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Black Friday Ads For The Recession

 - Nov 20, 2008
Black Friday ads have more appeal than ever this year as people battle with obligatory, as well as pre-holiday, purchases in an economy plagued by a recession.

Ikea, for example, is trying to lure customers in stores by not only offering killer discounts on their goods, but by enticing customers with a FREE breakfast! Technically this means their breakie has only been reduced by $1, but hey, if it gets people to shop, it’s a brilliant idea!

There are websites dedicated entirely to indexing these Black Friday ads, making it easy for people to scope out the sales that will be most influential for them.

Sites like let you download PDFs of fliers, catalogues and posters so you can compile your own custom shopping guides based on the most relevant Black Friday ads.

The gallery includes ads from Ikea, Bass Pro, Rite Aid (for that $0.77 gift wrap), Home Depot, BestBuy (I’d line up at 5 a.m. for a $379 Toshiba laptop!), Circuit City, Costco and Target.

I have to admit, I get quite a kick out of the thought of someone buying a showerhead as a Christmas present, as Home Depot so kindly suggests in their "Great Gifts for Under $20" feature!