By Herbert Pinnock , Christian Post Reporter
November 23, 2011|7:38 am

Black Friday is fast approaching and stores are geared up to take advantage of the day to make a sizeable improvement to this year’s revenue figures.

iPod Touch Hits 9.99 for Black Friday 2011

iPod Touch Hits 9.99 for Black Friday 2011

Announcements of Black Friday deals or discounts have been constant, and stores have scheduled a wide range of store hours, which suggest that shoppers will get a jump on other bargain hunters by showing up at midnight on Friday or even at 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m.

Some stores are scheduled to open as early as 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.

Deals are varied and if shoppers do their homework they can find some surprising bargains, like purchasing an iPod Touch for $199.99 to receive a $50 free store gift card from Toys R Us. Shoppers will be able to purchase the iPod Touch device and be able to use the $50 gift card, which can be used on any product in the store, to give an effective price of $149.99.

Other stores are also offering similar deals: purchasing the iPod at Target for $195 will give customers a $40 gift card, and purchasing the iPod at Radio Shack for $199.99 will give customers a $30 gift card.

For many outlets, sales will also be available online, which has encouraged stores to publish circulars or announcements concerning discounts and deals early.

The iPod Touch has been a popular item for shoppers and stores are betting that shoppers will forgo extended turkey time for a chance to grab the device.