“Black Friday” is the informal name that retailers have adopted for the day after Thanksgiving, traditionally the biggest single shopping day of the year. It has become customary for stores to compete with each other for the eager Black Friday Christmas shoppers by offering more and more enticing deals. Savvy consumers can find plenty of items that are cheaper on Black Friday than on any other day of the year. The Internet has become a valuable resource for finding the best Black Friday deals.
The Internet can help your Black Friday bargain hunting in two main ways. One is as a source of information about conventional sales. It used to be you’d have to inquire directly at a store or pore through the mailers that arrive in your mailbox to get the lowdown on Black Friday sales. But now any chain of stores or any independent store of significant size has a website, and on that website you can expect to find news of all their sales, including their Black Friday specials. Beyond that, there have arisen in recent years many third party websites that function as clearinghouses of information about Black Friday. On those sites you can find information not just about one store, but about all the major chain stores in the country.
The second way that the Internet can be key to Black Friday shopping is by providing access to sales and promotions that are specifically for online shoppers. That is, there are Black Friday deals for brick and mortar stores, Black Friday deals that are good both at a store’s brick and mortar locations but also at its website, and also Black Friday deals that apply solely to online purchases. (Some stores, like Amazon, don’t even have brick and mortar locations, so obviously their specials are necessarily online only.)
So there are many places online it behooves you to check if you want to be sure you find all the best Black Friday opportunities. Let’s start with some of the sites that do a lot of the work for you by gathering together promotions from all over, including some that haven’t even yet been fully released to the public:
These are merely samples of the myriad of such sites you can find through search engines. With some of them, you can enter your e-mail address and receive an alert every time they post new information about a promotion.
Of course you can still go to the websites of specific stores as well. A few of the major retailers who routinely offer significant sales on Black Friday include:
* True Value
But again, this is but a tiny fraction of such sites. Whatever stores you enjoy shopping at, chances are they have a website, and chances are you can find out about Black Friday specials on that website.
Don’t forget to check out the online retailers too, to see what promotions they’re running that might interest you. For example:
* CSN Stores
You can use the Internet to gather all the information you need to make the most of Black Friday, and indeed you can use the Internet to do some or all of your Black Friday shopping from your computer rather than having to line up predawn and fight the crowds.