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Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals

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It’s that time of the year again. The wonderful cooked plump turkey, the bread pudding, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, and let’s not forget Grandma’s famous cranberry sauce. Then there’s the hectic atmosphere of relatives and family bustling in, nagging at you, and wondering what you are doing with your life. At the same time everyone is stuffing their face with all that good rich food. Yep, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But you what makes this chaotic crazy holiday so memorable?

Some might believe it’s the Turkey Football Games, games that keep the men riveted in their seats on the couch while the rest of the family cooks hard at the stove. But it’s not the football that has people looking forward to Thanksgiving week.

It’s the jaw-dropping sales as stores dramatically lower their prices on a wide range of items, from TV’s and laptops to clothes and shoes. Where mothers will be cat fighting each other over Christmas gifts for their children, and the Dads will be stuck on sentry duty in the mile long purchase line. The sales representatives looking like they have aged about 10 years after the day is done. Yep, its time for the famous Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals.

Stores this year will be scheduled to open as early as 4 a.m., some even at 12 a.m.. The first of the two major shopping days, Black Friday, will happen next Friday, November 25th, which will then be followed by Cyber Monday on November 28th.

Cyber Monday is a recent addition that has been added over the past few years due to the increased popularity of online shopping. Some retailers, like Amazon, will only offer these cyber deals for a limited number of hours before placing the original retail price back on. Requiring consumers to hover constantly over their site in anticipation for finding the perfect deal. With all this craziness of sales, how can one take best advantage over it?

The site, BestCyberWeek, recommends that consumers sign up for many of the retailers’ mailing and email lists. This will enable the stores to send them updates and flyers on any “hot items” that become available.  The Top 5 Cyber Deals will be Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and Kohls. Unfortunately many of the deals will not be shown unless you are either an email subscriber or are willing to wait until that day to see the sales.

For Black Friday, retailers such as Amazon, Target, Kohls, GameStop, Costco, Babies R Us, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kmart, JC Penny, Home Depot, Macy’s, Old Navy, Radio Shack, and more offer huge marked down prices on their electronics, clothes, and toys.

At Amazon, some decreased prices include a Pye Color Back up Camera that will go down from $224.99 to $74.99, a 67 percent difference. The site also offers an Early Black Friday Deals week. Best Buy is offering electronics such as camcorders with 50 percent off price deductions.

Kmart will be offering their Ario 32″ LCD HDTV for just $199.99.

With Macy’s, there will be even more crazy sales such as their sale of 40 percent off all regular-priced coffeemakers, tea kettles and espresso makers. They also will offer diamond earrings for $39.99, originally $160, and a Kodak EasyShare digital camera for $99, originally $169.99. They will be opening at 12am that Friday.

With such huge sales prices this year, it will be interesting to see the number of consumers coming to the stores. For more Black Friday Deal info check out: http://www.blackfriday.info/

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