Get a head start on Black Friday

PHILADELPHIA - November 24, 2008- The day after Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

And, this year with the economy spiraling down hill, finding a deal is even more important to shoppers.

Action News searched the net, made dozens of phone calls, and hob nobbed with store managers for weeks, all to give our viewers the upper hand while bargain hunting this weekend.

We found some of the deepest discounts this year will be on plasma tv's, computers, and GPS systems.

For instance, Radio Shack will be offering a Tom Tom navigation system for just $99.99. That's an eighty dollar discount!

/*Black Friday*/ might be more appropriately named Friday Frenzy!

And if you're ready for a good fight, we are giving you ringside seats to all the best bargains!!

First up: Walmart.

It's slashing prices on lots of televisions. For instance, a Samsung 32"LCD HDTV will be on sale for $498.

And the larger size, the 42-inch will be an even better bargain! On Black Friday it'll be $698 - that's $400 off the original price!

If you're looking for an Xbox 360 - check out this bundled bargain.

The Arcade system Plus the Guitar Hero 3 video game all for $199.

And the deals don't stop there.

"This year Best Buy is going to be offering a 15 point 4 inch Toshiba laptop computer for $370 which is really $270 dollars off the normal retail price," said Jon Vincent with You can check out a lot of other great sneak peeks on

The website's operator said this year all retailers must play the mark down game to win customers.

"We just got the Staples Black Friday ad and they're going to have an hp color laser printer for 50% off the regular price," added Vincent.

JC Penny will also be chock full of great deals.

Some of the retailers "big buys" will include its entire stock of women's east 5th genuine leather outerwear for just $49.99! Mens St. John's Bay genuine leather jackets for $69.99!

JCPenny will also have a doorbuster deal on a 1/2 carat diamond necklace or bracelet for $79.99.

Looking for electronics? Radio Shackwill have a terrific deal on one of this year's hottest items: digital picture frames!

"It's $79.99 but on Friday its going to be $49.99," said Roger Porter with Radio Shack.

Radio Shack will also have Skull Candy headphones for $9.99, that's 50% off. And also a Gateway laptop computer will be marked down from $699 to just $499.

"Encouraging people to come out early to take advantage of a deal that could be emptied out pretty quickly," Porter added.

And who says you can't get anything for a penny?

Boscov's will once again offer its annual buy one get one for a penny promotion which includes ladies outerwear and misses sleepwear and loungewear.

And if your shopping list includes a digital camera, we found some great deals!

Walgreenswill have a Kodak 9MP digital camera for $79.99.

Target will have a Kodak 10.3MP digital camera for $89. That's a $55 savings!

And this is a steal, too! Target will discount its 1000 thread count bed sheets, any size for just $59.99!

"We've got some really great door buster items. We're going to be selling Lego's for one dollar, Friday only," said Liz Romaine with 5 Below.

So, be prepared to stuff your stockings at 5-Below! There grand slam deals will include DVDs for just $3.99, board games for $5, and soft foam Wii sports accessories also $5.

"You can't get that deal anywhere else," she added.

Also at 5 Below, you'll also be able to get an exclusive Phillies World Series championship stocking.

It'll sell for $5.

And at Old Navy, you'll get a free mini m-p-3 player with any $20 purchase. That free player normally retails for about $40 so that is quite a bargain! Of course, that promotion will only be in place as long as supplies last.


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Old Navy Stores:

  • Stores open at 5am on Black Friday
  • First customers in the door get a Samsung Pebble MP3 Player with a purchase of $20 or more.
  • Free Gas Giveaway- Each time a customer uses a Gap, Banana Republic or Old Navy card to make a purchase at an Old Navy store, they automatically qualify for a chance to win free gas for a year.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, Old Navy stores in select key markets will be open, an extension of what we did last year, where we saw a positive response by our customers

Gap Outlet Stores and Banana Republic Factory Stores:

  • Midnight Madness: Over 200 Outlet stores across the country will open at midnight on Black Friday.
  • Promotions include:
  • Gap Outlet: 30/40/50% off select styles.
  • Banana Republic Factory Store: 50% off original prices throughout the store.
  • Customers who shop at Outlet between Mon, 11/17 – Sun, 11/30 will receive a sweepstakes coupon for $5, $10, $15, $20, or $500 off their entire purchase when they come back and shop Wed, 12/10 – Wed, 12/24.
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  • Free Shipping on orders of $150 or more

Gap Stores

  • Buy one get one free promotion on sweaters 11/27
  • On Thanksgiving Day, Gap stores in select key markets will be open, an extension of what we did last year where we saw a positive response by our customers

Banana Republic Stores

  • 40% off select merchandise 11/24
  • "More the Merrier Pass" will be given to customers who buy on Black Friday – which offers 20% off any and all purchases made between December 2nd and 22nd.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, Banana Republic stores in key select markets will be open, an extension of what we did last year where we saw a positive response by our customers.


Boscov's will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 8AM to 4PM and will have a special celebration in the stores with surprises for customers!

Fantastic Black Friday Sales Include:

  • 50 inch Panasonic Plasma Flat Panel HDTV for only $799.97 (while supplies last)
  • Special buy one get one for a penny promotion on:
  • Ladies Outerwear
  • Misses sleepwear, robes & loungewear
  • Dresses, pant sets & social separates for ladies


BIG deals - Customers can find weekly sales circulars for Black Friday specials online at on November 25th. This year's Black Friday sales circular includes 45 pages of "doorbusters" on more than 300 items along with 11 pages on "big buys." Special Black Friday offers include:

  • Free 2008 Disney snow globe gift to each customer while quantities last (includes a $10 coupon redeemable for Saturday, Nov. 29)
  • The sales circular will include special bonus coupons to be used on Friday evening from 3-11 p.m. ($10 off a $50 or more purchase and $15 off a $75 or more purchase)
  • Extra 10% off sale prices in store, on or via catalog from 4 a.m-1 p.m.
  • Extra 25% off entire stock of sale-priced fine jewelry
  • 40-65% off several apparel, footwear, accessories and home items throughout JCPenney along with 60% of toys.
  • "Big buys" such as entire stock of Women's east 5th genuine leather outwear for $49.99 and Men's St. John's Bay genuine leather jackets for $69.99.

GREAT Doorbusters-- from 4 a.m-1 p.m. with items such as:

  • My Sports Gaming System for $38.88 (a 5-in-1 interactive sports game system with wireless remote controls that respond to your movement) and 2GB mp3 video and music player for $28.88
  • Mr. Men and Little Miss plush toys for $6.99 (net profits are donated to the JCPenney Afterschool Fund – and Webkinz plush toys for $12.99
  • ½ CT. T.W. diamond necklace or bracelet for $79.99 each; 1/3 CT. T.W. diamond earrings for $99.99 a pair
  • Women's Worthington tops for $11.99 and Worthington jackets for $23.99; Juniors' Arizona sweaters for $15.99; and entire stock of Girl's holiday fashion tops for $9.99
  • Men's St. John's Bay mocknecks and turtlenecks for $6.99 and St. John's Bay fleece for $14.99; entire stock of Young Men's Arizona original, loose, relaxed and basic bootcut jeans for $11.99 and Arizona thermal knit tops for $9.99; and Boy's Arizona authentic jeans for $9.99
  • $14.98 each for a cooks griddle, 6-qt. slow cooker, coffeemaker, 2-slice toaster, hand mixer or 3-in-1 grill/waffle/sandwich maker.
  • $2.99 for the classic towel, $8.88 for bed pillow twin-packs; $18.99 for any size fleece blanket; and $38.88 for the Protocol® Portsmouth 5-pc. luggage set

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