Black Friday 2012 is almost here. With it comes a tsunami of Black Friday deals as it really is the busiest shopping day of the year. Americans aren’t just buying gifts, but also buying for themselves.
Around here we’ll watch the ads, cut through the noise and share the best of the best Black Friday deals. You’ll be able to snag most of them online, from the comfort of your own home.
If you do plan to shop this week, then prepare yourself with the answers to three common Black Friday questions.
Are the Black Friday deals the best prices we see all year?
Depends. There are some Black Friday deals that are rock bottom prices. Principally laptops, tablets, gaming device bundles and some kitchen gadgets, think Kitchenaid Mixer, will sell at stellar prices. But, there are things that aren’t worth buying on Black Friday. Those include toys (yes, I just said that), jewelry and name brand HDTVs.
Historically, toys hit their seasonal low prices about 2 weeks before Christmas. Very few Black Friday toy sales are noteworthy. Yes, there will be a handful of exceptions, but it isn’t the day to buy everything on your list.
Jewelry is in highest demand now through Valentine’s Day. As a result, prices stay up. Next year, buy watches and jewelry in June and July, the off season, for amazing prices. Then set aside your treasures until the holidays.
No name and low-end HDTVs will sell for unbeatable prices as doorbusters at various retailers. Name brand, higher-end TVs won’t. Typcially, TVs hit their lowest prices of the year in January/February. If you can hold off getting a new one until then, I think it’s wise.
Can I price match great deals from store A at store B? If I buy something now at store A can I get a price adjustment if the price drops on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
Most retailers that offer to match competitor’s prices and/or adjust your price if you see a post-purchase price drop suspend those policies this week. However, a few retailers don’t. Of course there is fine print to each store’s price matching and/or price adjustment so be sure you read through all the details before you march to the Customer Service counter.
- Walmart’s ad match guarantee is still in effect, even on Black Friday. They will honor a local competitor’s advertised price if they carry the exact same item. There are restrictions.
- Office Depot will match any local competitor’s ad, plus online prices at select retailers like Best Buy, Target and Sam’s Club even for Black Friday deals.
- Staples has a similar policy to Office Depot, but they will price match with Amazon.
What’s new this year for Black Friday/Cyber Monday 2012?
Black Friday creep is the name of the game. Stores are opening earlier than ever. Walmart, Kmart and Sears are opening at 8 pm on Thursday night. Most major national retailers will be open by midnight, except JC Penney. They don’t open until 6 am Friday.
It’s not just stores that are getting a jump on Black Friday. Online retailers are too. Kohls.com will launch its online Black Friday deals starting at 12:01 am on Wednesday. BestBuy.com is known to release online exclusive deals that will be good Thursday only. Think of it like this – if stores open early, then the website sales start even earlier.
The other interesting thing this is year is Walmart’s guarantee of availability on 3 doorbusters. If you are in line to get one of the 3 select doorbusters between 10 and 11 pm on Thanksgiving night, then you are guaranteed to get one at the doorbuster price. If the store runs out, then they’ll help you place an online order and the product will ship to the store before Christmas. An iPad 2 for $399 with a $75 Walmart gift card is one of those doorbusters. It’s worth waiting for.
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Do you battle Black Friday crowds? Is it a family tradition? What’s on your shopping list? Which online deals would you like us to keep an eye out for?