The First Black Friday Ad of 2016 is Here!

Harbor Freight rings in the holiday season once again with an early ad leak detailing up to 87% off and a 3-day sale.
Harbor Freight Tools

Update: Even more ads have been released!

We're still waiting on Amazon, but stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy have all leaked. Check out all the ads here, or click here to see our top picks for the best Black Friday ads so far.

It's a good thing we posted our extensive Black Friday predictions, because the very first Black Friday ad is already here!

Harbor Freight Tools is the one to ring in the holiday this year, and it's not the first time. Although Half Price Books beat them to the punch last year, in 2014 the tools retailer was also first, releasing their ad around the same time as this year. The 2016 ad highlights a 3-day sale taking up to 87% off. It'll stretch from Black Friday to the following Sunday, with extended store hours of 7 am to 9 pm local time on Friday and 8 am to 9 pm on Saturday. (Sunday hours remain unchanged.)

SEE ALSO: The Top 5 Stores for Black Friday Deals Online in 2016

Less Black Friday Creep This Year

Although Black Friday creep is still very much a thing, this ad release actually comes later than last years. Half Price Books dropped its ad on October 2 last year, kicking off the holiday season earlier than most were used to. In previous years, the earliest ads usually appeared around the second week of October, so it seems this year is a return to that trend.

Other retailers will no doubt be following suit soon. Belk and Newegg tend to be early leakers, also releasing their ads in October. Ace Hardware could also drop its ad this month, although its circular has also appeared in early November before.

If you're waiting on the bigger names to drop their ads, you're likely to be waiting another few weeks. Retailers like Amazon, Toys "R" Us, Best Buy, Walmart, and Target won't be releasing their ads until we're much closer to Black Friday.

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Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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where are the sales info??
And it begins..........
The Harbor Freight Black Friday Sale is a joke. The prices are no less than they normally charge for the items advertised. Don't waste your time.