Tuesday, while Best Buy, Walmart and Target sent emails to customers with early Black Friday sales information, REI has opted out of the craziness of the biggest sale day of the year and with good reason. REI will be closed this year on Black Friday, and the reason is align with their mission statement. REI started a Twitter buzz when it released information stating they will be closed and that a “life outdoors is a life well lived.” They are encouraging customers to spend Black Friday outdoors instead of in line to make a purchase, according to Forbes.
For the last few decades, Black Friday has always been a busy shopping day that kicks off the holiday season. But over the last 10 years, it seems to have gotten a little out of hand. Stores started opening on Thanksgiving night, and now they are open during Thanksgiving day, and some stores won’t even close at all. Deals at Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Cost Co. seem to get a little crazier each year even though the best deals are limited to 2 or 3 per store.
At this point, most of the major retailers have released their Black Friday ads with their best deals, doorbusters and specific times of sales. Best Buy has great offers on TVs and electronics and they will open at 5 pm Thanksgiving day. To see the Best Buy Black Friday ad, click here.
Are the deals better on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? How do you know you are getting the best deal? To get the answers to these questions and more, click here.
Target’s Black Friday ad includes a doorbuster for an HD Video Drone for $349.99. In addition to the sale items, Target is also offering $10 off a $50 purchase, or $25 off a $100 purchase with the promotional code HOME. To read more about the Target Black Friday sale, click here.
Many of the large retailers will be open on Thanksgiving day to begin their Black Friday sale. The news is full of stories about how this new tradition is destroying the holiday for many families. Employees of the retail stores have to work on Thanksgiving, and it tears people away from Thanksgiving dinner if they plan to go to the store and shop. But as long as millions of people around the United States go to the stores during these early shopping hours, then the stores will be open.
This year, Walmart Black Friday deals will also be available on their website, and many consumers can get information about them on their new Black Friday app. To read about specific deals that will be on sale at Walmart during the Black Friday season, click here.
Amazon has already started their Black Friday sales on their website, and plans to include deals everyday through the holiday season. For more on this story and to see the current list of sale items, click here.
The name Black Friday comes from the fact that for many retailers this is the first day of the year they will finally be in the black and make a profit, and they want to take advantage of that as much as possible by offering great deals so consumers shop at their stores. It is the busiest shopping day of the year for retailers and consumers, and retailers fight for attention from consumers. Retailers begin promoting their holiday sales at the beginning of November. Each year, every retailer will promote their holiday sale items several weeks in advance and some add deals at the last minute. Sales continue throughout the month of December, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the biggest discounted days of the year. Every major retailer including Walmart, Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Apple, and Game Stop have Black Friday ads that they release.
This is typically the best time of the year to get deeply discounted items and deals on electronics. This includes HGTV’s, tablets, and laptops and some deals will get people out of bed at 4 a.m. to get them.
Black Friday shopping takes planning and you will need to get organized if you plan to shop to get what you want. You can raise your chances of getting the specific items you want for Christmas this year. Make a plan and know exactly where you are going when you get into the store. The Walmart app can even help you with a map of your local store, so you know where to go once inside. For more tips and tricks for getting the best holiday deals, click here.