DENVER (CBS4) – The holiday shopping season is the biggest of the year. Many retailers rely on it to make the bottom line. This year there are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so many stores are being aggressive in their advertising and sales to try to get shoppers into their stores.
Every indication is that shoppers can expect some really good discounts for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving which is reported to be the biggest shopping day of the year. Black Friday is getting so big that it’s bleeding over into Thursday. For the first time many stores will be open all day on Thanksgiving.
“We’re predicting the deals to be superhot,” said Mark LoCastro, public relations manager for Dealnews.com, an online shopping blog.
Dealnews.com has done extensive Black Friday coverage and made various price predictions.
“We initially predicted that 55-inch HDTVs, actually specifically 3D models should cost $425 come Black Friday,” LoCastro told CBS4.
In fact, an early release of the Walmart Black Friday flier featured a 50-inch Emerson HDTV for $288.
“Which is simply fantastic,” LoCastro commented.
Dealnews.com is also predicting dual-core processor laptops starting at just $170. Another price prediction from dealnews.com, the Apple iPad 4 from $400, is discontinued now that the iPad Air is out prompting the discount prices.
“Do not shop at the Apple Store. Apple has a very modest Black Friday sale,” LoCastro said.
Instead, LoCastro said that shoppers should look for discounts at certified Apple resellers, like Best Buy, MacMall and Amazon.
Electronics are usually the big seller on Black Friday and that’s where some of the best deals are lying in wait. But you have to act fast, because supplies will run out.
– Written for cbsdenver.com by Special Projects Producer Libby Smith