Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States. This day marks the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5AM or even earlier.  Upon opening, retailers offer doorbuster deals and some even provide freebies for the first hundred or so shoppers.  This draws people to their stores.

Although Black Friday has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924; the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the late 1960's. This term was also originally used on the East Coast, in Philadelphia, in reference to the heavy traffic on that day but more recently, merchants and the media have used it to refer to the beginning of the period in which retailers go from being in the red (i.e., posting a loss on the books) to being in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

Now that everyone has had their history lesson on Black Friday, I wanted to send you all a few links to get prepared for your shopping experience.  Here is a great link to get you started to see what deals are out there for your favorite stores.  These sites show you what sales are going on for Friday and possibly even on Thursday.  So, check these out before you head out.

If you want to get started even sooner, go to these websites and get their Black Friday or special Thanksgiving deals online.
  • Amazon (already begun)
  • Dell (already begun)
  • MacMall (already begun)
  • Newegg, sale starts at 6:00 pm EST tonight (Wednesday)
  • Sears starts at 9:00 pm EST (Wednesday)
  • Sam's Club starts at 11:00 pm EST (Wednesday)
  • Toys R Us Black Friday deals starts at 12:01 am EST (Thanksgiving)
  • Office Max Black Friday deals starts at 8:00 am EST (Thanksgiving)
  • Walmart Thanksgiving day specials starts at 3:00 am EST (Thanksgiving)
  • Walmart Black Friday starts at 3:00 am EST (Black Friday)
  • Target, Kohls, JC Penney and other Black Friday deals will begin on Thanksgiving morning (doesn't hurt to check out your favorite store's website to see if their sales have already begun)
Happy deal finding!


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