Black Friday is a little less than two weeks away, and some people are already preparing their tactical strike on their local consumer emporiums. To help them out, several Web sites have been putting together advance information on sales, uploading PDFs of Black Friday circulars, and listing information about online-only deals.
I found half a dozen sites posting Black Friday ads and deals, and that was just a cursory search. If you Google "Black Friday," you'll get five or six times that many, many of which claim to be "the official site" for Black Friday 2009. I'm not sure who has the authority to proclaim the "official" anything of Black Friday, but who knows? Maybe there's a Black Friday Council out there somewhere.
Many of the sites also have e-mail alerts that will send you updates when the big box stores release their ads. Some even have contests -- sign up for alerts and you can win discounts or gift certificates. Some are just lists, some are more like blogs, and many offer tips and advice for the big day (BlackFriday2009.com says "visualize: know where your items are in the store.").
Here's a quick list of the sites we found to get you started: