The first Black Friday ad is here! While it is quite a surprise to see the first ad leaked so early in the season, the store whose ad it is – Harbor Freight – is no surprise at all. The Harbor Freight Black Friday ad has been the first or second ad to break in each of the last 7 years.

Speaking of past years, the Harbor Freight Black Friday ad has grown steadily over the years. This year’s ad is 8 pages long, which is substantially heftier than the meager 2 page ad which Harbor Freight released in 2012.

The deals which are featured in the ad are of the expected variety: a wide range of tools and hardware. Keen Black Friday fans will observe several repeat deals which are commonly featured in the Harbor Freight ad. Shoppers who are perusing this ad should be aware of some nifty price maneuvering: take note of the compared prices they use in the ad when determining the discount level. In many cases in this ad Harbor Freight will will discount an item off its regular price by around 20-25%. But they’ll compare this sale price to the regular price of a similar product by a different brand and advertise the savings of their discounted price versus the higher priced brand. For example: an Earthquake XT Impact Wrench listed for $119.99 (reg. $149.99) but is advertised as a $404 savings because they are comparing to a Snap-On impact wrench priced at $524.95. While these Black Friday prices may not be exactly as good as they appear, they will still draw some interest from shoppers looking to save around 10-30% on a relatively wide selection of tools.

Here are some of their best Black Friday deals:

  • Pittsburgh Rapid Pump 3 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Floor Jack – $67.99 (reg. $85.99)
  • Chicago Electric 12″ Sliding Compound Double-Bevel Miter Saw – $127.99 (reg. $199.99)
  • Haul Master 17-ft. Type IA Multi-Task Ladder – $99.99 (reg. 139.99)
  • US General 44″, 13 Drawer Industrial Quality Roller Cabinet – $349.99 (reg. $399.99)
  • Badland 12000-lb. Electric Winch w/Remote Control and Automatic Brake – $277.99 (reg. $369.99)
  • Predator 8750 Max 13HP Generator – $529.99 (reg. $599.99)
  • Haul Master 72″ x 80″ Moving Blanket – $5.49 (reg. $8.99)
  • Central Pneumatic 21-gal. 2.5HP 125PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor – $147.99 (reg. $169.99)
  • Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet w/Blue Flame Design – $39.99 (reg. $49.99)
  • Pittsburgh 225-pc. Mechanic’s Tool Set – $97.99 (reg. $129.99)


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