Friday, August 22, 2008

The Breakfast of Champions-- Champion Online Shoppers, that is.

It's never too early to start planning for holiday shopping -- especially if that planning means avoiding the blackfriday crowds that jam stores beginning at 3 a.m. and make the day after Thanksgiving such a bonanza for merchants and a headache for you.

Instead of getting up in the middle of the night to go freeze your butt off in the cold outside a mall, only to get inside and have to wade through a crowd of rude angry people who wouldn't know "holiday spirit" if it shoved them out of the way to grab the last of the $19.99 diamond bracelets, why not take it easy this year and simply buy all that stuff online -- while still getting those great Black Friday deals?

You can do that through iBlackFriday -- a website that posts the Black Friday deals, emails you the alerts about new deals, and lets you shop online using those deals; holiday shopping at a discount, minus the crowds and weather and lines and hassle.

iBlackFriday even has the hottest stores that you'll definitely want to visit -- like deals for the Apple Store. It's guaranteed you're going to be buying someone (maybe you?) something from the Apple Store this year -- but those store have maybe 2 clerks to deal with 10,000 customers. So buy the stuff online, using the deals from iBlackFriday, instead.

Go browse around the iBlackFriday site for a while, and you'll definitely agree with me: It's the way to go for holiday shopping; you'll want to sign up now for their email alerts so that you can be first in line -- or online-- for those deals when they arrive in your inbox.

Then, on the day after Thanksgiving, sleep in! Get up, read the paper, then make yourself one of those day-after-Thanksgiving breakfasts that's really just a plateful of pumpkin pie and Chex mix, and sit down at your computer. A couple of clicks, a couple of forkfuls of pie, and you're done!

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