Updated! Either intentionally or otherwise, another slew of Black Friday retail ads surfaced over the weekend. Here are the highlights:
Costco: The No. 1 warehouse club has released its Holiday Savings catalog. The deals kick off Nov. 11 with a 60-inch 4K UHD tuner-less Vizio display for $590 and online discounts of up to $1,600 on 10 separate kitchen and laundry appliances and suites from LG and Whirlpool.
The deals change weekly, with a Samsung and Vizio 4K barrage coming Nov. 18-28, and culminating in a comparatively modest Black Friday weekend sale, with stores reopening at 9 a.m. the day after a Thanksgiving closing.
Staples: The No. 1 office supply chain will begin its Black Friday sale online only on Thanksgiving when stores will be closed, and will resume in-store sales at 6 a.m. the following morning. The lead item in a leaked 15-page ad scan is an HP laptop with Intel Core i5 processor, 12GB RAM and a 1TB HDD for $390.
The chain is offering free tech support on any PC purchase through Jan. 31, 2017.
Amazon: As part of a season-long Black Friday sales event, the No. 1 e-tailer is offering a one-day-only sale on its best-selling Amazon Echo wireless speaker/digital assistant/smart-home hub. A 22 percent discount brings the regular $180 price point down to $140.39.
JCPenney: With this year’s return to major appliances, two prime examples grace the cover of the company’s leaked 72-page Black Friday circular: a 26-cubic-foot Samsung French door fridge for $994, and a white Hotpoint laundry pair for $293 each. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and the sale runs through Friday afternoon at 5.
Toys“R”Us: The No. 1 playthings chain announced its Black Friday game plan: Stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 11 p.m. the following night, and visitors will be assisted by large, dynamic floor maps; express checkout lanes; and an extra contingent of red-shirted sales associates stationed up front.
HP: The PC maker will mount its own direct Black Friday sale at HP.com starting on Thanksgiving with savings of up to half off on computers and peripherals plus free shipping. The lead item in a leaked 13-page ad scan: a “Best Value” HP Envy ultrabook with Intel Core i7 processor starting at $800.
Shopko: The junior department store has been wending its way into CE for years, and this Black Friday will be no different. Topping its leaked 68-page, 800-item sales circular is a 55-inch 4K UHD Proscan TV for $300 and a 32-inch LED HDTV of unknown brand and resolution for $80, both after rebates.
P.C. Richard & Son: No Black Friday leaks here, although the powerful New York metro-area chain is promising a 30-day price match on all items also sold by authorized competitors, excluding holiday doorbusters.