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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 13, 2012 5:03PM
who has the extra money to shop ???????????
dumb stupid people getting deeper and deeper into that credit card sceme

Nov 13, 2012 11:02AM

You people are so hateful and full of spite. You make me sick.


Happy Hollidays everyone and thanks for the helpful article.

Nov 13, 2012 9:00AM
Hi, you can tell all these comments are from a bunch of guys who never shop, so it means nothing, middle aged women are the ones that do most of the shopping in America, there wives are the one that are  shopping  and I dont hear  many  of them complaining , someone needs to buy toys and food for Christmas so the family will have a nice Christmas together ! 
Nov 13, 2012 3:51AM

I'm going to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and give thanks for all our blessings. 

Nov 13, 2012 3:47AM
Oh yeah, Black Friday. I got so upset over reading sleepy49 I almost forgot the 1st intent of posting.
 Black Friday is my day to sleep in late, turkey sandwiches for lunch and cuddling on the sofa with kids and grandchildren watching movies and enjoying a nice warm fire. Hot cocoa and 7 layer cookie bars. My heart goes out to all the retail employees out there who are required to work either late in Thanksgiving day or ungodly early on Black Friday. I hope you get bonuses, you deserve it to deal with Black Friday customers.
Nov 13, 2012 3:41AM
Sleepy49 are you on drugs or just stupid ?. You said a young woman desperate enough to be holding a sign asking for help "smelled of welfare" and you insinuated she could not do an honest days work and finally you wondered what was wrong with this picture. NO JOBS idiot. Pay attention or keep your stupid comments to yourself. Seldom do I get upset at others ignorance but your comment made me ill. You remind me of someone who would step over someone who fainted from hunger, kick them out of your way while you spill mustard on your extended belly from your double bacon cheese burger. 
Nov 13, 2012 3:20AM
We rarely buy Christmas presents.  Focusing instead on the real meaning of Christmas and Christian worship.  Oddly enough this wasn't our decision but our Three Sons who suggested it.  The only time I ever shopped on Black Friday was two years ago.  NEVER AGAIN!  My computer crashed the day before Thanksgiving.  They had a good deal on computers at Wal-Mart.  Got there at 5 AM. Had to park 1/2 mile away.  Inside the store was like sardines in a can.  I have heart problems and began to have angina.  Had to go to the restroom and sit down until I felt better.  Didn't get the computer I wanted but ended up with a better one instead.  Got home told my wife about my heart nearly attacking me. By the time she got through reading me the riot act, I thought she was going to be the cause of my demise rather than my heart.  Black Friday is for absolutely insane people!
Nov 13, 2012 2:43AM
I love you Pookie7.  Hope they take your advice and STFU!
Nov 12, 2012 11:42PM
I hope the days of people getting up at 4 AM and illegally parking  along a busy highway and running out into traffic in single digit wind chills and camping out in mall parking lot lines is finally really over. And for what  just to buy the latest imported junk that will soon be in the classifieds, or at a garage sales or dragged out to the curb for trash pick up? I have been telling people to buy American for years. Now 95% of what I see in stores is imported!  It's such a shame the way things have gone what does the future hold for this country now? Well there is allot of good posts here! Yea It really scares me to think of where this country is heading ! 
Nov 12, 2012 11:37PM
another ploy to suck the general public out of their earnings. unfortunately there is alot of people that eat this stuff up.halloween , christmas, new years,valentines day ect.. people eat this stuff up. why! not only the feds but the state taxes make big bucks over this stupidity. its time the general public realizes this and takes care of their own. gotta keep up with the jones's bs.
Nov 12, 2012 11:27PM
With the state of the country I'll take a pass on Black Friday. Spending is going to be light this year especially with the tax increases coming next year.
Nov 12, 2012 11:20PM
we all need to stop shopping and let black friday go.. the economy is very bad and if america is broke why are we spending money for the olidays? are these folks the ones who went bankrupt and lost there homes and we are paying for these idiots? If we stop the shopping america would go nuts!
Nov 12, 2012 10:57PM
obama golfs as US goes over fiscal cliff.
Nov 12, 2012 10:44PM
Who's going shopping, no one has any money, fiscal cliff is looming, the credit card for the Demoncrats has just been renewed.   What part of STUPID does our country need to put on our forehead, the only one celebrating is the Government, the gift that keeps on taking TAXES!!! 
Nov 12, 2012 10:34PM
I am tired of it being called Black Friday!!!
Nov 12, 2012 10:09PM

Have anyone noticed the ones that complain about the government and illegals and people on welfare is probably the ones on welfare?if you don't want to shop, then don't shop..who cares if you're a back in times hater, get with the program, we're in the year 2012..not dayummm get over yourselves..  I can understand the need for American made goods... if you have the money..go shop, if you don't then just don't shop, thats either dig a bunker and hide for the next 4 years or put up and stfu....


Nov 12, 2012 9:34PM

Geaux4it---There is plenty of free welfare money floating around and it will continue until the river runs dry.

Then, listen to the illegals, weak, lame and lazy start screaming foul!!! Well, bums, the grease is all gone so stop squeaking!

Nov 12, 2012 9:33PM
Nov 12, 2012 9:30PM

We passed a person in need today as we pulled out of Wincos Super Market.  It was a white gal in her early to mid-twenties with a sign begging for a handout.

She smelled of "welfare" all over.

People can stand on a corner and beg but they can't do an honest days work.

Is there something wrong with this picture?????????

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