Even merchants far removed from the world of gadgets are using high tech toys to lure in shoppers to their Black Friday festivities.
Take, please, Old Navy. The clothing chain is holding a "Big 3D Giveway" on Thursday - offering "the chance to win eye popping 3D prizes" like a 3D HDTV and Blu-ray player or 3D gaming system (that would have to be a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation 3.)
Then on Thankgiving night, first in line Old Navy shoppers will be given a wristband exchangable for a Kodak bundle of goodies - including a Kodak EasyShare Sport waterproof camera (a personal fave) and a $10 off coupon for a Kodak 3D printer - with a qualifying purchase of $40 or more in merchandise. But plan on skipping dessert, bargain hunters. Some Old Navy stores will be opening for Black Friday as early as 10 p.m. Thursday night.
Kohl's is another chain we rarely think of for high tech goodies. Yet its' store circular is touting a $99 Polaroid 7-inch Android based tablet computer. This "early bird" special runs from 12:01 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, and also throws in an accessory kit valued at $20.
The Walgreens drug chain gets into the Black Friday spirit on Thankgiving with in-store and on-line deals like a 19-inch Coby LED TV for $139 ($60 off) and two $89 bundles that combine either a 7-inch portable DVD player or a Snapp HD camcorder with a 7-inch digital picture frame and a pair of Duracell brand 2GB SD cards.
Of course, the usual suspects will be virtually giving away high tech desirables to the first-in-liners. Reasons to be at Best Buy for the midnight opening include doorbusters (literally) like a 24-inch Dynex 1080p LCD for $80, a Samsung 15.6-inch 320GB laptop with Intel Pentium processor and 4 GB of memory for $300 and a Toshiba "Internet-ready" (needs a hard-wired Ethernet connection) Blu-ray disc player for $40. Oh, and Best Buy will be literally giving away a Samsung BD player ($89.99 value) to folks who purchase a Samsung Epic 4G Touch smartphone, costing $199.99 with a two-year Sprint Wireless contract.