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Why wait to shop on Black Friday?

You don't have to wait until Black Friday to snag those great prices if you know where to look.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 12, 2012 1:16PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.


Image: Santa Claus (© Corbis)The old retail tradition of queuing up for bargains in the wee hours of Black Friday may finally be on its way out. First, pajama-clad online shopping stole some of the retail thunder. Now retailers are offering many of their Black Friday door-busters weeks ahead of time -- no inconvenience necessary.


Some are offering advance deals to their most loyal shoppers. Target is giving access to some of its door-busters to its REDcard holders on Nov. 21, according to a Dealnews roundup. And Sears is allowing its Shop Your Way members early access to Black Friday prices after 6 p.m. on Nov. 18.


But you don't have to be a member to snag some of the Black Friday ad deals.


Target is already allowing Facebook fans to snag some of its Black Friday deals through a price-guessing game on its page.


And a GE washer and dryer that Home Depot has advertised on Black Friday, for $350 each, were going for $280 apiece at Sears' Friends and Family sale after using a coupon, says Michael Brim of


Similarly, the new Google Nexus tablet advertised for $229 in many Black Friday ads was available this weekend at the same price -- or even lower. EBay's Daily Deals and Office Max were carrying it for $229. Staples had it for $199 but with less memory, says Brad Olson of

And that $1,299, 27-cubic-foot French door Kenmore refrigerator that I had my eye on in a Sears Black Friday ad (only two to a store!)? It turns out it wasn't such a rare deal either. Kmart had a similar-size Kenmore French door fridge on sale this past weekend for $1,237 after a 10%-off coupon. At that price, why bother with the crowds?


"I think stores are keeping a lot of their really hot deals for the month following Black Friday," given how early Thanksgiving comes this year, Olson says. And, to be sure, the first weeks of December are when the steepest discounts are usually found, retail analysts say.


The only reason you need to head out on Black Friday is if you find one spectacular blockbuster you can't find anywhere else at a similar price. And that is a rare find these days.


The large majority of Black Friday ad deals will be available online beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21, Brim says.


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Nov 12, 2012 9:26PM
Why isn't anyone upset over the use of Black Friday.  I have time on my hands, maybe I should start a fuss about changing the name to Purple Friday I am offended by the use of BLACK. I want it changed!
Nov 12, 2012 9:25PM

Who wants G.E.? They took their business to China along with the Creep CEO.


Buy it and put another nail in Americas' coffin.

 You can save a few bucks now and watch our country die sooner,.

Nov 12, 2012 7:30PM
since b.o. has been reelected I, along with many people I know, will not  be spending ANY  money this Christmas - and will only be buying necessities in the future.  his reelection provides NO positive signs for the economy, only negatives (i.e. massive debt, obamacare, high unemployment). I believe retail stores will be quite disappointed in sales as long as b.o. is in office.
Nov 12, 2012 7:20PM
Shopping early sounds great! Where do I get the money to do this shopping?! : /
Nov 12, 2012 7:12PM
Everyone here should check out . You can set your own price for electronics and soon appliances. Prices there are already better than black friday sales and you can get the product you want instead of being forced to get the product on sale. 
Nov 12, 2012 7:00PM
People need to get over themselves!  Get over your I am too good for materialism and black Friday!  If you comment on this then that means you have a computer, which means you have the internet, which means you have money to pay for a computer and internet which is a luxury to some people!  So get over yourself being so much better then everyone else!  Stop leaving BS comments on how people should do this and do that!  instead of shopping, on black Friday.  Just because that is your ideal doesn't mean it is everyone Else.  Yes people spend to much, but who cares, you change your life not others, especially on a stupid msg board were people will look for 5 seconds say wow that is a stupid comment and forget about you for the rest of their lives!

people Need to just get over themselves!  DO something good helps someone out, and enjoy black Friday too!

Nov 12, 2012 6:31PM

I'm gonna resort to a good old fashioned christmas this year....  Ya know the kind i'm talking about where ya make your kids toys....  My son will just love his Iphone (a wooden block with some stickers on it) I think I can make my girlfriend a blank/rug duster too....

LOLZ ok i'm just kiddin around, but still the pickens around here are gonna slim, kinda like my christmas presents for the past 25 years....

Nov 12, 2012 6:26PM
That Target guessing game is just that, it doesn't allow you to buy anything.
Nov 12, 2012 6:19PM

buy food,  water and supplies... the way the eonomy is headed, your big screen tv wont do you any good when there is no electricity, or when you dollar is worth less the paper its printed on.



Nov 12, 2012 6:12PM
Who has money to waste on junk made in China?  Not me!
Nov 12, 2012 6:02PM

Prosperity is using money you don't have, to buy things you don't need, to impress people you don't like!!!

To Hell with Black Friday and all materialism. Buy a single "family" gift, spend a few $$$ on a good feed, spend quality time together, eat -drink-and make merry, and embrace the spirit of Christmas!!! For an extra warm feeling- help one or more strangers who are in need!

Nov 12, 2012 5:42PM
Why shop at all? Most everything bought isn't needed and is just clutter.
Nov 12, 2012 5:37PM
Who has money to shop, well I guess the corrupt in Washington and on Wall Street have the funny money. The rest of America is dealing with disaster, high food and energy costs, stagnent wages unemployment and foreclosure.
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