Black Friday 2012 freebies

If doorbuster deals aren't enough incentive to get you to leave home, many retailers are also offering freebies, particularly to early birds.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 19, 2012 4:25PM

This post comes from Alison Barretta at Dealnews.

 

Dealnews logoIn case you haven't noticed, we at Dealnews are huge advocates of online shopping, especially during Black Friday, the busiest shopping period of the year. However, those who opt to brave the early morning Black Friday crowds at their local brick-and-mortar retailers are in for a treat beyond nabbing the last doorbuster: exclusive freebie offers abound.

 

Image: Woman with Santa hat (© Stockdisc/SuperStock)From gift cards and video games to coffee and pastries, retail chains are offering consumers an incentive to leave the house to do their shopping. Below, we've rounded up a selection of great Black Friday freebies.

 

Keep in mind, however, that several of these offers come from leaked Black Friday ads and haven't been confirmed by the retailers. We'll label them as "rumor."

 

Also, many of these freebie deals will be available for "early bird" customers only -- the earlier you arrive, the greater the chance you'll have to score a little something extra.

 

A.C. Moore

Status: Rumor.
Freebie: Be one of the first 100 customers at your local A.C. Moore and score a free $5 gift card. You can save yourself a little extra dough just by showing up before the sun rises, as doors open at 5 a.m. on Nov. 23.

 

Bealls

Status: Confirmed.
Freebie: Shoppers who arrive when doors open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday will receive a free Bealls Christmas 2012 tree ornament. And for those who really want to be early -- in other words, be in front of the store come midnight -- the first 100 customers in line will also walk home with either a "16GB Wi-Fi tablet," a $100 gift card or $5 Bealls Bucks via a Bealls scratch-off card.

 

Half Price Books

Status: Confirmed.
Freebie: In addition to a free $5 gift card, the first 100 customers to show up when the doors open at 7 a.m. will also get a free tote bag, which will be ideal for hauling off your Black Friday bounty. One of those totes may contain another freebie: a $100 gift card.

 

Old Navy

Status: Confirmed.
Freebie: Yes, Old Navy is a clothier, but it's also giving away a Wii U console this Black Friday. While it's likely that the retailer will give away only one console per store, a larger number of customers can spend at least $40 and take home a free copy of Super Mario Bros. U, which is a $60 value. Old Navy's doors open at midnight for Black Friday, and the first customers in line will receive a wristband for this free game offer.

Pep Boys

Status: Rumor.
Freebie: 'Tis the season for dropping temperatures, so remember not to skimp on auto maintenance, especially if you'll be enduring heavy holiday travel. As an exclusive for its in-store patrons, Pep Boys is offering Champion Platinum spark plugs for free via a $2 rebate. And because you never replace just one spark plug, you can purchase up to 15.

 

Ace Hardware

Status: Rumor.
Freebie: If you're anticipating a large present from Santa -- say, a new flat-screen TV -- you'll want to make sure you have plenty of space for it. To ensure the perfect fit, head to your local Ace Hardware and nab a Lufkin 25-foot self-centering tape rule for free via a $5 rebate. And in case you want to buy in bulk, keep in mind that there is a limit of 32 per store.

 

Sam's Club

Status: Confirmed.
Freebie: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially on Black Friday. You'll need stamina to make it through those crowds. As Sam's Club opens its doors at 7 a.m. on Black Friday, it'll be handing its members a free cup of Starbucks holiday blend coffee along with a free Artisan Fresh pastry. Really, who wants to shop in the morning on an empty stomach and without caffeine?

 

Seattle's Best Coffee

Status: Confirmed.
Freebie: No worries if you're not a Sam's Club member -- you can still enjoy your Black Friday caffeine boost. Participating Seattle's Best Coffee stores will be handing out free 12-ounce cups of coffee. Although this deal touts that it's especially for those who have to work post-Thanksgiving (like our writers and editors!), it appears to be valid for just about anyone in need of a coffee break. If you can't make it to a Seattle's Best location (and have a Facebook account) you can opt to have a free sample sent to your house instead. We reckon you'll have to brew it yourself, however.

 

More Black Friday freebies

All are rumored unless otherwise noted:

  • 7-Eleven. Nab a free coffee of any size with the purchase of any size Red Bull (confirmed).
  • Aeropostale. Spend $100 or more and get a free pair of headphones or a DJ Teddy.
  • Cabela's. The first 600 customers will receive a free rifle, smoker, binoculars, hoodie or gift card.
  • Costco. Members can receive a free "Simply Delicious The Costco Way" cookbook.
  • CVS. Select drugstore items are free via ExtraBucks, including candy bars, earbuds and more.
  • J.C. Penney. Free button, which represents a chance to win prizes including trips, kitchen electrics and more (confirmed).
  • Michaels. The first 100 customers can satisfy their sweet tooth with a free Godiva chocolate bar
  • RC Wiley: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, enjoy a free hot dog and soft drink. The first 200 customers on Black Friday to spend more than $49 can score a free $25 gift card (confirmed).
  • Sports Authority. The first 80 customers in line will earn up to $500 in Bonus Bucks for free.
  • Victoria's Secret. Spend $65 or more and nab a free limited edition tote with beauty samples.

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16Comments
Nov 19, 2012 6:40PM
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Now-a-days "free" isn't free.  When you see free, there always is something behind what is free that always costs you allot.  I have not seen a single "free" item that has not has strings attached.....
Nov 19, 2012 6:41PM
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Nothing is free anymore.  Look for strings attach always
Nov 19, 2012 7:36PM
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If ever there was a useless article.............................
Nov 20, 2012 12:20PM
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if JCPenneys thinks I'm hauling my cookies over there at some ungodly hour for a stupid button they got another think comin. bring back the Disney snow globes, i've been collecting since 2000.
Nov 20, 2012 3:24AM
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Not that many "Black Fridays" ago the stores would have free coffee, hot chocolate, hot cider, and cookies.   
The old Mervyns' stores even gave out ornaments.  
Nov 20, 2012 3:26PM
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Sam's Club free coffee & pastry - How are you supposed to drink and eat when battling 1000's of other shoppers for that choice item?
Nov 20, 2012 6:59PM
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Hi! As "What I would Really DO " says " Now-a-days FREE isn't free".

 

Well the same goes when we recently had Veterans Day.  They'll give your something Free but there is a hidden agenda behind it.  It in most cases the Gimick is to get you there and have you buy something along with the so-called Freebie.

 

I'm a Veteran with 25 years of Military Service, on Veterans Day you had to pay Gratuity and Taxes if you wanted the food. Things at Department Stores discounted but usually throughout the year they are already Discounted for Military Personnel.

 

As you know United States is still in a Recession which hasn't end during No OBAMA ain't happening in his 1st - 4 year term and not going to come out out it in the next 4 years actually we're heading to the Greatest Depression of the modern era period.

You can thank Barack Obama in changing America to the Land of the Divided.

Half owned by China the other half owned by Arabs.

Nov 21, 2012 1:00PM
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None of these freebies are much to get excited about.
Nov 20, 2012 1:06PM
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NOTHING'S FREE? OBVIOUSLY YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA!

FREE WELFARE FOODSTAMPS HEALTHCARE CARS HOUSES GREEN ENERGY

JOBS BIG UNION PAY AND BENEFITS AND A PERFECT WORLD WITH NO HEAT

OR COLD OR GLOBAL WARMING OR CANCER OR DEATH OR ....YOU KNOW

SOCIALISTUTOPIA! THE DEMOCRAT PROMISES!

Nov 20, 2012 11:37AM
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HOW SAY FREEBIE WHEN BUY BE FIRST # IN LINE

Y BUY SO MUCH THANK YOU ANYWAY

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