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Black Friday Ads, Hours, and Trends

November 25th, 2015

BlackFridayThis 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:

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)
Best Buy 5pm-1am 8am-10pm
Big Lots 7am-12am 6am-11pm
Costco Closed 9am
CVS Open, check local 8am-10pm
Dick’s Sporting Goods 6pm-2am through 2pm
Dollar General 7am-8pm Open, check local
GameStop Closed 5am-9pm
Harbor Freight Closed 7am
Home Depot Closed 6am-9pm
JCPenney 3pm through 2pm
JoAnn Fabrics Closed 6am
Kmart 6am-5pm, 7pm through 2pm
Kohl’s 6pm through 1pm
Lowe’s Closed 5am
Macy’s 6pm through 1pm
Meijer 6am 6am
Michaels 4pm-2am 7am-10pm
Office Depot/Max 6pm-9pm 8am
Old Navy 4pm Open, check local
PetSmart Closed 7am
Rite Aid 8am-5pm 7am
Sam’s Club Closed 7am-9pm
Sears 6pm-2am 5am-1pm
Shopko 4pm through 12pm
Sports Authority 6pm-12am 6am-10pm
Staples Closed 6am
Target 6pm through 11pm
Toys R Us 5pm through 11pm
Walgreens 8am-10pm 8am-10pm
Walmart 6pm (open 24 hours) Open

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