Is it too early for Halloween stuff to be on store shelves?

Cracker Barrel stores didn’t wait long after Fourth of July to bring out their Halloween items. But is it too early?

After all, back-to-school shopping hasn’t even swung into high gear.

You’re probably thinking it’s all about money, right?

But actually, back-to-school shopping is 10 times more lucrative — literally — than Halloween sales. In fact, back-to-school ranks only behind holiday shopping in importance for retailers. The Back to School vs. Halloween comparative numbers are:

  • Back to school spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion this year, up 10 percent from $75.8 billion in 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.
  • Halloween generated sales in the neighborhood of $8.3 billion.
  • But, ask any kid, and they’ll tell you Halloween is a lot more fun than the first day of school

West Palm Beach costume shop caters to serious Halloween fans

Black Friday 2016: Holiday shopping season starts early

Holiday shopping: Toys”R”Us to offer free shipping, plans Christmas sale

If you missed the Black Friday deals, there is still time to find a bargain.

Toys”R”Us said it plans to offer free shipping on Saturday. The promotion runs all day long, the company said.

Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,"I've trampled people for less," looking for 'Door Buster' Christmas deals at Toys "R" Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,”I’ve trampled people for less,” looking for ‘Door Buster’ Christmas deals at Toys “R” Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

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The national toy seller will also hold a Great Big Christmas Sale from Sunday, December 4 to Saturday, December 10. Here’s a look at some of the items included in the promotion:

·         Shopkins Tall Mall – Save $10 – Was $34.99, Now $24.99

·         Sky Viper Drone – Save $30 – Was $129.99, Now $99.99

·         Kano Computer Kit – Save $15 – Was $149.99, Now $134.99

·         Hot Wheels Ai – Save $15 – Was $99.99, Now $84.99

·         Razor Hovertrax – Save $50 – Was $399.99, Now $349.99

·         PAW Patrol Zoomer Marshall – Save $10 – Was $69.99, Now $59.99

·         Thomas and Friends Sky High Bridge Jump – Save $20 – Was $99.99, Now $79.99

·         The Grossery Gang Collectibles – Buy 1, Get 1 40% Off, Price Varies

·         NERF – Buy 1, Get 1 40% regularly priced $99.99 or less, Price Varies

·         Furby Connect – Save $15 – Was $99.99, Now $84.99

 

 

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Black Friday 2016: More than 154 million shoppers hit the stores over Thanksgiving weekend

More than 154 million shoppers hit the stores over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.

Shoppers spent an average of $214.13 on gifts items this year, the survey found.

Roughly 44 percent of shoppers bought their items online, while about 40 percent opted to make their purchases in-store, the survey found.

The most popular day to shop online was Black Friday, followed by the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to the federation.

“It was a strong weekend for retailers, but an even better weekend for consumers, who took advantage of some really incredible deals,” the federation’s president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “In fact, over one third of shoppers said 100% of their purchases were on sale.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: More than 122 million to shop online

More than 122 million people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from 121 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

New York Times best-selling author, Hugh Howey, works on his laptop computer at his home in Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
New York Times best-selling author, Hugh Howey, works on his laptop computer at his home in Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

More than 28 million people, or 23 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers, plan to shop for Cyber Monday deals from their mobile device this year, about even with last year’s 29.6 million. More than eight in 10— 98.6 million people, will use their computers at home to shop on Monday, while 11.2 million will shop from their computers at work, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.

“On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where they are or what device they’re shopping from,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Millions of consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend and reserved a portion of their budgets exclusively for Cyber Monday, knowing that there will be digital deals that are too good to pass up.”

 

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Here are the day’s best deals

The bargain hunters at the Black Friday website BFAds.net and money saving website FatWallet.com have put together a list of the “best of the best” Cyber Monday deals.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a customer walks past a bank of flat screen televisions at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a customer walks past a bank of flat screen televisions at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The websites say that many of the prices are as good, if not better than this year’s Black Friday deals.  Here is their list:

Best of the Best Cyber Monday Deals 2016

Computers & Tablets

CyberPower 1500VA 900W Mini-Tower Sinewave UPS (CP1500PFCLCD) – $129.95 at Amazon

Rosetta Stone Level 1-5 Set + Fire HD 6 – $149.00 at Amazon

ASUS 13.3″ ZenBook UX310UA Notebook (Rose Gold – UX310UA-WB71-RG) -$699.00 at B&H

Acer Chromebook CB3-431-C5FM 14″ Full HD w/ Intel Celeron Quad-Core N3160 – $229.99 at Amazon

Surface Pro 4 w/ 6th Gen Intel Core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM + Black Type Cover Bundle – Starting at $999.00 at Microsoft Store

Samsung 7″ Galaxy Tab A 8GB (SM-T280NZSAXAR) – $89.99 at Best Buy

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 128GB / Intel Core i5 – $799.00 at Microsoft

Amazon Kindle 6″ E-Reader – $49.99 at Amazon

Acer Laptop Aspire E5-774G-52W1 w/ Intel Core i5 7200U 2.50 GHz – $529.99 at Newegg

 

Electronics

NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700-100NAS AC1750 Smart Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router – $67.99 at Amazon w/ Clippable Coupon

JBL Inspire 100 Mossy Oak In-Ear Sport Earphones (Green or Orange) – $4.99 Shipped at JBL.com

Toshiba 65″ 4K LED HDTV w/ Chromecast (65L621U) – $599.99 at Best Buy

16GB Moto G4 Play 4G LTE Prepaid Phone for Verizon Wireless – $34.99 at Best Buy

43″ Sharp 1080p Roku Smart LED HDTV (LC-43LB481U) – $179.99 at Best Buy

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router (R7500v2) – $134.99 at Amazon

Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield Bundle + 3-month Xbox Live Card – $212.50 at Amazon

Xbox One S 500GB Console + $40 Walmart Gift Card + Choice of 4k UltraHD Movie – $249.99 at Walmart

Logitech Harmony Smart Control – $69.99 at Best Buy

Ooma Telo Free Home Phone Service – $79.98 at Amazon

Beats by Dr. Dre Tour2 Active In-Ear Headphones with Integrated Remote & Mic (Titanium – $49.95 at B&H

Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S 6 4GLTE Prepaid Smartphone – $249.00 at Walmart

Google Chromecast (NC2-6A5) – $25.00 at Best Buy

Google Chromecast Audio (RUX-J42) – $25.00 at Best Buy

Canon DSLR EOS T6 2-Lens Kit Bundle – $449.99 at Target

GoPro HERO5 Black 4K Action Camera (CHDHX-501) – $399.99 at Best Buy

Xbox One S 1TB Console Gears of War 4 Bundle – $269.99 at eBay

 

Home, Garden, & Tools

34-Piece Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids Food Storage Container – $8.49 at Target

Hoover Spotless Portable Carpet & Upholstery Spot Cleaner – $59.88 at Amazon

Black+Decker 20V Max Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver – $34.49 at Amazon

Werner 22 ft. Aluminum Telescoping Multi-Position Ladder – $99.98 at Home Depot

Black and Decker 20V Lithium Drill/Driver with 128-Piece Project Kit – $69.97 at Walmart

GreenWorks Pro 80V 20-Inch Cordless Snow Thrower, 2Ah Battery & Charger Included – $250.99 at Amazon

Shark Lift-Away Professional Steam Pocket Mop – $87.00 at Buydig using coupon code “sweepytime25″

Werner 17-ft Aluminum 300-lb Telescoping Type IA Multi-Position Ladder – $89.00 at Lowes

 

Apparel, Jewelry, Health, & Beauty

Cyber Beauty Blowout w/ prices Starting at $5.00 at Tarte Cosmetics

Cyber Monday Mystery Bag w/ Eyeshadow Palette & More – $39.00 at Too Faced

50% Off Sitewide using coupon code ONLINE50 at Eddie Bauer

50% Off Sitewide + FS at The Body Shop

Cyber Monday Sale at Ulta

C9 by Champion Men’s Everyday Active Baselayer Long-Sleeve Crew – 6.99 at Champion

Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry Sold & Shipped by Amazon – 30% Off at Amazon

15% Off Sitewide – using coupon code TRAILS16 at Patagonia

Your Favorite Gear – 25% Off at UnderArmour

Vera Bradley Factory Exclusive Accordion Wallet – $12.99 at eBay

Movado Museum Black Dial Steel Black Leather Menâs (2100002) & Womenâs (2100004) Watch – $159.99 at Ashford (via eBay)

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver 4200, AT811/41 – $29.74 w/ in-cart discount at Target

Game Winner Men’s Hart Creek CVC Fleece Hoodie in Realtree Xtra (S-3XL) – $9.99 at Academy Sports

Alpine Swiss 6-pk. Men’s Cotton Dress Socks – $6.99 at eBay

$100 Sephora Gift Card (Email Delivery) – $90.00 at eBay

Philosophy 3-in-1 Shampoo, Shower Gel, & Bubble Bath (Assorted Scents including Limited Edition) – $12.00 at Nordstrom

 

Toys, Games, & Movies

Free Shipping No Minimum + 30% Off $125+ w/ code “CYBER” at The Disney Store6”

Cyber Week Sale at Toys R Us + $10 off $100+ w/ coupon code “CYBER10″

Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Name Your Game Bundle w/ Minecraft – $179.99 at eBay

Step2 Happy Home Cottage & Grill – $99.99 at Toys R Us

Xbox One S 500GB Battlefield 1 Bundle + 4K Blu-ray (4 Choices) + $20 Walmart Gift Card – $249.00 at Walmart

Rise of the Tomb Raider Deluxe Edition (PC Download) – $22.49 at Gamestop

DVD’s – starting at $1.99 at Best Buy

HTC VIVE Virtual Reality System + $100 MS Store Gift Code – $699.00 at Microsoft Store

Guitar Hero Supreme Party Edition Bundle w/ 2 Guitars – $49.00 at Walmart

Alienware Steam Machines 50% OFF – $224.99-$374.99 at Gamestop

Dawn Shadow Special Edition Xbox One Controller – $50.99 at Amazon

Assorted Blu-rays – 3 for $19.99 at Amazon

Xbox One 500GB Bundles w/ $25 MS Gift Card + Free Game – $249.00

PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle + Tomb Raider + Nathan Drake – $249.99 at eBay

Exploding Kittens: NSFW Edition (Explicit Content) – $16.99

$100 Gamestop Gift Card – $90.00 at eBay

1TB Sony PlayStation 4 Pro Console – $369.99 at eBay

Step2 Little Cooks Kitchen (Neutral) – $24.99 at Toys R Us

 

Everything Else

6-Quart Instant Pot 1000-Watt 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker – $68.95 at Amazon

Holiday Time Christmas Outdoor Laser Light – $18.88 at Walmart

Travelers Club 20-in. Carry-On Rolling Duffel – $9.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Holiday Living 70-ct. Multicolor Mini LED Lights – $3.98 at Lowe’s

$25 Papa John’s Gift Card + Coupons for 2 Free Large 1-Topping Pizzas – $25.00 at Groupon

XYZprinting Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 FFF PLA Single Nozzle – $229.99 at Newegg (via eBay)

$10 Off $25+ Book Purchase – using coupon code “HOLIDAYBOOK” at Amazon

30% Off One Item – using coupon code BNBFRIDAY16 at Barnes & Noble

 

Top Stores

25% Off Top Electronics w/ code “DROP25” at Jet

40% Off Everything – 40% Off at My M&M’s w/ coupon code CYBER16

20% off $100+ + $20 Gift Card – 20% off $100+ at Autozone w/ coupon code 20CYBER20

Extra 30% Off + Free Shipping – 30% Off at ShoeBuy w/ coupon code CYBERMONDAY

25% Off Select Gear & Up to 50% Off Outlet Items – 25% Off at Under Armour 20% Off $50 Plus + $10 Gift Card + Free Shipping at L.L.Bean w/ coupon code THANKS20

Free 8-Piece Sample Bag with $25 Purchase – $25 Purchase at Sephora w/ coupon code VERYMERRY

Save 30% to 50% Sitewide & Free Shipping – 30% to 50% Off at PacSun

20% Off Most Purchases + Free Shipping on $25+ – 20% Off at Kohl’s w/ coupon code NOV20

Save 20% on Order over $35 – 20% Off at Jet.com w/ coupon code EXTRA20

50% Off Sitewide + Free Socks – 50% Off at Old Navy w/ coupon code COZY

30% Off Sitewide + Extra 20% Off + Free Shipping – 30% Off + Extra 20% Off at Timberland w/ coupon code CYBERMONDAYExtra 30% Off Clearance + Free SHipping – 30% Off at Nordstrom Rack

Up to 60% Off Sitewide + Free SHipping – Up to 60% Off at PetSmart

Cyber Monday Sale at Overstock

Cyber Monday Deals at eBay

Cyber Monday Lightning Deals at Amazon

15% Off Storewide – at Target

$20 off $100+ w/ Visa Checkout Black Friday Deals at UnderArmour

40% Off Sitewide – 40% Off at Levi’s w/ code HOLIDAY40

Clearance Styles – Extra 25% Off at Nike w/ coupon code “EXTRA25″

Surprise Sale – Up to 75% Off at Kate Spade New York

Free Shipping Sitewide – at 6PM

 

Do we really need that much parking? #BlackFridayParking tackles the issue

Do we really need as much parking as we have? Is there a better way we could use that space? A hashtag campaign on Black Friday is designed to spur conversation on the issue.

» Scroll down to take our parking poll

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Strong Towns — an organization that promotes sustainable development — is having its fourth annual #BlackFridayParking social media event, which it hopes calls attention to the “excessive amount of parking” in the U.S., the group’s founder, Charles Marohn, wrote on the Strong Towns blog.

During the event, Strong Towns encourages people to take photos of empty parking lots on the day seen by many as the benchmark for maximum parking capacity, then post the photos on social media with the tag #BlackFridayParking.

In his blog post, Marohn argues that parking is costly, both to build and maintain, and lowers a city’s tax base. He also said it “fragments neighborhoods and makes them less walkable,” which can have a negative effect on small businesses.

Here are a few posts from last year:

Read more from Strong Towns about Black Friday Parking.

 

Black Friday 2016: The best video game bundle deals

The deal experts at the Black Friday website BfAds.net have put together a buying guide with this year’s best sales on video game bundles.

Black Friday is one of the best times to shop for games, as retailers look to lure shoppers to their stores with discounts and bundles that include games and other extras.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Here is BfAds.net’s list of the top deals this year:

Xbox One S

Microsoft gave the Xbox One its first makeover and the result is the 40% smaller Xbox One S.  Aside from its size, it’s the Xbox’s first push toward the 4K UHD revolution and includes HDR support along with 4K streaming and a 4K UHD bluray player built right in.

Budget Pick – Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Favorites Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Black Friday’s bottom line price on an Xbox One S is at Kohl’s this year, where the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft bundle is the cheapest around thanks to their Black Friday Kohl’s Cash promotion.

Value Pick – – Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Console with Free Controller – $299 – Best Buy

Gamers who like to play every hit game released will find that 500GB of storage will fill up quickly.  The best Black Friday deal on a 1TB Xbox One is the $299 Battlefield One SE bundle at Best Buy which includes a free second controller.

Xbox Exclusive Pick – Gears of War 4 – $29.99 – Target, Best Buy

Target and Best Buy share the lowest price on the latest entry into the Xbox exclusive blockbuster series Gears of War.  Take cover, shoot stuff, and saw someone in half every once in a while are the rules here, so parents should note the M for Mature rating.

PlayStation 4 Slim

Unfortunately the 4K ready PlayStation 4 Pro is a no-show on Black Friday, but there is a great holiday bundle from Sony which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB console and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Budget Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Kohl’s is sort of ubiquitous this year with their Kohl’s Cash deal, and with $15 in Kohl’s Cash free for every $50 spent, the net cost will almost always be lower at Kohl’s.  Protip: The $249.99 price is a penny away from another $15 in Kohl’s cash.  Find something that costs only a couple of bucks and get another $15 back.

Value Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle with Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered – $249.99 –Best Buy

Have no use for Kohl’s cash but wouldn’t mind two free games?  Best Buy is tossing in free downloads of Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered with purchase of the PS4 Slim holiday bundle.  Note that GameStop’s ad which appears to have the same deal is a trap; the fine print reads that shoppers may choose only one of these two titles.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Picks – Bloodborne & Until Dawn – $15 each – Target

Whether fighting through a plague ridden city in Bloodborne, or fighting for survival while being hunted by a psychopath in Until Dawn, the cost of the fight is only $15 at Target this Black Friday.  Parents take note that these games are rated M for Mature.

New Nintendo 3DS

The king of confusing naming conventions, Nintendo, helps keep it simple this Black Friday by offering only a single sku (in two colors) on the New Nintendo 3DS.  This 3DS hardware refresh offers better control with a second analog nub, better performance, and a more enjoyable 3D experience thanks to eye tracking.  Shoppers should note that New Nintendo 3DS consoles do not include an AC adapter.

Top Pick – Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition (Black or White) – $99.99 – Various Retailers

With only one option for new stock, The New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition is the way to go on Black Friday if you want a 3D handheld.  Not only is it one of the most stylish 3DS systems ever released, it’s also the cheapest at only $99.99.  Not much competition here, so feel free to choose from a variety of retailers that have this deal including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop.

Nintendo 3DS Exclusive Pick – Kirby Planet Robobot – $25

Nothing says fun like swallowing enemies whole to take on their powers.  Kirby Planet Robobot takes it to the next level by also letting you pilot mechs in a fight to save Kirby’s home planet of Popstar.

Multiplatform Picks

Overwatch (XB1, PS4) – $34.99 with free Winston Figure- GameStop

Compete in online objective based combat as any of 23 stylish and unique characters in Overwatch, the first shooter from Diablo and Warcraft developer Blizzard.

Titanfall 2 (XB1, PS4) – $27 – Wal-Mart

Landing on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this time around, players return to the battle for the Frontier planets with the help of giant mechs in Titanfall 2.

Doom (XB1, PS4) – $15 – Wal-Mart

The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back in a reimagining of the game that started it all.  In Doom, players fight to escape hell after scientists on Mars accidentally open a gateway to hades. Oops!

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Target to offer 15 percent Apple products and “nearly everything” else it sells

Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.

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(Getty Images)

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The two day event kicks off on early Sunday morning and continues through Monday.  No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required.

New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch.

RELATED: Target brings back free holiday shipping

According to the deal hunting website BfAds.net, Target’s top Cyber Monday deals include:

“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Kohl’s releases list of cyber deals

With many Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales already underway, Kohl’s has unveiled its plans for the next big shopping rush – Cyber Monday.

Boynton Beach-- Shoppers rush into Kohl's Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach– Shoppers rush into Kohl’s Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)

The big box retailer plans to lower its shipping threshold to $25 and offer 20 percent off eligible purchases in stores and online.

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“Beginning Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30, Kohl’s is offering customers an additional 20 percent off eligible purchases both in-store and online, with promo code DEALSEEKER,” the company said. “Kohls.com customers will also receive free standard shipping with any purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30.”‘

Kohl’s also released this list of Cyber deals:

Cyber Deals (Sunday, November 27 – Saturday, December 3)

  • 25% off select Nike athletic apparel and shoes for men and women*
  • 60% off select Carter’s pajamas for kids
  • 50% off select Citizen, Bulova, Invicta and Seiko watches
  • 50-60% off select sleepwear for the family
  • 50% off select sweaters for the family
  • 40-60% off select outerwear for the family
  • 40% off all Magformers
  • 20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
  • $99.99 all sizes of select Madison Park 7-pc. bedding sets
  • $99.99 Meccano Meccanoid G15 personal robot building set*
  • $34.99 all NFL jerseys for boys

Limited-Time Deals (Thursday, November 24 – Monday, November 28)

  • $399.99 LG 49-in. 4K Ultra HD smart TV*
  • $129.99 Fitbit Charge 2*

Black Friday 2016: Bealls plans giveaways, contests

Bealls Department Stores will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the Florida-based retailer has planned three giveaways to celebrate the shopping rush. bealls front

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, each Bealls store throughout Florida will give away a Reel Legends-branded Pelican Kayak.

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From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Black Friday, one lucky customer will win a $1,000 Bealls Department Stores Shopping Spree. A runner-up in every Bealls Department Store will receive a $100 Bealls gift card.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, customers can register to win a Reel Legends custom-wrapped Hell’s Bay 18 foot Glades Skiff boat, complete with an Evinrude 30HP motor and custom trailer valued at $39,500.

RELATED: Black Friday 2016: This year’s top 25 deals

Over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping rush, Bealls will offer a number of “Beall Ringer” specials.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and ending  at 1 p.m .on Black Friday, Bealls will offer more than 100 Beall Ringer specials such as 55 percent off of team apparel for the entire family, ladies’ boots for $19.99, $16.99 Gloria Vanderbilt and YMI brand jeans, 50 percent off toys and BOGO 50 percent off for Tervis products.

“When we plan our Black Friday specials, we like to think outside of the box. This year, not only are we offering our amazing deals and Beall Ringers that we know our customers will love, we are giving away a boat, 71 kayaks and a $1000 shopping spree,” said Matt Beall, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Bealls Department Stores, Inc. “In addition to the contests, customers will find thousands of amazing deals that will last the entire weekend throughout the store – including great brands exclusive to Bealls like Reel Legends, Leoma Lovegrove and Coral Bay. Our coastal, unique fashions and understanding of the Florida Lifestyle for the entire family are what make us special this Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for gifts for friends and family, or just trying to win a new boat or kayak, you’ll be able to find everything you need at Bealls while supporting your local community.”