Black Friday 2013 shopping guide: Everything you need to know about store hours, deals and more

Clarification: Some items listed under Wal-Mart’s one-hour guarantee are part of the store’s discounts at that hour, but do not fall under the guarantee. This version has been updated to reflect that fact.

November 28, 2013

Planning to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday this year? Most stores will open on Thursday evening with deals usually reserved for Black Friday. Whether you’re browsing at home or camping out in the cold, here’s everything you need to know about store opening-times, discounts and more:

Kmart

Kick-off time: 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The discount retailer opens earliest of all and will keep its doors open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday, a total of 41 hours. Many of its Black Friday discounts were offered to loyalty program customers and app users in the week leading up to Thursday.

Deals:

6 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Discounts on specific items, including tablets and televisions.

7 p.m. to 3 a.m. — Discounts on toys and more televisions.

6 a.m. Black Friday to noon — Discounts on audio devices.

More on the best tech deals this year here.

Wal-Mart

Kick-off time: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Deals: This year, 21 items will be available under the store’s one-hour guarantee offer, where certain items are guaranteed available to shoppers, either on the day itself or before Christmas. Wal-Mart also says it will give customers wristbands before 6 p.m. to reserve some products. Shoppers can come back to the store when the deals begin to pick up their items.

There are three stages of in-store deals:

6.p.m. to 7 p.m. — The one-hour guarantee will apply to certain items, such as tablets and toys. In addition, video games, tool sets and home appliances will be available at discounted prices.

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Most big-ticket electronic items, such as TVs and digital cameras will be offered at discounts. Headphones are part of the one-hour guarantee.

8 a.m. on Black Friday — Discounts on iPhones, Christmas ornaments and other items.

Wal-Mart also kicked off its online holiday shopping early this year.

BestBuy

Kick-off time: 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Stores will remain open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: BestBuy will hand out tickets to certain items two hours before it opens. There are three types of deals:

— Doorbuster deals on electronics when the store opens.

— A ‘mystery doorbuster’ deal that will be announced after 11 p.m. Eastern, both in-stores and online.

— Another round of doorbuster deals at 10 a.m. on Black Friday.

Target

Kick-off time: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Target is open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

Deals: All in-store deals will be featured on Target’s Web site starting Thanksgiving morning. On Black Friday, purchases worth $75 or more get a 20 percent discount the week of Cyber Monday.

More: Target, Kohl’s and other stores added to the holiday frenzy earlier this month.

Macy’s

Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanskgiving Day

This year marks the first time that Macy’s is opening on the holiday, and store hours will vary across the country.

Deals: Discounts will be available from the time stores open up to 1 p.m. on Black Friday. Macy’s will also have two rounds of morning discounts — between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Small Business Saturday.

Kohl’s

Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Deals: Kohl’s will pay for the purchases of four randomly-selected customers at each of its stores starting 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and four online shoppers.

Online and in-store discounts will run through 1 p.m. on Black Friday.

Sears

Open: 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 10 p.m. on Black Friday

Deals: Like its sister retailer Kmart, many discounts were available to Sears’s loyalty program customers this week. Online doorbuster deals (for everyone) will kick off on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Eastern.

J.C. Penney

Opens: 8 p.m. on Thanskgiving Day

Deals: Doorbuster deals will be available from opening time to 2 p.m. Eastern on Black Friday. The department store brings back its tradition of giving Black Friday shoppers Disney snow globes, starting at 4 a.m.

More: J.C. Penney has a lot riding on its holiday sales.

Toys R Us

Opens: 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day

Deals: The toy store’s Black Friday deals will kick off online at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. Stores will have doorbuster deals between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. A second round of deals will start at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Discounts last Thursday through Saturday.

Amrita Jayakumar covers federal government contracting for Capital Business, The Post's local business publication.
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