November 21st, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Black Friday bonanza

It's Thanksgiving week, and some of you know what that means besides turkey and leftovers.  It also means Black Friday, the one day retailers aim to maximize their profit margins and try to lure you into spending your hard-earned cash.  If you're a seasoned Black Friday shopper like I am, you'd have already scoured online for all the deals in advance, and have an attack plan timed out to the last second.  Or maybe you just want to get out of the house.  Either way, if you're a seasoned shopper, you'll know what I'm talking about.  If not, HLN's Clark Howard and Jennifer Westhoven are here to tell you if it's worth braving the lines:

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And the must-have gadget to shop for this year?  Tablets!  For the person on the go who wants to do anything one can do on the computer without lugging a laptop, here's two new products to check out:

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But don't let retailers and prices fool you into going broke this holiday season.  Make a plan and stick to it, so you won't regret it later!

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And this video is just too priceless for us not to include in today's Gotta Watch.  It's a Black Friday play on words with the Kohl's cover of Rebecca Black's "Friday."

A Black Friday play on words

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  1. duh

    that picture is racist combined with the headline

    November 21, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ratty

      OMG! Do you people have to bring Race into everything in the news?
      It's not racist it means In the Black as oposed to in the Red, but that is only understood if you understand any Accounting at all!!!

      November 21, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Wrong...

      November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. what

    I never understood why it i called Black Friday, when most of the people out in the cold waiting in long lines are Caucasians.

    What is the history behind it.

    November 21, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • sliq

      Hahaha that's crazy that I was just wondering the samething, then scrolled down and saw the comment!!!

      November 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • waycist

      The "Black" part of Black Friday refers to the behaviour of the shoppers who descend upon the malls that day.

      November 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      The term Black Friday is from a retailers point of view. It is usually the day that they turn a profit, or are "in the black".

      November 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Colin

      No no, I see some asians.

      November 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Ex

      Jeff is correct....the day most retailer's financials go from "in the red"(no profit or loss) to "in the black" (profit).

      November 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • KH

      It has nothing to do with race...
      It's a financial term. Because it's the biggest shopping day of the year, retaiers make enough to have their books go from being "in the red" to being "in the black".

      November 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • V. P.

      To bad Jeff and J-ex are the only smart ones in this situation. Why are my people getting upset about the term "Black Friday?" It is not racist but, I've seen racist comments posted in the past and no one speaks up. Wow, sisters and brothers, let's pick our fights more carefully. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!

      November 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      You obviously don't live in my town...

      November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. McLicious

    A lot of stores tried calling it Super Friday a few years back to avoid the 'racist' bs people try to play...fail

    November 21, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. RMJ

    Black Fridy is the term used because it is the day that most retailers finally see a profit. Their numbers go from "in the red" to "black". Race has nothing to do with it.

    November 21, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • McLicious

      True but that doesn't stop people from finding race issues in everything

      November 21, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      RMJ – That is not true...it has nothing to do with accounting...it has nothing to do with race either.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sara

    Its called Black Friday because its usually the first day of the year that retailers go "into the Black" on their revenue sheets.

    November 21, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. RMJ

    Unfortunately in this country, many times race IS a factor...this just happens to be one of those times when it isn't.

    November 21, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. WorksRetail

    It's called 'black' Friday because its usually the day that moves stores into the 'black' or profitable rather than still in the 'red' or not profitable.
    Get over your racist leaning mentality. Not everything has to do with skin color.
    Waycist is incorrect about the behavior part.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hoss

    There lots of them black folk out this Friday. Little Joe said he saw one last year.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Truth Is

    Holy jeez, people. They put a picture of a black guy on the front picture and suddenly everyone is in an uproar about how "racist" Black Friday is? How do you people make it through the day?

    November 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Black Barry

      and that's another thing....black barrys. Why it always got ta be about black Barry. He can't help it if he's black

      November 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ratty

      AMEN!

      November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I'm lost. I thought Barney was purple.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BOMBO

    Can I just say, because I don't think anyone brought it up yet, that I think it refers to when retaillers begin to show a profit, or go "into the black" as it were.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      BOMBO, more like BIMBO!! You freaking idiot, everyone posting on here is talking about what it actually means you doofus.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      @fake banasy. Well, if you don't have the imagination to think up your own screen name, we shouldn't be surprised if you don't get sarcasm.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Patton

    No one should go shopping on Friday because it will only benefit the right wing thugs in Washington. The money you spend on that violent GI-Joe toy will go directly into the pockets of the right wing thugs in Washington and they will spend it on bombs to kill innocent Muslims and socialists.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • moe hummid

      innocent muslims? Seriously?

      November 21, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ratty

      HAH! Shows how much you know, money from Black Friday goes to the Retailers and back into the Economy.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    George Patton, you are starting to reach for reasons to use "right-wing thugs in Washington"...

    The topic: baby bunnies and fuzzy yellow ducklings.
    Go.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thugalicious

      no bunnies or ducks. Nuke the baby whales for jesus

      November 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ratty

    OMG! It has NOTHING to do with the Race of people. Some People will always play the Racist card in everything they can.
    It means a lot of profit is made by the retailers and therefore they are in the Black as oposed to in the Red.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    Remember years ago when Crayola had a colour called "Indian Red"? It referred to a red soil found in India. But people started complaining recently, so they had to change the name.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Shut up, idiot.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Really George, that's all you've got? Go back to reading Lenin and Marx. Maybe you can come up with some new material.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yianni

    I wish if all the news were promoting "stay at home that day" Even though I am white, yes Black Friday does not make sense. May be Red Friday or Black/ White Friday. Everybody to be happy.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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