Black Friday is on its way and for some it’s a time of more excitement than the actual Thanksgiving Day celebration. Since retailers are starting earlier this year, be ready to make the best shopping choices, since offers are going to vary from the pre-Black Friday discounts to Cyber Monday deals.
For some time now the Thanksgiving Day weekend shifted focus from food, family and football to shopping. Black Friday is the opening discount event for the holiday season and all retailers are pushing to start it with huge revenues. And since past years have brought Americans to the edge, buying products on sale is oftentimes the only way they actually have the money for.
Since Black Friday has turned into such a big deal that this year it starts as early as 8 p.m., knowing where the best deals are has never been more important. And it’s not just that Walmart, Toys R Us and Target opening their doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Retailers have also prepared pre-black Friday and pre-cyber Monday deals ahead of time.
“I think we’ll start to see some pre-black Friday pre-cyber Monday deals start to take place this week and next week” said James Brown with PriceGabber.com. “Everybody is racing to get to the consumer dollars as fast as possible” the Price Grabber.com senior director of Merchant Services told ABC News.
So what should you be on the lookout for this Black Friday? Well, according to field experts tablets will be the hottest holiday purchase in 2012. “They look to be the must-have product this holiday season” and since “pricing is more competitive” people are going to buy it more and more.
However, it’s likely you’re not going to find much of a discount on iPad mini for Black Friday. It’s a lot more likely you’re going to get Amazon Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 at a price tag even lower than the $199. That’s already more than one hundred dollars less than what Apple is charging for a 16GB iPad mini.
Based on Dealnews and Kiplinger’s list on what not to buy on Black Friday, you should also be wary of buying bicycles and cars for instance, since the cold season isn’t exactly the time you commonly find the best deals. Same goes for cameras. Experts say you should wait until February when the today’s innovative generations becomes previous generation and retailers cut the prices.