Black Friday bargains begin today

Consumer Reports News: November 26, 2009 12:25 AM

Nearly half of Americans plan to shop sometime this holiday weekend. If you’re taking the plunge, here’s a roundup of some last-minute deals to catch your attention. Note that some offers are available only in the stores; others apply exclusively to online orders. Also, stores tend to run of stock quickly on the most popular items, and rain checks aren't given. The deals last until there's nothing left. For more details on hot electronics bargains, check out the breaking news from our experts. 

Neiman Marcus – Spend $100 between 9 a.m. and noon Friday, and you’ll get a $50 gift card. The deal applies to in-store purchases only.

Eddie Bauer – Take an extra 30 percent off of everything inside the store until noon on Friday, and 25 percent off the rest of the day.

The Apple Store – On Friday, Apple is hosting a “special one-day shopping event” for in-store and online customers. Apple teased the promotion on its Web site, but remains tight-lipped about specifics. However, there’s been no shortage of rumors and “leaked" flyers noting prospective deals. The Boy Genius Report mentions quite a few of them. According to MacWorld, past Black Friday promotions have seen modest 5 to 7 percent  price drops on desktop Macs, MacBooks, iPods, software, and accessories.

Gap – Through Sunday, take 50 percent off online purchases of men’s and women’s sweaters, as well as children’s fleece styles.

Kohl’s – Through Saturday, take an extra 15 percent off of everything you buy online by entering promo code: “TURKEY15.”

Lord & Taylor – On Friday, the first 500 customers at all Lord & Taylor stores will receive a $20 “doorbuster” card that can be applied toward any purchase. Most stores open at 5 a.m., and the card is good for purchases through 1 p.m.

American Girl – From Friday through Sunday in stores, you can buy get various DVDs starring Kit, Chrissa, and the other American Girl characters for $5. Offer includes: An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (G0095); Kit DVD + Book (F9816); Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (F5553); Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (F3525); and Samantha: An American Girl Holiday (F1594). Excludes Doll Hair Studio DVD (F3661).

HH Gregg – The chain is making some of its Black Friday in-store deals available online today, including bonus savings of 20 to 30 percent on TVs, appliances, camcorders, mattresses, and audio gear. The best deals, however, are being offered at on Friday, like the Nintendo Wii for $170 (after $30 mail-in rebate), and a Toshiba Blu-Ray player for $80.

NordicTrack – Through Friday, online shoppers can pick up an elliptical or treadmill exerciser for the lowest prices they’ve ever sold for, the company says, and get free shipping, too (a $150 savings). Click here for details.

Toys R Us – Looking to get some exercise after your turkey dinner? Toys R Us is offering deep savings on more than 120 doorbusters, according to the chain, from midnight through 1 p.m. Friday. Deals include an 8 GB Apple iPod Touch for the typical price of $200, but with a bonus $50 gift card.

JR  – On Friday, the electronics retailer/e-tailer is offering impressive discounts on digital cameras, like the Kodak EasyShare M1093-IS for $89 (well below the price we noted when we reported on the camera), Canon EOS Rebel T1i EF-S 15MP IS Digital SLR Camera Kit (with 18-55mm lens) for $690, and Sony Blu-Ray Sony BDP-S360 Blu-Ray Disc Player for $119.

Talbots – The women’s clothier is offering 20 percent off (and a flat $5 shipping fee for online orders) through Sunday. To get the discount online, use coupon code 909241403 or give it to the customer service rep for phone orders (1-800-825-2687). Click here for the coupon you’ll need to present for in-store buys.

Amerian Eagle Outfitters – Today only, you’ll get 25 percent off all online orders and free shipping. Use discount code 76845734 at checkout. 

King Arthur Flour Co.– Through midnight on Friday, this comprehensive source for baking supplies and ingredients is offering a 10 percent discount on orders of $50 or more to 20 percent off orders of $150 or more.


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