iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Every year, Black Friday shoppers try to figure out if the best deals are online or in stores. This year, the answer is both.
Stores are rolling out a two-pronged strategy: limited quantity doorbusters in-store and then simultaneous online deals.
As always, the key words for scoring a deal are “limited quantity.” This means you’ll have to time your trips to the store or the website.
Deals that are advertised in newspaper circulars, email blasts or with the search tools on deal aggregator sites like BFADS.net have information about when the deals go live online or when the store opens. That info is crucial with any deal that’s listed as being “limited inventory.”
Best Buy, Macy’s, Target and other retailers have already announced some of their sales. Here are insanely low doorbuster deals on some of the season’s hottest products.
In-store Only Deals
A 49-inch TV from Best Buy is set to cost just $199, which is $250 less than the suggested retail price.
Target has a 32-inch Polaroid TV for $85.
Macy’s has a waffle maker that normally costs $29. But with its markdown and a manufacturer’s rebate, it’s free.
For those who would rather stay in than shop, stores are offering some doorbuster prices online too. Here are deals that go live online at specific times and may run out of inventory fast.
Kohl’s boasts a 55-inch LG TV online for $499 on Thanksgiving day, plus buyers will receive a $150 gift card.
Walmart.com listed their lowest price ever for a 60-inch Vizio TV that will cost just $398.
Good Deals, Less Time Pressure
Many stores will also offer low prices on regular inventory, which is good news for people who don’t want to stand in line or perfectly time an online purchase.
Target has the first version of the Apple Watch on sale for $198–that’s $70 off the suggested retail price.
Finally, Best Buy, Walmart and Target, among others, will offer Samsung phones and various versions of the iPhone 7 on contract with deals that net $250 gift cards.
The value of the gift card may vary depending on whether you go in store or buy online. Check the respective outlets.
Amazon has its Fire HD tablet on sale for $59.
For items you shouldn’t wait to buy, don’t be afraid to call your local appliance store or big hardware chain and ask if they’ll match prices now.
And beauty bargains that go on sale in stores tomorrow are already discounted online today.
Tip: If you want the list of best deals on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, dealnews.com is my bible on the best prices. The site analyzes sales all year long and can tell you which are true deals and which are duds.
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