For competitive reasons, most merchants typically keep a tight lid on their promotions for Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, until the week before.
Olson, who's been tracking annual Black Friday deals from all of the major retailers -- including Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT - News), Sears (Nasdaq: SHLD - News) and Macy's (NYSE: M - News) -- for the past seven years, said Target's deals look very similar to its gameplan from last year.
"They again focused on electronics and toys mostly," said Olson, adding that readers of his website are "really polarized" about Target's deals this year.
"Many are saying that these deals are great and Target will be the first place where they go on Black Friday, but then others are disappointed. They were expecting much better deals," he said.
According to the Target (NYSE: TGT - News) circular, the Black Friday "doorbuster" deals, or the extra juicy sales, will be available for a limited time from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m., or while supplies last.
These include a 40-inch Westinghouse 1080p LCD HDTV for $298, down from its regular price of $550.
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Also in the ad: $3 Chefmate appliances such as 2-slice toasters, 5-speed electric handmixers and 2-slice sandwich makers; a Wii Fit bundle that includes the Wii Fit balance board and Wii Fit Plus game for $67; TomTom GPS XL335T with lifetime traffic updates for $79; 8GB iPod Touch with a $30 gift card for $225; Sony wireless Blu-Ray player for $99; 4GB Xbox 360 game system for $200 with a $50 gift cardVDs for $4; and 50% off on select toys and children's winter clothing priced at $5.
The ad said the merchant is also offering a free gift card worth $10 if you spend $100 or more at its stores from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Black Friday.
For shoppers looking for early online deals, Target is kicking off discounts a day before Black Friday. Target.com is offering special sales from 3 a.m. ET Thanksgiving Day to 2:59 a.m. ET on Friday featuring up to 50% off on cameras, televisions, a Blu-ray player and a video game console. In addition, any Barbie item purchased will ship for free.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are so confident while the intelligent are full of doubt.
( I USE THE IGNORE OPTION, FIND A NEW FRIEND)
Consider it a going out of business sale. This economy is fucked.
Wish it could happen sooner.
Anyways, probably gonna have to come in to work at like 3am and work a 8-12 hour shift that day and handle CRAZY FUCKING AMERICAN PIG DISGUSTING CUSTOMERS who would gladly kill me if that meant a 10% off for an item they wanna buy.
This is one distrusting smiley.
Equality is mediocrity.
sounds like a bunch of junk to me. a crappy LCD tv with only 16 million colors. crappy electric hand mixer?!?! wtf? an 8gb mp3 player for $225?!?! I still don't get that shit. Why can I buy a fucking 32gb flash drive for $50, but a 8gb mp3 player has to cost $200? I'm still waiting for a 32gb flash mp3 player to cost $80, which is all it's worth.
a sandwhitch maker?? wtf? lol.