Many people sacrifice sleep and sanity on Black Friday, joining frenzied legions of shoppers all for the sake of getting a really great deal. However, not every retailer offers amazing prices on Black Friday; some stores take advantage of the day’s hype while offering few deals that couldn’t be found any other time of year. Check out some of 2012’s best deals from the biggest names for an idea of the types of discounts you should be hunting for this year. If your favorite store’s Black Friday bargains aren’t coming close to these, it might be time to look elsewhere.
Best Doorbusters of 2012
Many retailers offered noteworthy doorbusters in 2012, but these were among the best deals:
- Best Buy: Tech lovers can always count on Best Buy to provide them with an amazing deal. Last year early birds were treated to a Toshiba 40″ 1080p 60Hz LCD HDTV for just $179, a steep discount from the regular price, which is typically around $400.
- Dell: Who says you need a physical store location to offer doorbusters? Beginning at midnight last year, Dell offered doorbusters every three hours. One of the hottest items was a Dell Inspiron 14z 14.1″ Laptop w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD for just $299.99.
- Dick’s Sporting Goods: Getting out of bed early to score a deal never looked so good! Last year Dick’s Sporting Goods offered a $900 discount on a Livestrong Treadmill (LS8.OT), selling it for just $599.98.
- Old Navy: Last year Old Navy offered staggered doorbusters, providing deep discounts on winter clothing for the entire family. Some of the highlights included $5 Fleece Half-Zips, $15 Old Navy Famous Jeans for adults, $15 Sherpa Hoodies for the family, $15 coats for kids and $19 coats for adults.
- Overstock: Yet another online store wowed with its amazing doorbuster sales. Overstock offered customers 14K Gold ¼ Ct. Diamond Stud Earrings for only $99.97. What a steal at 74% off!
- Toys R Us: It feels great to get your kids toys on their list, but even better when you can do so while saving more than 60 percent off the regular price! Last year motivated shoppers were able to get Fisher Price Rock Star Mickey for just $19.98.
- Sears: Doorbusters began on Thanksgiving night with deals like Kenmore 27-cu. Ft. refrigerator for just $1,299 — totaling a $1,000 discount. Starting at 4am Friday, deals included items like a Craftsman 18-volt drill/driver for $29.99, a 50 percent savings.
- Wal-Mart: Offering a more unique doorbuster deal, Wal-Mart had a guaranteed 1-hour in-stock special on three items: the Emerson 32″ HDTV for $148, the LG Blu-ray Player for $38 and the Apple iPad 2 with $75 Gift Card for $399.
- Bath and Bodyworks: Early bird shoppers at Bath and Body Works were treated to a gift bag worth more than $100, filled with seven “merry must-haves.”
- Kmart: While this may not be the first place you’d think of to purchase a TV, the store offered great doorbusters in that department. An RCA 42” class Plasma HDTV sold for only $199.99, compared with the regular price of $449.99. A 32” Proscan class LCD HDTV also went for just $97, a big drop from the regular price of $249.99.
Best Doorbusters of 2013
While many 2013 Black Friday ads haven’t yet been released, retailers are beginning to offer hints to customers on what to expect.
The Best Buy website notes that, “Our Black Friday 2013 sales event on November 29 will offer you an amazing list of products on sale, both in Best Buy stores and at BestBuy.com. You’ll find outstanding prices and doorbusters on select products…”
Macy’s – one of the holiday’s most anticipated heavy-hitters – has already leaked their Black Friday ad. One of the highlights includes any of these Bella, Black & Decker and Westinghouse items for only $10 after rebate — Blender, Slow Cooker, Panini Maker, Coffee Maker, Rocket Blender, Griddle, Waffle Maker, Toaster, Deep Fryer or Pressure Cooker.
While doorbusters for Walmart, Sears, JC Penney, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other big name retailers have yet to be announced, shoppers can expect in-demand items at great prices based on previous years’ offerings.