantage of a sale at Newegg. Got a HP Pavilion dv6-1362nr NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T6600(2.20GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 320GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4650 with 1Gb VRAM for $649. I haven't seen anyone even come close to this and Newegg is now selling it for $799 with a $50 rebate.

    The computer is not for anyone in my family. My wife has a 15 year-old student she tutors who has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. The poor kid just had hip replacement, and the other hip is bone-on-bone. His life is hell, and he spends most of his time in bed, and has to use a wheel chair at times. He has been identified as being the worst case in the US for his age. It is really terrible to see a kid have to go through shit like that. Knowing how the disease works and how it effects the heart, I think he will be lucky to see his 40's. Anyway, we just really feel for the kid, so we decided to hook him up with something that will provide him with some joy for a few years.

    Besides the laptop, I am going to set him up with legal copies of: CS3, Office 2008, and Paint Shop Pro. We are also giving him an older digital camera, a nice leather case for the laptop, and one of those locks for the laptop. I am also going to his home and will set up the wireless router that I am giving him.

    Won't be spending much on anything else this year, but this is by far one of the best gifts we have ever given. I can hardly wait to see the kid's face.
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    JohnnyLucky , November 30, 2009 4:13 PM
    Still nothing I want or need. I guess I am responsible for prolonging the economy downturn!
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    The_Blood_Raven , November 30, 2009 4:17 PM
    Yeah both black Friday and cyber Monday suck balls this year, I haven't seen a damn thing to waste money on! ITS UN-AMERICAN!
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    The_Blood_Raven , November 30, 2009 4:18 PM
    jerreeceYeah, except looking at NewEgg.com (haven't looked elsewhere yet) they're only putting old stuff on sale (or low end, like GT 220 GPUs).How about E-Tailers and Intel/AMD put real serious stuff on sale? i5/i7 or PII anyone? Seriously, in my opinion (based on my own wants/needs) the stuff on sale that I've seen so far is gimmick stuff.


    I remember last year, an i7 920 and an X58 motherboard sold for around $150 as a special.
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    ssalim , November 30, 2009 4:19 PM
    Past 2 years I spent $0 on black friday and cyber monday.
    This year I redeemd them by spending over $500. Ouches will be for dinner next month when paying credit card bill.
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    bdaonion , November 30, 2009 4:20 PM
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    many etailers organize Cyber Monday deals.


    Missing the "r".

    But I wont be buying anything. Im a TAC. ;) 
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    JMcEntegart , November 30, 2009 4:25 PM
    bdaonionMissing the "r". But I wont be buying anything. Im a TAC.


    etailer = online retailer.
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    megamanx00 , November 30, 2009 4:27 PM
    I stayed home for black friday. We'll see what deals get me to loosen my death grip on my money today.
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