Black Friday Expectations

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Call it the calm before the storm at this South Lansing Target store.

"We'll be here until the middle of the night getting prepared for the morning Friday," Annelise Christensen of Target said.

Christensen said it's all hands on deck as employees get ready for Black Friday. She said shoppers should like what they find.

"The ad hasn't been released yet, but we're going to have a lot of deals on electronics, movies, and DVDs," Christensen said.

While Target is being tight-lipped until Thanksgiving, other stores like Best Buy, Staples and Walmart have put their Black Friday deals online well in advance.

"It does make it a lot easier online," Dyanne Dean said. "I have looked it up and price compared."

No matter the item or the deal you find in person or online, it's best to know the stores return policy in advance because each store differs and they are the strictest with electronics.

"You have 90 days with a receipt," Christensen said of Target's policy, "If you're looking to return a DVD or movie, it has to be unopened to be returned."

Best Buy gives shoppers 14 days to return computers and digital cameras, 30 days for most everything else.

There's a 15 day limit at Walmart for computers, digital cameras, and gps devices, and it all must be returned in it's original packaging.

A lot of work goes into Black Friday, and a lot of preparation, but to some price-savvy shoppers, it's well worth it.

"I'm going to have Thanksgiving dinner, then I'm going to go to bed early," Shopper Margaret said.

For store return policies, go to their web sites.

Walmart:
http://www.walmart.com/cp/Returns-Policy/538459

Best Buy:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Help-Topics/In-Store-Return-Policy/pcmcat204400050028.c?id=pcmcat204400050028

Target:
http://www.target.com/Returning-Purchase-Store-Return-Refund/b?ie=UTF8&node=10665391


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  • by edward on Dec 4, 2010 at 12:55 AM
    Black Friday shoppers used more instant money than credit cards. I found this here: Shoppers favored instant cash over credit cards on Black Friday Fewer people want to get buried in financial debt and preferred to use their own money. Since this past year, the use of fast cash rather than credit cards on Black Friday rose 50 percent.
  • by Jason Location: Jackson on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:43 AM
    My only expectation on Friday was to stay at home.
  • by Jeff Location: Haslett on Nov 25, 2010 at 04:39 AM
    You would have to be crazy to buy ANY electronics as a Christmas gift for someone if the return policy will expire before they open it and use it. This is particularly true with computers. See how bad the electronic's return policy is for the stores listed in the article, it'd be best to avoid those types of purchase regardless of the deal they give you.
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