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'Battle plan' works for Walmart shoppers

Rich Kaplan, 42, of North Babylon and Julie

Rich Kaplan, 42, of North Babylon and Julie Saccente, 33, of Massapequa Park, outside Walmart in Massapequa with their Black Friday purchases. (Nov. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/Lisa Du

Rich Kaplan, 42, of North Babylon, and Julie Saccente, 33, of Massapequa Park, are step-siblings who call themselves "professional Black Friday shoppers."

And before Black Friday even began, the two had cleaned up at Walmart in Massapequa.

"I've never seen Black Friday run this smoothly," Kaplan said.

The pair made it out of the store at 8:05 p.m. Thanksgiving, within five minutes of when the Black Friday markdowns began at the retailer. Their cart was loaded full of kitchenware. 

Their secret? Kaplan said the two have shopped on Black Friday for the past five years and always devise a "battle plan" ahead of time to get the best deals and be out of the store quickly.

This Thanksgiving, the two began at 2 p.m. with a stakeout of all the locations they planned to shop at later that night, Saccente said.

It's also good to make friends once inside a store when there are multiple deals and long lines, she advised. Saccente said she befriended a woman waiting to get a mixer on sale, promising to grab her an extra set of Tupperware if the other woman would get an extra mixer for her.

"This is how you don't lose the specials," Saccente explained. 

Above, Rich Kaplan, 42, of North Babylon and Julie Saccente , 33, of Massapequa Park, outside Walmart in Massapequa with their Black Friday purchases.

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