by Adam Benjamin | November 13, 2013 9:33 am
We’re barely two weeks away from Thanksgiving, which means companies are rushing out their Black Friday 2013 deals.
Every year, retailers go head-to-head slashing prices in a consumer savings deathmatch. And every year, consumers scour over Black Friday hours, then line up outside stores for days, eschewing the opportunity to spend quality time celebrating with their families in favor of getting 50% off that Duck Dynasty board game.
Last year, consumers spent an estimated $59.1 billion on Black Friday shopping, including $1 billion in online sales. Those online sales are expected to jump to $1.6 billion for Black Friday 2013 — and that’s not even counting the relatively new practice of Cyber Monday sales.
So with all those options and all those sales, where should you be headed in the wee hours for all your Black Friday shopping? We give you a look at popular retailers’ operating hours and some of the best deals for Black Friday 2013:
Target (TGT), with its wide range of offerings, will be a Black Friday 2013 staple. Clothes, toys, electronics — Target offers it all in one place.
If you’ve been putting off the upgrade to a smartphone, TGT is offering the Samsung (SSNLF) Galaxy S4, normally a $200 device, for $39.99 this Black Friday 2013. Contracts are available for Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T). If you’re an exceptionally tidy person (or a very messy one with an ambitious New Year’s resolution), Target is selling the Dyson DC24 Multifloor vacuum for $259 — a savings of $140.
Target also is offering sales on hot Christmas toys for Black Friday 2013, too. Monster High dolls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures are buy one, get one 50% off. Cowabunga!
Macy’s (M) has made Black Friday 2013 headlines for being one of the first chains to announce that its stores would open on Thanksgiving Day.
So what can you expect to get from the storied retailer? A wide range of items, including a 7-piece Spinner Luggage set, knocked down to $99.99 — $200 off its usual price tag. Or, if you prefer home to hotel rooms, Macy’s is selling mattresses anywhere from $400 to $700 off.
But let’s be honest: If you’re doing your Black Friday shopping at Macy’s, you’re probably there for the clothing. The store is offering a huge number of deals for Black Friday 2013, including 60% off designer coats for women, and men’s sport coats on sale for $99.99 — down from $450.
JCPenney (JCP) might be struggling, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find good Black Friday deals.
JCPenney is offering lots of sales on women’s fashion: Jeans, tops, jackets and dresses are all being sold at 60% off their usual prices. And the company’s Black Friday 2013 ad has three whole pages of women’s boots on sale for $19 to $39.
Don’t worry, dudes, JCP didn’t forget about you. There’s lots of men’s apparel on sale, including $14.99 sweaters (knocked down from $40) to keep you cozy.
And if you’re thinking about popping the question, diamond rings are, like, crazy on sale. Rings that normally go for $1,395 are being knocked down to $549 for Black Friday 2013. And you can’t put a price on marrying the love of your life (unless you have a pre-nup).
If you have a lot of electronics on your Black Friday shopping list, Best Buy (BBY) is the place to go.
The company cycles movies and TV shows through regular sales, but for Black Friday 2013, most movies and TV shows will be on sale for less than $10. Best Buy also is offering dozens of video games — which normally run in the $60 to $80 range for new games — for just $12 to $30.
Want to play those movies and games in style? The Samsung Slim LED 1080p Smart 3D HDTV, which probably holds the title for longest TV name, will be discounted by $400 to $500 for Black Friday 2013, depending on screen size. Or, if you’re an Apple (AAPL) devotee, Macbook Air Computers are $150 off.
Walmart’s (WMT) entire business model is based on low prices, so when Black Friday rolls around, things get really crazy.
This year for Black Friday 2013, the company is really targeting electronics. You can grab a 60-inch Vizio 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $310 off — at $688. Smart TVs could be the next wave of TV tech, so this is a great opportunity to get in cheap.
And while you’re at it, why not pick up any of the 250-plus Blu-ray movies Walmart is selling for less than $10? Or maybe pick up Disney’s (DIS) Disney Infinity or Activision’s (ATVI) Skylanders Swap Force video games for $39 — almost 50% their normal $75 price point.
But perhaps the best Black Friday deal at WMT is the chance to pick up the new iPhone 5C for just $45 (with a two-year contract). Not only will you get a brightly colored smartphone for less than half the retail price, you’ll also get a $75 gift card. Savings and free money — it’s a win-win for Black Friday 2013!
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Adam Benjamin is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. He wishes luck to everyone braving the violent hordes of shoppers.
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