Black Friday buzz begins

11/04/2013 12:00 AM

11/03/2013 12:14 PM

We just made it through Halloween, and the buzz about Black Friday has begun.

Three stores have already announced opening times of 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night with more likely to follow in the coming weeks.

Store circulars for that crucial weekend of shopping are also starting to leak.

So far, Macy’s, Kohl’s and J.C. Penney have announced 8 p.m. opening times for Thanksgiving Day. That’s a major reversal for J.C. Penney, which last year issued a statement saying Thanksgiving was a day for spending time with family.

I guess you could argue that shopping with family members counts as family time.

In any case, if you want to start planning your Black Friday weekend strategy, here are a few places to check to get your started:

• (note the address…it’s .NET not .com)

At most of the sites, you can sign up for e-mail alerts on Black Friday news, such as when new circulars are leaked.

A word to the wise: While some retailers intentionally leak their ads to create buzz, other ad leaks are unauthorized so information you see on a site today may be gone tomorrow if a retailer objects.

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