First Black Friday ads show up online: 50-inch Samsung plasma for $899.99

Try as they might, big retailers can't stop their ads for Black Friday (otherwise known as the day after Thanksgiving and unofficial start of the holiday shopping season) from leaking online often weeks in advance. This year, Sears has the dubious distinction of being the first major retailer of HDTV and home theater components to have its plans placed online at Black Friday sites.

Try as they might, big retailers can't stop their ads for Black Friday (otherwise known as the day after Thanksgiving and unofficial start of the holiday shopping season) from leaking online often weeks in advance. This year, Sears has the dubious distinction of being the first major retailer of HDTV and home theater components to have its plans placed online at Black Friday sites.

With the economy in the tank, deals are going to have to be particularly enticing to get people to part with their money, and Sears does a few good ones, including Samsung's PN50A400 50-inch 720p plasma for $899.99, Panasonic's TH-42PX80U 42-inch 720p plasma for $699.99, and a handful of decent-sized 1080p LCD sets (such as the 46-inch LC-46SB54U for $899.99). If you're looking more for components to round out your home theater, there are a couple of Blu-ray options: Sony's BDP-S350 player for $179.99 and Samsung's HT-BD2E system for $599.99. For more deals, check out the full Sears Black Friday listing.

Still to come, though no doubt before the end of November, are deals from retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City, Target, and Wal-mart. While we wait for those to sneak online, what are you feelings about Black Friday deals? Do you drag yourself out early in the a.m. on Friday to wait in line? What could get to do so this year? Let everyone know in our Talkback section below.