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Web Site of the Week: November 24, 2008

TGI Black Friday

The day after Thanksgiving is one of the great shopping days of the year.  Commonly known as Black Friday – both for the traffic jams it creates and the retailers’ hopes of moving profits into the black – it’s a day of heavy discounting from the stores and golden opportunities for bargain hunters.

If, like many people, you try to plan ahead so you don’t waste time and miss the best bargains, then – surprise, surprise! – there are a whole bunch of web sites just waiting to help you.

Below is a collection of sites with a singular mission: to help you find those best Black Friday deals.

If it’s electronics that you are after, then BFADS bills itself as the Official Black Friday 2008 Website and it just might be. Their Articles and Guides page features a Television Buying Guide, a GPS Buying Guide and details of the hottest video games and gaming platforms. BFADS also features the weekly circulars from over 35 retailers from Best Buy to CVS. You can also trade experiences and ideas related to Black Friday on the site’s message board.

Black Friday 2008 is now in its third year of providing information on sales during the year’s biggest shopping day. The site has a bit of a homemade feel to it, but it does provide sales info for all of the big online retailers as well as the traditional brick & mortar stores. And don’t miss the link at the top to the Free Stuff site.

BlackFriday.fm is a great site if you’re more of a social networker and like to share the buzz with others. They’ve got lots of video, Twitter and Facebook tie-ins, RSS feeds, polls, and options to stay up-to-the minute on tips and deals via top social news sites like Digg and Yahoo! Buzz. They’ve also partnered with Deals Plus, a very cool online social shopping community where the users submit the deals and decide which ones make it to the front page.

Gotta Deal is a year-round bargain hunting site with a special Back Friday site. The site suffers a little from small-text-syndrome, but you can find some unique BF sales info that you won’t see anywhere else. The site lets you search across retailers by product category, which is very helpful, and it lists the deals from Black Friday circulars without making you download the whole thing. It also incorporates an Early Bird icon to let you know when an item is in limited supply.

BlackFridayAds.net lets you look up deals by store or category, as well as prepare shopping lists so you are all set to go on Black Friday morning. The Shopping List function also enables you to view a most-wanted items list from folks who have already set one up. This site did seem to be trailing behind the others in terms of ad circulars but, on the other hand, it does have a clock ticking down to the big day!

Deal Taker is another year-round site with a special Black Friday section. The site covers both Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the official start of the online shopping holiday season according to the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division. Deal Taker does a nice job of integrating manufacturers’ coupons with the retailers’ circulars. Deal Taker also has an amazing forum section, with thousands of tips on how to make the most out of both days.

TGI Black Friday lets you sort products a variety of ways, including by what’s available online. One of the site’s best features is the ability to see how much you are saving by making the price at several other retailers available via a partnership with PriceGrabber.

All these sites offer a very robust way of getting ready for the big day. If pushed, we’d have to say that TGI Black Friday is our favorite because of the ease of navigation, the number of product pictures – especially thumbnails when you don’t even ask – being able to see what you’re saving, and the ability to search by product category.

Happy Shopping!

Know a cool website? Send us an email: TheEditor@TheOnlineMom.com

And be sure check out previous Web Sites of the Week:

Wee Web : November 10, 2008

Savvy Auntie : November 3, 2008

Woot.com : October 27, 2008

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