Black Friday ads are being looked into like crazy. Here is some info stemming from Target Black Friday ads, K-mart Black Friday ads, Best Buy Black Friday ads, and Wal-mart Black Friday ads. The Boston Herald projects this to be one of the worst shopping seasons we’ve seen in years, and retailers cannot afford discounts like those once offered.
The store opens at 6 a.m., according to bfads.net. At Appletell, it’s clear that Target will be giving most of its deals prior to Thanksgiving. You’ll find a lot of toys and games savings using their coupons, generally for $5 and $10 off particular items. Video games systems will be on sale on Black Friday (in bundles, including extras like gift cards), and you can find deals like the $11 Nintendo DS game Dr. Seuss: How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Family games like Operation are being sold for $10, when these items often go for twice as much.
Friday and Saturday, the store opens at 6 a.m. Call it Black Weekend. One ad features the TracFone Prepaid Color Flip-Phone at half-off, for $9.99. It comes with a free bonus pack worth about $20, which includes a head-set, phone case, and car charger– but expect limited quantities. Today and tomorrow you can take 5-10% off almost everything ordered online. Even more sales are expected online and in-store on Thanksgiving Day. K-mart had a lot of desirable pre-Black Friday sales in the second week of November and prices are not expected to change very much, if at all.
Stores open at 5 a.m. Last minute “secret items/sales” have been released today. If GPS is your thing, Gadgetell was pleased to see the TomTom One LE for only $120. Another find was a PS3 bundle (16 only, 1 per customer) priced at $400 (after the $90 cut) in-store only, ticket required for purchase (handed out in the line to get in?). Some of Best Buy’s sales are online only while many are in-store only.
Best Buy Black Friday ads which were “leaked” earlier this month were judged as being so horrible, among the worst seen so far by bfads.net, leaving some to speculate that Best Buy is relying on secret sales.
Sales begin at 5 a.m. Last minute “secret items” for Wal-mart were also released today. You can find a Nintendo Wii for just under $250– expect to pay about $30 more at Target; a 2 for $30 DS game bundle (like ATV/Monster Truck Mayhem, and Master of Illusion); and, the Garmin nuvi 200 Portable GPS for $97.
In contrast to Best Buy, Wal-mart had some of the best Black Friday ads, favored by the folks over at bfads.net.
My conclusion? Just stay home. Enjoy the day after Thanksgiving. It’s just not worth it to go out during your holiday into madness hoping for the deal of the year when everything is bleaker than usual. For more on avoiding Black Friday mayhem, check out one previous article of mine.
Donna Goodison, Analysts: Stores may cut back on Black Friday specials, The Boston Herald- Business
Black Friday Ads – Target – The Official Black Friday 2008 Website
Kirk Hiner, Black Friday deals round-up, Appletell
Natesh Sood, Best Buy adds some Black Friday GPS deals, Gadgetell
Elizabeth Eng, Slickdeals, Dealcatcher, Fatwallet, Woot: Getting Around Black Friday, Associated Content