Do you make a list and check it twice, looking for the early opening stores and the stores with the best prices and values?
Do you fight through the sore feet and long lines to complete your Christmas list?
Do you do most of your shopping locally in Rock Hill or Fort Mill?
If you answered yes to all three questions, we would like to accompany you on Black Friday.
We are looking for a dedicated Black Friday shopper to be featured in Saturday's Herald. We would like to sit in on your shopping strategy sessions, get up in the early morning and observe you and other shoppers in what is the biggest shopping day of the year in terms of customers. We might even help carry a shopping bag or two.
Predictions are that holiday sales will again be down this year. The American Research Group of Charleston is predicting dismal sales, calling the season a "group depression."
The National Retail Federation is slightly more optimistic, predicting there will be more discretionary spending this year. Last year, consumers spent an average of $681.83 on the holidays. The federation's prediction for this year is $688.87 - short of the 2007 high of $755.13.
The federation also predicts that people who shop mostly online will spent on average $858.49.
How much will you spend?
What will you buy? Last year's top sellers were the Wii console, GPS units, the Apple I touch and digital cameras by Nikon and Cannon.
What is the must-have toy this season?
E-mail us your Black Friday shopping plans and we will select one shopper for the story.
We also are soliciting e-mails of your favorite Black Friday shopping experience and Black Friday shopping photos for use on Saturday and later.
Submit your Black Friday shopping resume with a phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday.