Be First in Line at Best Buy on Black Friday

Do you relish standing in line for five hours in the cold and dark, just to get a shot at one of the Black Friday bargains? If not, you might be interested in the shortcut that Best Buy has announced. As part of its Black Friday VIP contest, you can be one of 25 lucky winners who will get a special shot at the Black Friday bargains.

Winners will be chosen by November 24th, one for each of 25 different markets. (In my area, the Philadelphia-area winner will shop at the Depford, NJ store.) Each winner will receive a limo ride for themselves and three guests to the store in time for a 4:30 AM shopping spree ahead of the hordes, where they can buy up to four of the doorbuster specials. Oh, and Best Buy will also give the winner a $1,000 gift card to use to buy those bargains. And you get a video camcorder so that you can record the event.

How do you win? Enter at the contest site, and write up to 250 words about “What do you do to make the day after Thanksgiving a particularly fun and special day?”

Frankly, I’m not one to stand in line. I’d rather wait two hours than stand in line for one. But getting a free ride and beating the rush could make the event a lot more fun. And I expect that you’ll find that the $1,000 gift card will go a lot farther than you might imagine this year, especially if you’re shopping for an HDTV.