In preparation for the infamous, unofficial shopping day known as Black Friday, many consumers often make a list and check it at least twice weeks in advance.
The trouble is, people who wait until Black Friday often miss out on the best deals, retail analyst Stacey Widlitz told CNBC this week.
Many shoppers eagerly anticipate the day after Thanksgiving, with groups of friends getting together early in the morning, sometimes at even 5 a.m. They grab coffee and wait outside in the cold, hoping to snag special promotions and steep discounts.
This year, however, new trends may spell the beginning of the end to the spectacle known as Black Friday. Retailers are offering deals way in advance, and more companies are using their websites to offer bargain-basement deals—a bonus for those seeking to avoid the crowds.