NerdWallet reviews the biggest Black Friday deals to give you the best advice on what to buy and what to skip. Since Black Friday is almost here, check to see if your favorite merchant’s ad has been released or leaked.
Walmart’s Black Friday ad scan is out. Released on the Walmart website, the ad scan covers 45 pages and contains 674 items. If you didn’t already know Walmart sells everything known to man, this 45 page ad scan is proof.
Walmart is splitting up their Black Friday sales into different rounds of doorbusters. The first round begins at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day, followed by the second at 10pm.
The giant retailer will also institute a “1-hour in-stock guarantee” which promises that even if an eligible item is out of stock in-store within an hour of its release, you will have the opportunity to buy a Guarantee Card. This Guarantee Card will ensure that the item ships to your store before Christmas so you can pick it up.
The 3 items eligible for the Guarantee Card are the Emereson 32” HDTV for $148, the LG Blu-ray Player for $38 and the Apple iPad2 w/ $75 gift card for $399. These items go on sale at 10pm but the in-stock guarantee allows you to purchase the Guarantee Card up to 11pm, regardless of in-store item stock.
Here are some of the best items of the Walmart Black Friday 2012 ad:
|Walmart Black Friday 2012 Item||Black Friday Price||Time Item Goes on Sale|
|Boys’ Starter Performance Pullover or Zip Hoodie||$6.00||8pm Thursday|
|Girls’ Jordache Color Jeans||$6.00||8pm Thursday|
|Hanes Fleece Sleep Pants||$6.00||8pm Thursday|
|Infant/Toddler Boys’ or Girls’ 2 pc Pajama Set||$4.00||8pm Thursday|
|Men’s And 1 Mesh Pants||$11.97||5am Friday|
|Wrangler Jeans||$9.50||8pm Thursday|
|HP Deskjet 1056 Printer||$19.00||10pm Thursday|
|HP Deskjet 3526 Printer||$49.00||10pm Thursday|
|Toshiba 1TB Portable Hard Drive||$59.00||10pm Thursday|
|HP Pavilion 20″ All-in-One PC w/ 4GB, 500GB||$389.00||10pm Thursday|
|Canon T3 Digital SLR Camera||$449.00||5am Friday|
|Nikon J1 10MP Digital Camera||$399.00||10pm Thursday|
|Nook Color 8GB eBook Reader||$99.00||10pm Thursday|
|Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player||$195.00||10pm Thursday|
|Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones||$179.95||10pm Thursday|
|LG 3D Blu-ray Player with WiFi||$68.00||10pm Thursday|
|Sylvania 7″ Portable DVD Player||$38.00||10pm Thursday|
|Mainstays Folding Butterfly Chair||$19.88||5am Friday|
|Garmin 5″ Touchscreen GPS System||$69.00||10pm Thursday|
|Duncan 7′ Pre-Lit Tree||$88.00||5am Friday|
|Scottsdale 7′ Pre-Lit Tree||$98.00||5am Friday|
|Dyson DC25 Vacuum Cleaner||$337.00||5am Friday|
|iPack 20″ Hardside Carry-on Luggage||$27.00||8pm Thursday|
|Jewelry Making Gift Kit||$19.97||5am Friday|
|Magic Bullet Personal Blender||$29.00||5am Friday|
|Quality Craft Electric Stove Heater||$49.00||5am Friday|
|TRU Nonstick Griddle||$9.44||8pm Thursday|
|Ruger American Rifle, Choice of Calibers||$337.00||5am Friday|
|Sig Sauer Enhanced Carbine Rifle||$867.00||5am Friday|
|1/10 ct.tw. Diamond Stud Earrings Set||$98.00||5am Friday|
|Casio G-Shock Watch||$59.92||5am Friday|
|Sterling Silver and 10K Gold 2-Piece Hoop Earrings Set||$18.00||5am Friday|
|Acer 13.3″ Core i3 Ultrabook w/ 4GB, 320GB||$499.00||5am Friday|
|Compaq Presario 15.6″ AMD Laptop w/ 2GB, 320GB||$179.00||10pm Thursday|
|HP 15.6″ AMD Laptop w/ 4GB, 320GB||$279.00||10pm Thursday|
|HP 15.6″ Core i3 Laptop w/ 4GB, 500GB||$349.00||10pm Thursday|
|Assorted DVD Movies, Over 100 Titles||$1.96||8pm Thursday|
|Black Steel 29″ Wood Burning Fire Pit||$22.00||8pm Thursday|
|Huffy Ladies 26″ Cranbrook Bike||$69.00||8pm Thursday|
|Schwinn Varsity Road Bike||$199.00||5am Friday|
|Apple iPad 2 WiFi 16GB Tablet w/ Free $75 Gift Card||$399.00||10pm Thursday|
|Vizio 60″ 1080p Smart LED WiFi HDTV||$688.00||10pm Thursday|
|Samsung 46″ Smart 1080p WiFi LED HDTV||$598.00||10pm Thursday|
|Samsung 32″ 720p LED HDTV||$248.00||10pm Thursday|
|Emerson 50″ 1080p LCD HDTV||$298.00||5am Friday|
|Emerson 32″ 720p LCD HDTV||$149.00||10pm Thursday|
|Powerwasher 1,300 PSI Electric Pressure Washer||$64.00||5am Friday|
|Air Hogs Radio Controlled Heli Drive||$15.00||8pm Thursday|
|Convertible 12-Volt Ride-on Vehicle||$129.00||8pm Thursday|
|Disney Minnie Mouse 3 6-Volt Scooter||$69.00||8pm Thursday|
|Fisher Price Learning Farm||$40.00||8pm Thursday|
|MD Sports 48″ Air Powered Hockey Table||$29.86||8pm Thursday|
|Peavey Acoustic Guitar||$99.97||5am Friday|
|Assassin’s Creed III for Xbox 360||$38.96||8pm Thursday|
|Sony PS3 160GB Console Bundle||$199.00||8pm Thursday|
|Xbox 360 Wireless Controller||$39.96||8pm Thursday|
|Sharp 70″ 1080p LED HDTV||$1,798.00||5am Friday|
|Skylanders Starter Pack||$38.96||8pm Thursday|
Let’s start with a few quick logistical notes about the ad. First of all, note that the first page of the Walmart ad actually advertises “Event 2,” which starts at 10pm. The Black Friday deals actually start with Event 1, which is at 8pm.
Walmart probably chose to do this because the retailer wanted to put their “1-hour in-stock guarantee” items on the first page to highlight the guarantee. As Black Friday shoppers increasingly turn to online shopping to avoid the madness of Black Friday, having an in-stock guarantee on a few very nice items is a fine touch by Walmart.
Second, notice that while most of the items in the ad are in-store only, the last page of the ad discusses Walmart’s Thanksgiving Day sale online. There are a few deals, including a Samsung 50” Class LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $698 that you’ll get online.
Third, remember that the timing of the sales events – one starting at 8pm, one at 10pm and one at 5am – could be violated by overzealous shoppers. Last year Walmart stores had shrink-wrapped pallets on the floor with the items that were not yet scheduled to go live. While shoppers couldn’t get the prices at the register until the designated time, some shoppers broke the items from the shrink-wrap and took them before time. While Walmart employees will be watching to prevent this, it’s impossible to know exactly how crazy individual stores will be this Black Friday.
The Best of the Ad
This is easily one of the best ads of the year so far. With big discounts on video games, movies, CDs, TVs, laptops and more Walmart is easily living up to its reputation as one of the biggest (if not the biggest) destination for Black Friday shopping.
Some of the better deals include the “1-hour in-stock guarantee” items. The Apple iPad 2 w/ $75 gift card for $399 is a nice doorbuster.
Amongst TVs, the Vizio 60″ 1080p Smart LED WiFi HDTV for $688 is also a great buy. And for those that have been saving up for Black Friday, your efforts might be all worth it on the Sharp 70″ 1080p LED HDTV for $1798.
While the TVs might steal the show, the video games are maybe even better value. Assassin’s Creed III for Xbox 360 for $38.96 and the Skylanders Starter Pack for the same $38.96 are both great deals.
The apparel deals are steep too. There’s a ton of items under $10, even for men and women. Wrangler jeans for $9.50 is a nice price, and Jordache Color Jeans for girls will only set you back $6.00. Pants, fleeces and pullovers can all be found for under $10 as well.
Watch out for Regional Pricing and Hours
Prices will vary by region. Minimum pricing laws in states like Wisconsin and Oklahoma will make some of these deals a bit higher for shoppers in those states. Check Walmart.com to get your local Walmart Black Friday ad scan.
Additionally, Massachusetts Walmart stores may not be able to open at 8pm due to the state’s blue laws that prohibit retail employees from working on holidays. Last year, Walmart stores opened in Massachusetts at 4am.
Check out the full Walmart Black Friday ad scan (click to view larger):
Check out Walmart coupons as well if you’re planning to buy from Walmart before Black Friday.