Black Friday Cheat Sheet: Morgantown and Beyond

Black Friday can be a wild experience, but if you’re up for the task, it can be well worth it.

First you need to decide if Black Friday shopping is for you. (I mean really think it through.) If there isn’t a particular item you have in mind, it probably isn’t worth going. Black Friday isn’t the time to go browsing. However, if you have a plan, know what you’re going to buy and don’t eat too much turkey beforehand, you can master Black Friday. Here’s your cheat sheet:

The Morgantown Mall:

Select stores in the mall will be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. This includes Aeropostale, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, PacSun, JC Penney, Elder-Beerman, Journeys, Spencer’s and Charlotte Russe among many others. Finish Line, Forever 21, Radio Shack and the GAP will be opening at midnight with Christopher and Banks, GNC and Francesca’s opening at 6 a.m. The rest of the mall will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. (Click here to read the full listing.) Plan accordingly!

University Town Center:

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Image from Target.com. This is the best price for the iPad Air, however, Walmart is having the best deal for the iPad Mini.

The Town Center holds many of the big-name department stores that will be having great deals on Black Friday. For example, Target is a major player on Black Friday. They even have a pre-Black Friday sale going on now. For the real deal though, check out their advertisement for Black Friday. Some of the best deals include a Nintendo 3DS for only $149.99, an iPad Air for $479 with a $100 Target gift card and an Xbox Kinect bundle for $189.99.

Walmart is another major Black Friday hub. If you’re wanting to get an iPad Mini, this is the best place to purchase it. They’re on sale for $299 and include a $100 Walmart gift card. Other great deals include a $29 HP printer and some great prices on TVs (see below). Walmart is having a special this Black Friday where you’re guaranteed certain items at the sale price so long as you pick up a wristband between the allotted time (which varies per product). Don’t forget, they’ll price match everything, too. (Pssst.. don’t forget there’s another Walmart in Morgantown! This one might be less busy.)

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Image from Walmart.com. Here are just a few of the great prices on TVs.

Best Buy is the third big one in the Town Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but there will be special doorbusters throughout the evening. Great deals include an Xbox 360 bundle worth $399.95 for only $189.99, discounted DVDs (between $1.99 and $9.99, originally $2.99 to $59.99) and $200 savings on HP Intel laptops. Keep in mind, though, you need to have a ticket for all doorbusters.

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Image from best buy.com. Save $200 on HP Intel laptops!

Unfortunately, Morgantown doesn’t have all the best deals. If you’re serious about savings, travel up to Pennsylvania to get great deals (and get out of paying sales tax on clothing!)

Tanger Outlets:

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Image form Tanger Outlets. Get 20 and 30 percent off when you download the savings card.

Tanger Outlets in Washington, Pa. is just a short drive from Morgantown. It opens at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Download the bonus card to save 20 percent from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and save 30 percent from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Additionally, individual stores are having some great deals on their own, too! If you want to avoid the Black Friday rush, they’ll be having deals all weekend.

The Mall at Robinson:

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Image from the Mall at Robinson’s Facebook page.

Located in Robinson Town Center, Pa., the Mall at Robinson is a fairly short drive from Morgantown, too. The mall is hosting an event, Shop Like a Rockstar starting at midnight with gift card giveaways and freebies.

The mall includes a Macy’s, Banana Republic, Sears, (a really awesome) Forever 21, JC Penney and Buckle among many others.

With this guide, a little planning and a lot of patience, Black Friday can be a success. Good luck, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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3 thoughts on “Black Friday Cheat Sheet: Morgantown and Beyond

  1. Maybe it’s just me (judging by how many people participate, it might be just me) but I feel really dirty and evil when I go Black Friday shopping. Maybe I’ve been a broke bachelor college student for too long, but I just can’t justify it:

    “Hey, I’m going to go out and fight (sometimes literally) crowds of people at 4 a.m. to get that present or piece of consumer technology I know that one member of my family wants, and I’m going to do it because today I can get it cheaper than any other day.”

    Doesn’t anybody else feel weird about this? Are these material things so important that you’d physically suffer in order to pay money for them? Don’t you feel like you’re participating in some bastardized over-commercialized holiday money-making scheme?

    Maybe I’m just weird but it grosses me out. Black Friday is an explosion of the greed, commercialism and narcissism that America is famous for.

    I only went to BF one time, and I was so physically disgusted the only thing I bought was a pack of glow-in-the-dark ceiling stars when I was supposed to get myself a new cellphone.

    Look at that – I talked about the experience like I’d done something wrong by not buying stuff, not taking that opportunity. What kind of culture do we live in where NOT taking deals can be considered a bad thing?

    • I think the worst part is that a lot of these deals and “doorbusters” start on Thanksgiving Day. Doors open at Target at 8 p.m. that evening. It’s like there’s no room for Thanksgiving anymore.

      I will say if I wasn’t a townie but still staying in Morgantown, I’d be all about the deals. If you can’t be with family, might as well go shopping.

  2. Emily,

    I’ve already said my piece about Black Friday on Whitney’s post, and even though I would never utilize your post (because I don’t shop on Black Friday) I definitely think that people can.

    If people are into Black Friday shopping and they live in Morgantown, your post is definitely a must read. It is truly a resource.

    Good job posting timely and relevant information!

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