Hoping to score a few Black Friday deals after you eat your Thanksgiving dinner? Depending on where you want to shop, you may have to wait until Friday, November 27 to kick off the 2015 holiday shopping season. Just like last year, some retailers will be closing their doors on the Thanksgiving holiday to give their employees a break before the madness begins.
According to MSN Money, Staples is the first major retailer to announce that it will be closed on Thanksgiving and re-open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The office supply chain store was open on the holiday in both 2013 and 2014 but decided to offer only online-deals on Thanksgiving day to allow their “customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way.”
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Consumers can expect other stores to follow suit, but don’t expect Walmart and Target to play along. While the stores have not made their holiday hours official, shoppers will likely see most of the big box stores open special holiday hours. Last year, many shoppers and retail store employees boycotted stores who started their doorbuster deals one day early on Thanksgiving Day. More than 100,000 people joined the Boycott Black Friday Facebook group, but that didn’t stop hundreds of retailers from opening their doors.
According to Think Progress less than 20 retailers were closed last Thanksgiving including popular stores like Nordstrom, TJ Maxx, Costco, Marshalls, American Girl, Dillards, and Pier 1 Imports. Of course, online shopping was available for shoppers who couldn’t wait to knock a few items off their Christmas list.
Over the next few weeks, retailers will start announcing their plans for Black Friday and ad scans will start leaking out online. In 2014 Macy’s was the first to confirm that most of their stores would be open starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The store hours for other retailers followed shortly after with Walmart, Best Buy, Target, JC Penney, Toys R Us, Kohl’s, and hundreds of other stores offering pre-Black Friday doorbuster deals both online and in stores on Thanksgiving.
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Whether you shop online or head out to the stores that are open during Black Friday weekend, there will be sales galore. Fortune states that retailers will once again be offering big savings on electronics with shoppers looking for doorbuster deals on TVs, computers, tablets, and video game consoles for people on their holiday gift list and themselves.
Deal News predicts that 60-inch HDTVs will be a hot “Black Friday Week” buy, with prices as low as $549. Here are some of the other deals consumers can expect. In addition to deals on 60-inch HDTVs, expect to find 55-inch TVs as low as $425, and select 70-inch HDTVs for less than $1,300.
Laptops from major brand (HP, Acer, Asus) could be priced as low as $300 this year, with Deal News predicting budget laptops marked down to “as low as $149.”
Deals on Apple’s popular iPads will once again be offered at big box retailers like Target, Best Buy and Walmart. Expect the iPad Air 2 to be priced around $300 and the iPad Mini 2 at approximately $199. Last year, both Target and Walmart offered store gift cards with purchase making it a far better deal than the Black Friday offerings from the Apple store.
The Google Chromecast may drop down to $25 and Amazon’s FireTV Stick could be priced as low as $20. If you don’t mind the last generation AppleTV, it’s likely they will be reduced to $50 with the new Apple TV discounted to as low as $135.
What are your holiday shopping plans? Will you shop online, start your shopping on Thanksgiving if the stores on your list are open, or will get up early and hit the Black Friday sales on the Friday, November 27?
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