First Black Friday ad of 2016 is leaked

It’s not even mid-October, and the first Black Friday ad of 2016 is out.

No, it’s not Best Buy or Walmart: you will have to wait another two weeks or so for those much-anticipated ads.  Instead, its for Harbor Freight Tools, which traditionally is the first Black Friday release every year. 

(However, a quick check reveals the company’s 2015 ad came out on Oct. 15, so they are really moving things up this time).

You can see the ad scan and highlights of their best deals at BF, which calls itself the WikiLeaks of Black Friday. 

Among their best deals:

  • 7000 watt generator, perfect for power failure protection, for $499.
  • Tilting flat panel TV wall mount for $14.
  • Drillmaster Cordless drills for $15.
  • And many, many power tools on markdown.

What to Expect Thanksgiving Night

Of course, many people want to know what the big 3 retailers– Best Buy, Walmart, and Target — will be offering Thanksgiving night and Black Friday morning.

Their ads are not expected to be released for a few more weeks.  But the Christian Science Mointor analyzed 3 years of past Black Fridays, and says you can expect:

  • 60 inch 4K TV’s for as low as $400 (off brand) and $600 (top name brand)
  • Google Chromecast for $20
  • Beats Pill Speakers for $100
  • Dyson vacuums for $199
  • Crock Pots and other kitchen electrics for $9

Not Opening Thanksgiving Day

Harbor Freight opens on Friday morning, as it joins the 40-plus retailers refusing to open on Thanksgiving day this year.

Other stores staying shut on Thursday evening include:

Click here for the full list of 40 retailers waiting until Friday morning to open, so you don’t waste your time and don’t waste your money.


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