Black Friday deals revealed
Find out where to get best deals before holiday shopping frenzy begins
AVENTURA, Fla. – With the Black Friday shopping holiday right around the corner, retailers are giving shoppers a sneak peek at some of the best deals they can find both in-store and online.
Some of those Black Friday deals start Thanksgiving Day In what has been called "Gray Thursday" in recent years.
The National Retail Federation found shoppers are already checking off the names on their holiday shopping list. The NRF's latest consumer spending survey finds that nearly 57 percent of those celebrating the holidays had already started shopping by early November, up from 54 percent last year and 49 percent in 2008.
Best Buy recently announced its door buster deals, which become available at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Some of the deals include a Samsung 60-inch 4K TV for $799.99 and $100 off an Apple Watch.
During the second round of the store's door buster deals, which become available when doors reopen at 8 a.m. Black Friday, customers can purchase a Samsung 40-inch TV, an Xbox One console and a Lego Movie video game for a total of $499.99. These deals, and those similar at other retailers, will surely draw big crowds.
"Be ready. Be friendly. Be kind, because you know we're all going to be here to help (the customers) out, and they're going to be helping out each other," said Suzy Urista, a supervisor at the Best Buy in Aventura.
BrandsMart USA also announced it is opening its doors early on Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers can find deals at its stores throughout South Florida beginning at 4 p.m.
The company said customers will be able to purchase 32-inch TVs for just $79.88 and tablets for $14.88.
Walmart and Target will be opening their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Target will be selling popular items like the Beats Solo2 headphones and the Xbox One gaming console at discounted prices.
The Beats Solo2 headphones will cost $96.99, a $103 saving from its original price of $199.99.
Target's Xbox One deal will be available for $299.99. The console comes with a digital download for Gears of War valued at $59.99. The company is also giving customers who buy this Xbox One bundle a free $60 Target gift card.
Some of the other major retailers are already offering pre-Black Friday deals online.
"Thanksgiving weekend shopping has evolved tremendously over the past few years and can no longer be seen as the 'start' of the holiday season, though there's no question it's still important to millions of holiday shoppers and retailers of all shapes and sizes," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. "There is a real sea change happening in retail when it comes to the how, when, where and why of holiday shopping. Consumers today are looking for great prices and value-add promotions earlier than ever before, and retailers have answered these demands in several different ways already this holiday season."
Employees urge customers to bring snacks and drinks to stay energized and hydrated while they make the long lines. Customers should also bring someone with them in order to take bathroom breaks.
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