Best Buy Preempts Black Friday Sites By Leaking Its Own Ad

Tops circular with an $800 Samsung 60-inch 4K UHD TV
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This morning Best Buy joined the ranks of other retailers in pre-releasing its Thanksgiving weekend sales in early November, much to the chagrin of the Black Friday shopping sites that built their businesses around leaked ads.

Updated! The ritual and anticipation of Black Friday — the gathering of ad-laden newspapers on Thanksgiving morning to scour the circulars for the next day’s best deals — are long gone.

This morning Best Buy joined the ranks of other retailers in pre-releasing its Thanksgiving weekend sales in early November, much to the chagrin of the Black Friday shopping sites that built their businesses around leaked ads.

So what does the No. 1 chain for the No. 1 holiday product have up its sleeve?

Once again Best Buy will have two rounds of doorbuster sales, the first beginning on Thanksgiving afternoon at 5 p.m. and running until 1 a.m. the following morning, to be followed by a second round of sales when the stores reopen seven hours later at 8 a.m.

Thanksgiving sale items will include two Best Buy derivative TVs:

*a Toshiba 49-inch LED 1080p HDTV for $150 (a savings of $280), and

*a Samsung 60-inch LED 4K Ultra HD smart TV for $800 (a savings of $700).

Other Thanksgiving Day doorbusters will include:

*up to $125 off iPad Air 2;

*an $80 store credit and free 64GB memory card with the purchase of GoPro Hero4 Silver; and

*a $250 store credit with any Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or S6 Edge+ smartphone activation, regardless of plan.

Black Friday sales will include:

*a $500 bundle including a Samsung 40-inch LED 1080p HDTV, Xbox One gaming console and “The Lego Movie” video game (a savings of $230), and

*$120 off an 11.6-inch MacBook Air.

Almost every sale item will also be available online throughout Thanksgiving Day, with additional dot-com deals added throughout the weekend, the company said, all with free shipping.

And, to help kick-start the season, the chain is offering eight of the holiday deals today, in-store and online, while supplies last, including a Toshiba 55-inch LED TV for $350 and the Samsung Galaxy promotion.

Highlights from the ad are below, and the full 59-page circular, including 23 newly-leaked pages, can be accessed at FatWallet.com.

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