On your mark, get set, go! It’s that time of year again when millions of people across the United States will wake up before the sun comes up, the day after eating probably way too much, to snag one of the hundreds of deals on the best “sale day” of the year – Black Friday.
Before the internet, those savvy buyers had to wait until Thanksgiving to snatch up a newspaper that was stuffed full of store flyers advertising the Black Friday deals. Now, they can simply browse the internet and make their game plan ahead of time, since many Black Friday deals are leaked beforehand.
Here are some of the hottest items to grab this Black Friday:
* Best Buy – Perhaps the store that gets the most attention for shoppers lining up days before the doors open at 5 a.m., Best Buy is offering a $99 Nook and the Wii gaming system for $169.99, according to PCmag.com . And if you’re in the market for a computer, the store is also offering a Sony laptop with an Intel Pentium dual-core processor for $399.99.
* Wal-Mart – Although the retail giant will open its doors at midnight, CNNmoney.com reported, most of the door buster deals won’t available until 5 a.m. Some of those door buster deals include a 32-inch Emerson 720p LCD HDTV for $198, a $50 Wal-Mart gift card when you buy an 8GB iPod Touch for $225, a Kodak C183 14-megapixel 3-inch LCD digital camera for $59 and a variety of video games, DVDs and Blu-ray movies ranging from $1.96 to $10.
* Target – The other retail giant is also offering customers a plethora of bargains. Whether you are searching for electronics or toys, they have a lot to offer. Blackfriday2010.com lists the leaked ad that includes a TomTom GPS for $79, a $29 digital photo frame, the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Musical Table for $19.99 and a Hamilton Beach slow cooker for $8.99.
* Toys R Us – The toy store mecca will not disappoint with their Black Friday deals that have already been leaked. Their deals will start at 10 p.m. Thanksgiving night and run through Friday night. Blackfriday2010.com shows the Toys R Us ad offering the Little Tike Gourmet Prep ‘N Serve kitchen for $59.99, $49.99 for My First Trampoline, a swing set for $74.99 and a variety of board games for 60 percent off.
Although some look at the leaked Black Friday ads as a good thing, not all of the retailers are pleased. Fortune reported that many of the stores have started the tradition of sending out letters to their employees and websites that post the leaked ads, threatening that they will take legal action if they are caught.