Consumers gearing up for the biggest shopping day of the year know that, in order to maximize their savings and get all of the items on their wish lists, it’s best to have a plan. Shoppers can spend less time combing through circulars on Thanksgiving Day (and more time enjoying their tryptophan coma) by scouting the best deals in Las Vegas via social media.
Follow @blackfriday, @BFAdsor @BlackFridayInfofor leaked circulars, online deals and consumer tips, and be sure to add your favorite local retailers to your Twitter feed to get information on specific deals (such as Target, Walgreensand K-mart). Finally, on the big day, be sure to search the hash tags #blackfriday and #lasvegas for real-time updates on deals, steals and what to avoid.
Consumers can also utilize Facebook to get the scoop on Black Friday ads by viewing the Black Friday, BFAdsand BlackFriday.infopages, or clicking “like” on retailer pages such as Macy’s, Best Buyor Old Navy(all three of which open at midnight in Las Vegas) for sneak peeks of deals, last-minute updates, printable coupons and contests.
Keep up-to-date on the go with apps for iPhone and Android phones. TGI Black Friday (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touchand Android, free) and Black Friday (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touchand Android, free) offer shoppers advance previews of ads, plus allow them to compare prices, create shopping lists that can be e-mailed and check local store hours to coordinate plans of attack. Consumers can also share deals with their friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ (don’t forget to hash tag local deals with #lasvegas).
Shoppers headed for Town Squarewill find the Town Square app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, free) provides a mall map, location and hours of stores, plus (most useful) suggestions for where to park. For other shopping centers, the Point Inside app (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touchand Android, Free) has high-resolution interactive maps of malls and shopping centers such as Fashion Show and Meadows Mall. Special deals, offers and coupons are also featured through the app.
For on-the-spot savings, the geo-location app foursquare (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and BlackBerry, free) allows consumers to unlock discounts and special deals when they check in at various locations on Black Friday (such as 15% off purchases of $150 or more, available Nov. 27 through Dec. 3, at the five valley Toys ‘R’ Us locations.)