That one 'special' time of year all dedicated bargain shoppers look forward to is approaching fast. That’s right… Black Friday - the day after Thanksgving!

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Since 1932, Black Friday has been regarded as the official start of the Christmas shopping season and it has been the busiest shopping day since 2005. Originally merchants would open very early the Friday after Thanksgiving Day and offer unbelievable discounts on popular Christmas list items. As we all know, Black Friday has now grown into a 4-day weekend filled with over-aggressive have-to-have-it-right-now shoppers.

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According to, here is a prediction of what shoppers can expect to pay for all the hot items this year:

  • 4K TVs for under $500
  • Laptops for under $200
  • Tablets for under $100
  • PS4 and Xbox One bundles for under $300
  • PS Virtual Reality for $399 to $499
  • BOGO apparels
  • $0 money down for an iPhone 7, Galaxy Note 7 (don't these things explode?), or LG G5 phones
Photo by Elizabeth Varville

Home Depot, GameStop, Staples, At&t, Barnes & Noble, Marshall’s, PetSmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s, Guitar Center, Hobby Lobby, Lowe’s, Petco, and Sam’s Club are some of the retailers who have chosen to stick with tradition and stay closed for Thanksgiving Day.

Stay tune for upcoming posts that will help the habitual Black Friday shopper stay up-to-date on all the latest LOCAL Black Friday deals; inserts start breaking in late October with most ads released by mid-November.