Let's jump right into the leaked ads!
Sears is the first department store to have a leaked ad this year but the prices for HDTVs and GPS units are much higher than we expected. Thankfully I don't see Sears setting the bar for HDTV prices this season. Dan de Grandpre from Dealnews.com also weighed in on the rumored sales prices for us, stating, "Sears, which is struggling, has been irrelevant to most tech buyers since the 1980s. In fact, many of its purported Black Friday TV "deals" are the same as or higher than prices you'd find on a comparison engine like PriceGrabber."
That said, don't count Sears out of your Black Friday plans completely; Dan recommends Sears for shoppers interested in Kenmore home appliances and Craftsman tools. The leaked ad has great deals on a kitchenware set, several craftsman tools as well as incredible discounts on Kenmore washers and dryers; in fact too many to list here, so go look for yourself!
The Sears ad comes on the heels of Ace Hardware's leaked ad which has been pulled until a final version is released. It appears Sears may be going the same route. According to Dan, Sears is already working on pulling this ad from many sites as they say it doesn't represent their Black Friday offerings. This is one of the reasons why Dealnews.com doesn't post leaked ads. Let's hope Sears takes this ad back to the drawing board and starts cutting prices across the board.
What other stores have been leaked?
Polo Ralph Lauren
One Black Friday offer which has been confirmed by the Dealnews.com staff is a 20 % off promotion for Polo Ralph Lauren Factory stores. These stores carry a collection of overstock, discontinued and other discount lines of clothing at lower prices. For full details on the Midnight Madness sale at Polo Ralph Lauren check out Dealnews.com.
The flyer from CVS hasn't leaked out yet, but thanks to some loose-lipped employees we have an idea of the chain's Black Friday offers. The best deals at CVS will focus on Extra Care Bucks (ECB) which make many of the items free after rebate. All of the following items are expected to be free after an ECB rebate:
- Crock Pot
- Rice cooker
- Popcorn maker
- Waffle maker
So far the Walgreens' ad doesn't offer up much in the way of great deals but there are a few gems hidden in the leaked details. The best deals at Walgreens this Black Friday focus on personal grooming, items which make excellent gifts. My top picks for gifts are body butter for $1.99 and the Norelco Razor at half price. The list is rather short so don't be surprised if more deals come to light as Black Friday gets closer.
"America's Favorite Tool Store" has shared its ad with gottadeal.com and it shouldn't come as a surprise that it is filled with discounts on all kinds of tools. There don't appear to be any noteworthy price drops on specific items, but if you are buying in bulk there looks to be significant savings. Small Business owners and hardcore DIY'ers should check out the full ad for money saving deals.
Half Price Books
Half Price Books may be the most exciting so far this year. To start off Black Friday Half Price Books is offering 20% off any purchase on top of handing out $5 gift cards, tote bags and 2009 calendars. Finally, any purchase over $30 will net you a $5 t-shirt which proudly proclaims, "Books, read the movie!". These are some excellent deals from a retailer whose prices are already low to begin with. Let's hope this ad sets the tone for other retailers on the March to Black Friday.
There you have it! The first of many leaked Black Friday ads to come and the starting point for your Black Friday planning. Black Friday is less than a month away and we expect to see ads filled with bargians and doorbusters from retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart leaking within the next few weeks. Stay tuned to WalletPop's Black Friday coverage as we continue to bring you up to date deals and tips for making the most of your Black Friday shopping trip.
Babies R Us
On the heels of Toys R Us releasing its big toy book, its little sibling has released a discount book of its own. The catalog breaks down baby gear by price category -- with the focus on value items in the $10, $15, $20 and $25 categories. There's also a pull-out coupon book that the company tallies up at $395 worth of savings. The deals include 15% off diaper bags, various toys, bottles and feeding accessories and other baby must-haves, all the way up to $250 off furniture suites.