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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These Black Friday ads aren't leaked out. They ( all the big retailers ) do it on purpose to get more time to dream up more ads to fool the public !!!! Not fooled !!!!
looks like mom misses thanksgiving again. Thanks Walmart for forgetting about the hardworking family members who work for you. gerks
Sam would be rolling over in his grave
I'm personally no fan of Walmart, but let's be a little realistic about placing blame. Would the place even be open if people weren't willing to go shopping? It wouldn't be one of the biggest shopping days of the year if.... (wait for it)... people didn't shop!!!! It's supply and demand- same as always. People evidently demand buying plastic junk on a holiday, so they'll supply it.
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!
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