Paging all shoppers: The deals from your favorite retailers on Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year, have been unveiled or leaked, and it looks like some people are in for a fantastic holiday.
Big retailers, online marketplaces, and drug stores are all offering significant price cuts for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when many retailers can come out of the red by offering huge deals to consumers.
"What I am focusing: the drugstores," says Stephanie Nelson, the founder of online savings site CouponMom.com. "The drug stores have unbelievable black Friday sales between Nov. 25 and Nov. 27, and you can get all kinds of free things from medication to lotion to personal care items," says Nelson.
Users that log in to the CouponMom Web site can find a list of all the freebies available at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid on Black Friday that she says could be used for a snazzy gift gift basket.
These free items that include everything from Advil to Colgate have stipulations but like door-busters are used to lure shoppers through the door. Low priced door-busters are often limited in quantity, however, and aren't always the best deals anymore.
"Some of the big deals are the limited-quantities deals, but there are so many great deals you don't have to subject yourself to the limited quantity deals," says Brad Wilson, founder and editor and chief of Bradsdeals.com, a daily deals website. To find out what the best deals are, Wilson created BlackFriday2010.com, which displays a countdown clock and some of the best deals and offerings across the nation. The website gets a half a million hits a day by disclosing top deals from retailers such as Sears, Lowe's, Walmart and Costco.com.
There are alternatives for people who have shunned Black Friday because of the dangers or crowds.
An estimated 138 million people will probably walk the aisles on Black Friday. "Approximately 60 million people say they will definitely hit the stores while another 78 million are waiting to see if the bargains are worth braving the cold and the crowds," according to the survey by the National Retail Federation.
Nelson, the coupon clipping mom, will shop online stacking her savings. "If I'm shopping online I look at retailers deal, find an online coupon code, and actually do my shopping through a cash back Web site," says Nelson.The savvy shopper maintains an online database that includes printable coupons and online coupons.
Are you looking for a place to start planning your Black Friday shopping list? Check out the numerous websites springing up to help shoppers research deals before standing in line at the stores and coming home empty-handed.
Walmart says its doors will open at midnight on Friday morning – only a few hours after many people finish their Thanksgiving meal. The discount retailer will offer Wrangler jeans for a low price of $9, and Nintendo Wii gamers can nab the game console for $199 with $50 Walmart Gift Card.
Five hours after opening, at 5 a.m., Walmart will begin its sale on electronics. A 14-megapixel Kodak C183 will retail for $59; a 32" LCD HDTV will cost customers $198; A Tom-Tom GPS for $79; a Nintendo DS Lite for $89; and a 15.6" HP laptop will come with a price tag of $298 for as long as supplies last.