'Tis the weekend to shop and save! We’re referring, of course, to Black Friday weekend which now begins on Thanksgiving Day.
If Turkey Day, Black Friday, Cyber Sunday or Cyber Monday are on your Black Friday Calendar be careful—online experts say the day you shop will determine the size of the deal you get.
“I believe it," said Barb Hamblin of North Canton, as she shopped for holiday gifts at the Best Buy on Strip Avenue NW in North Canton. She has five people on her gift list this year and said she’s ready to consider any advice that might save her money.
"Black Friday is all about consumer electronics,” said Mark LoCastro from Deal News.com. He outlined the best savings to be found over Black Friday weekend while talking with Call for Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor via Skype.
LoCastro and his colleagues are the brainiacs behind Deal News and its companion app. They took advertised sale prices and door buster deals from the last couple of years, crunched the numbers and came up with some interesting predictions.
LoCastro said Thanksgiving Day is the day to beat for consumers who are looking for a big screen TV.
"The quality and quantity of deals, specifically HDTVs are just higher on Thanksgiving compared to Black Friday or Cyber Monday," he said.
Just how good will those prices be?
"Specifically 55" 3D television should cost around $425 come Black Friday time frame," LoCastro told Taylor.
Cyber Friday is the day to look for low-priced laptops, tablets and smartphones, according to Deal News researchers.
"This year we anticipate Apple to have some heavy discounts on the recently discontinued iPhone5, we're predicting that to cost around 50 bucks this Black Friday season," said LoCastro.
Shoppers with kitchenware on their gift giving list should also wait to shop on Black Friday.
Cyber Sunday has replaced Cyber Monday as the most popular online shopping day, according to LoCastro. LoCastro said the specials to beat will be on clothing and shoes. LoCastro warned online shoppers not to wait for Cyber Monday if they’re hoping to find great deals on electronics.
"During Cyber Monday, tech deals will start declining. You won't see as many tech deals on Monday,” said LoCastro. It's as if Cyber Sunday and Cyber Monday have become one and the same and that's something Barb Hamblin will be keeping in mind as she plans her own Black Friday calendar.
"I expect you to save me a lot!” she laughed as she bid Taylor goodbye.