Walmart, Target, and Best Buy are notorious for their Black Friday deals each year, and 2014's recovering economy should make it one of the best years for holiday retail sales yet.
This year, the retail giants are reported to open their doors for Black Friday customers at 6pm the evening before (Thanksgiving Day), which seems to be a popular choice for major retail stores in recent years. Let's take a look at what we can expect from the big three this holiday shopping season.
Walmart loves to tease us with its upcoming deals, and the company's website is already throwing out teasers. "During Black Friday 2014, you'll find an enormous selection of the season's most-wanted Christmas gifts, including electronics, home and kitchen appliances, furniture and toys." the site states.
You can bet that the retail giant will have a deal or two on flat-screen TVs this year, as they always do. Last year, the 60" Vizio Smart LED 1080p television was $310 off the retail price, so we're predicting something even larger this year, like the 70". Smartphones were also a popular discount item last year, and we're going to go one further and say that tablets will be the big-ticket item for 2014. Expect discounts on Apple's iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, and more.
We expect video game consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to enjoy deep discounts this year, as last year saw deals for both in their debut holiday showing. Most likely, Walmart's Value Bundles promotion will come into play here with console/game/controller bundles.
The company released its top 20 toy sales list earlier this year, which may give a clearer indictation of what to expect for the big pre-holiday sale.
You can sign up to get emails from Walmart to be alerted to more details, expected on November 11th.
Target isn't being as forthcoming with its Black Friday teasers as its competitors, but judging from last year's sale, the wait will be worth it. Expect to see very similar discounts as you'll find at Walmart on electronics, video game consoles, and appliances, but with a bit heavier focus on clothing and home decor.
Target is offering free shipping on all Target.com orders from now until December 20th, so that may help ease the Black Friday lines a bit. You can keep up with the latest Black Friday news by joining Target's mailing list.
Best Buy is starting a bit early this year with a special Holiday Shopping Event beginning on November 8. While this isn't officially the Black Friday sale, it will get you in the mood with a $50 gift card discount on the iPad Air or Air 2, $100 gift card with a MacBook Air, and more.
Last year's big ticket items included LED TVs, iPads, Blu-ray movies, and Samsung smartphones. No surpise that this year will focus on more of the same, with possibly the inclusion of more tablet deals. You can find out more by joining Best Buy's mailing list.
No matter which sale you choose for Black Friday, be sure to stay safe during the hectic holiday rush. Online deals are often offered for most items at these stores, as are in-stock guarantees in the case of Walmart. The following week will also see Cyber Week deals that can sometimes be more enticing than those sales found on Black Friday.