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#1310850 Is it me or do the ads suck this year?

Posted by Brad on Nov 8, 2015 - 3:09 pm

I think we've got our slogan for next year's t-shirts! :P

#1339013 Is Black Friday dead?

Posted by Brad on Nov 16, 2016 - 4:41 pm

It means nothing of the sort.

Have you taught the puppy to sit? Roll over? Pee outside? Ad linking and online checking?


She's got the sit part down:




but she's not good at anything Black Friday-related yet. Hopefully she'll be trained by next year.

#1311549 reasonable amount of gifts

Posted by tracy0504 on Nov 10, 2015 - 2:24 pm

In my honest opinion, the "adult" children are grown, so the fact that they get any gifts @ all should be appreciated!!!!  Especially the one that has children of their own, because in my house they would get more than the parents.  Now, don't get me wrong because I still buy my grown children gifts, but I concentrate more on my 15 y/o because he is still a child and most of the things he wants he can't buy on his own.  I already made it very clear to my 22 & 21 y/o that they are grown w/ jobs so they can buy themselves just about anything they want, but I will still get them some gifts.  Now if my funds allow then yes I will splurge on them and get my oldest the Wii U that he has been wanting (mind you he has a Xbox One on lay-away @ Walmart) and I may get my daughter a new 32" tv for her bedroom (for the apartment that she claims she will have by the new year).  But to EXPECT more @ their ages is a bit selfish and spoiled if you ask me... I am sorry if I sound harsh, but you asked for honest.  These grown kids have taken the meaning out of Christmas, it's about giving a gift to show love, it's not about how many gifts or how much each gift cost!!!!  Who's keeping a running tally?!?!.  Sorry, but this really upset me and I would have a few conversations with the older children (and you shouldn't have to) because @ their ages they should be more understanding. 


Ok, I am done ranting...lol...and to answer your question, no you are not being unreasonable!!!!  I usually ask everyone what they want and try to fulfill their lists... I only did that with my youngest this year!!!!

#1336590 Is anyone else feeling like these are normal sales?

Posted by Brad on Nov 6, 2016 - 7:03 am

"Is it just me or do the ads suck this year?"


When we bring back the t-shirts next year, that's going on the back :P

#1273873 Annual most memorable/embarrassing BF moment(s)

Posted by tn20 on Oct 19, 2014 - 5:07 pm

One year, my son really wanted an Optimus Prime Transformer toy. We couldn't afford the retail price, but were excited to see it on sale at Toys R Us. It was a madhouse and by the time I got to the correct aisle, there was only one left of the shelf. I quickly started heading towards it when a woman came from behind me and shoved me in to the shelving. I fell down, and she rushed towards the toy. I was so upset, but a young guy had seen what had happened and just before she grabbed the toy, he pulled it off the shelf and held it out of her reach. He walked over to me and asked,"Is this what you were after?" I said yes and he handed it to me, gave her a very mischievous smile, and walked off. She was so mad, but I don't know what made me happier, that my son would get his toy or knowing that, in the midst of chaos, that man cared enough to help out a stranger.

#1242452 Secret Santa 2013 Official Discussion Thread

Posted by Reinholt1 on Dec 20, 2013 - 1:19 am

My turn!  (I think I may be the last one)   My Secret Santa gift arrived today!  Yay!  Thank you!  It was perfect!  But not in the way you might guess!  And the timing actually worked out perfectly!  (I always have preached that miracles are as simple as "God placing the right people (or things) in the right place at the right time".    If you have the eyes of faith (doesn't matter which faith) you will see miracles right and left.


Any way..here's the story.  My poor 83 year old dad, slipped and fell outside the old people's home when he and my mother were returning from a doctor appointment.   Off to the hospital they went.  Being the dutiful daughter and DPOA I left my hospital (work) and went to theirs.   Dad was shaken up and upset and chattering a mile a minute.  Of course we had to go through all the CT scans, Xrays, blood work etc. and he was placed in observation.  RN took one look and him and how he was acting  (he has vascular dementia from his stroke 4 years ago.) and  immediately said  'You are staying the night aren't you?"  Of course.  Well.  Poor dad was up all afternoon/evening with tests et al.  AND up all night for tests and just simple checks to make sure he was still alert and could squeeze hands etc.  83 year old men do not take well to being up 24 hours straight.  So by 6am Dad is becoming more and more confused and very grumpy and fussy.  This soon turned into an all out  dementia temper tantrum  which lasted 5 hours.  We could not calm him down or redirect him.  He was both physically and emotionally exhausted.  I finally told the nurse,  "I hate to do this, but can you give him something?  We need to hit his reset button somehow."   So poor dad got a wee bit of happy juice and was sound asleep quickly.   He was rouse-able a few hours later and we were able to finish his tests and be discharged.  (Yay!  Nothing broken, no bleeding.)  Got him home Wednesday night and spent the night at the old people's home as Dad was still very groggy and disoriented.


Fast forward to Thursday afternoon, Dad is now awake and back to his old self after 13-14 hours of sleep.   I had to leave mom and dad for a few hours because I had to lead the candlelight service at my hospital.  When I returned home, my secret santa package had arrived!  But I did not know it was my secret santa because it did not say "secret santa".  I thought it was an Ebay purchase.  I fed the cats and grabbed my package and headed back to the old people's home.   I found a very contrite and embarrassed Dad who was trying to apologize right and left.  Mom told him how he had been behaving.  (He could not remember any of it.)  I reassured Dad that I was not upset,  that I knew it was his dementia and that everything was OK.  But he was still upset.  Then I opened my secret santa gift.... it was a snowman night light  (a very glittery sparkly one.)  And my dad has  always had a thing for night lights.  (He is afraid of tripping and falling,)  His face immediately lit up and he asked "Is that for me??" and he began laughing when I plugged it in.  (Totally forgetting how upset he was.)


Needless to say,  it is now in his bedroom and his guardian angel night light was moved to his bathroom hallway.  (And a plain night light was "retired".)   He is SO happy  (and thus I am happy) with it.  Every time I have assisted him with overnight bathroom runs tonight,  he points and it and chuckles as I take him back to his bed.  It is an absolutely perfect gift and more importantly, it came at just the time.  Thank you so very much!



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Now as, promised.....Mom's Secret Santa gifts from Chief Elf! :D


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Two pretty leonx bird bowls for Mom's chocolate.  (As you can see, she has already enjoyed almost all of her chocolate.)


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Sorry, thought the picture was clearer... Mom also got a beautiful pin.


Mom has sent a thank you note to Chef Elf.   She really enjoyed her Secret Santa surprise!


And thank you to my Secret Santa!  Because you brought a big smile to dad's face when he needed it!

#1241930 Secret Santa 2013 Official Discussion Thread

Posted by ClosedAcct on Dec 16, 2013 - 9:14 pm

Y'all.....y'all.....y'all....y'alllllllllllll..................You win.  I give in.  I give into the Christmas spirit and the hopefulness I seem to have misplaced for far too long and to the belief that good people exist.


I bet you can guess what I am about to say.....there was another package waiting for me when I got home from what was a horrible day that included a huge blow up with my father over some serious non-packergurl-responsible nonsense but I digress.....


After crying yet again, I decide to open all the packages.  There have been 5 packages in all:


1) The first package (see picture #1) had some awesome old school taffy that I can guarantee will be gone before the week is over along with some mini Twix (yummy!) and Russell Stovers as well as a gorgeous watch that I LOVE and gingerbread anti-bacterial hand stuff.  I love this all, thank you!!!.


2) The second package was the previously posted package (see post #180 in this thread) that had a box of peppermint tea, Reese's Pieces and Twix - my 2 favs!, and a Starbucks card. This the perfect comfort package, tea and chocolate! Thank you!!


3) Package 3 was from the Chief Elf and had an adorable angel ornament with the word "Believe" on it that is now proudly front and center on my tree (see post #223).  It's perfect!  Thank you Chief Elf!


4) Package 4 (see picture 2 marked #4) is the package that arrived on Friday and is mentioned in post #224.  This package had 2 inflatable Packers tailgating buffet tables!!!  OH THE IRONY!!!  I was so pumped from the pep rally that I had a party for the game yesterday and I received one of these at my office white elephant exchange last week and I love it and I used it at my party yesterday and I was seriously telling everyone that I needed more of them because one wasn't enough and there sat two more RIGHT UNDER MY TREE!!!! BAHAHAHAHA :)  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I can't wait til next Sunday, it's going to be a Packers buffet heaven in my house! :D


5) The package that arrived today (see picture 3 marked #5) is the one that broke the dam and spurred the opening of the packages under the tree BUT by the time I got to this one, I felt like I was cheating myself of Christmas morning excitement so when I discovered the gifts were wrapped, I stopped myself.  There are 4 tea packages I can't wait to try and there are 5 wrapped packages in all, 3 are Christmas and the 2 with the puppy paper say Happy Birthday.  You don't even know what it means to have birthday gifts NOT wrapped in Christmas paper!!  I wanted to rip into them but I decided to save them so I will update this next week.  THANK YOU!! :D


There are also 2 other people who sent me Christmas cards with Starbucks cards in them to whom I want to say thank you.  I also want to say thank you for all of the Christmas cards too.  My mantle is very appreciative :)


I've tried to send a card to everyone who has sent me something but if I missed you, please, please, please, please let me know so I can fix that :)


You all have made me feel very special and loved.  I feel like I've been blitz attacked into a better mood and a better outlook and it has worked.  It's not even about the "things" but the fact that all of you, people who don't even know me, care enough to try and perk me up.  It has definitely shined a light on all the not so good people I let hang around - family included - who are life sucking energy drainers that don't deserve the access to me. You all have reminded me that there are positive people still out there and you have shown me that I deserve better, quality people in my life.  I cannot say thank you enough.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I love ALL of you and if you EVER need ANYTHING, say the word and it's done.  Gottadeal has definitely shown me THIS is what family is about and that family is more than just DNA.  Thank you a thousand and one times over.  Merry Christmas.


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#1303470 Best and Worst Black Friday Memories

Posted by love2behappy on Sep 9, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Best Black Friday memory. . .when Black Friday was actually FRIDAY

#1334123 Lost that loving feeling for Black Friday

Posted by len_mullen on Oct 19, 2016 - 8:12 am

Listen folks, take it upon yourself to make BF more enjoyable.  I might be getting old and sentimental, but I plan to do just that this year.  In fact, 2016 has been a back to basics adventure for me and I am LOVING it!


  1. Dumped Netflix and Prime.  Relying on an antenna for television.  
  2. Turning off the computer after supper.  Getting to bed a little earlier.
  3. Shopping locally -- Kohls, Staples, Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy
  4. No more warehouse stores -- thank you Aldis for freeing me of bulk purchases

I AM going out to shop on Black Friday and the Farmer's Almanac is predicting snow!  I'm taking my youngest (he doesn't know this) and we are going to stand in line to get one thing to remember.  Then we are going to have breakfast and shop.


I am going to shop at least four times between BF and Christmas Eve.  I may not buy anything, but I want to take in the atmosphere, frenzy.


I am assembling a collection of Christmas songs and audio books to listen to as I drive around.


Merry Christmas!

#1277661 Sears Black Friday Ad Posted

Posted by Deal Grabber on Nov 4, 2014 - 6:27 pm

this scan is HORRIBLE to look at. I sincerely hope the rest of your ads this year are easier to look at....


and i hope if a better looking one shows up you completely replace it. It would be easy to miss a good sale or item due to not even seeing it. First page refrigerator and washer....


These ads are given to mods to post. They dont chose to post them with the watermarks. Im very thankful for this(free)  site that even takes the time to post ads for us. if you have clearer ads for us to look at feel free to submit them. Given the fact all the hard work that goes into this site im happy to view what ever ads are posted. :cheesy:

#1335916 Walmart legal letter received :)

Posted by Brad on Nov 2, 2016 - 10:49 am

I know some of you look forward to this each year, haha. Just got (via email) the Walmart legal letter. The physical copy should be here any day now as well. Black Friday season has officially started :)

#1287988 Secret Santa 2014 Official Discussion Thread

Posted by Reinholt1sMom on Dec 4, 2014 - 10:16 pm

SS GIFT RECEIVED!   THANK YOU SS!  [[[[  :holiday15 ]]]]


Actually it's Reinholt1 posting on behalf of my 84 yr old mom.  When I stopped by today, mom met me with the box in hand saying "This just arrived, who is it from?"   I pointed to the "SS" in the return address and said "It's your Secret Santa".  At that, her face lit up and she said "Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh Boy!  I am opening it NOW!!!"  and she turned and ran back into her building and that was the last I saw of her.


20 minutes later she calls me on the phone:  "Do you want to know what I got??  I got CHOCOLATE!"  Boy you sure made Mom's day!  She's happy.   (She's probably eaten it all by now too.)


Mom also said that she received a mug with a purple design that matches her new jacket.  (Mom has gotten into some of her Christmas presents already...::sigh::  She is opening one every day, advent calendar style, between Thanksgiving and Christmas.   (And if she doesn't like me telling everyone, then she needs to learn how to write her own dumb posts!  ::ducking out of mom's reach very quickly: :))


Mom also found 2 knit summer shirts in her box that she is very happy with...one is a bright solid green which she says she can't wait for St. Patrick's Day to wear.   ("You can't find sold green shirts with this kind of green in March.  I can't wait to wear it.")  and a summery white shirt with a bright blue and yellow design with flecks of black.  Mom says she will "wear it with black pants to make the black flecks pop right out."  I know Mom is happy with them because she is already matching them up with pants and deciding when she can wear them!


I'll post pictures after I go over and take them.  (Well, as I said,  I think that small box of Russell Stover chocolates is gone by now so I think I missed that photo!)


Thank you very much Secret Santa...Reinholt1sMom is very happy with her surprises!

#1361435 GottaDEAL 2018 Black Friday T-Shirt Club Posting Thread

Posted by Brad on Nov 25, 2017 - 9:56 am

Update: It's now December 1st and the contest is closed to new entrants (so trying to sneak in with a post now won't work :P)


As of the end of November there are 71 members still eligible to win a shirt.


We’re going to try something new this year and see how it goes...

How would you like to guarantee yourself a 2018 Black Friday t-shirt?

All you have to do is post in this thread at least once per month from now (November 2017) through November 2018. 13 months, 13 posts.

You can post as much or as little as you’d like. You could just post “I’m here” or give a 3,000 word monthly update on your life. It doesn’t matter. You can post more than once per month but it won’t help you in any way towards getting a shirt, but feel free to reply to others or just be chatty in here.

Anyone successfully doing this will get a t-shirt next year. No random drawing, no luck needed. But if you miss a month, you’re out. Hopefully you stick around a little longer than the 6 seconds it takes to post each month, but that’s up to you.

For the purposes of this contest, each month starts on the 1st at midnight Central time. In the unlikely event we don’t produce shirts next year, I’ll substitute a prize of equal value.

And no, I don’t know what next year’s shirt will look like. However, next year is our 15th year so if I had to guess, we’ll have some kind of special 15th year logo on front and bring back the classic “If you can read this, I just got your doorbuster!” slogan on the back.

Good luck!

#1356994 What does everyone think about the ads?

Posted by Brad on Nov 5, 2017 - 7:54 am

Don't be surprised if at least 2 of Walmart, Target and Best Buy (and maybe all 3) are out by the time you wake up Tuesday morning. Tomorrow could be veryyyy busy.

#1305033 Black Friday Webcast 2015?

Posted by bigjimslade on Oct 1, 2015 - 9:27 am

Hello Everyone! 


I am here and I am back.  The Black Friday webcasts will be back this year.  It looks like we will start in late Oct/Early Nov.  I will create a line up for everyone and post it.


The reason I have not been on until now is I have been trying to wrap up projects so I can focus on BF, the webcasts and the jobs Brad has me do for him.  Also I was in a very serious relationship that ended and or is up in the air so I took time off to find myself and deal with that.  Anyhow life is good and I cant wait to be back in the saddle.


Have any questions or ideas let me know and post them here.

#1222299 What's the best deal you have gotten on Black Friday?

Posted by leefamily23 on Oct 19, 2013 - 8:17 pm

I say this every year...but my best deal was my hubby  :gdkiss2: .  Was kinda shoved with the crowd into him in the middle of the madness at Walmart in 1997.  (I will have to say we knew each other in jr high, but he moved out of state in high school and we had not seen each other for roughly 7-8 yrs.)  I went to go say I'm sorry and was ready to move on to my doorbusters.  Instead, I stopped to chat for a few minutes as best as possible. We had a connection in the middle of the opening mayhem and I looked him up in the phone book that night and called him.  We've been together ever since.  

#1335369 Black Friday Live 2016? [bigjimslade update post #51]

Posted by bigjimslade on Oct 30, 2016 - 9:46 am

Hello Everyone!


I just logged onto GD a few days ago and saw this great thread about the webcast.  You and Brad have been very supportive of me and the webcast so I thought I would write this post and explain my situation.


The last 12 months has had its ups and downs.  As I said in the last webcast when Black Friday season started last year the relationship and engagement I was in ended mid-summer of 2015.  I really did not get over it until recently when a small army of Indian aunties and uncles gave me a lot of great advice on the situation.  Other things that have happened is my business (Selig Polyscope Co) is growing and has gotten into digital projection.  Other things have happened like my good friend being ran over and killed at a film festival. 


The big situation that is holding me back is both of my parents fell ill and were in the hospital over the last few months.  My dad has cancer surgery and had some setbacks.  He is expected to recover fully but it will take some time.  My mom had some neurological issues and had to be in the hospital as well.  Both are living with me since they are fall prone.  With taking care of them and working I just cant put the 1000% time into a weekly webcast.  It takes about 10 hours a week to prepare for one.  This includes reading the message boards, studying the ads, reading the news wires, reading other BF sites and such.    


If someone wants to take up the webcasts please do so and support them 10000% like you have done for me.  I am not done with BF and will be back next year.  I may do one big webcast in Nov if no one else picks up the torch.

Thank you for the kind posts on here and the kind Facebook messages that some of you have sent.



#1309672 Walmart annual letter?

Posted by Brad on Nov 3, 2015 - 5:39 am

Yep, Walmart came Saturday and Sam's Club (from the same lawyer) came yesterday.


They are both hanging on my fridge with pride :P

#1278258 Black Friday T-Shirt Status Update Thread

Posted by Brad on Nov 6, 2014 - 11:17 am

As an added bonus, several of the prize shirts will contain Amazon.com gift card codes in various amounts, so check your package closely :P

#1241948 Secret Santa 2013 Official Discussion Thread

Posted by lilquiet on Dec 17, 2013 - 3:14 am

Now THIS is what Christmas is about.  :) THIS is what keeps me coming back for these exchanges,  :gdhug1:


 Everyone is so sweet, thoughtful, and giving.  Strangers but yet family.  Gottadeal is just the best pick me up.