Nov 172010
 
Authors: Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer

It’s the start of the holiday season, so why not celebrate with several minor holidays to lead up to Mr. Jesus’s 2,010th b-day? Coming up on Friday we have Thanksdrinking, followed by Thanksgiving six days later and then the best of all, Black Friday the day after.

It’s called Black Friday because most people start their holiday shopping, pushing business financially from the red to the black for the first time since the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.

Because all the shoppers are out, many businesses have their biggest sales of the year that day –– particularly electronics stores.

Every year, our friends and us camp out all night on the sidewalk outside of Best Buy to make sure we take advantage. A lot of the stock will be gone if you wait until later in the morning, but luckily it’s a lot of fun to camp out, so early is OK.

Just how good are the deals, you ask? Odds are they’ve got something to tickle your fancy.

Let’s start cheap and move up from there.

Blu-ray discs and DVDs start at a mere $7.99 and $3.99, respectively. Now that we’ve covered the starving artist’s budget, here’s what you might be able to afford if you’re lucky enough to have a part time job.

Need a flat screen TV? That’s right, no one needs one. But if you want one, how’s $370 sound for 42 inches of plasma? You have eight days from today to save up for that awesome deal.

Of course you’ll need a Blu-ray player for that new TV, and for just 59 bucks you can’t really say no.

Have an inner photographer trying to break out of that stuffy shell you call a body? Digital cameras start at $59 as well. For $800, you could tote around a Canon Rebel DSLR with 18 megafreakingpixels.

Are we being paid to advertise for Best Buy? Nooo, but that is where we hang out every year. Call it our recommendation. We just get a little excited about next week. It’s possibly the best part of Thanksgiving break, third only to the copious amount of food we’ll be consuming and lack of classes.

What’s on our wish lists particularly? This year for Glen it’s all about the Bluetooth headphones and a new FM transmitter for the MP3 player in the car. Life with less wires is like life with free pizza: It would be awesome and not involve many wires.

Best Buy has a Black Friday deal on FM transmitters for $25, but unfortunately none for Bluetooth headphones this year. Might just pick up a pair anyway. The list price is a lot cheaper by now.

Ryan on the other hand has his eye on a terabyte Western Digital Passport drive and a new iPhone case with free headphones –– $89 and $29 for the two. However, due to his inability to perform last weekend at the blackjack table, he’ll be forced to choose between the two.

Columnists Ryan Gibbons and Glen Pfeiffer will be at the Centerra Best Buy next Thursday night. Visit them or send comments and questions to verve@collegian.com.

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