When it comes to Black Friday shopping, your best weapon is preparation. Know the deals, know the store hours and know when to call it quits. The last one is up to you, but here’s a little help on the first two:
Doorbusters are the big deals everyone is after. Foursquare, a location app for smartphones and tablets, analyzed more than 2 billion check-ins during Black Friday 2011 to determine the most popular retailers. From 10 of those top stores, here are some of the advertised deals you can expect to see this Thursday or Friday.
(Remember, these items will go quickly — unless you’re shopping the guaranteed items at Walmart this year. More on that below.)
Best Buy: Toshiba 40-inch LCD 1080p HDTV, $179.99; Toshiba Smart Blu-ray Disc Player, $39.99; Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 White 7-inch tablet, $179.99; Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, $48 (with 2-year activation).
Dick’s Sporting Goods: BOGO on fleece-lined Crocs; Livestrong LS8.0T Treadmill, $599.98; men’s or women’s Asics running shoes, $79.98.
Home Depot: Martha Stewart Living 7.5 foot LED pre-lit Christmas tree, $59; Makita 12-volt max lithium-ion drill/driver and impact driver kit, $99; GE 3.7 cu. ft. washer or 6.8 cu. ft. Duradrum dryer, $349 each.
JC Penney: Boots, $25; puffer jackets, $30; sweatshirts and pants, $8 each; 7-piece comforter sets, $70; Dockers outerwear for men, $70.
Kmart: Seiki 24-inch LED 1080 HDTV, $88; HP 15.6 -inch g6 Pavilion laptop, $299.99; Panasonic home theater system, $99.99.
Kohl’s: All toys from Fisher-Price, Playskool, Little Tikes, Barbie and more, 50 percent off; reversible six- or eight-piece bedding sets, $49.99; eight-inch Polaroid Android Tablet, $89.99 (after $30 mail-in rebate). For every $50 spent, get $15 in Kohl’s cash, redeemable Nov. 26-Dec. 3.
Macy’s: Cast-iron casseroles, 60 percent off; men’s Michael Kors camelhair sportcoat, $99.99; six-piece MP3 compatible drum set, $49.99.
Target: Nikon L310 digital camera, $99.99; Nook Simple Touch E-reader; $49; Memorex DVD Player, $19.99; $60 gift card when you buy any iPad at regular price (except iPad mini).
Toys R Us: Leapfrog Tag Reading System with Book, $19.99; select Lego products, 40 percent off; Casio 61-Key Light-up keyboard with adapter, $79.99. Reward members earn 10 percent back on holiday purchases through Dec. 24.
Walmart: Xbox 360 4GB SkyLanders Bundle, $149 (part of 8 p.m. Thursday doorbusters). In- stock guarantee for 1 hour between 10-11 p.m.Thursday on: Emerson 32-inch LCD, $148; iPad 2, 16GB, $399 with $75 gift card, and LG Blu-ray player, $38.
BLACK FRIDAY STORE OPENING HOURS
A sampling of major retailers:
Belk: Midnight Friday
BJ’s: 7 a.m. Friday
Best Buy: Midnight Friday (Tickets distributed up to two hours before opening.)
Brandsmart: 10 p.m. Thursday
Dick’s Sporting Goods: Midnight Friday
Disney Store: Midnight Friday (the Perimeter Mall location opens at 6 a.m.)
H.H. Gregg: 10 p.m. Thursday
Home Depot: 5 a.m. Friday
JC Penney: 6 a.m. Friday
Kohl’s: Midnight Friday
Lowe’s: 5 a.m. Friday
Kmart: 6 a.m. (until 4 p.m.) and 8 p.m. Thursday
Macy’s: Midnight Friday
Rite Aid: 7 a.m. Friday
Sam’s Club: 7 a.m. Friday
Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday
Staples: 5 a.m. Friday
Stein Mart: 7 a.m. Friday
Target: 9 p.m. Thursday
Toys R Us: 8 p.m. Thursday
Walmart: 8 p.m. Thursday
A sampling of major malls:
(Individual store hours may vary.)
Atlantic Station: 8 a.m. Friday
Arbor Place Mall: 5 a.m. Friday
Cumberland Mall: Midnight Friday
Sugarloaf Mills: Midnight Friday
Gallery at South DeKalb: Midnight Friday
Greenbriar Mall: 8 a.m. Friday
LaGrange Mall: Midnight Friday
Lenox Square: Midnight Friday
Mall of Georgia: Midnight Friday
Mall at Stonecrest: Midnight Friday
North DeKalb Mall: 9 a.m. Friday
North Georgia Premium Outlets: Midnight Friday
North Point Mall: Midnight Friday
Northlake Mall: 4 a.m. Friday
Perimeter Mall: 6 a.m. Friday
Phipps Plaza: 8 a.m. Friday
Southlake Mall: 6 a.m. Friday
Tanger Outlets: Midnight Friday
Town Center at Cobb: Midnight Friday
BE A BLACK FRIDAY REPORTER
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog