Hello! Welcome to my live Black Friday web chat. If you have a question, please ask!
Great question, J. I was just in the West Chester Walmart yesterday, and they have big bins of movies ready to go on Friday morning at 5am: some DVDs are as low as 96 cents, with good Blu Ray titles at $9. Those are some great prices, and they should still be in stock all day, so you dont have to rush the store.
I tell you, everyone has clothing on sale. Walmart has PJs, flannel shirts, kids T shirts for $6, and Wrangler jeans for $6.50. But the clothing sale I really like is at Kohl's, which has lots of outerwear at 50% off. This is really cool about Kohl's: you can start shoping their Black Friday sale tonight (that means Wednesday night) at Midnight. Just go to their website at 12 tonight!
PokerDude: I'm in and I'll raise you a quarter. Actually, I am looking for a soundbar myself, to replace a giant old stereo with cables everywhere. These are really cool and sound great. I am finding the best selection at Best Buy, and several are on sale Friday. Walmart and Target will have sales on them too, though watch out for the cheap soundbars: they sound like tinny little stereos. A sale on a $99 soundbar may not be a great deal.
Ipad man: Meijer, Walmart, Target all are offering gift cards with iPad 2 purchases.., since they cant lower the price. Note that it is not on the new iPad 3, but most of us woud be happy with the 2! Walmarts is the best bet if you dont mind dealing with that store Thursday night, because it is GUARANTEED IN STOCK from 10 -11 pm. They will give you a rain check. With Target and Meijer, they may run out fast.
Thank you Amanda. The check is in the mail. :)
I personally really like the Target shopping experience. But some Black Friday experts are saying the deals are not that great at Target this year. Apparently they feel they dont need to lower prices as much. So while they have some decent deals, Walmart has much more electronics on sale, while Kohls has more clothing deals.
I love the new Kenwood Apple store, because it is 3 times the size of the old one ( and 4 times the size of the temporary one). They have done a great job with all the hands on displays. It is worth chekcing oout on Friday because they will have iPad2, iPod, and Macbooks on sale. Remember that you can find the exact same deals online at apple.com.
One other thought: check out the new Microsoft store in Kenwood, if you want to get a feel for the Surface tablet. I only know one person who has bought one (he likes it, hes a PC guy). You can spend a half hour playing with their new Windows 8 OS....
We have links to all the Black Friday ads on WCPO.com: just click on the Kohl's ad!
Great point about cheap soundbars: some dont sound any better than the little speakers on your TV, so why bother buying them? Soundbars are one item where you should really do some "showrooming" in a store to find out if you like the sound first. Its like test driving a car before you buy.
Rich: It's not a Black Friday question, but yes: everyone with Time Warner Roadrunner will have to pay another $4 a month starting with their November bill, for a modem rental fee. We have reported on this, and found that the only way around it is to buy a modem: their website lists approved models
Scott: Great point. If you look at all the big HDTVs on sale Friday, many of them are Plasma. Plasma is on the way out due to the huge power draw (high electric bills), their weight, and the heat they give off. The future is LED TV's, but those are not marked down as much. Those that are have a 60HTZ refresh rate, which means they are not as sharp for video gamees as the 120 refresh rate.
Jeff: Great idea, a Black Friday movie! I think I need an agent! Let's see...who could play me? Ben Stiller? Don't you dare suggest PeeWee Herman....
Staples willl have lots of deals online, but just like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy some of the best deals will be ONLY in stores.
Now that's a cool job, setting up Apple stores. Need help setting up the new one in, uh, Hawaii?
Great question, the Wii U will be the toughest electronic item to find this holiday season. Most stores will NOT even have them in stock on Black Friday. Its going to be hit or miss all month, you have to show up at 8am and hope they put a few out.
That's right, that was a sort of Black Friday movie! Unfortunatley, no one has ever mistaken me for Ah-nold. Maybe Danny Devito, but not Ah-nold.
Its called the MyTSA app on iTunes, and it lists security wait times at all major airports. It can be really fun checking the line times at Ohare in Chicago...
Several things happened this week: Oil went from $82 to $87 on the mideast violence, the New Jersey refineries are still not up to speed after Hurricane Sandy, and severl -we-can't mention-their-names local gas suppliers got very GREEDY right before the holiday. Presto: $3.59 gas.
Scott: You are correct as well about the biggest laptop deals. They are never top of the line. Some are only 2 GB, instead of the more standard 4GB now. Don't be fooled by the Windows 8 on the screen: they are loading Windows 8 onto year-old Laptops to make them look more current!
Best Buy is advertising a $100 Philips Norelco electric razor for $49, half price. But I think if you hit Amazon.com on Friday morning you may find equally good deals!
From what we have seen in the past with our 9 News cameras, lines tend to be longest in Florence and Eastgate, for the simple reason people drive from miles to get there Eastgate's Best Buy is pretty much the only Best Buy in Clermont, Brown, and Adams county. Florence stores get people from almost all the way to Lexington, Lousiville, and Maysville. I used to find the shortest electronics lines at the old Circuit City in Oakley!
Thank you, great questions!
Ah! Toys r Us opens at 8pm as well, they have bumped up the times from midnight in years past. Remind me to take my Ginkgo...
For bedding, I would go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond Friday morning before 11am to get one of their 20% off coupons. You will then get 20% off your entire order...sheets, towels, pillows, coffee makers, whatever. This is about the best sale I have ever seen at Bed Bath and Beyond.
Which brings me to another sale I really like: Michaels stores. They will have a coupon in the Thursday newspaper for 25% off ANYTHING on Friday morning, and 20% off ANYTHING on Saturday morning. That is a tremendous deal, because experienced Micheal's shoppers know that their coupons usually suck (I didn't just say suck, did I?), because they are usually just for full priced items, and most of the store is not full priced. So typically you find the weekly coupon doesnt work for what you want. So Michaels will be a great store to hit for your Christmas decorations or picture frames or crafts this weekend!
Thanks for all the great questions. Before we go I want to mention 3 hot items that are not worth waiting for a markdown on: the new iPad Mini, Nintendo Wii U and Leap Pad Explorer 2 Tablet for kids (looks like a kiddie iPad) The Wii U and Explorer 2 are impossible to find. If you manage to find one, you need to buy it at that moment, at list price. You won't find deals on either one this holiday season. Happy Black Friday and thanks for reading!