NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — If you can believe it, we’re just three weeks away from Black Friday. It’s the day when people line up before dawn for those great holiday season shopping deals, but more and more retailers are offering big deals before Black Friday.
It’s a high stakes and high-tech game that America’s retailers are involved in; trying to get as big a share as possible of the predicted $885 billion holiday shopping spending. Yes, you can get amazingly cheap stuff if you’re first through the door on black Friday, but if you ever wondered how they can advertise a 60-inch TV for 50 bucks, well, it’s because it’s an off-brand TV that was made especially for Black Friday sales; and it’s not very good.
If you are looking for a major appliance purchase, try looking right now. Stores like Home Depot and Best Buy are already advertising Black Friday size sales.
Amazon is also trying to get you to spend money now, before you head to a brick-and-mortar store. They’ve got a Black Friday section of their page up now. It’s different every day, but we are talking about name brand stuff at deep discounts.
“Consumers are ready to start shopping and they know that those consumers are looking for sales, so they’re promoting black Friday-like deals earlier than ever,” said Andrea Woroch, a money-saving expert. “Best Buy, Home Depot, for instance, both of these big box stores are already slashing prices on electronics and appliances.”
In fact, next weekend, Best Buy is having a special shopping event weekend at six of its Connecticut stores. Go to their website to figure out which six. Our money saving expert Andrea says websites like Coupon Sherpa can help you save even more money by adding coupon savings to the already discounted prices. But she also warns, some things are not a good deal right now or on Black Friday.
She says exercise equipment goes on sale in January for all the people making New Year’s resolutions. Televisions go on sale before the Super Bowl; and winter coats, hats and boots are at their cheapest in February or March, or whenever the worst of winter’s cold and snow is winding down.
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