Sears Black Friday Vs. Family & Friends 2010

Black Friday vs. Family & Friends

As you've probably already heard, many retailers are running some big sales in the weeks leading up to Black Friday. But this leaves shoppers with a conundrum: should we take advantage of the early sales, or will the Black Friday sales be even better?

Such is the case with Sears, which has two major sales coming up. The first is their Sears Family and Friends Night, which takes place in-stores Sunday, November 14, from 6pm to 9 pm and online all day Sunday. The second major sale is their traditional Black Friday event which, of course, starts Black Friday, November 26.

Both sales highlight a variety of deals in areas like electronics, clothing, and large appliances. With both sales, you can find some great bargain deals.

To help you make your purchasing decisions for each of the sales, I’m going to compare the two sales in five different departments and tell you which sale is the "winner" for the specific departments.

Televisions
When you compare television deals between the Sears Family and Friends Night and Black Friday, you might be better off shopping before Black Friday.

The reason to shop early is because the Sears Friends and Family Night is offering an additional 10% off all their electronics and televisions. Still, whether or not you'll truly save depends heavily on which TV you want to buy.

For instance, a Panasonic Viera 37” 1080p LCD HDTV costs $469.99 on Black Friday. On Family and Friends Night, however, that same TV will cost $476.99!

Another good example is the Panasonic Viera 50" 1080p Plasma HDTV. On Black Friday, it will sell for $799.99, but on Family and Friends Night, it will be selling for $764.99.

If you want the Panasonic Viera 50" GT25 Series 1080p Plasma 3D HDTV, it's only going to be on sale during Family and Friends Night for $1,619.99.

There are other slight differences as well, which is why it's so important to do your homework before you go! For example, the Panasonic Viera 42" 1080p LCD HDTV will be on sale during Family and Friends Night for $674.99, but that particular TV won't be on sale for Black Friday. Instead, you might have to get the Panasonic Viera TC-P42S2 42" 1080p Plasma HDTV for $549.99.

See what we mean about homework? If you have your heart set on a particular model, size, or resolution, then find out when it will be on sale before Family and Friends Night starts. The better sale all depends on the TV you're looking for!

Winner: Even

Heather Levin is a frequent contributor for the popular personal finance blog, Money Crashers. She writes about effective strategies to save money, shop smart, "go green", and improve quality of life.

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November 11, 2010
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