A former employee shares her best tips and strategies for the biggest shopping holiday of the year.

By Liz Steelman
November 22, 2016

This might sound surprising, but I loved working Black Friday morning at Best Buy during high school in Illinois. I can assure you, it was nothing like the retail horror stories you've seen on the news. There was no trampling or yelling. It is hectic, crowded, and a little overwhelming (which prepared me for my daily NYC commute later in life), but I never once felt scared. Overall, it was exciting: especially when the day started at 4 a.m. with a shot of Red Bull and a riling chant from our floor manager to get our adrenaline pumping. It’s an experience I think everyone should have. And not only did I learn a bit of grit and humility during my 10-hour day, I also picked up some savvy shopping lessons I still use today. And now I’m sharing them with you. Here, the four most important Black Friday shopping strategies I learned while working on the floor at a big box electronics store on the most notorious retail holiday.

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