A number of big name retailers will break new ground this week – starting their “Black Friday” sales Thanksgiving night with the hope of boosting holiday sales. Toys R Us opened at 9 p.m. Wal-Mart unlocked its doors an hour later. Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Macy’s join the party at midnight.
“A shopping day originally for early birds is now becoming one for night owls,” says Edgar Dworsky, founder of ConsumerWorld.org. “People will have to adjust their shopping schedule to the reality of Black Friday’s new store hours. Do you miss Thanksgiving to get in line for the midnight openings, or miss a night’s sleep to be there for the early morning openings?”
Whatever time the doors open, odds are you’re not going to get that doorbuster special – a 42 inch HDTV for $200 – unless you’re willing to spend hours in line and are very lucky.
“The reality is, they only have 10 to 15 of these items per store and they’re going to go to the people at the front of the line,” explains Jon Vincent, who runs the website BlackFriday.Info. “If you want to get one of the big doorbuster deals, you need to be there at least seven to 10 hours early.”
I’ve never taken part in the Black Friday shopping frenzy and I doubt I ever will. Waiting in line for hours and racing through a store trying to snag a bargain isn’t my thing. And it turns out, it’s also not necessary. Click here to read the rest.