Target Black Friday hours, policies, and tips
By Morgan Phelps
Black Friday is within bull’s eye range. For Target shoppers this means it is time to do some Internet research to prepare for a late evening/early morning of shopping. This can be done in front of your computer before you actually visit a store and survive the stampede.
Target has officially announced that its stores will open at 9 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving. Of course the deals and crowds will continue on into the next day, but please check with your local retailer before you head out with a heater and a book to get in line. And long before you reach the line, you can take advantage of Black Friday deals online early if you have a RedCard, which has the added perk of free shipping on every order and 5 percent off all purchases. If you’re not a cardholder or just want to wait until the day of for the deals, sign up for Target’s text message service to be notified of doorbuster deals.
Even if you’re preparing to shop in store, look thoroughly at the retailer’s website to see what’s available in stores and what’s not. You can also peruse your particular location’s weekly website ad that will feature Black Friday deals closer to that day. Based on your searches, prepare for your in-store visit by printing out items and prices you’re interested in, and heavily caffeinated yourself since this retailer is one of the busiest come Black Friday.
Make sure that even if the deals you find at Target or Target.com on Black Friday sound sweeter than Christmas candy, you should still look around online and at other stores to see what prices and sales are like elsewhere. For general merchandise, Kmart and Walmart are great sources both online and with brick-and-mortar stores. For those strictly shopping online, check out competitors such as Amazon, Buy.com and Montgomery Ward.
As with most retailers, there will be restrictions of how many of the heavily discounted items you’ll be able to buy – which usually resolve themselves with the fact that there are more hands grabbing the items than there are actual items to be grabbed. While you may not have to face some of these item amount restrictions and other in-store issues online, you also may not experience the same extreme discounts online that you would see in an early morning visit to the store. So if you’re really savvy and slightly insane, you might want to make it a team effort where one person goes to the store and another shops online simultaneously. Or use your smartphone and be in two places at once.