Some TJ Maxx and Marshalls stores are expected to sell the iPad at a huge savings of around 20 percent, according to Computer World.. The company's Twitter feed confirmed, "the rumors are TRUE! Select (unadvertised) locations/limited quantity." But, instead of waiting until Friday, the iPads with a $100 price slash are being offered for $399 now.
Big retailers, online marketplaces and drug stores all are offering significant price cuts for Black Friday, when many retailers come out of the red and in to the black for the year by offering huge deals to consumers.
"What I am focusing [upon is] the drugstores," said 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."
Users who log on to the CouponMom Web site can find a list of all the freebies available at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid on Black Friday that she said could be used for a snazzy gift basket.
The free items, which include everything from Advil to Colgate, have stipulations. Like door-busters, they are used to lure shoppers and are often limited in quantity.
"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," said Brad Wilson, founder and editor-in-chief of Bradsdeals, a daily deals website. To find the best deals, Wilson created BlackFriday2010.com, which displays a countdown clock and nationwide deals. 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 may 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 a survey by the National Retail Federation.
Nelson, the coupon clipping mom, will shop online and stack her savings.
"If I'm shopping online, I look at retailer's deal, find an online coupon code, and actually do my shopping through a cash-back website," she said.
The savvy shopper maintains an online database that includes printable coupons and online coupons.
It also may be worth checking 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 a $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-inch LCD HDTV at $198; a Tom-Tom GPS, $79; a Nintendo DS Lite, $89; and a 15.6-inch HP laptop for $298 as supplies last.