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Where the Deals Are

Forbes reports retailers aren’t slashing prices as much as last year, but there’s still good deals to be found.

By Tom Van Riper,

Major retailers won’t be panicked into slashing post-Christmas prices as severely as they did last year, when they were caught off-guard by the credit crisis. But there should still be plenty of great deals out there.


Be Careful Out There

In this Nov. 28, 2008, file photo, Nassau County Police examine the front of the Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y., where a temporary Wal-Mart worker died after  shoppers broke down the doors and trampled him. 

Folks take their Black Friday shopping seriously, and there are some good deals to be found.

But stories like the one below give me pause.

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. – Victoria Rogers had originally planned to make an early stop the day after Thanksgiving last year at the Wal-Mart store in Valley Stream on Long Island. Her last-minute decision against it might have saved her life.

“We saw the mob, and we said no,” she said. “Wal-Mart’s not the store.”

What she saw that day was no ordinary crowd of shoppers, but a throng police say jammed through the doors upon the store’s opening in a mad dash for holiday savings, trampling a guard to death. More here.

Can you think of any bargain worth waiting in line for hours, and risking life and limb to obtain?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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