Retailers offer Black Friday freebies

November 26, 2008 12:58:34 PM PST
Just in case massive markdowns aren't enough to convince shoppers to fork over cash for presents on Black Friday, some retailers are hoping to woo shoppers with freebies and coupons. Friday is the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, and typically is the day retailers go from being in the red to being profitable, or in the black. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Here's a sample of what's out there for the dedicated retail junkie.

-- Best Buy is giving away free blue and yellow scarves to the first 50 shoppers waiting in line at 25 designated stores. The scarves include a commemorative tag recognizing the sometimes grueling hours-long wait.

-- Pier 1 Imports will hold a weekend-long sweepstakes for shoppers that begins Friday. The winner can take home a new car and a gift certificate while runners up get $500 store gift certificates.

-- Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering early bird shoppers an extra 20 percent discount on their entire purchase between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday.

-- Macy's will offer shoppers a $10 discount on any $25 purchase until 1 p.m. Friday.

-- TGI Friday's is offering members of its frequent diners club a free dessert with the purchase of any entree all weekend long.

-- Williams-Sonoma stores are offering shoppers a $10 coupon for every $50 they spend during the weekend. The coupon can be used after Dec. 26.

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