Black Friday, – the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States – is considered the biggest shopping day of the year. There are many who avoid venturing out into the wilds of the world to face down the lines that wrap around the stores hours before the sales kick-off, but there is a breed of brave souls who wait all year for this day.
With just about every retailer offering deals, the smart Black Friday shopper starts planning weeks in advance. Those consumers don’t do something so pedestrian as waiting for the flyers to show up in their mail. They want all of the information in a convenient location so they can plot and plan at their leisure. Even with Black Friday not arriving until Nov. 29 this year, it’s never too early to start planning.
We’ve gathered up five sites that are essential to this strategy and will hopefully make your Black Friday that much less painful.
BestBlackFriday.com is one of the newest sites, but it seems to really trying to make a name for itself with useful tools. Beyond the mandatory collection of ad scans, it also offers a guide to the store hours for each chain, predictions of what it feels will be on offer during the event, sales by category, and a whole lot more. You should definitely add it to your list of sites to check out.
One of the oldest and best-known sites on the Black Friday circuit, BFAds.net offers numerous tools to break down the deals by stores, deals, providing ad scans and a whole lot more. As more of the ads roll in each year, the site will build its own buying guides for the big day in different categories that will show you what the truly best deals are.
BlackFriday.com has one tool we really haven’t seen elsewhere and that is allowing you to quickly pull up all of the deals on the hottest items via a drop down menu. No jumping from retailer to retailer to find the same item each time. This site will send you alerts when new ads are posted, show you store hours, let you know which deals are available online and more.
DealNews is in the business of sharing deals throughout the entire year, but it has a dedicated section each year to help you prepare for Black Friday. It has the usual mixture of ways to filter information, scans of the ads and so on.
Gotta Deal is another site that posts deals all year long, but its Black Friday section has everything you need for the big day. It offers the usual host of features such as ad scans, store information and so on, but it has a handy tool in the form of charts that will let you compare various deals at a glance and will be updated as more information comes out. You can break down deals by retailer and popular product types so you can see all of them in just a glance.