Are You Ready for Black Friday?

Like it or not, it’s almost here. The 2009 edition of black Friday is only days away. Did you already make your shopping list? Will you be able to save money this year? Will you be frugal this holiday season? Do you already know where to hunt for bargains? Maybe the following list can help you.

First things First

For the readers that don’t know, the term ‘Black Friday’. Black Friday is a term for the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.

Bad Economy

Unemployment rates are the highest they’ve been in nearly three decades, and retailers are worried that consumers will be frugal for the holidays. The result could be that more and more people would hunt for bargains. This means more competition for those cheap Blue-ray, net-books or laptops on Black Friday.

Wal-Mart

The world’s biggest retailer Wal-Mart says day-after-Thanksgiving sales will begin at 5 a.m. Nov. 27, but most U.S. stores will be open 24 hours to prevent a mad dash. (Note: there are already Wall-Mart Super-centers that are open 24 hours a day, but this Black Friday, Wal-Mart will add another 800 stores to that list.)

Laptops and Netbooks

The early Black Friday ads available show some real bargains from large retailers. Some examples for laptops or net-books are:

  • $250 Acer 11.6-inch net-book (Intel Atom Z520, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard drive) from Radio Shack
  • $380 Acer Aspire 15.6-inch laptop (AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core L310, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive from Office Depot
  • $400 Toshiba 16-inch laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo chip, 3GB RAM, 250GB hard drive) from Best Buy

Make you go to these stores early, because as most other retailers, these store will probably will have limited quantities of these loss leaders.

Macs on Sale

Normally Apple doesn’t anything on Black Friday or Christmas. But that doesn’t mean that there are no deals to be found. For the Mac fans: Best Buy will give a $150 gift card to shoppers who will buy a MacBook with 13.3” display. Of course other retailers will have their ad version for cheaper Macs, so look around before you buy!

$3 Appliances

Yes, you read it right $3 appliances. Target will practically give away some ChefMate appliances, for instance sandwich makers, toasters and coffee makers.

HDTV s

The high-definition TVs are looking economical this season. Some examples of this are a $590 Toshiba 40-in 1080p LCD set from Sears and a $663 Sony 40-inch LCD 1080p HDTV from Best Buy. (Of course, these are not the top models of these brands, but for that price, they are good for a few years of fun.) Even the LED TVs are getting cheaper and cheaper, so watch for bargains!

Conclusion

These are just some examples of the bargains to be found on Black Friday. Will the bad economy spoil it for the retailers, we will have to see. But there are enough shoppers left that are looking for a bargain, bad economy or not. So search for ads online of things you are planning to buy and make sure you are early at the store. Happy shopping, everyone!

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