Thanksgiving weekend has become the official start of the holiday shopping season with stores offering big Black Friday sales and deals to entice shoppers.
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday to retailers because it puts them “on the black” at a profit. This is the busiest shopping day of the year in terms of traffic (although more money is spent on the weekend before Christmas).
Serious shoppers know they can make big deals over Thanksgiving weekend. But it takes some skill to find the best deals and fight the crowds. Desperate shoppers are known to camp overnight to be the first in line for big hot deals (now it’s dedication).
Black Friday events in New York
- Best buy
Best Buy encourages daily transactions during the countdown to Thanksgiving. You can register to be alerted when new trades are discovered.
- Burlington Coat Factory
See what’s on sale at Burlington Coat Factory on Black Friday – more than just coats.
Take a trip to Brooklyn or New Jersey for Black Friday deals at IKEA.
- JC Penney
See the many offers in the stores at JC Penney on Black Friday. Shop at JC Penney on Black Friday and you can also win prizes, including 100 great American vacations.
Beat the crowds to win big deals for Black Friday at Macy’s.
- The old fleet
In Old Navy, doors open at midnight on Black Friday and there will be three rounds of window deals. Some early bird buyers will receive free copies of the new Super Mario Bros. game. U, and Old Navy will be handing out 1,000 Wii systems.
Staples advertises deals for early birds starting at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Toys R Us
Take a closer look at the Toys R Us Black Friday ad featuring over 200 goalkeepers and “our lowest prices ever.”
What else is for sale
Most stores keep their Black Friday sales secret until a few days in advance. However, we are usually able to track some hot deals with stores and electronics stores that have already been announced, along with some sites that will send you email updates with new information.
Some of the biggest deals on Black Friday are usually found in hot electronics purchases (consider iPads, video game systems, TVs, DVD players), so keep track of sales circulars from stores like Best Buy, J&R and Circuit City.
Black Friday holiday shopping – outlets
Woodbury Common Outlets
Black Friday sale after Thanksgiving
Midnight, November 23 until 21:00 on November 25, 2012.
Get out of town to save big from big brands at this holiday sale event over the weekend at Woodbury Common stores. This is a short trip by car or public transport. Outlet stores will offer additional savings at daily low outlet prices. Bargain offers for early shoppers will be added when select stores open at midnight on Black Friday for a full weekend of shopping madness. Santa and Victorian will take a walk to entertain you between purchases.
Extended opening hours for all stores: Friday midnight – 10 pm, Saturday from 7 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 9 pm
Crossing outlets (Poconos)
It may be worth a trip to Pennsylvania for this holiday event for sale over the weekend. The stores will offer additional savings in excess of the daily low starting prices. You will need a car for the 1.5-hour journey to Tannersville in Poconos.
Extended opening hours for all stores: Friday midnight-22 hours, Saturday 8:00 – 22:00, Sunday 9:00 – 20:00
Black Friday holiday shopping – electronics
The sale of Best Buy Black Friday starts at five in the morning on Friday morning at selected locations.
There are rumors that Apple will again offer big deals for Black Friday 2012 and again will not disclose all the details of sales until Thanksgiving week.
Black Friday holiday shopping – department stores
Check out what’s on sale on Black Friday at your favorite department stores in New York (you can see the famous show windows while you’re there).
Follow-up Black Friday sales
The following sites have preliminary information about sales and discounts in large online and chain stores such as Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Staples, Radio Shack, Express and others. Sign up for email alerts when new sales information is published.
- Black Friday Ads: See scans of ads and circulars for Black Friday sales from major stores.
- Black Friday @ Gotta Deal: Preliminary information and circulars for big sales for Thanksgiving and Black Friday in chain stores.
- Deals of America: Deals of America also includes hot online shopping, including free shipping offers and more.