If you're shopping this Black Friday or over the Thanksgiving weekend, you're in luck: due to the slow economy, retailers are desperate enough for sales that they've slashed prices even more than usual. There's a round-up of the big day here, with some details listed below. If you can afford it, I urge everyone to do their patriotic duty and go out and buy. Or, even easier, stay at home and click. You might get some real deals. In fact, according to none other than Tracy Mullin of the National Retail Federation (link):
"Shoppers who held off buying a DVD player or winter coat over the last few months will find that prices may literally be too good to pass up."
Speaking of which, you can save yourself some gas money and pick up this Philips Multiformat DVD player for around $50. Or, try a Sony BDP-S350 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player for somewhere around $200 (one place says 199, another says 214, but both are great deals). Still not good enough? How about this deal: if you get a Sony Blu-ray set top player like the last and get two (qualifiying) Sony BluRay discs, you could have gotten two more discs for free!
Want to spend even more? A Sharp 42-Inch LCD HDTV was just under $1000. Looking for a gift for your third cousin, twice removed? A Samsung Bluetooth wireless headset had been marked down from $50 to around half that amount.
OK, how about clothing? Aeropostale has a massive sale, with 50% to 70% off on most items. Meanwhile, Best Buy has a "Friday Doorbuster" sale.
Meanwhile, for the kids (or former kids), the 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch doll is around $20. If you want to get me something, consider EyeClops Night Vision Infrared Stealth Goggles. They aren't, unfortunately, milspec, but the idea of conducting "covert operations in your backyard" is strangely appealing, not to mention how helpful they'd be for camping.
OK, but what about gifts for the homemaker or chef in your family? Consider a George Foreman Removable-Plate Grill or a Breadman 2-Pound Breadmaker.
Just get out there and shop 'til you drop.