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10 Stores Kicking Off Black Friday Sales on Thanksgiving
If it feels like Black Friday deals are cropping up earlier and earlier, it's because they are — more and more retailers are taking advantage of the momentum by offering up seasonal deals ahead of the big day.
We've sized up 10 retailers that are expected to debut their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving. After you carve the turkey (or in some cases before), you might want to check out these mega-sales.
Kmart is rumored to kick off their Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving morning, making it a great place to save for people who aren't keen on hitting the stores after dinner. The retailer hasn't officially announced opening hours yet, but they welcomed shoppers as early as 6 a.m. last year for morning doorbusters. (Evening doorbusters ran from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m.) Particularly awesome deals were found on clothing, electronics, and home goods/accessories. If you aren't already a Kmart Shop Your Way member, you may want to consider signing up. Last year, members were granted exclusive early Black Friday deals online the weekend before the big event.
If 2014 was any indication, shoppers can expect big savings at Old Navy. The discount clothing store is known for slashing prices by 50 percent on everything in store on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Everything. When doors opened at 4 p.m. last year, jeans were going for as little as $14.75, plus scarves for $5 and sweaters for under $20. While the half-off sale usually only applies Thursday and Friday, Old Navy is known to keep serious discounts going all weekend long. Over the last two years, they've also run their "Overnight Millionaire" giveaway — the first 100 shoppers at every store are entered for a chance to win $1 million.
Best Buy is often the first place that comes to mind for electronics, especially on Black Friday. Last year, the retailer opened its doors from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving. (The official start time on Friday was 8 a.m.) Best Buy is already revving our shopping engines, promoting free shipping on all items until January 2. Last Black Friday, they touted Panasonic 50-inch 1080p TVs for just $199.99 (marked down from $549.99) and iPad Air 2 models for $399.99 (regularly priced at $499.99). But on the whole, many Slickdealers were underwhelmed by Best Buy's 2014 offerings. We'll see what they bring to the table this year.
JCPenney dialed it up last year, kicking off Black Friday deals three hours earlier than usual (5 p.m. on Thanksgiving). The department store's 2014 doorbusters included amazing apparel deals, like 60 percent off women's outerwear and 60 to 70 percent off sports coats, dress pants and suit separates. Categories like luggage and jewelry were majorly marked down, as well. JCPenney also sweetened the deal by throwing in $20 of bonus cash for shoppers who dropped $75 in the store between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
Toys R Us
Chances are, there will be some pretty good deals to be had at Toys R Us this Black Friday. Last year, the toy giant
opened its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with tons of toys marked down to the tune of 50 percent off. Their 2014 Black Friday ad featured electronics like the VTech Innotab 3S Connect Wi-Fi for just $39.99 (marked down from $79.99). Shoppers could also snag over 30 percent off Disney jumbo plush toys, as well as deep discounts on board games. The savings didn't stop there—Slickdealers also shared exclusive early Black Friday deals for Rewards R Us members.
Kohl's, which is already known for everyday low prices, exceeded everyone's expectations last year. Black Friday deals were in effect from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening until 1 p.m. the following day. If you'd rather shop online, web deals kicked off last year on the Monday before. To prep shoppers for maximum savings, the retailer also started doling out Kohl's cash a few days before ($15 for every $50 spent). So it's a safe bet that shoppers can expect more of the same this year. Kohl's offered some of the best 2014 deals on home goods. KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixers were marked down to just $299.99 with an extra 10 percent off with a rebate. Keurig K45 B40 Elite Coffee Brewers were also slashed down to under $100.
If it's major appliances you're after, Sears will probably be a must-visit Black Friday destination. Last year, doorbusters started at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and they're doing the same thing this year. Sears will close at 2 a.m., but reopens at 5 a.m. and will be open until 1o p.m. on Black Friday. Their 2014 ad highlighted 45 percent off Kenmore refrigerators, 55 percent off washer/dryer sets and more. Items like apparel, tools, fitness equipment, and smaller electronics (think digital cameras) were also marked down. But as Consumer Reports shared, the overall Black Friday deals at Sears represented a bit of a mixed bag. Where TVs were concerned, promotional price tags actually weren't much cheaper than their regular retail prices. If a TV is on your list, it might be wise to shop around.
Perhaps the biggest thing Walmart has going for them is their 1-hour in-stock guarantee. As long as shoppers are in the store at the Black Friday event start time, they'll have one hour to scoop up select items at specialty Black Friday prices. In most cases, if the item sells out in the store, Walmart will have it delivered before Christmas. (The event was from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. last year.) Hot deals included name-brand smart TVs for under $650 and Apple iPad Minis (16GB) with Wi-Fi for under $200. Some savvy Slickdealers even tipped us off to the fact that Walmart was matching certain Black Friday prices a week before the big event. This translated to matching competitor prices on TVs, Keurig coffee brewers, toys and more.
In previous years, Black Friday shoppers have been able to leverage their REDcards to score additional savings. (REDcard holders land an extra 5 percent off their purchases.) And while Black Friday deals officially began at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year, that didn't stop Target from giving shoppers a little sneak peek beforehand — they extended one-day only access to Black Friday deals a few weeks before the big day. If you don't already have their Cartwheel app, you might want to consider getting onboard. Last year, it provided users with additional Black Friday deals the week before. Overall, the best deals to be had were on small electronics. Beats by Dre Solo HD Headphones were marked down from $169 to $97 and select Nikon High Zoom cameras were also deeply discounted ($229.99 down to just $99.) But it was $15 video games that really got the attention of Slickdeals members.
Macy's welcomed 2014 Black Friday shoppers at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening, with deals rolling over until Friday afternoon and into the weekend. Apparel was a hot category, with shoppers who braved the crowds finding 30 to 50 percent off a variety of top labels, including Lucky Brand. Tommy Hilfiger dress shirts were marked down to under $40, while footwear and jewelry were also significantly discounted. But if you're doing your shopping online this Black Friday, Slickdealers warn that Macy's isn't known for free shipping.
Looking for more deals? Be sure to check out our specialty Black Friday page for the most up-to-the-minute news!
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