READY TO GO: Local retailers prepare for Black Friday madness

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OVERNIGHT TRIP: Best Buy and other big retailers in Destin typically draw crowds willing to camp out for the best deals.

Kathy Harrison | The Log
Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 04:59 PM.

The Black Friday sales are ripe to be picked. All that’s missing is the shoppers.

“We’ve been at it for weeks,” said Joey McKinstry, store manager at the Destin WalMart. “We start putting our plans in place a few months ahead of time.”

After the turkey coma wears off, shoppers will have plenty of options as they head out to find the must-have deals and steals that die-hard Black Friday shoppers are looking for. From TVs to iPads, electronics are always key items when the doors open.

WalMart will be featuring a 3-pack of sales Thanksgiving Day. Beginning at 8 p.m., shoppers can find an XBOX 360 Skylanders bundle for $149; a Nintendo Wii console for $89; and a Playstation 3 bundle for $199.

McKinstry told The Log that from 10 to 11 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, shoppers are guaranteed to find three amazing deals in stock at their stores — a 32-inch LCD TV for $148; a 16 GB iPad 2 for $399 (plus a $75 gift card); and an LG Blu-Ray player for $38.

The final sale of the day kicks off at 5 a.m. and features a wide variety of holiday gifting ideas, such as jewelry and lounge chairs to vacuum cleaners and sewing machines.

“We’ve got a lot of merchandise this year,” McKinstry said. “There’s probably three times what we had last year.”

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