Shoppers willing to brave the crowds on Black Friday will be rewarded with some of the best deals of the season in what has become Amerca's annual retail blood sport.
If you're a MAC, there's good news: PCs won't have all the fun. Apple has joined in on the big shopping day. On Tuesday, the Apple Web site announced a special one-day sale for black Friday. "You'll find dozens of great iPad, iPod, and Mac gifts for everyone on your list," according to the Web site.
Earlier this week, in a one-two punch, Walmart delivered a blow to rivals by offering price matching for the big shopping weekend. Shoppers at the mammoth retailer can take a competitor's ad to the register, and have the price matched over the holiday weekend, starting on Friday.
Over at Amazon.com, black Friday shoppers can pick up a Samsung Ultra Compact "Touch of Color" Camcorder for $99; White Gold Round Diamond Stud Earrings for $199.99; Invicta Men's Multi-Function Watch fpr $59.99; Logitech Z-2300 Speakers are going for $89.99 and the Flip UltraHD Camcorder is down to $99.
It may be difficult to get your hands on "Call of Duty: Black Ops" at some retailers but GameStop has the video-game that made history by netting $650 million in five days on its list of guaranteed in stock promise. The video game retailer also has a few other popular titles such as Epic Mickey, Madden NFL 11 and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. The large video game retailer will open the doors of 800 locations at midnight, and the rest at 5 a.m. Black Friday shoppers will find 2,500 titles for under $20.
The big event online at Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic, Athleta, and Piperlime will include free shipping for purchases above $50. In stores, Old Navy will offer affordable children clothes such as $10 kids jeans and $15 kids frost-free jackets. The Gap and Banana Republic will reduce some purchases by up to 40 percent before noon on black Friday. To help the shopping process, the Gap has a sweaters, tops, denim, accessories for $5, $10, $20 and $30 under "Gifts With Style."
The deals at Sears will begin on Thanksgiving Day. Doors will open from 9 a.m. to noon and customers will have a host of items to choose from including a Panasonic 58" 1080p Plasma TV and two Bonus Blu-ray DVDs for $1,099; RCA 19-inch class LCD HDTV for $129; twin sized Cannon heated blanket for $14.99.
At Kmart, on turkey day, consumers can shop from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for one the many deals offered by the company including a Panasonic 46-inch class plasma HDTV for $499.99; a Magellan RoadMate 1424 navigation system for $74.99; 7" netbook for $89.99; Vivitar 10.1MP digital camera for $39.99; Trim A Home 6.5-foot, 600 pre-lit trees for $79.99.
Radio Shack will let shoppers get a head start by offering early deals from Sunday, Nov. 21, to Wednesday, Nov. 24. During the four-day sale, Radio Shack will offer an Auvio 19-inch LCD HDV for $99.95; an Auvio pocket television for $69.99; and an instant $50 savings on a Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint.
On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, the electronics store will offer a Memorex DVD player for $29.99; a limited amount of high definition Flip cameras for $129.99; an Xbox 360 for $199.99, and an ultra-slim 12-megapixel Nikon camera for $129.99.