The big debate this year among big-box retailers is not whether they will open on Thanksgiving but whether they keep their stores open all night as has become customary for some stores.
According to a new survey from Washington State University's Carson College of Business, almost 65 percent of Pacific Northwest residents are planning to skip Black Friday this year.
"Black Friday" got its name originally because it was the day retailers began to turn a profit or move from "the red" to "the black".
"The vast majority of purchases still happen within four walls of a physical store", said Kelli Hollinger, director of Texas A&M's Center for Retailing Studies.
Like the arrival of Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve, each year retailers deliver a host of deals, discounts and freebies for shoppers as part of a highly anticipated shopping event called Black Friday, which falls on the day after Thanksgiving. Wal-Mart has not yet said when its in-store sales will start that day but many of its stores are already open 24 hours a day, including on Thanksgiving.
Cyber Monday Hero are a team of deal analysts who compare the most popular Cyber Monday and Black Friday products on sale each year.
Town Center Mall will open Thanksgiving from 6 p.m.to 1 a.m., then reopen its doors on Black Friday at 6 a.m.
Holidays are just around the corner, so shopping for those steals and deals are on most minds of shoppers, but now's the time to set your budget and know the difference between which deals are the best. Some department stores that include Macy's, Belk, JC Penny, and Kohl's will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year.
A good number of "sofa" consumers (67 percent) hope the research will translate to more than $100 in Cyber Monday savings. Try to get the best deals from all these stores. You may even want to ask yourself if you really need the item. Check your credit card rewards program for special points that could add up on Black Friday.
69 percent reported they were likely to shop in-store only, but ironically, 76 percent also reported Amazon was the top retailer they planned to purchase from.
The story is similar at other retailers. Bottom line: Don't spend too much time or effort trying to snag a store's doorbuster deal, because, unless you're first in line or up at 5am, you're not going to get that deal.
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Cyber Monday is a day when retailers slash their prices online providing the ideal opportunity to stock up on Christmas presentsWhich UK retailers are offering deals? Make sure that you double-check shipping policy before you finalize any deal.