Black Friday 2012

Black Friday 2012

A guide to the holiday shopping season’s unofficial kickoff

Turkey takes a backseat to bargains

Customers rush Potomac Mills Mall at the start of last year's Black Friday shopping.

(Richard A. Lipski / For The Post)

Before indulging in the Thanksgiving turkey, eager shoppers pounce on bargains offered by big-box retailers.

How to shop smart

Black Friday is upon us. Ready?

Gadgets are on plenty of wish lists. Here’s a look at the retailers that are offering them on discount.

Stuck on holiday shopping ideas? Head to your social networks.

Social networks can offer gift ideas and ways to collaborate on big-ticket items.

This holiday season, shopping small

Local shops are offering a larger selection of small gifts this year — the type you’d tuck into stockings.

Resisting Black Friday peer pressure

Imagine if a CEO publicly decided not follow competitors’ march toward Thanksgiving dinner tables.

Big-box stores pull out all the stops to lure online shoppers

With online holiday shopping growing faster than overall retail sales, stores are worried about losing deal hunters.

Black Thursday? Shopping will start even earlier this year.

Big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Sears are opening their doors at 8 p.m.

Shop now and beat the holiday rush

For those who don’t like crowds, it has never been easier to skip Black Friday and still find great deals.

Growing tablet market means more choice, confusion for gadget-lovers

Competitors trying to take on Apple’s iPad are giving consumers plenty of options this holiday season.

Photo Galleries

Black Friday madness

Shoppers flock to stores as the holiday shopping season begins.

Best holiday toys-2012

Washington area kids come up with this year’s must-have toys

2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Local notables offer their favorite gift-giving ideas.

Neiman Marcus unveils 2012 ‘fantasy gifts’ list

The luxury retailer issues its holiday catalog, which features extravagant gifts.

Must-have holiday toys over the years

Here's a look at some of the hot holiday toys over the past few decades.

Tablet mania: The battle of the mini tablets

Here’s a look at some of the competition in the crowded mini-tablet field.

Videos

Walmart employees protest ahead of Black Friday

Walmart employees protest ahead of Black Friday

Walmart employees protest ahead of Black Friday
Tips for Black Friday shopping

Tips for Black Friday shopping

Tips for Black Friday shopping
Kid approved: 2012’s must-have toys

Kid approved: 2012’s must-have toys

Kid approved: 2012’s must-have toys
Best Buy tries new strategy this holiday season

Best Buy tries new strategy this holiday season

Best Buy tries new strategy this holiday season
Budget brands this holiday season

Budget brands this holiday season

The Washington Post’s Katherine Boyle stops by to discuss which Christmas catalog features a $354,000 car, and how you can fare almost as well with your own holiday shopping.

More stories

The tale of the holiday hashtag

The tale of the holiday hashtag

Once upon a time, the lead-up to Black Friday was little more than television and print advertising. Then, along came Twitter.

Target to offer CNET gadget reviews

Target to offer CNET gadget reviews

Reviews to help shoppers make gift choices and prevent “showrooming.”

Black Friday deals