Ask a Reporter: When will we get the Black Friday circulars? – Greensboro News & Record

Ask a Reporter: When will we get the Black Friday circulars?

Black Friday is coming, and many retailers have already started bombarding us with deals. Here are a few tips to help you control your spending this Black Friday.

Ask a Reporter

Question: I recently saw that the printed edition of the News & Record will not be delivered on Thanksgiving Day. However, I look forward to looking at all of the Black Friday ads. How will I get these ads if there is no delivery on that day?


Answer: Andy Morrissey, the executive editor of the Greensboro News & Record and the Winston-Salem Journal, said that the Black Friday sales circulars will be delivered in time.

“They will be in Wednesday’s paper, along with the Savor and Go Triad sections,” Morrissey said.

And for fans of our comics and puzzles, Wednesday’s combined paper will include these features for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day, Morrissey said. Puzzle answers will be included in the following Friday’s newspaper.

Question: I’m receiving Christmas cards from different organizations. I did not request cards nor do I want the cards. Do I have to return or pay for the cards?


Answer: You can consider the cards a gift and dispose of them any way you choose, knowing that you have the federal government behind you.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, if a company or charitable organization sends you unsolicited items in the mail, you are not required to pay for the item or return it.

“Whatever you do, don’t pay for it — and don’t get conned if the sender follows up with a phone call or visit. By law, unsolicited merchandise is yours to keep,” said the USPS.

The Federal Trade Commission said that “charitable organizations can send you merchandise and ask for a contribution. You may keep such merchandise as a free gift.”

You may want to check with nearby retirement communities, nursing homes or daycare centers to see if they might want the cards or you can put them in the recycling bin.

Nonprofit wish lists: Local nonprofits are invited to submit their “wish list” of needs by emailing the nonprofit’s name, a one-sentence description, a wish list of 50 words or fewer, plus contact information and how people can donate.

Send the information as soon as possible to with “wish list” in the subject field. The deadline is noon Nov. 29.

Most organizations welcome gift cards and financial donations, but some have very specific needs, everything from hand sanitizer to used cars.

Email your questions to Include Ask a Reporter in the subject field.

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