Realistically, CNN was on the nose with their details. They did, as they said, actually see a scanned WalMart Black Friday circular, and based on the comments they received from WalMart in the story, they probably had WalMart help (with the restriction that they would not post the ad).
Some have wondered if Black Friday ad leaks such as these are actually promoted by the retailers. That's hard to say, but at least retailer (JC Penney) forced its ad off the web once it had leaked, earlier this holiday shopping season.
In terms of the Black Friday 2010 Deals at WalMart, just as CNN said, stores will open at 12 midnight on Black Friday, with deals centered on clothing, toys, and housewares starting. At 5:00 AM, the real doorbuster deals go live. As always, those deals will be very limited in number.
As many retailers seem to be doing this year, laptops are front and center among WalMart's Black Friday 2010 Deals. However, you shouldn't expect the "magical" iPad to see any deals. Among the laptop deals advertised as doorbusters:
- eMachines 15.6" Laptop w/2GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 $198.00
- HP 15.6" Laptop w/Intel Celeron Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 $298.00
- HP 17.3" Dual Core Laptop w/Pentium Dual Core Processor, 3GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 $398.00
- Acer Aspire 17.3" Laptop PC w/Intel Dual Core Processor, 4GB Memory, 320GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 $498.00
- Flip UltraHD Camcorder $99.00
- Philips 7" Digital Photo Frame $29.00
- Philips Blu-ray Disk Home Theater System HTS3051B/F7 $198.00
- Apple iPod Touch 8GB With Bonus $50 Gift Card $225.00 (many retailers are advertising this price for the 8GB iPod touch, but WalMart is adding a gift card)
- Emerson 32" LC320EM1 720P 60HZ LCD HDTV $198.00
- Samsung 32" LN32C350 720P 60HZ LCD HDTV $328.00
- Emerson 42" LTDN42V68US 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV $398.00
- LG 42" 42LD400 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV $478.00
- Samsung 40" LN40C500 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV $498.00
- Element 55" ELDFT551 1080P 120HZ LCD HDTV $799.00
- Samsung 46" UN46C5000 1080P 60HZ LED HDTV $898.00
- Samsung 52" LN52C530 1080P 60HZ LCD HDTV $998.00
- Samsung 46" LN46C600 120Hz 1080p LCD HDTV $798.00