Apologies about the tardiness on this. First we had a ton of ties on about 8 stories overall, then I said I'd post them two days ago and then stuff happened that isn't your fault but my own. Sorry.
But, we have winners. It took a process. I first started by letting moderators read and like the ones they liked (as well as the ones I liked). From those, I then passed the stories onto a group of acquaintances who write or review similar content on a regular basis, they told me their top three. And we had to go back and forth more than a few times on this, slowly weeding out a story at a time until we came to four winners, even though more than a few were as well liked as the winners. That's right, four winners. We got a tie for third. Rather than continue the back and forth, I figured I'd award both people.
And now, the winners.
The Blackest Friday, by IamTylerDurden1
Black Friday, by capjacksparrow
Both winners win a $50 gift card or similar payout.
Ruins of a Black Friday, by Wolf873
Wolf873 wins a $100 gift card or similar payout.
The Bright Falls Black Friday Deal, by Kran
Kran wins a $200 gift card or similar payout.
And thus closes out a great December. Thank you for everyone who contributed and to those who helped review the entries.