How to Prepare for Shopping on Black Friday


An Associated Content article about Black Friday gives several helpful tips for shopping on Black Friday. It’s as if it is its own holiday so you want to be prepared!

With the holiday season right around the corner that can only mean one thing its time to gear up for the annual Black Friday events. What is Black Friday you might ask, it’s the day after thanksgiving, the kick off of the holiday shopping season, a day you will find great deals, and lots of people. If you have never done a black Friday before you will need to have a plan worked out ,you can start this by getting a notebook and all the ads from the stores in your area, they will come out on thanksgiving in your morning paper.

Getting a Jump on Black Friday Savings

News 3 of Las Vegas reports on the best way to go about Black Friday. Since prices are already going down, when is the best time to buy? The news report can be found here.

Black Friday, which kicks off the holiday shopping season, is three weeks away. If you like bargains, the wait may be worth it. But that doesn’t mean you have to wait to start scoping out the deals.

The Saving You Money Team shows you where to look.

It’s a day-after-Thanksgiving ritual. Shoppers lining up for hours to get first dibs at holiday sales. But with budgets tight, consumers are being extra cautious this year. Many are not buying until they’re sure they’ve found the best deal around.

4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Holiday Sales


Smartmoney writes about how you can get the most of of holiday deals on Black Friday and also shows you what’s in store for certain retailers.

Walk through any department store or big-box retailer and it’s evident that Black Friday has arrived early this year.

Bracing for what might turn out to be the worst holiday shopping season in two decades, retailers like Kmart, Wal-Mart and JC Penney are trying to get consumers in the holiday-spending spirit as early as possible. This year, deals typically reserved for the day after Thanksgiving are being rolled out as soon as retailers have a chance to clear the shelves of Halloween costumes and decorations.

Early holiday shopping? Use these tips


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes about when to do early shopping and how to deal with returns and warranties.

You can either buy today or take a gamble and wait for a sale. Tod Marks, a senior editor at Consumer Reports, says consumers should consider buying clothing early in the shopping season while there are plenty of sizes and colors.

But waiting to buy electronics might pay off because if sales of items such as flat-screen TVs are slow, retailers may cut prices closer to the holidays to clear out inventory.

Top 10 Tips to Getting the Best Bargains on “Black Friday”


About.com has compiled 10 tips on how to prepare for Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

1. Check Out the Ads:
Your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper will be stuffed like your Thanksgiving turkey with ads, coupons, and circulars. This will be your number one source to local Black Friday savings and it will also help you organize your day to maximize savings since many stores offer special discounts that are time specific. Example: Receive an extra 10 percent off if you shop before 11 a.m.
2. Do Your Research Before Friday:
If you are hoping to scoop up a deal on Friday on a big-ticket item, go ahead and get your research out of the way as soon as possible. A bad product is a bad deal no matter how cheap it costs. Being knowledgeable about the products you want to buy will help you avoid being sucker-punched with loud advertising for poor products. About.com is chocked full of buying advice on a wide variety of products from professionals who have the knowledge to help you make good decisions.

12 Black Friday Secrets Retailers Don’t Want You To Know


Mike Elgan at Datamation lists 12 “secrets” that will help make your Black Friday more successful and avoid retailers’ tricks.

They don’t call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday” for nothing. It’s all about launching the megastores “into the black” – into profitability. They profit not by offering goods at a loss, but by using ultra-low prices to lure you into their stores, where they can employ dirty tricks to make money.

But with my secrets, and some smart planning, you can make “Black Friday” profitable for yourself, not the store.

Shop Black Friday for digital gear deals


USATODAY writes about shopping for digital gear on Black Friday and the sales you can expect on certain items as well as what would probably not be on sale.

Despite what you see in stores right now, the Friday after Thanksgiving begins the traditional Christmas shopping season. It’s called Black Friday to mark the day retailers make profits and are “in the black.” It’s also the day for extended shopping hours, crowded stores and deeply discounted prices.

Why You’ll Buy a Netbook On Black Friday


Mike Elgan of Datamation notes that the netbook will be popular this year as it is affordable and the perfect gift. They also have a list of tips on how to get great netbook deals this Black Friday.

First, unless the Grinch finds a way to keep Christmas from coming, the holidays will soon be upon us. Netbooks make perfect gifts because the cost is low, the value is high, and everybody wants one. Unlike other gadgets, netbooks are popular among all age groups, from 9 to 99. They’re even great gifts for people who already own desktop, laptop and other netbook computers. You can never be too rich, too thin or have too many netbooks.

Read Mike’s full article »