The day after Thanksgiving is called â€œBlack Fridayâ€ because retail stores attract so many customers on that single day that it puts their books in the black â€“ e.g. the stores become profitable for the year. This is how it is supposed to work and, given the economy, the chances are great that retailers will be offering big bargains, and freebies, to lure shoppers to their particular store so that it does work.
Many stores wait until the last minute to say what their bargains will be. Here are some selections culled from various reports:
The coolest thing to know about Black Friday in New York City is reported in Tech Crunch:
“On Black Friday, anyone who calls 888-376-4336 and does a Google Search by voice, will see their results displayed on either the Reuters sign or the NASDAQ sign in Times Square. So, if you say something like â€œnew Jonas Brothers CD,â€ the display will come up with a giant Google Map complete with signs showing you where you can find that. Also included is the embarrassment that everyone in Times Square has just seen what ridiculous thing you are searching for.â€
The following retailers are offering the following freebies, according to the Freebie Blogger. That doesn’t mean that all the New York City stores will be making these offers:
Ace Hardware â€“ Free Staple Gun and Screwdriver Set
Bealls Florida â€“ Free Ornament
Bob Evans â€“ Free Slice of Pumpkin Pie
Costco â€“ Free Cookbook
Dunkin Donuts â€“ Free Coffee Sample at Mall Locations
IKEA â€“ Free Breakfast
JCPenney â€“ Free Snow Globe & $10 off Coupon
Macy’s – Free Ocean Spray Craisins Samples
Meijer â€“ Free 22 Piece Cutlery Set
Office Depot â€“ Free Software
Pep Boys â€“ Free Peak Flashlight
Prime Outlets â€“ Free Gift Bags w/Coupons, Jockey Sleepwear & More
Quick Chek â€“ Free Medium Coffee For Customers
REI â€“ Free Gift Card and Tote Bag
Sam’s Club – Free Breakfast
Smokey Bones – Free Appetizer
Sport Authority â€“ Free Bonus Bucks Card Worth $10-$500
Staples â€“ Free Remote, Calculator, Software & Batteries
Target â€“ Free Reusable Tote Bag, Free Medium Soda at Cafe
Here are bargains from major New York retailers, according to (of all places) a British newspaper, the Telegraph
Apple keeps its Black Friday discounts secret until the day itself. A leaked poster suggests that it will be offering 30% off all iPods (excluding the Shuffle), 25% off all Macs and 15% off all accessories, as well as Apple software and hardware.
Many of the famous Fifth Avenue department stores also offer Thanksgiving sales, but are quieter about it, including Barneys New York , Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. Discounts during the Thanksgiving weekend are said to be from 30 to 40%.
Target is offering a a range of DVDs for just $3.99, including The Dark Knight and Sex and the City: The Movie. Toasters and coffee-makers will be available for just $3. Electronics and clothes that are at half price with sales beginning at 5am – an hour earlier than last year.
Toys ‘R’ Us
The toy store has opened its doors at midnight,, with some of its discounts only lasting until lunchtime. However, since last year they have doubled the number of deals. Examples: the $4.99 Lightsaber, the $29.99 Digital Videocameras and the Bouncy Castle for $149.99. â€˜
Sears will starts its sales at 4am. 40″ Samsung HDTV for $599.99 and Kenmore washing machine and dryer pair for $579.98, a combined saving of over 55%. The doorbuster sales continue until noon, with a further $10 off all apparel, fragrance and home fashion purchases over $50.
The Macy’s Thankgiving Parade also marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Their stores open at 5am the following day and promise 40% off tea, coffee and expresso makers as well as 20% off a range of women’s, men’s and children’s wear. Customers with a Macy’s Card get an extra 10% or 15% off from Friday to Sunday.
For the US’s fourth largest department store chain, Black Friday begins online at midnight, with stores opening at 4am, and the sales lasting through to November 28th. Kohl’s (http://www.kohls.com) promises 10-50% off its entire stock, and most of their Christmas goods and outwear going for half price.
Discounted flat-panel TVs, and ads are promising $197 laptops and $79.99 smart phones.
Many bargains are available online as well.