Sears Black Friday Hours
Last year, Sears opened at 4am, opting out of the midnight doorbuster competition altogether by positioning itself as a second stop on the Black Friday shopping agenda. For Black Friday 2012, Sears is going in a completely different direction. In a stunning turn of events, Sears will open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day and stay open for 26 hours straight through until 10pm on Black Friday. This is by far the earliest we’ve ever seen a retailer open its doors for Black Friday. Sears is planning two rounds of doorbusters – one for the early birds beginning at 8pm on Thanksgiving, and a second round beginning at 4am. We’re looking forward to seeing how this double doorbuster strategy plays out in the Sears Black Friday ad.
Kmart’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours are a jumbled, confusing mess. On Thanksgiving Day, Kmart will be open from 6am to 4pm. They’ll reopen four hours later at 8pm and stay open until 3am on Black Friday, shutting the doors once again. Then they’ll reopen two hours later at 5am for Black Friday, staying open this time until 11pm. Are you confused yet? Presumably, the first break would be to let Kmart employees have Thanksgiving dinner with their families, but why close at 3am only to reopen two hours later? And why lose two hours of shopping time to the competition in the middle of the busiest shopping day of the entire year?
The press release from Sears Holdings offers very few answers, saying only that the decision to open both stores on Thanksgiving was driven in part by feedback from customers “who sought more flexible Black Friday in-store shopping times and eagerness to shop doorbuster deals.”
“Kmart stores have been open on Thanksgiving for the last 21 years, serving as a destination for last-minute entertaining needs,” said Ron Boire, executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart Formats. “We understand that many of our associates want to spend time with their families on the holiday, so Sears and Kmart will staff its stores with seasonal associates and those who have volunteered to work on Thanksgiving Day.”
I just received this email from Amazon. If you bought Kindle books between April 2010 and May 2012, you are entitled to a credit of $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book:
Dear Kindle Customer,
We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your Amazon.com account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.
Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled an antitrust lawsuit about e-book prices. Under the proposed settlements, the publishers will provide funds for a credit that will be applied directly to your Amazon.com account. If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books. While we will not know the amount of your credit until the Court approves the settlements, the Attorneys General estimate that it will range from $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book that you purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Alternatively, you may request a check in the amount of your credit by following the instructions included in the formal notice of the settlements, set forth below. You can learn more about the settlements here:
In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.
Thank you for being a Kindle customer.
The Amazon Kindle Team
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Want to access Black Friday deals on the go? Here are the 7 best apps!
Everyone knows that Black Friday is a great day to get amazing deals. With the dealnews Black Friday App, you can view retailer “leaked” and confirmed ads, and browse all deals in one place.
TGI Black Friday is currently the highest rated Black Friday app for the Apple iPhone in 2011. The free app allows you to search thousands of Black Friday deals for every major retail store. You can create a personal shopping list and use your iPhone to shop smarter and faster on Black Friday.
Snap a photo of a receipt with your smartphone camera and the app will digitize and store the purchase record.
Perfect for Cyber Monday, turn Slice loose on your e-mail inbox and it will ferret out all of your purchases and start tracking them.
Zaarly offered up a how-to guide for using its service to "hack" Black Friday. TaskRabbit, which allows you to outsource your errands, is also fielding Black Friday requests -- everything from companies looking for people to hand out fliers to the traditional "wait in line" appeal.
Snap a picture of or scan the barcode on any any book, DVD, CD, or video game that SnapTell tracks and the app will let you know how much the item costs at nearby stores and at online retailers.
A number of retailers are offering up discounts to users who check in on Foursquare on Black Friday.
- See all Online Black Friday and Thanksgiving Deals and Sales
1. Check Out the Ads:
2. Do Your Research Before Friday:
3. Compare Prices:
4. Look for Early Bird Shopper Discounts:
5. Beat the Crowds with Night Owl Discounts on Thanksgiving:
6. Bring the Ads:
8. Know the Store Policies:
9. Ask for Gift Receipts:
10. Saying "Charge It" Can Pay OffObviously, there is no bargain in running up high credit card bills and paying big interest rates, however, with proper spending disciplines intact, using the right charge card can be of value to consumers. Many credit card companies entice consumers with free benefits, which include extended free warranties, return protection and sale price protection.
- Warranty Coverage - Your credit card company may offer to double or triple a manufacturer's warranty for free on a product you purchase - a good option instead of purchasing a service contract that costs money and has a shorter duration period.
- Return Protection - A credit card company may guarantee a refund on a product up to 90 days where as the store may not. This is becoming particularly more important as retailers stiffen the allotted return days.
- Sale Price Protection - Some of the credit card companies will offer this protection and refund you the difference if a product you buy is marked down further than the price you paid within a certain time frame (usually 60 days).
An enormous amount of advertising, locally and online, can be confusing and nearly paralyzing to the Black Friday bargain hunter. To maximize the benefits of hitting the stores on a day where there are big crowds and a better deal around every corner, developing a plan and doing preliminary research will help insure that the day is a shopping success.
Have fun saving money while you shop!
Toys R Us and Babies R Us recently launched a new Price Match Guarantee policy – perfect for the upcoming holiday shopping! Through Christmas Eve (12/24), Toys R Us and Babies R Us will match competitor store pricing on ALL products in their store. Check out the guidelines below…
Price Matching Guidelines:
*Price Match is valid for in-store purchases only.
*They will match all competitor store advertised prices.
*They’ll match Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com online pricing in our stores, except for online-only prices.
*Items purchased must be identical to the items advertised (e.g., brand, color, size).
*The original, complete competitor ad, with valid dates, must be presented at time of purchase.
*Prices are matched after deducting any Toys”R”Us and/or Babies”R”Us coupon savings and other offers from our price.
*Price match is given at the time of purchase or within 7 days of purchase date with a valid receipt.
They will not match prices for competitors’:
*Category-wide or storewide discounts
*Buy One Get One with purchase offers
*Gift with purchase offers
*Percentage (%) off discounts
*Out-of-stock or limited quantity items
*Prices advertised on Black Friday
*Internet pricing for non-baby gear items