November 25th, 2015
This time of the year is the most popular for hard-core bargain hunters like us to find the best deals! Years ago, Black Friday was the start of holiday shopping, and this year it falls on November 27. But retailers have been spreading holiday promotions across the entire month of November, so it’s getting harder to figure out exactly when or where shoppers will really be getting the best discounts. And, although some of us still love the in-store experience, the trend toward increased online traffic will allow consumers to score some good deals without sacrificing family time. A recent National Retail Federation’s survey of 7,276 shoppers posted here reports that Americans plan to do almost half of their holiday shopping online this year.
REI, a retailer of outdoor gear, announced they would be closed both days on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. A number of other retail locations will also be closed on Thanksgiving, but still offer online deals – including pet stores, home improvement stores, and wholesale clubs. Michaels stores will open at 4pm on Thanksgiving, but JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby will not. Typically the drug stores and dollar stores are open all day.
Plenty of ads have already been “leaked” or posted by the retailers themselves. Personal finance site Wallet Hub surveyed 8,000 ads from 30 of the biggest retailers and calculated the average discount offered, with their resuls posted here. I was surprised to find at the top of the list are JCPenney with 68% discount and Kohl’s with 66.7%; while Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Costco are at the bottom. However, although it makes interesting reading, those calculations may not indicate the lowest prices. Consider this example – if a $1,000 item is marked down 50% at one store, the sale price would be $500; but if the same item regularly sells for $600 at another store offering a 25% discount, it would cost less there for $450.
Roku is planning to offer a $25 streaming video player on Black Friday from their website and a handful of retailers. According to this article, the special edition Roku 1 has limited features so it can be priced less than the popular $35 Google Chromecast and $40 Amazon Fire TV Stick. The Roku SE streams 1080p HD video and features all 3,000 channels that other Rokus offer.
Amazon and Home Depot are already offering their online Black Friday prices. According to this article on CNN’s Money, Amazon will make more than 150 “Lightning Deals” available only on mobile, and prime members will be given access to many deals 30 minutes before the general public. The following links are some of the official ads posted early by other retailers:
- Best Buy will offer price matching in stores with “key online and local competitors”.
- Office Depot|Max
- Old Navy
- Sam’s Club
- Toys R Us – Rewards R Us members will receive early access to more than 100 doorbusters all week, both online and in-store. Cardholders will get an extra 10% off their order if they choose to shop in stores on Thanksgiving.
- Walmart, prices for select online specials will be compared and updated at or lower than prices from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, Toys & Babies R Us.
Individual hot sale items and coupon codes for popular merchants can be found on Buxr at this link. And as usual, we’ve gathered the following store hours from ads, emails, and pre-sale releases to help you score your best deals. They may be subject to last minute changes. Remember that not every sale on Black Friday is the best price of the year.
|Thanksgiving (11/26)||Black Friday (11/27)|
|CVS||Open, check local||8am-10pm|
|Dick’s Sporting Goods||6pm-2am||through 2pm|
|Dollar General||7am-8pm||Open, check local|
|Kmart||6am-5pm, 7pm||through 2pm|
|Old Navy||4pm||Open, check local|
|Toys R Us||5pm||through 11pm|
|Walmart||6pm (open 24 hours)||Open|
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