Black Friday is on everyone's mind at this time of year. And this year, the fever is stronger than ever since Black Friday ads have leaked online even sooner and many of the big retailers are already offering tempting deals to get people shopping weeks before Thanksgiving.
Early access to Black Friday ads means more time for researching and planning so you can get everything on your list and walk away a Black Friday winner.
We've done some of the heavy lifting for you, searching through the Black Friday ads and sites to figure out where the best deals are on the top gifts for your loved ones (and for you) this year. We've also provided some important info on sale dates and times to make sure you get the Black Friday stuff you've got your eye on.
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Electronics typically drive Black Friday shopping, with TVs squarely at the top of the most-wanted items. BradDeals.comnoted that the most popular Black Friday deal in 2012 was Walmart's Vizio 60" HDTV for $688.
Walmart is offering the Vizio 60' 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (E601i-A3) for $688 this year, as part of "Event 1," the first of its three Black Friday staggered doorbuster events. The TV is regularly priced at $998.
Kohl's is offering an Apex 32" 720p LED HDTV for $139.99, retail price $229.99 and an LG 42" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV for $379.99, regularly $499. Sales start at 8pm on Thanksgiving. Kohl's shoppers can also earn $15 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent from Tuesday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Dec. 1.
Best Buy's Black Friday TV deals include a 65" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV Samsung for $999.99, regularly priced $1499.99 and a 55" 1080p 120Hz LED LG for $499.99, regular price $999. Both of these TVs are doorbusters and are being offered beginning at 6pm on Thanksgiving.
The Apple iPad is already expected to be among the top holiday gifts for 2014, and Target and Walmart are both offering special deals that make them even more desirable on Black Friday.
Walmart is offering the 16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi for $299 with a $100 Walmart gift card, which essentially brings down the price to $199. This is also being offered as part of Walmart Event 1 doorbuster sale starting at 6pm Thanksgiving night. At Target you can get the larger iPad Air for $479, a $20 discount off of the retail price, also with a $100 gift card.
Looking for an Amazon Kindle? Best Buy has the previous generation Kindle Fire 7" with 16GB for $99, a full $100 off of the regular price. This is one of their doorbusters offered beginning at 6pm on Thanksgiving. Key Black Friday Dates, Times and Doorbuster Info
Walmart is staggering its doorbusters over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The first round of sales begins at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day; the second round starts at 8pm on Thanksgiving; the third starts Friday morning at 8am and lasts throughout the weekend.
Walmart is offering a "1 Hour In-Stock Guarantee" on many of its doorbusters, meaning there will be stock to guarantee one hour's worth of sales starting from the item goes on sale. If last year is any indication, you'll still want to be at the store early enough to guarantee your spot in line. You can see the entire Walmart Black Friday ad here.
Best Buy's Black Friday sale starts at 6pm Thanksgiving night, but BFAds.net reports that they will be "Tickets good for the purchase of doorbuster items will be handed out to those in line as early as 4pm!" You can see the entire Best Buy Black Friday ad here.
Target's Black Friday sale starts at 8pm Thanksgiving night and lasts through Sunday, Nov. 30, but don't expect doorbusters to still be around by that point. Be sure to also check their website every day from Nov. 24-27 for Pre Black Friday deals and daily doorbusters. You can see the entire Target Black Friday ad here.
Kohl's will begin offering doorbusters in-store at 8pm Thursday until 1pm Friday. Black Friday online sales begin Tuesday, Nov. 26 until 1pm Friday.
Which Black Friday items do you have your eye on? Are you changing your Thanksgiving celebration to accommodate the sales beginning even earlier this year? We'd love to hear from you!
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