Retailers and Shoppers Gear Up for Black Friday Savings

Black Friday 2016 promises to be as full of sales and discounts as ever before.

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Excite shoppers first in line for Black Friday sales.

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"Black Friday" has expanded to cover a lot more ground than just the day after Thanksgiving in recent years. Retailers have taken advantage of the recognition the name holds by promoting Black Friday-caliber sales throughout the month of November, and many have even begun opening on Thanksgiving itself instead of waiting for Black Friday proper to begin.

Regardless of when, where, or for whom one shops, there's no denying that Black Friday comes with a great many sales and promotions, and some discounts so steep they can represent a sizeable savings for anyone getting a jumpstart on his or her holiday shopping.

Everyone from electronics retailers and hardware stores to cosmetic companies and home goods specialists are looking to lure shoppers with doorbusters and day-long deals, making Black Friday as much a part of the holiday season as it has ever been.

Of course, quantities on many items can be limited, and there is often a lot of competition for time-limited sales like doorbusters, so if there's a sale you're after it's always advisable to read the fine print and try to make sure the item you want will still be available when you head to the store. Some of the year's biggest deals can be found at the following retailers.

The biggest name in online retail has the distinct advantage of never needing to close, as anyone can access their website at any time. As always, Amazon will be promoting Black Friday with various deals of the day and "Lightning Deals" that are only available for a brief period and in limited quantities throughout the holiday weekend. Due to the temporary nature of their sales, you'll be best off visiting at various intervals to see what's on sale and what's scheduled for a discount in the coming hours, but they have announced some upcoming deals including:

  • $33.33 for 7" Amazon Fire Tablet (Valid on 11/24)
  • $139.99 for Amazon Echo - Black  (Valid on 11/24)
  • $59.99 for New 8" Fire HD Tablet (Valid on 11/24)
  • $39.99 for 2nd Gen Echo Dot - Black (Valid on 11/24)
  • $29.99 for New Fire TV Stick (Valid on 11/24)

Best Buy
Best Buy will be opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving this year, then pausing for a brief respite from 1am to 8pm before reopening Friday morning. This year's highlights include:

  • $250 Gift Card + Free Samsung Gear VR with purchase of select Galaxy S7 models
  • 40" LG LED TV for $149.99
  • $200 off Apple MacBook Air
  • $50 off Roku 3 Streaming Player
  • Half off select Klipsch Speakers
  • Up to 40% off Major Appliances

Kohl's will be opening its doors at 6pm on Thanksgiving and staying open overnight, with doorbuster sales ending at 1pm on Black Friday. Deals include:

  • $15 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent
  • 40" HD LED Samsung Smart TV for $249.99
  • $14.99 for select Love This Life Jewelry
  • $3.99 for Jumping Beans Tops and Bottoms for Infants and Newborns
  • $9.99 for Croft & Barrow and Sonoma Microfleece Pajama Sets for Women

Old Navy
The popular purveyor of clothing will be open on Thanksgiving from 4pm (6pm for Deer Park location) until 12am. Black Friday Hours will vary a bit more from store to store with many being open 12am - 10pm, others open straight through until 12am Saturday, and the Gardiner Manor Bay Shore Location open 9am - 10pm. Highlights Include:

  • 50% off most items in the whole store (exclusions include clearance, register lane, and Today Only items)
  • Prizes worth up to $100,000 with purchases
  • Stocking Stuffers from $4
  • Jeans from $15
  • Tees from $5

P.C. Richard & Son
P.C.  Richard & Son has resisted the urge to open its doors on Thanksgiving since that trend became popular among other retailers several years ago. This year is no exception, and workers and shoppers alike can look forward to a little extra sleep as they have pushed their store opening time back to 7 AM Friday morning. This year's deals include:

  • 50" 4K LED Samsung Smart TV for $399.97
  • 70" 4K LED LG Smart TV for $999.91
  • 45% off Select Whirlpool and Maytag Washers
  • Dyson Light Ball Animal Vacuum for $239.97
  • 56-75% off select Sealy Mattresses

Like many other stores, Sears will be opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving. Sears stores will then close at midnight, and reopen at 5am on Black Friday. Deals this year include:

  • 50% off select Kenmore Major Appliances
  • $55-$60 off DieHard Industrial Boots
  • $139-$449 for select Serta and Sealy Mattresses
  • 50% off select Craftsman Tool Sets
  • 35% off Branded Watches including Bulova, Casio, Citizen, and Seiko

Sephora stores are generally located in shopping malls and will likely follow the Black Friday schedules of their respective malls, so check out the individual locations nearest you for info on their actual hours this weekend. This year's deals include:

  • $10 for Intro to Tarte Deluxe Discovery Set
  • $15 for Ole Henriksen On-the-Glow Essentials
  • $25 for Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 2
  • $10 for Sephora Collection Delicate Eyeshadow Palette
  • $25 for Milk Makeup Headliner Makeup Set

Target will be opening its doors from 6pm to 12am on Thanksgiving, then reopening at 8am on Black Friday. Highlighted sales include:

  • $50 off Xbox Once Console Bundle
  • $150 off Hoover Quest Robotic Vacuum
  • $70 off iPad Mini 2
  • $30-$90 off select Ninja Blender and Coffee Systems
  • 30% off All Sleepwear for the Family

Toys R Us
Toys R Us will be open at 5pm on Thanksgiving and stay open straight through closing time on Black Friday (likely 10pm or 11pm, depending on your store). Sales this year include:

  • $100 off T5 Swagtron Hoverboard
  • 50% off Skylanders Imaginators Starter Packs
  • 65% off Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo
  • 30% off select Lego Construction Sets
  • $50 off select Xbox one and PS4 Console Bundles

Ulta plans to open its stores at 6pm on Thanksgiving, but given its prevalence in shopping malls the store hours of any individual location may be up to the mall that houses it, so be sure to check your local store's hours before heading out. Black Friday deals include:

  • $10 Bareminerals Kits
  • $14.99 Joyful Beauty 72 pc. Makeup Collection
  • $24.99 NYX Cosmetics Box of Goodies Advent Calendar
  • $9.99 Ulta Beauty Professional Hair Sampler Kits
  • $12 Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath

Walmart is often credited with generating the initial push from Black Friday into Black Thursday, and this year will be starting its sales at 6pm on Thanksgiving then staying open for Friday. Store hours may vary slightly so check with your local Walmart if you plan on shopping in the wee hours of Friday morning. Top deals include:

  • $50 off PS4 Console Bundle
  • 60" 4K LED Samsung Smart TV for $648
  • $190 for Samsung Chromebook 3
  • $449 for Canon Digital SLR Camera
  • $169 for Serta Massage Recliner

Whether you're shopping online or braving the crowds in-store, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!