Black Friday 2012, like many before it, is unique from the upstart Cyber Monday in that it requires a specialized plan of attack — to get the best doorbusters in 2012, a coordinated itinerary for store visits is essential.
Black Friday in 2012 won’t be the first year we have doorbusters, but what we do have now is a better data set and tool box including smartphones, Google Maps, and a comprehensive early list of Black Friday 2012 ads to allow us to hedge our bets.
If you’re still keen on doorbusters in 2012, this is your year. And like in 2011 and 2010, stores have been approaching Black Friday with the same exuberance of their shoppers who have historically lined up and waited for what are some of the best bargains in 2012 overall.
So, you’ve got your Black Friday 2012 ads. You have all the 2012 doorbusters circled and prioritized, and you’re willing to get out early to get the best deals.
For Black Friday, many chains have started to leak early-opening times for 2012. And as we’ve seen in recent years, Black Friday 2012 will have a great number of early opening stores so you can get a massive jump on shopping after the Thanksgiving dishes are put away.
Consumerist has scoured the Black Friday 2012 opening times for many national chains, and what we know so far is that some of the biggies are letting shoppers in way early to snag the best doorbusters and deals. Here are the stores that as of now have posted Black Friday 2012 early opening times:
- Sears 8 PM Thanksgiving until 10 PM Friday. All night Sears party, everyone!
- Gap is a mixed bag. Several stores in the Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic fam will be open throughout Thanksgiving until their Black Friday start.
- Best Buy will throw doors open at 12AM sharp — but Consumerist notes Best Buy will on Black Friday 2012 “give reservation tickets to those waiting up to two hours ahead of time for certain items.”