2008 Guide to America’s 20 Hottest Black Friday Sales

Black Friday is a practice in anticipation. Who’ll have the best deals? Who revealed their store’s secrets? Who won’t say anything at all?

To save shoppers time, Business Pundit compiled this guide to 20 of the hottest Black Friday sales of 2008, in no particular order. We included opening times, tips on making the best of each sale, and notable bargain items.

1. Target


2-day sale; Friday and Saturday. Stores open at 6am Friday.

Insider Tips:
Grab an in-store toy coupon book or print coupons online for discounted toys (before Black Friday only).
Furniture: Save 15% on purchases of $125 or more.
Free shipping on 50,000+ items.

Bargains of Note:

Westinghouse Digital 32” LCD HDTV: $439.99
Curtis Mathes Blu-ray disc player: $244.99
Marvel Heroes vs. Villains pinball machine: $199.99

2. Walmart

Website: Walmart.com

Days/times: Stores open at 5am Friday.

Insider Tips:
Walmart’s coupons are located online; search for yours by store.

Bargains of Note:
Holiday cards start at 33 cents
$2 DVDs (certain titles only)
PlayStation 3 80 GB Console: $399.00

3. Micro Center

Website: MicroCenter.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 6am Friday. Sale lasts until Sunday.

Insider Tips:
Find the circular on the website. Some sale items require coupons; these will be distributed before stores open Friday.

Bargains of Note:
Acer Aspire Intel Dual Core 14.1″ Laptop: $299.99
Sony BRAVIA 40″ Widescreen LCD HDTV: $799.99
WinBook 7” Digital Photo Frame: $39.99

4. Newegg

Website: Newegg.com

Days/Times: Sale ends Friday.

Insider Tips:
Free shipping on everything.

Bargains of Note:
Hanns 22” 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor with Build-In Speakers: $149.99
Canon PowerShot 8MP Digital Camera: $149.99
Turtle Beach Surround Sound Headset: $47.99

5. hhgregg

Website: hhgregg.com

Days/Times: Stores open 5am Friday.

Insider Tips:

Stores are accepting Circuit City gift cards.
Circular on website.

Bargains of Note:
20% off many items worth $299 or more
All luggage 75% off
Mustek Flash Memory Camcorder: $39.97 (w/rebate)

6. Sharper Image

Website: SharperImage.com

Days/Times: Stores open 6am Friday.

Insider Tips:
This sale is veiled in secrecy.

Bargains of Note:

Look for MP3 players and GPS units in particular, with 40%+ discounts. Check the website for details (bargains are currently behind a wall).

7. KB Toys

Website: KBToys.com

Days/Times: Some stores open at 12am on Friday. Call your local store for details.

Insider Tips:
Come at midnight Friday for prime pickings.
Free shipping on more than 900 items.

Bargains of Note:
Up to 60% off games, scope products, and music products.
Up to 50% off Fisher-Price products
20% off train and road race items.

8. GameStop

Website: GameStop.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 7am Friday.

Insider Tips:
Find the ad circular online
Free 2-day shipping on Wii games worth $29.99 or more
Look for bundles for the best deals

Bargains of Note:
Buy two, get one free deals
$40 credit to trade in your Wii, Xbox 360, or PS3
Trade in 3 games for 10% extra credit, 4 for 20% extra credit, and 5 for 30% extra credit

9. AT&T

Website: Wireless.ATT.com

Days/Times: Friday-Sunday.

Insider Tips:
Best deals are on specific new phone models.

Bargains of Note:
Free camera phones (Web only)
Samsung a737: $24.99
BlackBerry Curve 8310: $99.99

10. Radio Shack

Website: RadioShack.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 6am on Friday.

Insider Tips:
Look for daily deals on their website, up to Christmas Eve.

Bargains of Note:
Free Canon All-in-One printer with purchase of EX-Z9 camera
50-pack of TDK DVD+R discs: $7.99
SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Memory Card: $29.99

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11. Best Buy

Website: BestBuy.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 5am on Friday.

Insider Tips:
You can buy some items online on Thanksgiving Day.
You need a ticket to purchase some in-store items. You can get tickets beginning at 3am local time.

Bargains of Note:
$50-$150 off Apple computers.
SanDisk – 2GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive: $9.99
Garmin nüvi 260w 4.3″ Portable GPS Navigator: $189.99

12. Sam’s Club

Website: SamsClub.com

Days/Times: Online items available starting 1am Eastern Time. Stores open Friday at 5am.

Insider Tips:

Free breakfast until 8am Friday.

Bargains of Note:
Free Blackberry Curve with 2-year AT&T contract
Nintendo Wii Family Bundle (price not listed)
Sony Noise Canceling Headphones: $29.87

13. Apple Store

Website: Store.Apple.com

Days/Times: Friday, online only.

Insider Tips:

Free shipping on orders over $50.

Bargains of Note:
They’re tight-lipped about the details, but mentioned iPod and iPhone “gift ideas”…

14. Toys “R” Us

Website: ToysRUs.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 5am Friday.

Insider Tips:
Free shipping on orders over $25.
50% off select toys in-store and online now until November 26.

Bargains of Note:
Browse your local circular on the website for details for your locality. When I searched my ZIP code, I found an ad for a free crib with furniture purchase, buy one get one free on baby food variety packs, 50% off fish products, etc.

15. IKEA

Website: Ikea.com/seizethedays

Days/Times: Stores open at 12am on Friday.

Insider Tips:
Free breakfast and coffee until 10:30 am this weekend with coupon.

Bargains of Note:

Only one item is on sale each day. Here’s the breakdown:

Friday: MALM Queen Bed Frame: $99
Saturday: MALA Easel: $9.99
Sunday: MYSA VETE Down Comforter: $49.99 (all sizes)

16. Office Depot

Website: OfficeDepot.com

Days/Times: Stores open Friday at 6am.

Insider Tips:

Registered customers received an email with details today. It has, of course, been leaked.

Bargains of Note:
From Gizmodo

Logitech Cordless Optical Mouse: $4.99
SanDisk 4 GB USB Drive: $9.99
HP 15.4″ 3 GB Memory 160 GB Hard Drive Notebook Model G50-112NR: $349.99

17. Staples

Website: Staples.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 5am on Friday.

Insider Tips:
Find the sales circular online.

Bargains of Note:
Brother All-In-One Printer: $29.98 (w/rebate).
Omnitech 7″ Digital Photo Frame: $39.99 (w/rebate)
Dell Inspiron 519 Athlon 64 X2 2.7GHz Desktop PC with 22″ LCD: $699.98

18. Amazon

Website: Amazon.com

Days/Times: Friday only.

Insider Tips:
Last year, Amazon undercut Wal-Mart and several other major retailers on certain items.

Bargains of Note:
Amazon is being secretive about exact items for Black Friday. Check out daily deals for a taste.

19. Circuit City

Website: CircuitCity.com

Days/Times: Stores open at 5am Friday.

Insider Tips:
Free shipping with purchases of $24 or more.

Bargains of Note:
Laptops are relatively cheap. Each comes with an all-in-one printer.

Compaq Presario C717NR: $299.
Toshiba Satellite (w/AMD Athlon 64X2 dual core processor): $399.
Sony VAIO (Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5240): $899.

20. J&R

Website: JR.com

Days/Times: Friday

Insider Tips:
You can order items now, but they won’t be shipped until November 28.

Bargains of Note:
Hundreds of DVDs starting at $3.99/each—even decent ones like Borat. Blu-Ray movies start at $9.99.

Check out DealNews.com for up-to-the-minute Black Friday information.

For stores not included in this list, go to BlackFriday.info.

Written by Drea Knufken

Drea Knufken

Currently, I create and execute content- and PR strategies for clients, including thought leadership and messaging. I also ghostwrite and produce press releases, white papers, case studies and other collateral.