Starting Sunday, November 10, Home Depot will kick off their pre-Black Friday sale featuring items at what we're told will be their lowest prices of the season - matching and even beating Black Friday prices!
The sale only lasts until Wednesday, November 13 and these prices won't be seen again until the proper Home Depot Black Friday sale. So while it's a relatively short shopping window, it's still better than having to fight the crowds on Black Friday.
The Gander Mountain Black Friday sale starts 8am Thanksgiving morning with stores staying open through the holiday until 2am on Black Friday. Gander Mountain will then close for four hours before reopening at 6am on Black Friday for another day of sales. All sale prices are valid until close on Sunday, December 1.
Gander Mountain is one of my favorite ads to type up because of the incredible selection of items. You see one HDTV, you've seen them all, but I'll never get tired of looking at crossbows. I have no practical use for one, they just seem like a very cool thing to own.
The Sears Outlet Black Friday sale begins at 7pm Thanksgiving night with doorbuster pricing valid through 9pm Friday.
However, unlike its big brother, the Sears Outlet sale will not be staying open all night, rather they will close their doors at 11:59pm Thursday and then reopen at 6am Friday with the same doorbuster pricing available both days. The non-doorbuster items are available at their advertised price until Wednesday, December 4.
The Gordmans Black Friday sale starts at 5am Friday with doorbuster pricing valid until 1pm.
The first 300 shoppers in each store will receive an extra 25% off all items they can fit inside a provided bag along with a mystery discount card good for an additional $10, $20, $50 or $1000 off a Saturday or Sunday purchase.
All of these sales are only valid on their listed date as there is no overarching sale valid all weekend.
And good news for online shoppers as all the sales will be available online at midnight CST on their respective dates. Remember that AAFES locations are only open to members of the military, retired military and their dependents and online shoppers will still need to provide proof that they are an authorized Exchange customer.
Last year Best Buy was a prominent Thanksgiving Day hold-out, opting to start their Black Friday sale at midnight while competitors moved their sales starts up to Thanksgiving Day.
With even more stores announcing Thanksgiving Day starts this year, many shoppers hoped that Best Buy would honor the sanctity of Thanksgiving and champion the cause by, again, keeping Black Friday on Friday.
I have some bad news: Best Buy just announced that they will begin their Black Friday 2013 sale at 6pm Thanksgiving Day.
Claiming that "millions of people made it clear that they wanted to shop on Thanksgiving evening," Best Buy adjusted their holiday plans and effectively called the bluff of everyone who claims they will absolutely not shop on Black Friday.
The press release also mentioned that Best Buy will have "multiple doorbuster deals throughout the night on Thanksgiving and into the morning on Black Friday," possibly mimicking Walmart's 3-Event sale structure from last year (where different sets of items went on sale at varying times throughout the night/morning).
Speaking of, Walmart is the last remaining big box store yet to announce their Black Friday sale hours. They were also helped lead the charge of moving Black Friday sales starts to Thanksgiving Day. With Best Buy's 6pm announcement (and Toys R Us opening at 5pm), is there a chance Walmart opens up even earlier? We'll find out soon.
Some of the items listed purposely have vague titles (e.g. Samsung 40" HDTV and Vizio 47" HDTV), but it does provide some insight into what to expect from Target this Black Friday.
We've always believed that these planned previews are a good indication that the full ad release is only a little bit away. Like a small crack in the foundation, the rest of the sale should hopefully flood in very soon.
Both the Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday sales start at 6am on their respective days. Note that these two sales are completely independent of each other and there is no carry-over from one sale to other.
Many of the items come bundled with a coupon good for a future purchase, which is close to a gift card, except most of these coupons expire on Christmas Eve.
Some of the hotter items we saw from their Black Friday sale included:
Due to Modell's being prominently located in the Northeast, many Modell's locations cannot open on Thanksgiving Day due to state specific blue laws. Affected stores will begin their Nite Owl sale at midnight. It is highly recommended to contact your local store to confirm their planned sale hours.
Dollar General will be open from 7am to 7pm on Thanksgiving Day, with page 1 items only available on Thursday.
The rest of the ad is good for the entire length of Dollar General's 3-day Black Friday sale. There is no specific opening time listed for Black Friday, so it seems that they will probably open at their normal store hours (7am).
The remainder of the items are available at their advertised price all day Thanksgiving through Saturday, Nov 30. Note that all the Walgreens sale items require a free Balance Rewards membership (or at least for the clerk to swipe their card at the register).
Additionally, Aeropostale is offering free shipping on online orders of $75 or more valid all Black Friday Weekend (Nov 28 - Dec 2), although shoppers who checkout via PayPal may still qualify for the current offer of free 2-day shipping with no minimum purchase.
And from now until Monday, November 11, every $25 spent at Aeropostale earns $5 towards shopping during Black Friday weekend. The Black Friday Dollars are redeemable Thanksgiving Day through December 2.