This year the hottest deals are on electronics. Tablets, laptops, eReaders, big screen TV's, and smart phones appear to be where you will see the biggest savings. You will also see many retailers this year encouraging the use of mobile devices while in the store. This would include sending you text alerts of deals while you are shopping (and Twitter and Facebook only deals). By the way, for those that want to stay home and shop online, check out this Amazon.com Black Friday page (which is continuously updated).
The controversy in recent years is that many stores started Black Friday on the Thursday night before. This year some are starting the morning of Thanksgiving. We are also seeing a number of stores launching so-called 'Pre-Black Friday Sales.' It is critical that you do some on the ground reconnaissance a few days in advance to find out what the procedure is to acquire any items that are available in limited quantities. The idea of people lining up and then trampling each other to be the first to get to the electronics counter is not likely to be how things are done this year. Expect more orderly procedures, such as handing out vouchers to shoppers. Black Friday Hours
Let's start with a few websites that should be on your list to be tracking the latest deals:
Best Deals For Black Friday 2013
1. Element 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $229 at Target
2. Vizio E701i-A3E 70" 120Hz 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $998 at Walmart
3. Smart Phones discounted $100 and more at Best Buy (for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon users).
4. Apple iPad Mini 16GB WiFi Tablet with a $100 Walmart Gift Card for $299 at Walmart
5. Apple iPhone 5C 16GB Smartphone with a $75 Walmart Gift Card for $45 at Walmart
6. HP AMD E-300 1.3GHz 16" LED-Backlit Laptop for $178 at Walmart
7. Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet with $50 Off Coupon for $189 at Meijer
8. Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet with $100 Target Gift Card for $479 at Target
9. Microsoft Surface 10.6" 32GB Windows RT Tablet for $199.99 at Best Buy
It is important that you find out in advance the store hours for the sales that you are interested in. Most retailers are spacing out the deals to avoid mobs storming their front doors. Of course, it will also be very smart to follow your favorite retailers on Twitter. In recent years, some stores have offered Twitter only deals that were not advertised. The top Twitter account for Black Friday deals appears to be @blackfriday and the hashtag to search for is #blackfriday.
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If you have your own Black Friday shopping strategy or news to report, please use the comments section below to share it and we can start a conversation. By the way, let's not forget the real reason for Christmas!
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