Last Updated Nov 19, 2010 2:03 PM EST If I have my druthers, I won't be near any stores on Black Friday. The idea of heading out to Walmart at midnight after Thanksgiving leaves me colder than gravy on a buffet table. I'll be snug in my bed by then, overdosed on tryptophan and being thankful that I'm not in a big box retailer. Honestly, could someone please explain the appeal of Black Friday? One antidote to that shopping hysteria (with the attendant traffic, mobs of people fighting over consumer electronics and the circulars that clog my newspaper box all week beforehand) is online swapping. Imagine: You can clear the clutter from your own home and get gift-worthy items in return. Some people might scoff that this is regifting. I say, bring it on. One such site, Swap.com, put me in touch with Christy Gordon, a SEO content writer in Tampa, Florida, who is a self-professed "swap nerd." For a small fee (either 50 cents or $1) plus postage, Swap.com lets you exchange books, movies, CDs, … [Read more...] about Swapping: A Black Friday Alternative
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WhileBlack Friday is not necessarily the best day of the year to shop, it is still the most ritualistic shopping "holiday" with several stores opening at 12 a.m. Friday (or even earlier) with limited-time deals. An estimated 152 million Americans will be taking part in the retail festivities Friday and during the weekend, up from 138 million last year. If you're thinking of hitting the mall -- instead of watching various TV show marathons like me -- here's a handy list of the who's who of Black Friday and their featured door-busters. Keep in mind that on Black Friday, it's first-come, first-served, so some of these deals will go away once the item is sold out. (Also keep in mind that stores want you to feel pressure to buy. But it's not a good deal if you purchase something you don't need just because the price looks good.)Walmart For the first time, Walmart will be kicking off its in-store specials at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and plans to scatter its offers. The following deals will … [Read more...] about Black Friday 2011: Deals from Walmart, Target, Best Buy and more
(CBS/AP) - Even as people are scarfing down the last of their Halloween candy, merchants are pushing forward to the Christmas shopping season. One online retailer - Amazon.com - isn't waiting until Black Friday to start laying on the deals.It has opened what it calls a Black Friday Deals store - one that will feature discounts of hundreds of gift items, such as cameras, video games, movies, tools, and what not. The deals are available from now until the day after Thanksgiving - the real Black Friday. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Amazon starting “Black Friday Deals” right now!
(MoneyWatch) Even though Thanksgiving will come unseasonably early this year, there's no need to wait for Black Friday for holiday deals and door busters. Retailers from Wal-Mart to Costco have been offering deals early this year, with a host of discounted items -- from electronics to games -- available now. And the retailers that won't start the price-slashing prior to Thanksgiving, are opening their doors early on Thanksgiving night. You might want to skip the turkey and pack your track shoes. The nation's biggest retailers are launching this holiday shopping season with a bang. What early deals are being offered and where? Wal-Mart has everything from clothing to electronics on an pre-Black Friday sale. There you'll find a 50-inch HDTV for $429 and laptop computers for as little as $300. Clothing and toys are also marked down substantially. Amazon is featuring a Giulio Romano men's watch for 75 percent off at $175; a portable DVD player for $65; and a Brother sewing machine for $50. … [Read more...] about A look at early Black Friday deals and discounts
(CBS) - The popular location-based mobile application Foursquare is turning Black Friday into a game with real-life benefits. If you get tired of fighting off sleepy door-busting campers, try to make your experience a game. You wouldn't be alone. A recent infographic released by Foursquare showed a spike of check-ins on Black Friday last year. The most popular locations were Target, Best Buy and Walmart. No surprise there, but I was disappointed at Apple fans, who came in a measly sixth place - behind Toys "R" Us! Shame, Macheads. Here are some of the deals you can unlock by checking in on Foursquare. JCPenney: For every check-in between 4am and 1pm, $25 will be donated to the Salvation Army (up to $100k). Sports Authority: Check in at any of their locations nationwide, spend more than $100 and get a $25 cash card on the spot. They'll also be awarding $500 cash cards to 20 random people that check in at their retail locations that day. Aeropostale: Check in at any of their … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Foursquare offers Black Friday check-in specials