Question: Where Are the Best Black Friday Sales and Deals?
Answer: The 2013 holiday shopping season has six fewer shopping days, making this year one of the best for Black Friday deals. Retailers will tempt shoppers earlier in November to make up for the shorter season. In addition, retail sales overall are expected to be lower this year, thanks to a slow economy. Retailers are nervous, because back-to-school and Halloween sales were lower this year than in 2012. Here's how to take advantage of these economic trends to get the best Black Friday sales and deals.
First, the earliest deals are online. Stores teased shoppers with deals in early November. Walmart offered seven big Doorbuster Deals at midnight November 1, 2013, for online shoppers. It included a 36% discount on a 42" TV, and a 50% discount on a tablet. It also has deals on 300 other items. Macy's had a 30-75% off Super Saturday sale November 1-2. (Source: Black Friday.com,Oregon Live, Black Friday, November 1, 2013)
Kohl's will honor their Black Friday deals on Tuesday at midnight. This includes an additional 15% off (w/ SHOPEARN code at checkout). All orders will earn $15 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. Lands End, Shopko, Best Buy and Sears will offer Black Friday deals on Wednesday. For more, see FatWallet.com.
Amazon has already started its Countdown to Black Friday deals. In addition, stores give their VIP members their Black Friday deals days before if they sign up for email or Twitter alerts. (Source: Black Friday.com, Store Hours)
Second, some brick-and-mortar stores are opening on Thanksgiving. K-Mart opens at 6 am, and has different doorbusters in the morning, evening and on Black Friday itself. Toys-R-Us opens at 5 pm, Walmart at 6, while Macy's, Penny's, Kohl's and Target will open their doors at 8 pm. Most other stores will start in the early a.m. hours on Black Friday itself. (Source: Washington Post, Kohl’s, Target, Toys R Us add to early holiday shopping frenzy, November 11, 2013)
Third, the best deals are with the largest retailers. Walmart is, of course, the Black Friday leader. In addition to its November 1 deals, it will advertise its deals during Thanksgiving NFL games, so you may want to keep your laptop handy. Best Buy offered some of the deepest discounts last year on electronics during a 5-day event the week before, and even deeper deals to its Premier Silver members. (Source: Fat Wallet, Early November Sales, Black Friday Recap)
Fourth, you can save the most money with high-priced electronics equipment. Big screen, 1080p TVs are discounted to make way for the new 4k technology. Similarly, laptops will be available for less than $200 to make way for tablets. Apple iPhone 5C smartphones will be free with a 2 year contract. For more, see FatWallet.com's Black Friday Predictions.
Fifth, stores are taking advantage of social media and mobile apps. They promote sales on Facebook, and use hashtags #BlackFriday and #BlackFridayDeals on Twitter. Macys used Pinterest to offer a sneak peek of sales. The top mobile apps were Groupon, Best Buy, and Walmart, followed by Kohl's, Target and ShopSavvy. (Source: TechCrunch.com, Which Mobile Apps Won on Black Friday?) Article updated November 27, 2013
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