Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thanksgiving is just a few days away but "shop-a-holics" may be more excited about what comes next. With a sea of Black Friday ads out there claiming to offer the best deals, we went in search of some of the deepest discounts and tips to help you get through the big shopping day like a Black Friday pro.
When it comes to snagging deals the day after Thanksgiving, Kimberly Davis is kind of an all star.
"We are crazy Black Friday shoppers," Davis said.
This shopping expert says if you want to come out on top on Black Friday, you need a good team.
"There's all of us, even my Grandma! we're all out there," she said.
Then, Davis says you have to develop a solid game plan.
"We all get together on Thanksgiving eve we all go through all the ads have all of our game plan, make a list," Davis said.
And when the big day rolls around she says it's time to divide and conquer.
"And then everybody goes to one store with everybody's list," she said.
If you're working on your shopping schedule, thanks to the internet you can already see most stores' Black Friday ads and all the deep discounts they plan to offer.
"You see a lot of electronics are the thing," Dr. Cindy Claycomb with WSU's Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship said.
If you're in the market for a Blu-ray player - Best Buy, Walmart and Sam's Club are all advertising one for under $40. Almost every ad we've seen is offering deals on all sizes of HDTVs.
The Black Friday shoppers we spoke with told us they're more interested in checking things on their Christmas gift list.
"We do a lot of toys," Davis said.
"It's mainly toys, I usually go out for my children and they're the reason I go out," shopper Jaime Raffinengo said.
We also found deals in the toy department - like one Kohl's ad which says all toys will be 20 to 50 percent off on Black Friday.
Claycomb does warn that before you head to the store you should do your homework and some online price checking.
"There's some recent research that the best deals might not be on Black Friday - that if you can wait until the second or third week of December. Those are when the best deals are. But, the one caution would be the really hot items could be out of stock," Claycomb said.
That's why Davis and her shopping team have already started mapping out where they're headed. And with some of the stores opening as early as 8 p.m. Thursday, she says they've had to make some adjustments to make sure they don't miss a single deal.
"Actually we moved our Thanksgiving dinner to the next day because we're starting so early," Davis said.