Here it comes again, the blackest of black, the most crowded of crowded, the most obscene of obscene in consumer spending. Oy! Black Friday hits again! …almost

Check out l’√©toile’s guide to Black Friday, above. They’ve got the right idea: “avoid the mall (and the stampedes) and instead, shop local.”

And for a slightly more mainstream roundup (sorry Jason), see Jason DeRusha’s Black Friday Reality blog post.

Of course, you can always avoid leaving the house altogether, and still do some shopping online, but beware, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is warning online shoppers of pop-up offers “duping customers into joining shopping clubs.”