Wal-Mart leaks its Black Friday ad
The giant retailer is opening its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and offering a special enticement for those who hang around until at least 10 p.m.
This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.
Wal-Mart released its 45-page Black Friday ad Wednesday night, surprising email subscribers with offers that in many cases blew the doors off last year's deals. The discounter is working hard to pull in more shoppers with a few doorbuster guarantees and an earlier start time this year.
Like rival Sears, Wal-Mart will open its doors at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and offer three sets of doorbuster "events." A gaming and toys sale starts when the store opens and continues while supplies last, an electronics sale starts at 10 p.m., and a third sale begins at 5 a.m. on Friday.
The idea is to keep shoppers in the stores longer so they buy more. However, there is one added enticement for those who stick around until at least 10 p.m. The retailer won't run out of those doorbusters.
The second sale offers a "1-Hour In-Stock Guarantee" from 10 to 11 p.m. on three of its big doorbusters. If you don't get one, you can purchase a "guarantee card," which will ensure that you get the item shipped to the store at the Black Friday price before Christmas.
Those doorbusters are:
- 32-inch Emerson HDTV for $148.
- LG Blu-ray player for $38.
- Apple iPad 2 16GB with $75 gift card for $399.
This year, Wal-Mart's ad offers more steeply discounted TVs and laptops, and better values on gaming console bundles and video games than in years past, says Brad Olson of BlackFriday.Gottadeal.com, which posted the ad early this morning.
It's certainly besting rival Best Buy with a cheaper brand-name laptop and a $129 price on the Nabi 2 kid-friendly tablet that's $40 cheaper.
Some of the other hot Wal-Mart deals include:
- 32-inch HDTV for $148 (regularly $298).
- 15.6-inch 2GB Compaq Presario laptop for $179 (selling elsewhere for $300).
- HP 4 GB laptop for $279 (sold elsewhere for more than $500).
- Philips 3-D Wi-Fi Blu-ray home theater system for $128.
- Xbox 360 4GB "Skylanders" Starter Pack bundle for $149 (the console itself can run $200).
- Leappad Explorer for $65 (regularly $99).
- Wii "U-Draw" game table for $10 (regularly $29.99).
- Uncle Milton Illuminated Gel Ant Farm for $10 (regularly $30).
Moreover, video games like "Madden NFL 13" and "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" are selling at $25 -- about half of their usual price.
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People do you not understand if you buy local you will pay double the price? Buying from China is not the right answer but can any of us afford to buy American?
What is with your company, breaking up the American family that most came together on Thanksgiving day to give thanks for what GOD has blessed them. Please do not destroy the family tradition, it is being done by schools, government, and even churches.
America is on the slippery slope to the demise of our freedoms, convictions, and a complete nation as our soldiers have fought and died to preserve. Oh, for the money of it all.
To Hell with Wal-Mart, I hope the whole Wal-Mart workforce goes on strick on Thanksgiving. Cripple that god awful company.
i don't like to read these because they are so negative, if you don't like something, don't worry about it, go somewhere else where you like to go. walmart or anywhere else can do whatever they want to do and are only trying to help. sales are not made by a certain amount of money they have, sales to one store can get more if they can attract the customer before they spend that set amount of money somewhere else, so to a store, they are trying to get their customers sales, a lot of people do like walmart. also people come up with more money than they were expecting sometimes. having black friday on thanksgiving is nice, i know i have wanted to go shopping on thanksgiving, and when i was an employee at other places, i enjoyed working on thanksgiving because i got to be around people and it wasn't lonely, but it could be hard for people who want to be home with their families, and all stores that are open for us, should find people who do want to work that day, and not someone who wants to stay home. people have been going shopping for years on thanksgiving and it's not going to end, so why don't you stop with the negative, it's never going to change, never.
Wal-Mart is already open on thanksgiving...I don't understand the uproar about being open, after all Wal-Mart IS open to accommodate everyone that has forgotten items for their thanksgiving dinner. How come there isn't an uproar about Wal-Mart being open to accommodate you getting that can of cranberry sauce you forgot, we still aren't with our family because YOU didn't shop adequately!
Day after Thanksgiving. Control yourselves, Retailers. Stop Salivating. I know you can't wait to get "in the black" finally after breaking even the first 11 months, but hold off.
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