Tips on shopping for auto deals on Black Friday


"I don't wait for Black Friday".

The best way to insure that you get the most from your Black Friday shopping experience is by staying informed. Reopens Friday at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. What if you don't like the item once you get it home? Most Black Friday 2017 ads have been released including the following major ads.

As one of busiest shopping days of the year, many take the opportunity to stock up on their clothing wants and needs.

The last thing you want is to buy Item A from Shop X, only to see said item at Shop Y for 20% less. That competition anxiety was behind the push five years ago to open stores on Thanksgiving Day, and merchants are proving again this year that they can't open their physical stores early enough to launch the season. The best ones are for Amazon products, like the Echo (which was $149, then lowered to $99 this year) available for $79 or the smaller Dot, normally $49.99, now $29.99. The store is also offering rewards cash for Yeti purchases, 50% to 70% off bikes, 40% off Adidas apparel, a Warrior in-ground basketball hoop for $400 (save $600), and a Stiga tennis table for $250 (save $250).

Some brands have even marked down items ahead of the shopping day both online and in-store. Big retailers use the event to spin out highly competitive one day offers, which often creates a rabid free for all. Dick's will also hold a Cyber Week sale that kicks off Sunday November 26.

What was once a post-Thanksgiving ritual of racing out to retail stores the day after turkey was consumed to snap up the best deals on holiday presents is now looking kind of quaint. Last year, the retailer's stores remained open through the night. But that's the trend: Both Spirit and Southwest have advertised both pre-Black Friday and Black Friday sales in recent years, and I suspect it won't be long before Black Friday morphs into Black Thanksgiving week or even month.

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While many consumers will take advantage of deals over Thanksgiving weekend, 31 percent will refrain from shopping at that time.

What are the best Black Friday deals on AO? On average, its markdowns will hit 66.3% off. Deals will be especially hot for jewelry.

-TVs. The best deal we've seen to date is Best Buy's in-store-only "doorbuster" - a 50- inch 4K TV with built-in Roku streaming from Sharp for $179.99.

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Not every retailer will be open Thanksgiving Day, however.

Highlights: The steepest discounts will be so-called doorbusters that will be available when doors open on Thanksgiving through 1 p.m. Friday. Not all offer much of a steal.

While many carmakers will be offering national or regional deals and specials, the real savings will likely come from individual dealerships. For example, on Black Friday previous year, 67,535 vehicles entered the Eastwood Mall Complex.

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Promenade mall also will be closed Thanksgiving. It sounds dramatic, but there are actually a high volume of injuries that occur on Black Friday - better to be safe than sorry.

J. Crew's early Black Friday deals now include 500 of its styles under $50 online.

"Some of my friends and family start their shopping on Black Friday, but for me that's the day I'm usually trying to finish everything up, at least when it comes to buying gifts", the Niles woman said.

The big holiday focus for shoppers this year is electronics, HDTVs, smart home devices, toys, video games, and home essentials.

"You've got to step back when it's all happening and just take it in", Pfeifer said. Toys R Us will have deals online but exclusive doorbusters for the store.