Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11/08 The Tucson Morning Blend: Preparing for Black Friday

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We'll be discussing how you can prepare for Black Friday on KGUN9's The Morning Blend on Thursday, November 8th.  The show airs from 11 a.m. to noon.  Black Friday is fast approaching.  You don't have to wait to make your list.  Many of the ads are already available online. Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is typically the biggest shopping day of the year.  Several stores have already released their ads for this huge shopping day.

There are certain things we wait for Black Friday to buy. Screaming deals on luggage, movies, laptops, electronics, kitchen appliances, cameras, and clothing. It's a great time to buy jeans and winter clothing for the kids.


Here are my tips for preparing for the BIG morning:
  1. Don't wait to scour the ads until they arrive in the paper on Thanksgiving Day. Most black friday ads have already been released online. You can view the actual adds on   I like to use their website to visually see the adds. Then, I visit the website where I can select the deals that I would like to get and print an itemized shopping list that I can take with me to the stores.  

    The following ads are already available for the following stores:
    Best Buy
  2. From your list, prioritize what deals you want the most and plan to hit the stores with those deals as soon as they open. Remember that bicycles, popular toys, computers and electronic deals tend to disappear the fastest. Clothes and furniture are usually not the first to go.  More and more stores are offering separate doorbusters on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. 

  3. Divide and conquer. If the checkout line is huge, I send my dear husband to wait in line while I grab the items we want to purchase. If the lines are not long, we divide up the list and meet back at the cash registers. My favorite year shopping was when my husband's family came down for Thanksgiving. We each made our list for each store, and each adult went to a different store to get the deals for everyone. Then, we just reimbursed everyone for what they purchased in our behalf.
     4.  Most of all, have fun and enjoy all the savvy savings that are available on 
          Black Friday.

What times are stores opening this year?
You can find the complete list of store opening times here.  The BIG stores (Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, Macey's, and Old Navy) will all open Friday at 12 a.m..
Walmart is trying to spread out the crowds this year. They have specific items going on sale at 8 p.m. On Thanksgiving, another set of items starting at 10 p.m.

Something completely unique to the Walmart Black Friday sale is Walmart's "1-Hour In-Stock Guarantee" on three Black Friday doorbusters: the Emerson 32" HDTV for $148, the LG Blu-ray Player for $38 and the Apple iPad 2 w/ $75 Gift Card for $399.

The guarantee states that those three items will remain in-stock and available for purchase from 10pm to 11pm on Thanksgiving Day. If any of the items sells out, you can purchase a "Guarantee Card" which will ensure that you will get the item before Christmas at the advertised Black Friday price. 

Best Buy will start handing out tickets for their biggest deals up to two hours before opening at 12 a.m. Friday.

Sears will begin their in-store Black Friday sale at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day this year, according to their Friday press release.

will remain open a full 26-hours until 10 p.m. on Black Friday, during which they'll have two sets of door-buster sales: one beginning at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and another at 4 a.m. on Black Friday.

Kmart, which has been open on Thanksgiving Day for the past 21 years, will again be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6am to 4 p.m. this year.

then re-open four hours later for their Black Friday sale at 8pm (on Thanksgiving Day). Interestingly enough, Kmart will then close again at 3 a.m. on Black Fridayonly to reopen again for the second time at 5 a.m. (and staying open until 11 p.m.).

Sears, Kmart will also have two rounds of Black Friday door-buster specials: one at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and another at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

As we get closer to Black Friday, the other stores will release their opening times.

Kohl's has announced that their online Black Friday sale will go live at 12:01 a.m. (minute past midnight) on Wednesday, November 21: two full days before the in-store sales are slated to begin! (For in-store shoppers, Kohl's will, again, be opening their doors at midnight this Black Friday).

ToysRUs and Target will not Price Match Black Friday Ads but will Price match other ads through the Christmas season.
Toys "R” Us has made several changes this holiday season in an attempt to help customers save time and money, and the latest innovation is their new Price Match Guarantee. They will match any valid competitor’s ad, which allows you to come to Toys “R” Us to complete all your Christmas shopping instead of visiting every store in town.

This service is only available for in-store purchases and only applies to identical items listed in competitors’ ads. You must present the competitor’s ad with valid dates at the register. Price match is given at the time of purchase or within 7 days of purchase with a valid receipt.

The restrictions, however, are that the Price Match Guarantee does not available on competitors’ buy one get one free offers, Out-of-stock items, Doorbuster items, or Black Friday ads. Yes, unfortunately they won't price match Black Friday Ads, but most retailers won't due to the extreme discounts and uncertainty of what competitors are offering. But a lot of Christmas shopping happens in December anyway, so many people can take advantage of the Toys "R" Us price match policy.

Target and Best Buy both announced they’d be matching prices with online competitors such as Amazon for the first time ever. 

New Target Holiday Price Match and Extended Return Policy
For the first time, Target will offer guests the ability to match select online competitors’ prices in its stores between Nov. 1 and Dec. 16. Qualifying online retailers include,, and
Additionally, Target has extended the timeframe for its Price Match Policy for the holiday season, and new this year, the policy includes If a guest purchases a qualifying item at Target stores between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, and then finds it for less at or in a local competitor’s printed ad, Target will match that price. For more details, including terms and conditions, visit beginning October 22.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great info! Thank you!
Brian Woertz