About 151 million Americans shopped during Black Friday weekend last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Retailers benefit by making the weekend exciting but easy, so they release ads in advance to give shoppers plenty of time to hone their lists. Here are some of the best deals we're seeing for 2016. Luckily for shoppers who find the idea of packing into a store at 6 a.m. less than enticing, many of these deals will also be available online. Store hours may vary, and Black Friday prices are good while quantities last ("doorbuster" deals available for a limited time are notorious for going extra fast).
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Get a deal on these helpful appliances at Sears. Regularly $540 each, they will be going for $275, or almost half off. They will revert to $300 each after 1 p.m. on Black Friday and were already selling for that price online at the time of writing. Doors will be open at most stores from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and all stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
A NordicTrack elliptical trainer was already on sale online at the time of writing for the Black Friday doorbuster price of $600 at Sears (regularly $1,500 or more). Doors will be open at most stores from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and all stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Doorbusters are available until 1 p.m. on Friday.
Pick up men's or women's Mizuno Wave Sayonara 3 running shoes at select MC Sports stores for $40 (regularly $110). Sale hours are from 5 to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving and from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
Snatch up Charter Club cashmere sweaters at Macy's for a doorbuster price of just $40 (currently on sale for $80, regularly $140). Doorbusters begin at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and go until 2 a.m. Black Friday, then start again at 6 a.m. and last until 1 p.m. in most stores.
Grab a 5-quart KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series mixer from Sears for the doorbuster price of $200 (a $50 savings). Doors will be open at most stores from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and all stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Doorbusters are available until 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
CVS is offering buy-one, get-one Hallmark ornaments to customers with a (free) CVS card. The pharmacy chain will be open on Thanksgiving as well as Black Friday; hours vary by location. Sale prices are good online and in stores from Thanksgiving through Saturday, Nov. 26.
This smart thermostat will be available at Kohl's for $200, $50 off the regular price. These and other doorbusters will be offered from 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving until 1 p.m. on Black Friday in stores and online. The retailer is awarding shoppers $15 in Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent, so this purchase essentially comes with $60 of store credit to use the week after Thanksgiving.
Get a digital camera with Wi-Fi connectivity, a camera bag, and two lenses at Kohl's for $450 (regularly $750). This is another doorbuster that will be available only until 1 p.m. on Black Friday. On top of the savings, buyers walk away with $135 in Kohl's Cash to spend the week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27 to Dec. 5).
Grab child-friendly headphones at Kohl's for just $13 (regularly $30). Choose among popular characters from "Frozen," "My Little Pony," "Paw Patrol," "Trolls," "Batman," "Captain America," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and the online sale has already started.
Grab kids' running shoes for $20 at Dick's Sporting Goods (currently on sale for $25; regularly as much as $55). Stores open at 6 p.m. and deals start online at midnight on Thanksgiving.
Forget the set-top box and stream right to the screen. This 4K TV brings in Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and more and will be discounted to $398 at Walmart, $199 off the regular price. The deal will be available starting at 6 p.m. in most stores and all day online on Thanksgiving.
Take advantage of a buy-two, get-one toy deal at Big Lots good for the Nerf, Fisher-Price, Monster High, Hot Wheels, and Play-Doh brands, along with other games and puzzles. Doors open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving and 6 a.m. on Black Friday, and deals are online starting at 6 a.m. on Thursday.
Pick up this six-piece perfume set at Macy's for $15 (25 percent off the current price and up to a $50 value). There's also a men's sampler for the same price. Deals begin at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and go until 2 a.m. Black Friday, then start again at 6 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. in most stores. Online deals start Thanksgiving at midnight.
This 21.5-inch all-in-one desktop computer with an Intel Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM, and a colossal 1TB hard drive will be available at Staples for $300, which is $130 off the regular price. The sale starts Thanksgiving at midnight online. The store is closed that day but opens for Black Friday at 6 a.m.
Spruce up beds of any size with this three-piece comforter set going on sale at JCPenney for just $18, a fraction of the regular $80 price tag. Most stores open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open until 5 p.m. on Black Friday. Sale prices go live online at midnight on Nov. 23.
It's your choice with this device: Watch Blu-rays or stream Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, and more with built-in Wi-Fi for $50 at Sears, $50 off the regular price. Doors are open at most stores from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, and all stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
A double bargain for anyone with more than one child, this 7-inch dual-screen portable DVD player includes pre-loaded games and a game controller for a Black Friday price of $49 at Walmart (regularly almost $63). It will be available starting at 6 p.m. in most stores and all day online on Thanksgiving.
Get this virtual reality headset with Bluetooth controller at Best Buy for $20, a $20 savings, starting at 5 p.m. in most stores and all day online on Thanksgiving.
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Replenish your tool supply at Lowe's with this combo kit including a cordless drill/driver, impact driver, reciprocating saw, LED work light, lithium ion battery packs, and soft case for $249 (currently $299, regularly $399). The deal is good from Thanksgiving through Nov. 30.
Get Ultra Chi hairstyling tools from the Limited Edition Precious Metals Collection, including ceramic hair dryers and 1-inch tourmaline ceramic irons, for just $75 at Ulta (currently $90, regularly $150). Doors open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Shop beauty deals online all weekend, as well.