Because of the recent economic downturn and the subsequent hit on consumer’s wallets, several major retail chains are doing everything they can to entice customers to come into their stores on Black Friday.
“Experts expect holiday spending to be down so getting customers in stores may be crucial for retailers. Many have already announced that they’ll be going to extra lengths to lure customers into their stores and it looks like this year may be one of the highest volume Black Fridays in recent memory – 10 percent more people are expected to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent poll,” reports the Huffington Post.
Many retailers are going the extra mile for Black Friday sales, most notably Walmart, with some even starting their “door buster sales” on Thanksgiving Day itself.
However, other stores, such as Macy’s and Target, are being a little more cautious and are starting their sales at exactly midnight Thanksgiving day.
Nevertheless, some consumers think “that’s not early enough.”
A Tampa, Florida-woman began camping outside a Best Buy last Wednesday, a full nine days before the Black Friday, reports the Post.
“She told a local news outlet that she’s especially excited about deals for big screens TVs, which several retailers are breaking out all the deal stops for this year. Stores are also offering huge discounts on video games,” writes the Post.
And expect Black Friday sales to get a little dicey, especially considering that the Occupy movement has declared war on it.
As reported earlier on The Blaze:
In an effort to raise awareness for “income inequality” and “corporate greed,” organizers of various Occupy chapters have revealed their newest move: “Occupy Black Friday.”
It’s what it sounds like.
The idea is that they will protest numerous retailers the day after Thanksgiving in an effort to disrupt credit card usage and their 4th quarter profits, thereby rattling the stock market.
. . .
In addition to encouraging [Occupy Black Friday] site visitors to not spend money on Friday, the website encourages occupation, and “Occupy” protesters typically have featured sit-ins, on-site camping, slogan cheering and sign-waving as their modes of protest.
Despite this call by the Occupy movement for a major boycott, some retailers are still preparing for their biggest day of the year with major sales and discounts.
In honor of whatever percentage plans on shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, here are the best Black Friday sales (via the Huffington Post):
Specializing in electronics, Best Buy will offer big savings on technology starting at 12am Friday. Here are some highlights:
-Sharp 42-inch 1080p LCD TV for $200 down from $499
-Nikon Coolpix S8100 with CMOS Digital camera $150 down from $300
Old Navy will give the first of its Black Friday shoppers who spend more than $40 free Kodak EasyShare Sport digital cameras when it opens at midnight Friday, USA Today reports. The cameras are worth around $100. Find out more about Black Friday at it’s gobblepalooza.com promotion.
From November 22nd to November 28th, Amazon is offering top of the line smartphones for the reduced online price of just one penny, PC Mag reports.
Unlike many other stores offering Black Friday deals, Apple stores have chosen to keep the specifics of their Black Friday sales quiet till the day, announcing only that customers will be able to buy “iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list,” The Washington Post reports.
-Xbox 360 with Kinect and a $50 gift card for $199.96
-Black and Decker 20-Volt Lithium-Ion Drill with 100 Accessories and Carry Case, $60 down from $99.99
Among other savings, Office Depot is offering the Blackberry Playbook for $199.99 down from $299.99 from7am Thanksgiving Day. In addition, the store is offering the 15.6″ Toshiba Intel Core laptop for $399.99. The computer is normally $629.99.
Starting at 5:30 am Thanksgiving Day, Radioshack will offer Black Friday savings including an Amazon Kindle with with special offers and a gift card that costs $10, but is worth $79 Chicago Tribune reports.
-Canon MX870 Color Inkjet PIXMA Wireless All-in-One $80, down from $250
-HP Color Inkjet Photosmart Premium Wireless e-All-in-One $79.99, down from $199.99
From 6am to noon on Black Friday, Staples will offer savings including a Targus Leather iPad Cover for $9.99 (normally $50) and an HP Photosmart Plus wireless printer for $49.90, from $149.99, and more.
Despite a petition with thousands of employee signatures protesting the hours, Target will open at midnight on Black Friday. Scheduled deals include:
-Nikon L105 Digital Camera for $99.99, down from $199.99
-KitchenAid Ultra Power Stand Mixer for $199, down from $249.99
Macy’s will open at midnight Black Friday for the first time in the department store’s history. Selected store items will be between 20 and 50 percent off.
Gap is offering 60 percent off selected in-store items Wednesday through Friday, ABC reports.
Toys ‘R Us will be one of the retail chains to open its doors earliest this year at 9pm on Thanksgiving Day. The toy store is offering discounted video games and is expecting high-demand for classic toys like Barbie and Hot Wheels. One sale item: The Atari Flashback 3, a classic Atari 2600 with 60 included games, will go for 50 percent off at $24.99, PC Mag reports.