Thursday, November 25th, 2010, 10:03 pm
Tomorrow is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Lots of crowds, plenty of questionable deals.
Earlier this decade, when stores like Best Buy offered mail-in rebates, there were true bargains to be had that were worth camping out for. They counted on the majority of folks never sending in those rebates. They could afford to give away electronics for next to nothing to the lucky folk who filled out the forms to get their rebates. Free cell phones without activation required were easy to score back then.
Those days are long gone. I just watched a CNN clip of people camping out from Thursday afternoon at Best Buy until they open at 5am. Seriously guys? You can get better deals online without fighting the crowds!
The last time my birthday (11/26) fell out on Black Friday was in 2004. That year I found myself on shlichus, teaching kids in Sao Paulo. And on that day, my 20th birthday, I started a little blog called ctownbochur.blogspot.com and told some friends on AIM to check it out. 3 years after that it became DansDeals.com and here we are 3 years after that. It’s been exciting to see it grow into a site reaching hundreds of thousands of visitors every month, saving people millions of dollars and helping people get miles to see the awesome world that we’re in for free. I’ve never spent a dime on advertising, so thanks to all you guys for spreading the good word!
I hope lots of you got free tickets and hotel stays earlier this week and were brave enough to trust me that it would all work out. If you did post a comment about what you booked for free! I had the time of my life flying to Vegas for free, staying in a Bellagio suite for free, watching a Cirque show which I’m very happy that Expedia paid for, getting a comped dinner and internet from the Bellagio, and then seeing that $0 bill from them and the full refund from Expedia! Now that was quite the birthday present!!! Oh, and getting 10,000 Continental miles on the free ticket…now that is like icing on my birthday cake!