Black Friday 2011 Ads Pour Out Early

In years past retailers have guarded their Black Friday listings like they were state secrets up until the week of the sale.  With the global economy in a slump, apparently this has caused them to take a very different view this year.

If you check the sites around the Web that post the Black Friday listings early each year, you’ll find that they are out in full force, and even companies such as Walmart decided to officially release their ad in full early this year.  What you’ll find is that TVs seem to be the real highlight of 2011 with deals pretty much every where you turn.  Also on highlight this year seems to video game systems with massive discounts on core systems which makes sense as the major ones are entering their seventh years of release.

Also of extra note is that it seems my years of dreaming have finally come to pass, and at least Walmart will be running its sales starting at 10 PM on Thanksgiving night, with another round starting at 12:01 AM on Friday and the third round starting at 8 AM on Friday.  At long last, no getting in line at 2 AM for the sale to begin at 5 AM.  This system should cut down on some of the stampedes we’ve seen, and it makes a lot more sense than the old way of doing things.  We’ll see how it works out in practice as opposed to theory, but it sounds promising to me.

I’ll actually miss out on Black Friday this year as I will be in England on vacation, but I wish you all the best of luck on your hunt for the best bargains.

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