Black Friday FAQ

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the largest shopping day of the year and the official start to the holiday shopping season. It is the day after Thanksgiving, which falls this year on November 25. Retailers typically offer their lowest prices of the year on items in several categories, from electronics to home items. In recent years, Black Friday has grown so popular that people have started to camp out overnight to increase their chances of getting big-ticket deals. The name "Black Friday" comes from it being the first day that retailers started making a profit - known as "being in the black."

Is Black Friday worth the wait?

That all depends. There are great deals offered on Black Friday, but some are only available in limited numbers in-store only, so be sure to arrive quite early as some people camp out more than a day in advance to ensure they get certain deals. Also keep in mind that you'll have to wait in two lines: one to get in the store and one to get out. If you happen to show up too late, you may be locked out of the deal you were hoping for.

For some, the time commitment might not be worth it. For others, the experience itself can be worthwhile, and the money saved is worth the lack of sleep for plenty who have done it in the past and continue to do it every year.

For those wary of the lines, try shopping online. Online shopping has made Black Friday shopping much less of a hassle. However, many retailers' best deals are still only offered in limited quantities. Be prepared to order as soon as you can to ensure your best odds of getting the deal you want.

Are Black Friday prices only available in-store?

They used to be, but many retailers have recently started offering Black Friday sales both online and in-store. Larger retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart started offering their Black Friday deals online in 2008, and it became an even more common occurrence last year. Count on the trend to continue this year. Check our listings to verify which retailers will be offering their sales online.

What are Doorbusters / Early Bird Specials?

Doorbusters are early morning prices that are typically only available for the first few hours of a Black Friday sale. These items are some of the best deals offered -- unfortunately, they also typically come in limited quantities. If you are trying to purchase a door buster item, try your best to arrive or order early. You may want to even consider camping out if the item is big enough (like a laptop or TV).

What can I do with the advanced sales information?

For the casual shopper, you can use our search feature to find the cheapest price for an item throughout all stores, create a shopping list and generally plan your entire Black Friday shopping experience a good week or two in advance. The actual ads are usually released two days before Black Friday, with one of those days being Thanksgiving, leaving a lot less time for planning.

What is Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving. It has recently become a popular online shopping day, with retailers offering large discounts much like they do on Black Friday. While these prices are generally not as discounted as those on Black Friday, they are still some of the best deals of the holiday season.

Why should I sign up for the mailing list?

It is a free subscription that allows you to receive our email updates, keeping you up-to-date with any new ads and deals we become aware of without the hassle of you constantly checking back in search of new postings.

Does signing up for the mailing list subscription create a user account as well?

No. Our user accounts are separate from our mailing list subscription. As a subscriber to our mailing list, you will only receive our email updates. With an account, you can post on our forums and manage a personal shopping list. Both options are free.

Will adding an item to my shopping list reserve it for me on Black Friday?

Our shopping list only serves as an organizational tool for you to plan your Black Friday shopping. Adding an item to your shopping list does not add it to a shopping cart at that given retailer or guarantee you'll get the item when it goes on sale; you will still need to purchase these items in store or online once they become available at their given price.

How "confirmed" do you think these ads are?

All deals posted on the site are considered have a high potential of being actual Black Friday deals. All deal submissions are screened against prior years and common sense. Nothing can be completely confirmed until the ads are officially released. will only post deals that seem valid.

Are the prices before rebate, after rebate, etc?

To avoid confusion, prices are AFTER rebate. If an item has a rebate, it will be indicated in the item title (e.g. \"Item Name ($40 Mail-in-Rebate)\" - $150 ). The final price for that item, after rebates, will be $110.

What do AR, MIR and B&M mean?

AR = After - Rebate MIR = Mail-in-Rebate B&M = Brick and Mortar (refers to deals that are only available at retail locations)

Can you add this store?

We already have near 300 stores in our database. If BFAds receives advertisement/sale information for a store not on our site, we will add that store and its corresponding sale information.

I have access to the Black Friday ads for a store mentioned or not-mentioned on your site!

Please proceed to our adscan submission form. Thanks in advance!


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