The trademark big savings and bigger lines will stay the same this Black Friday, but Dealnews.com says there are some changes to watch out for. Here are 12 ways Black Friday 2013 will be different.
More and more stores will be opening on Thanksgiving Day despite concerns about the holiday getting swallowed by corpoate America. Shoppers have spoken, and retailers will oblige.
The more social media savvy retailers will be holding off on giving away sneak peaks and first dibs on their deals. You'll have to do more than just "like" a page on Facebook. You may be asked to subscribe to a mailing list, sign up for membership rewards or even follow the retailers on Pinterest.
There's one less weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, so expect to be bombarded with sales and promotions even before Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation's research showing consumers will be spending cautiously this year doesn't help retailers either. Advertisements will be bigger than ever this year.
Don't count out local small businesses this Black Friday. Apps like Square and PayAnywhere will make it much easier for small businesses to accept credit card payments without merchant accounts through banks, a card reader or setup fee.
Consumers are wising up to the limited quantity of doorbuster sales items, so this year expect more stores to offer "guaranteed doorbusters." Walmart gave out vouchers to allow customers to pay Black Friday prices when the items are back in stock, and this year more stores may be following suit.
Amazon has always presented a serious threat to brick-and-mortar stores, even with the pricey shipping policy. To tip the scales in their favor, more retailers, such as Staples, Target and Best Buy, will be price-matching this year.
Major new players in the media-streaming industry, such as Chromecast, will finally force Roku to offer some serious Black Friday discounts. Plus, the extensive line of products ranging from the original to the current Roku 3 means you can buy last year's model for even less.
Last year's doorbusters all debuted as soon as stores opened, often at 7 a.m., but this year retailers will be staggering them throughout the day. These scattered deals are aimed at keeping customers in stores -- and spending -- all day long.
Google's new Gmail layout may send emails from your favorite stores straight to your "promotions" box. Make sure you disable the feature or check it frequently if you do not want to miss out on all of Amazon's lightning deals and other time-sensitive sales.
The high demand for tablets keeps the bargains out year-round, but this year, Microsoft's weak sales mean that prices on its Surface are expected to hit all-time lows.
This Black Friday, we will be seeing the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, much better options than last November's Wii U. Unfortunately, the new consoles are in high demand, so getting your hands on one this month will be nearly impossible. The PS3 and Xbox 360 are sure to hit their lowest prices yet, but the newer models will stay at list prices. Keep your eyes open for bundles, including games and extra controllers, to score the best deal.
While HDTVs are standard Black Friday fare, this year 3D TVs will be even cheaper than their non-3D versions. Some 55-inch 3D TVs will drop as low as $425, almost half of what they were last November, and $4 less than comparably sized non 3D sets.