The Amount of Black Friday shoppers will increase from 195 million last year to 200 million this year with more people looking to save on Christmas gifts during this tough time.
With a greater amount of shoppers the total amount of Black Friday spending will increase, yet only very slightly, from $41.2 billion to $42 billion.
The amount of Black Friday online shopping will jump from $595 million to $1 billion as people try to avoid stores, and online shopping has become more accepted.
Retailers are already marketing Black Friday deals with some marketing kicking off in early November. Kmart is repeating its “Better Than Black Friday” promotion that extends the Black Friday shopping window to an entire weekend and actually takes place on three weekends leading up to the Black Friday weekend.
Amazon, Sears and Best Buy are already running “Black Friday now” promotions.
As for the “real” Black Friday promotions, there are actually several sites that announce the upcoming ads from major retailers and provide daily emails with the latest news. Complete ads for retailers are posted, search features for particular items and online specials are also noted.
Black Friday Info
Black Friday info is a site that’s easy to understand and has some additional features like give aways on their Facebook page to encourage participation, online offers, a place to create your own shopping list, and some nice search features.
Some of the big retailers who have already released their ads include:
Deals Starting Nove 12, 13……
Toys R Us
Several coupons active now!
Target is opening at 4 am this year!
For shoppers, this is the Superbowl of shopping so training for the competition seems in order.