Black Friday 2012 Has Officially Begun
Black Friday 2012 is still a little over a month away but several retailers have already fired their opening strikes. Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, Fred's, Harbor Freight, and Tommy Hilfiger are some of the retailers have leaked teasers of their ads on blackfriday.fm. Previews from other retailers such as Half Price Books may indicate some stores will repeat their Black Friday practices from last year.
Fred's, and Tommy Hilfiger released only partial ads for now; however, these small previews reveal some big savings. Some of the highlights include: a Fred's $79.95 Android tablet, and a stackable 40% off discount on all inventory at Tommy Hilfiger.
To make things easier all around, a few stores will be repeating last year's Black Friday promotions. Harbor Freight released their 2012 Black Friday ad on the exact same date as 2011. In addition, the retailer will once again let in "Inside Track Club" members one hour earlier than the general public.
This year will also be tote bags galore as Victoria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, and Half Price Books will be gifting customers on Black Friday. Victoria's Secret will be giving out a free limited edition tote with a cosmetics gift bundle with purchases of $65 or more. Bath and Body Works will be selling gift bags filled with their products valued at over $100 for a discounted price of $20 when customers spend more than $40. Half Price Books will hand out 100 tote bags to their first 100 customers like they did last year; each bag will include a free $5 gift card, but look closely, one lucky shopper's bag will contain a $100 Gift Card.
Don't forget the kids! Toys R Us, Blain's Farm and Fleet, and Walmart publicized their 2012 toy catalogues. These deals will include special discounts on popular toys such as Hot Wheels, Barbie, Star Wars, and Lego. Toys R Us has done something different this year, their 'Big Book' mentions that they will be Price Matching competitors ads this holiday season. All-in-all, these toy catalogues feature the hottest toys and discounts for Black Friday 2012, and should bring smiles to children and parents alike.
Of the ads released thus far, the schedule is on par with release dates of 2011. If trends continue, we can expect ads of popular stores like Sears and Kohl's to arrive during the first week of November while heavy hitters Best Buy and Target will release theirs the following week.
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