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Black Friday 2016 preview

Posted October 27, 2016

Black Friday sales

Black Friday will be here before you know it!

Ads have begun to leak, stores have started releasing holiday hours and holiday gimmicks are all the rage.

Read on for the highlights of Black Friday 2016 so far. has already shared the hours and ads for many stores this year.

Among the highlights:

Bass Pro Shops has released their annual Christmas Book with plenty of ideas for gifts. They will also be offering free pictures with Santa in stores starting November 12 and free crafts through Christmas at various times. See your local store for times.

Best Buy will open on 5 pm Thanksgiving Day through 1 am on Black Friday morning. They have not announced when they will reopen for round 2 of the Black Friday sales on Friday morning but in 2015, they opened at 8 am and is predicting that they will do the same thing in 2016.

Dell is offering Black Friday deals beginning on November 16.

JCPenney is offering early access to their Black Friday ad (or at least part of it) on November 4th if you sign up for their app. Text APP to 527365.

Macy's will be opening earlier than every other store so far on Thanksgiving Day with a 5 pm start time.

Office Depot/Office Max will start offering early "Black Friday" deals starting October 30 through the month of November. They are also offering Cyber Monday online offers every Monday starting October 31st through the official Cyber Monday.

Rite Aid's ad (or at least an early version of the ad) has been posted on with good deals on Wet n Wild Holiday Mini Nail Gift Sets ($1 after sale and rewards), free Conair, Scunci and tape after rewards, fuzzy socks 2 pairs for $1, multiple gift card offers and more.

Target has issued a press release indicating that the Free Shipping promotion from 2015 will return for an even longer period lasting from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1, 2017. They also shared that "beginning in mid-November, guests will save $10 off a $50 purchase on a different product category each week, including Grocery, Home, Apparel and Accessories, Trim and Toys." And back again for this year, Cartwheel users will score 50 percent off one toy per day between November 1 and December 24. On December 4, you can also save 10 percent on Target GiftCards. The release also details that Target will offer "free returns and an extended Price Match Guarantee, which enables them to price match any purchase made Nov. 1 through Dec. 24, excluding Thanksgiving through Cyber Week."

Toy Books: Multiple stores have released their annual Toy Books including Toys R Us, Target, Amazon, Dollar General, Kmart, AAFES and more! See for the toy book scans.

Walmart Holiday Helpers will start appearing in stores on November 4 to help shoppers find open lines, entertain kids in line and run around the store grabbing items you forgot. You'll be able to spot them by the "bright yellow vests, jingling hats and a colorful satchel full of goodies" according to the Walmart press release. The Walmart ad is usually leaked during the second week of November so stay tuned for those sales.

Malls Closed: Multiple area malls will be closed on Thanksgiving Day including Triangle Town Center in Raleigh, Cary Town Center in Cary and Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. You can read more information at the link above.

Stay tuned for more details and specific sales as they are released.


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