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Target's Black Friday ad is out

Like its rivals' holiday sales, Black Friday at Target actually begins on Thanksgiving night.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 9, 2012 2:23PM

This post comes from Melinda Fulmer of MSN Money.


Target store in San Bruno, California /Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Target's Black Friday ad hit deal sites Friday morning, offering a few Thanksgiving Day bargains that could have some people rushing through dinner.


Target's sale will start at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22 -- around the same time as sales by rivals Wal-Mart, Kmart and Sears. The sale runs a full 26 hours, ending at 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.


In a clever move, Target scattered its best door-buster deals across every one of its ad's 32 pages, forcing bargain hunters to peruse the entire thing rather than looking through the first and last pages.


Some of the hotter deals Target is offering in the ad include:

  • Nikon Coolpix L310 14.1-MP digital camera with 21x optical zoom -- $99.99 (regularly $199.99).
  • Westinghouse 50-inch 1080p LCD HDTV -- $349 (regularly $599).

  • Disney Princess Ultimate Fairy Tale Kitchen for $49.99 (regularly $99.99).
  • $4, $6 and $10 DVDs.
  • Sony PlayStation 3 250-GB Uncharted/Infamous Bundle for $199.99 (selling elsewhere for $269).
  • Microsoft Xbox 360 4-GB Disney Kinect Bundle for $199.99 (selling elsewhere for $250).
  • Gateway 15.6-inch laptop with AMD Quad Core, 4-GB DDR3, 500-GB HDD -- $349 (regularly $599).
  • Apex 32-inch LCD HDTV for $147 (regularly $249).
  • 6-foot pre-lit Fraser Fir Tree with clear lights for $30 (regularly $65).

For those shoppers who don't care about electronics, Target will be giving out $10 gift cards on Friday, Nov. 23, from 4 a.m. to noon for every $50 spent on apparel, accessories or home items.


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Nov 11, 2012 2:17PM
Last year I had a short-term boycott...I think I am going to flat-out stop patronizing these places.  We could really do with more gratitude and less rampant materialism.
Nov 10, 2012 12:24PM
Hate Target, if you buy something there make sure you keep the receipt because they will not take it back!
Nov 9, 2012 9:14PM

I've been working at Target 4+ years now. I don't like it that we have to open earlier each year, but in reality it is what you sign up for when you work retail. I also don't know how it is for other companies, but at Target you are absolutely required to work a shift and the morning crew misses out on any door busters or other big deals. However, it helps to consider that Target keeping a competitive edge in today's market equals job security. And another thing - the public doesn't see it, but in some ways the companies do try to compensate their employees above and beyond pay.   (Free catering throughout the day, activities, contests, etc.)


That being said, however, I HATE Black Friday. Not because I have to work at obnoxious hours but because it amazes me how rude and completely ruthless people can be just to save money on things they probably don't need anyway. I've seen people get violent, have shouting matches, throw fits at employees, etc. etc. It's really horrible! What happened to being imbued with the holiday spirit!? (Don't get me wrong, some people fully expect the Black Friday "Experience" and come out with a cheerful attitude about the whole thing.)


I'm just looking forward to the holidays being over with so shoppers can stop with the seasonal grouchiness. Black Friday really is just the start of it all!  

Nov 9, 2012 6:53PM
lived the retail life in department store management for 35 years. fortunately, i moved to a different retail field 10 years ago. i'm not so sure that i could tolerate the current competitive climate. as far as the hardship placed on retail families by black friday; my take is that only local legislation, stipulating reasonable opening hours on friday, a.m. will even the playing field. open the doors at 7:00 A.M. stay open until midnight. then do it again on saturday. big boxes ... show some compassion. it seemed to work up to 2K. as for you earlybirds; why risk life and limb? why inconvenience yourself? the same BF deals will reappear when we get down to the final week. planned deep discounts in their final circulars extending right up to christmas eve. bank on it.
Nov 9, 2012 6:51PM
I'm waiting for some moron to say that "Black Friday" is racist.   I really don't care how big the sales will be because no money means no buying!  Thanks to all the fithly Libs and free-loaders, we won't have a happy Christmas due to being laid off today. 
Nov 9, 2012 6:36PM
wow  makes me wanna skip dinner and wait in line at 7:00 am for all the super duper Chinese stuff further damaging our economy
Nov 9, 2012 6:19PM
STOP IT!  Some people like it.  Some people don't.  It doesn't make you stupid or disrespectful.
Nov 9, 2012 6:08PM

I work for an airline.  I would happily give my shift to someone who wants the holiday pay, and there are many, but we aren't allowed to trade shifts on a holiday.  So, I suck it up and go to work because I knew that was the deal when I hired on.  In nearly 30 years, I've worked most holidays.  I love the job, so I take the bad with the good.  My kids have never known anything different, so they don't give it a second thought.  My husband grumbles once in a while, but he likes the perks that go along with my job.  (He flies free.)


One time I nearly burst out laughing when a little, old lady checked in for a flight one Christmas morning.  I wished her "Merry Christmas" and she said, "You mean they make you work on Christmas?".  I replied, "If I didn't, how would you get to Lincoln today?"  She thought about it for a second and said, "I never thought of it that way,"

my day will be spent with family and friends!
Nov 9, 2012 6:05PM
Maybe if there was enough merchandise at Black Friday prices to go around no one would feel compelled to bother.  Not fair when stores advertise BF prices on items that each store may only get one of.  I refuse to participate in the nonsense.  Ridiculous.
Nov 9, 2012 6:01PM
JCPENNEY is waiting until Friday AND opens at 6 AM  - a whopping two hours later than last year!  With all the bad news about JCP these days I hope consumers will get it right and plan on shopping a store that wants to treat their employees with some respect as we kick off the holiday season.
Nov 9, 2012 5:53PM
We aren't buying anything on Black Friday or any other day.  We are bracing for the Depression that is going to hit this country now that the scumbag voters put one of the worst presidents in the history of this country back in office.

These people only thought about themselves and not this country.  Now we are going to go the way of Greece and every other welfare nation.  Not only has Obama done NOTHING to improve life in the US the first four years, he has actually made things worse.  And after the first of the year the sh*t is really going to hit the fan...

If there is any justice and ethics left in this country this fvcking bastard will get impeached for the murder of our Ambassador.  Until then, I hope the Republicans in Congress make his life a living hell and he is shown to be the complete failure that he truly is.

Nov 9, 2012 5:44PM
Yes I work at the "T" store and they don't care about u either.  We have to work it.  They r Just as greedy as Walmart.  Don't care about the holiday anymore.  They just care about the profits.  Its sad really sad.  Supposedly family oriented stores aren't family oriented anymore.  They are just out for the almighty buck.  So, I agree with most of u.  If u don't shop on Black Friday or Thursday evening it will show a message to these big corporations that we want our holidays back and to be with family and friends. Leave Black Friday to Black Friday and not make it any earlier.

Nov 9, 2012 5:39PM
Ummm where has the news been? Walmart, Best Buy, Sears,  Kohl's, and a slew of other stores have been leaked out in the past 2 weeks... It's clear as to why they get leaked. This way people got weeks to plot where to go to get what they desire. Me, i'm a fan of the super cheap prices on blu-ray movies...
Nov 9, 2012 5:39PM

As per what you can believe in Wikipedia, very interesting.


As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".


It was not until December 26, 1941, that the unified date changed to the fourth Thursday (and not always final) in November—this time by federal legislation. President , after two years earlier offering his own proclamation to , with the reason of giving the country an economic boost, agreed to sign a bill into law with , making Thanksgiving a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November.

Nov 9, 2012 5:21PM
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted, including Thanksgiving day.
Nov 9, 2012 5:14PM
People SHOULD protest this and not shop on Thanksgiving. The sales will still be there on Black Friday.

As for the response posted by "Not The Winner" - I totally agree. My boyfriend works at WalMart, he is a college student, and his availability is to have Thursdays and Fridays off each week, and has been for months. They are not respecting this for the holiday. He is scheduled to work from 7:30pm-12:30am on Thanksgiving. Disgusting, huh?

He can't call in, they will fire him.

This country is Corporate America now. It is all about profit, not the people. Although the people, as blind consumers, embrace this title. Really, the only way we can change things is if people stop being a**holes - which will probably never happen. ;)

In 2008 an employee of WalMart was trampled to death because of Black Friday madness. Happy f***ing Thanksgiving, America.

Nov 9, 2012 5:12PM
And next year the sales will be on Wednesday to get the jump on competition. Holidays just aren't what they are meant to be anymore. What happened to our country?
Nov 9, 2012 4:58PM
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