Kohl's already announced they're starting their online Black Friday sales on Wednesday, Nov. 23 - two full days before the in-store sales are set to begin. I still think Wednesday night/Thanksgiving morning will be the launch date for most online Black Friday sales. Amazon is an exception in that they do a week of Black Friday sales, but their best sales are to be had Wednesday through Friday.
I saw an item on Best Buy price matching to offset "showrooming" - people cruising its showrooms but then going online to shop elsewhere. Expect others to follow suit?
Target has enacted a similar policy, but most of these do not apply during Black Friday (or even the week of). I think show-rooming is a bit blown out of proportion for everything except TVs. Unfortunately, there is a major caveat (giving the store associate final authority) in the price-matching policy. So I don't think this will greatly affect people's shopping habits.
Other hot trends this year in Black Friday sales?
Nothing really comes to mind. I think tablets will be relatively big just because of their modest price-point, but that's really it. Home appliances are always big, but I don't know if that's something worth highlighting on Network World.
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