Black November?

Amazon is attempting to start a retail trend by transforming Black Friday into a monthlong sales event called Black November. Online tech paradise Newegg and discount retailer Wal-Mart have joined in the marketing fun, but so far none of the offers have been very tempting. My advice: Unless you spot a deal you have to get now, hold out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Retailers could be saving the best for last.

A few Buy One Get One sales crept up early, and the best way to stay abreast of these surprise bargains is to sign up for e-mail newsletters from retailers. (You can always unsubscribe after the holidays.) One of your best Black Friday resources (besides this column) is, where merchant specials are “leaked” and advertisement scans are posted in advance. Try not to overdose on turkey on the 24th or you may miss out on the online sales that begin on Thanksgiving, some of which may offer free shipping.

Local Black Friday sales to note include the door-buster event at Michael Stars at Town Square where shoppers can save an additional 25 percent on sale merchandise. For an even bigger bang for your buck, head to Kidville at Tivoli Village and save 75 percent on sale items and 20 percent on the rest of the store. True Religion at Miracle Mile is offering a specially selected free gift to those among the first to shop.

Because bargains come in various forms, don’t miss shopping the golf shops at the Summerlin golf courses: Palm Valley, Highland Falls and Eagle Crest. Beginning as early as 5 a.m. Black Friday, buy a wedge or putter and get a round of golf (up to $95) for free. Also, save $18 on a dozen Titleist Pro V1x balls. Plus, hats are only $12 with the purchase of any of the shops’ Black Friday specials.