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.
This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.
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 BFads.net.
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 BlackFriday.Gottadeal.com.
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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dumb stupid people getting deeper and deeper into that credit card sceme
You people are so hateful and full of spite. You make me sick.
Happy Hollidays everyone and thanks for the helpful article.
I'm going to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and give thanks for all our blessings.
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 1812..hot 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 all...you either dig a bunker and hide for the next 4 years or put up and stfu....
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!
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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