The retailers are starting to publish their ads for Black Friday 2010, and for those that are not yet officially published, check "leak" sites like GottaDeal.com. You think this is planning too far ahead? Heck, according to Google a lot of people are already searching for Cyber Monday deals.
You don't really have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to start shopping, either. For Amazon "Black Friday Week" started today, with limited-time Lightning Deals running already.
A lot of people have been looking for the Home Depot Black Friday 2010 ad, but the retailer has apparently prevented Web sites from publishing scans. However, you can see a list of Home Depot Black Friday sale items at GottaDeal.com
The Walmart Black Friday 2010 ad was published in Sunday's paper, and you can view it online. Not to be outdone by Target's $3 appliances, WalMart will have Rival brand mini choppers, slow cookers or hand mixers for $2.97 each.
Target Black Friday deals, as well as the Black Friday ads from Kohl's, Radio Shack, Lowes, Macy's, CVS, Walgreens, Toys R Us, craft store Michael's and a few others, can all be found on GottaDeal.com.
You can sign up with Target to get the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals emailed to you.
What all this means is that if you're planning on a BlackFriday assault on Chicago stores, you won't have to wait until Thanksgiving to plan it. I think this is great because given time to study these deals and watch regular prices, you should be able to make a reasoned decision whether it's really worth it to wait in long lines and fight the crowds on the day after Thanksgiving (or the night of).
Target is showing small appliances for $3 -- a toaster, sandwich maker. They're giving shoppers a $10 gift card for spending $100. And I see a Dyson vacuum cleaner for under $300 -- the DC17 All-Floors HEPA Cyclone Vacuum at $269.
Toys R Us includes a real netbook computer for $79.99. The ad shows that the store will be opening at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving and that the deals will be available then.
If you're like me, though, you're saying, $3 toasters are well and good, but what's free? Last year I enjoyed hunting through Carson's cousin Boston Store in Milwaukee with my coupon for $10 off any purchase, trying to find that elusive not-on-sale item I could use it on. (I found a baby toy priced at about $12.)
I can't find any information about similar coupons for Carson's or Macy's, but CVS and Walgreens are good bets for getting stuff totally free. The nice thing about hitting drugstores on Black Friday is that they are rarely crowded like the mall stores.
CVS has a long list of freebies -- free after Extra Bucks, that is. You can browse the CVS Thanksgiving Weekend Sale ad on the CVS Web site.
Walgreens' freebie list is short but classy: Planters Canned Cashews 9.75oz