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Black Friday Sales Forecasts

I've never seen the point of getting up in the pre-dawn darkness on the day after Thanksgiving just to save a few bucks on my holiday shopping -- my time has value too! But I have been known to go online that afternoon or evening to snag a one-day "Black Friday" deal.

So as I did last year, I've spent a little time this week looking for advance notice of this Friday's discounts. Your best sources remain ads that specialize in digging up this kind of info, such as
FatWallet, Black Friday Ads and

In prior years, some retailers have responded to this free advance publicity with lawsuits (I'm still not clear on how that fits into their business model, but then again I never did go to business school).

This year, however, some vendors have already begun posting what you could call Black Not-So-Friday deals. Amazon already has a sale going on, and Best Buy has posted many of its Black Friday prices in advance too.

One online retailer seems to have kept its Black Friday prices a secret: Apple, which for the past few years has departed from its normal practice to stage a one-day sale in its stores and online. It will do the same this year, but so far it's kept its exact discounts under wraps. (It will also apparently now match prices of competitors, so maybe the lousy economy is hurting its retail operations as much as everybody else's.)

Seen any good Black Friday tidbits? Post your findings in the comments...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  November 26, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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