Kohl’s releases 66-page Black Friday ad, doorbusters start 5 p.m. Thanksgiving in stores | Black Friday


Black Friday shopping in Virginia Beach

Black Friday deals line the aisles of Kohl’s in Virginia Beach, Va., on Black Friday, November 25, 2016.

Kristen Zeis | The Virginian-Pilot

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but that doesn’t matter much to Kohl’s which has a 66-page (!!) Black Friday circular.

The store’s doorbuster sales start online at 12:01 a.m. Thanksgiving and in-stores starting 5 p.m. through 1 p.m. Friday, pushing its Kohl’s cash incentives which shoppers can use at a later date.

Highlights include: Haier brand 55” 4K Ultra High-Def TV for $299 (plus $90 Kohl’s cash), a Sony PlayStation 4 for $199.99 (plus $60 Kohl’s cash) and Microsoft XBox One S for $189.99 (plus $45 Kohl’s cash), the Jetson Z5 hoverboard with bluetooth for $219.99 (plus $60 Kohl’s cash. NOTE: Target is offering a Jetson v12 for $199) and kitchen appliances for $4.99 and $9.99.

Need a mechanical grabber shaped like a large eagle talon (who doesn’t?) to reach for things or potentially frighten a small pet or child? That’ll be $9.99 in what Kohl’s is calling “Presentville.”

With the release of Walmart’s Black Friday ad something looks … similar.

There, on both the cover of Walmart and Target’s ads are: a Google home mini, a hoverboard and a 55″ big-screen TV. How do the two compare?

The Google home mini is $29 at both. Target is offering an additional $10 gift card while Walmart is offering $25 off a future order.

Target’s hoverboard (Jetson V12 with bluetooth speakers) is $199; Walmart’s hoverboard (Hover-1 Freedom) is $148.

Target’s 55″ inch television (Westinghouse 4K Smart UHD TV) is $249.99; Walmart’s 55″ inch television (Sharp Class 4K Smart TV) is $298.

Walmart, like several others, is opening at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving day with the deals in its electronics-heavy ad (including a battery-powered Frozen sleigh for $198) continuing all day Friday.


Black Friday shopping in Virginia Beach

Anxious customers wait outside of Best Buy prior to it’s opening early morning on Black Friday in Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday, November 25, 2016.

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Best Buy is known for its Black Friday doorbuster, a sale that attracts bargain hunters in the market for jumbo flat screen TVs, laptops and cameras.

The business released its Black Friday ad Wednesday (It’s pages and pages and pages…). Among the offerings are a Samsung 11.6-inch Chromebook Intel Celeron Processor 2GB Memory for $99, an LG 43-inch LED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $279.99 and Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Studio Wireless Headphones for $159.99.

Best Buy will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at 1 a.m. Nov. 24. It will reopen at 8 a.m. on Black Friday and close at 10 p.m.

And for the first time, the electronics retailer is offering some of its deals early, continuing for the next three days.

With Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving, in-store deals versus online sales, and Cyber Monday and sneak peeks all part of the new holiday shopping mix, the whole thing can get daunting, especially for customers trying to figure out where and when they’ll get the most bang for their buck.

In fine print, Best Buy offers this advice to its customers: “While there are usually a small handful of Black Friday deals that are only available for shoppers in a physical Best Buy store, most deals during Black Friday 2017 can be found both online and in store.”



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Nov. 8: Sears and Kmart doorbusters start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

It hasn’t been the best of years for Sears and Kmartwhich have closed more than 300 stores nationwide this year, including three Kmarts in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. In South Hampton Roads, only a single Kmart remains at 2001 S. Military Hwy. in Chesapeake.

But the Black Friday show must go on, and the retailer announced plans to open on Thanksgiving.

Sears will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and close at midnight, reopening at 5 a.m on Friday. Don’t like crowds? The store’s doorbusters will be available on its website all day Thursday and until 2 p.m. Friday until supplies last.

Deals include a Kenmore Elite Refrigerator for $999.99, a Craftsman 320-piece Mechanic’s Tool Set for $149.99 and a NordicTrack Elite 10.9 elliptical for $599.

Kmart will open at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Some will close at midnight and others will close at 2 a.m., re-opening at 6 a.m. Friday and staying open until 10 p.m. Doorbusters will be available online and in stores from 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day until 2 p.m. Friday.

Deals include: a Samsung 55″ 4K UHD TV for $499, 1,000 thread-count sheets for $19.99 and Barbie dolls (beach or ballerina) for $1.99.


Toys 'R' Us

Shoppers look around a Toys ‘R’ Us store on Black Friday on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Miami. 

Alan Diaz | AP Photo

Nov. 7: JCPenney to hand out coupons starting at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Are doorbusters your deal? We’re already getting word of some opening times, and for many retailers, Black Friday actually begins on Thursday.

JCPenney appears to be one of the earliest, set to open at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving Day. Early-bird shoppers will be handed envelopes with coupons worth up to $500 off, while supplies last. With plans to close at 10 p.m. Nov. 24, it will make JCPenney’s “Black Friday” a whopping 32 hours.

The store has announced some of its deals, including pajama bottoms for the family for $5, 1/10 CT T.W. diamond studs for $20, iTouch smart watches for $49.99, Playstation4 1TB consoles for $199.99, and Samsung 55” class ultra HD 4K smart TVs for $499.99.

Doors at Toys “R” Us open slightly later at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will remain that way for 30 hours. The retailer’s Black Friday will end at 11 p.m. Nov. 24. Babies “R” Us stores have their own schedule, which will not start until 8 a.m. Nov. 24.

Target is gearing up for a 6 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving, but, unlike some of its competitors, it won’t be burning the midnight oil. The retailer will close at 12 a.m., then reopen at 6 a.m. Nov. 24.

Nov. 6: Target among first retailers to advertise Black Friday deals

Target may have been the first major retailer to reveal its deals for the annual shopping bonanza.

Highlights include: Beats Studio2 wireless headphones for $159.99, Jetson V12 hoverboard scooter for $199, 55″ 4K Smart TV from Westinghouse for $249.99 or a 3-foot-tall giant teddy bear for $10.

The retailer is offering a $250 gift card for every purchase of an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus (with qualified activation) or a $300 gift card for purchases of a Samsung Galaxy Note8, S8 or S8+.

It’s also offering an incentive to come back. Friday only, shoppers who spend at least $50 can get a coupon for 20 percent off their entire purchase between Nov. 28 and Dec. 10.


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