- (Reuters/Joshua Lott)
This year Walmart has announced that it will be revealing Black Friday deals well before Thanksgiving to customers who sign up at Walmart.com or Facebook.com/Walmart.
The early preview will highlight the Black Friday deals on electronics, toys, household items, and clothing. Analyst Britt Beemer attributes the move to Walmart’s attempt to identify who their core customers are, and told CNN he thought it was smart to do so.
“They might get a half a million or a million people to sign up so it could be a very successful strategy for them,” said Beemer.
Walmart did not announce when the preview would be available, but said it “will reveal the specials soon.” The retailer did state that its “Super Saturday” sales would take place Nov. 5, starting at 11 a.m. nationwide.
“Super Saturday” will involve sales on items such as a 42-inch Sanyo LCD TV for $398, marked down from the $448; a color Nook e-book reader for $199, down from $249; an Xbox 360 250GB console for $399, plus a $50 gift card; a 10-cup coffee maker for $39, a Transformers Ultimate Optimus Prime for $59.88, and a Playskool Elmo for $54.88.
With Black Friday 2011 approaching in just a few weeks, consumers are undoubtedly scouring the Web for the best deals and price mark-downs of the season.
Gottadeal.com, one of the oldest Black Friday websites, leaked the first Black Friday ads for the upcoming holiday shopping season just last week.
The website helps consumers find exactly what they are looking for by obtaining leaked copies of sale advertisements and publishing them for users to browse, and attracts millions of visitors each year.
Additionally, the Gottadeal.com provides features such as coupons, information about online deals, a forum for questions, message boards, and gives users the option of creating a shopping list to which they can add and save items from the Black Friday ads as they peruse for deals. The site even breaks down the deals for consumers by store.
According to the press release, Gottadeal.com will be continuing its "Black Friday Live" webcasts, where "throughout the next 6 weeks, when every new Black Friday ad is leaked on the site, there will be a live video webcast and chat where visitors can discuss the latest ad, ask questions and more. New this year, visitors will be able to call in live to get their questions answered."
Gottadeal.com will again be giving away over $2,500 in prizes in a separate contest.