Get ready. It’s that time of year again. The holidays are fast approaching, but before we get there we have to kick it all off with the shopping extravaganza known as Black Friday (which is followed very closely by its sister-event, Cyber Monday).
For those who haven’t been tuned in the last few years, Black Friday happens on the Friday after Thanksgiving. This is essentially the kickoff of the U.S. holiday shopping season and the day when retailers fight tooth and nail to be the one with the best deals. It’s a no holds barred day with “door buster” bargains and enormous savings, especially on toys, games, electronic gadgets, and computers.
Traditionally for brick and mortar stores, Black Friday and Cyber Monday now have taken over online shopping as well. Here are some tips and a sneak peek at the some of the deals you may be able to find this year.
Black Friday Shopping Tips
While the shopping season kicks off on Black Friday, this day is really only the beginning. Deals semi-officially bleed into Cyber Monday, often continue into the next week and then on into the holidays.
- For the best deals, hit up Amazon, Target and Walmart. These consistently rank as the stores with the best deals.
- There is a big surge of shopping right at midnight on Black Friday—if you’re worried about a new product selling out and don’t mind wading through crowds, this might be for you.
- Retailers will also target early morning shoppers with great deals.
- If you don’t like crowds, try the online route.
- Overall, the week following Black Friday is the best time to shop.
Mobile electronics, like cell phones and tablets, are the most popular Black Friday sale items. Manufacturers and retailers pull out all the stops, and consumers often line up for hours to keep from missing out. If you really want to experience Black Friday madness, and you’re addicted to having the latest cell phone, you’ve found your day.
Laptops are another hot Black Friday item, but you’ll also want to hang out until Cyber Monday for additional awesome deals on computers. As an example, you will likely be able to find Chromebooks at rock-bottom prices, even under $100. Bargain machines will be at their lowest prices ever, and mainstream machines will likely be under $500.
Toys and Games
While electronics get most of the fanfare on Black Friday, toys and games are not far behind.
- If you’re looking for toys, Amazon is the place to find the most deals
- Toys “R” Us designates their Fabulous 15 toys, and these will sell out quickly
- LEGO has their own event to be on the lookout for, “Brick” Friday
According to DealNews.com, some toy deals you are likely to see include:
- Steep discounts on LEGO sets
- Toy roundups of up to 50% off
- The “hottest” toys of the season up to 60% off
- Star Wars and Frozen items for up to 60% off
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