BUFFALO, NY - Nearly 150 million Americans will shop this upcoming weekend, and with myriad stores opening on Thanksgiving Day, many shoppers will instead bargain hunt online.
A spokesperson with BlackFriday.com told 2 On Your Side that many of the major retailers, including Best Buy, will activate their shopping deals at 2 a.m. Thursday, well before the turkeys are even put in the oven.
Lindsay Sakraida, features director with DealNews.com, said there are many apps -- including the ones from her Web site -- that allow you to sign up for alerts to make sure you don't miss the great deals.
"You can be alerted about any deal that you're interested in instead of actively trying to look throughout the day, because they are released in installments, and they sell out very quickly," Sakraida said.
Like in previous years, some online sales will wait until Cyber Monday. Sakraida said you should wait until then to purchase household goods, clothes and shoes. But for electronics, don't wait, because the best deals will probably be on Thanksgiving Day.
Sakraida said her research from last year showed about 70 percent of sale items from major retailers were available for the same or lower price online.
That means some sale prices will not be available on the Internet.
Brian Hoyt, senior writer with RetailMeNot.com, said your best bet is a combination of shopping online and in person.
"It really is," Hoyt said. "I mean, quite frankly, you're going to find probably more of these doorbuster deals in a brick and mortar environment that you will per say in an online environment."