With 147 million people expected to shop this weekend, according to the National Retail Federation, retailers are making the sales extra-impressive this year in an attempt to improve bottom lines and capitalize on the biggest shopping time of the year.
So here’s a quick roundup of when the major retailers plan to open – and what the doorbuster deals will be:
Walmart will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving (compared to 9pm last year) and will release its doorbusters in three waves (8pm & 10pm on Thanksgiving and 5am on Black Friday).
At 8pm, shoppers will find deals on games and toys, such as the Nintendo Wii for $89 and Xbox 360 for $149, as well as various video games for a little as $10 each. At 10pm, expect to see more tech deals, including the iPad 2 priced at $399, with a $75 Walmart gift card, along with a 32-inch LCD television for $148 and a $38 Blu-ray DVD player, to name a few. And for those who still live for the traditional early morning shopping time slot, at 5am on Black Friday, Walmart will offer deals on Christmas trees, furniture and vacuums.
Opens up at 9pm on Thanksgiving, with a Nook e-reader for $49, DVDs for $10 and a free $60 Target gift card when you buy any iPad. At 4am on Black Friday, Target’s doorbusters include $89.99 for a Canon digital camera bundle and LeapFrog software for $15.
Kmart boasts a “triple doorbuster” special beginning on Thanksgiving from 6am-4pm and again from 8pm to 3am on Black Friday and finally from 5am until 11am, also on Black Friday.
Opens at 8pm on Thanksgiving, with deals on appliances and electronics, including a 50-inch LCD television for $288. Sears reopens on Black Friday at 4am with deals on power tools, more appliances and clothing. In fact, last Sunday, the retailer allowed members of its rewards program to begin accessing various doorbuster deals online on before they hit the stores.
5. JC Penney
For the “late” risers on Black Friday, JC Penney opens at 6am, with boots for $25, coats for $30 and scarves for $5.