Black Friday Survival Guide

By Joe Terrell - bio | email

TYLER (KLTV) - The Friday after Thanksgiving, at least the early hours--- separates people into two groups: sleepers and shoppers.

If you fall into the latter, get your pen and paper read.  Sleepers... you're dismissed.

Anyone reading this knows, by now, you can see all the leaked Black Friday ads well in advance on plenty of websites like What we're doing, taking a look at the best of the best from some of those ads and what you do with those deals to maximize your after-Thankgiving booty.

Retailers are more aggressive this year than ever; no one more so than Wal-Mart. For the first time, they're pulling an all night-er.  The first sale starts at midnight, "We'll cut the tape and people can shop all they want and then another set of sales starting at 5." said Brent Allen, manager of the Wal-Mart store on South Broadway.

The best deals are in the 5 a.m. sale. In fact, Wal-Mart wins three of the top 7 Black Friday deals on our list... a 32 inch HDTV for $198 and the best deal we could find on an iPod touch.  While Apple doesn't allow retailers to do much with price, they can offer incentives and Wal-Mart has the best we could find. A $50, unrestricted gift card when you buy an 8GB touch at 225 dollars between 5-11 a.m. Rounding out the three a 15.6" laptop at $198.

The best part, since the store is open 24 hours that means no waiting outside in the cold for doors to open, "Now they can come in the store and spend the entire day with us.  But we will actually hand out the tickets starting at midnight," said Allen. will have maps for each store to show you where the lines will form for each hot item, but if you're out for more than one of the hot items, bring the family.  Once you're in line for one thing, you're stuck until 5.

Here's an exclusive tips for those of you who've made it this far: check on Saturday for a secret item. And in a very aggressive move, Wal-Mart plans to match other store's Black Friday deals, so don't forget to ask!

Target is not backing down.  They're selling a 40 inch Westinghouse 1080p HDTV for $298.. unlike Wal-Mart, "Typically when we run out we try to substitute a different TV when we can; that decision can come anywhere from headquarters to the store, said Target store manager Angela Creel.

If you make it into a Target before 10 a.m., "We're offering a $10 gift card for every 100 dollar purchase that you make," said Creel.

The Tyler store expects lines to start forming by 3 a.m. for their 4 a.m. Black Friday opening.

Over at Best Buy you can get the Nook e-reader at a never-before-seen-price, $99. That's a $40 price drop and it kicks in at 5 a.m.

"We're going to have tickets for hot items that are in the ad, starting around 3 in the morning for people who have been out all night. Once quantities are gone we'll let them know so they aren't wasting their time," said Best Buy Manager Noel LeBlanc.

If you're a Sam's Club member you can get free breakfast, along with shopping deals. "Starts at 5 a.m. for our members and includes a nice little breakfast.  Jimmy Dean Sausage and orange juice," said Tia Clak with Sam's.

Since it's just you and other Sam's members your chances at scoring what you came for is little less competitive. The best deals at Sam's?  A well-equipped Nintendo wii bundle for $299 into our top 7 deals.

Can't wait until Friday? Sears is opening on Thanksgiving for the first time in its 124 year history.  Or spend turkey day planning with the iPhone Black Friday App.  All the ads for virtually every store, pick an item, click save

Now... go get 'em..

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