Best Buy, Target begin teasing Black Friday Deals

While Black Friday may be a couple of weeks away, several companies are getting a jump on the holiday shopping season releasing their planned deals now. On Tuesday both Target and Best Buy joined the fray, releasing their full Black Friday catalog on their respective websites.
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As with holiday seasons past, electronics are a big feature in Black Friday sales. Both retailers are planning deep discounts on TVs, with Best Buy offering a 50-inch Panasonic LED HDTV for just $199.99 and Target charging $219.99 for a 39-inch Vizio LED HDTV, $130 off its usual price. As with other major deals, these two are "doorbusters" and are in-store only.

Both stores are also offering deep discounts on Beats headphones, Fitbit fitness trackers, iPads, including the new iPad Air 2, and individual Blu-rays and video games. The two retail giants will also be selling a PlayStation 4 bundled with Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us for $399.99.

Other notable deals from Target so far include an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Bundle (including the new Assassins Creed Unity as well as last year's Assassin's Creed Black Flag) with a $50 Target gift card for $329.99 as well as a Google Chromecast for $25.

In addition to the Panasonic TV deal, Best Buy has a few other notable deals including an 11.6-inch MacBook Air with 128 GB of storage for $779.99 ($120 off its usual price), a 4 GB Amazon Kindle for $49.99 ($30 off, though this is not the latest Kindle Voyage), and $100-$150 off of Microsoft Surface Pro 3s with at least 128 GB of storage.

While there is still some time before these deals go into effect, both Target and Best Buy have made their full catalogs available for your scouting on their respective sites. The stores will also be following the recent trend of opening Thanksgiving night, with Best Buy opening its doors at 5 PM local time and Target following at 6 PM local time. Best Buy however will close its stores at 1 AM local time to prepare for a reopening at 8 AM on Black Friday itself. It has also said that it will be doing separate "doorbusters" during each opening.

Best E- Goods Deals before Black Friday Sales

The Black Friday rush is officially on with Best Buy releasing its gigantic online sale catalog for the post Thanksgiving shopping event. Best Buy stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. for early Black Friday deals, and stores will reopen Friday, Nov. 28 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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There is a lot that'll be included in Best Buy's Black Friday sale, so we've parsed out some of our favorites and the biggest steals. Don't forget to compare 'em to Target's electronics deals too.

TVs

Sony 55" 2160p 4K LED TV ($1,500, originally $3,000)
Samsung Curved 55" 4K LED TV ($1,300, originally $2,200)
Panasonic 50" 1080p LED HDTV ($200, originally $550)
Samsung 55" 2160p 4K LED TV ($900, originally $1,400)
LG 55" 1080p LED HDTV ($480, originally $650)
Insignia 29" 720p LED HDTV ($100, originally $170)
Vizio 50" 1080p LED HDTV ($500, originally $700)
And many, many more TVs

Phones

iPhone 6 16GB ($100 with two-year contract, originally $200)
iPhone 5S 16GB ($1 with two-year contract)
Samsung Galaxy S5 ($1 with two-year contract, originally $200)
LG G3 ($1 with two-year contract, originally $200)
Sony Xperia T2 ($200 unlocked, originally $300)
Select Mophie Juice Packs and Battery Cases ($60, originally $100)
Lifeproof Fre Waterproof Cases ($50, originally $80)

Tablets

iPad Air 2, $100 off all GB models
iPad Mini 3, $75 off all GB models
Microsoft Surface 2 32GB ($300, originally $450)

Cameras

Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera with two lenses ($500, originally $900)
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition Camera ($250, originally $300)

Black Friday Sales Update in November about Best Deals

The monikers Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become linguistic pawns in the retail discount game as stores take "doorbusters" digital and dangle "Black Friday" sales in front of customers weeks before the actual event.
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Now, Thanksgiving is officially better than Black Friday when it comes to getting deals, according to a report from Adobe Systems. But shoppers don't even have to wait until then to take home hot products at the cheapest prices.

Black Friday is "more of an idea than a single-day event anymore," says Calvin Silva, lead retail analyst at Nasdaq Advisory Services.

Enter the pre-Black Friday sale. In the never-ending race to stay ahead of the competition, retailers are rolling out deeper discounts earlier. Target, Walmart, Amazon, Kohl's, Toys R Us, Sears and Staples are all planning pre-Black Friday sales, some of which have already started.

Online prices will hit their lowest point on Thanksgiving, with an average discount of 24%, according to Adobe. That beats any other day of the holiday season. Prices will still be an average of 20% off the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and online and in-store prices are generally expected to match, other than with store-specific Black Friday promotions, Adobe says. As online and mobile shopping grows in popularity every year, retailers are trying to compete with the fact that customers can access goods online anytime they want, says Jon Lal, CEO of coupon site BeFrugal.com. Walmart is calling its campaign the "new Black Friday."

"Black Friday is no longer about waking up at the crack of dawn to stand in long lines and hope for the best," Walmart's Chief Merchandising Officer Duncan Mac Naughton said about the company's holiday plans. In a call with media he added, "I think you're going to see chapters of activity throughout the month."

Retailers say they're responding to customer demand, though deal experts say the earlier sales are just as much, if not more, of a strategic decision.

"It's not necessarily consumers (who) want to get out there and shop earlier," says Loren Bendele, president of discount website Savings.com. "It's just retailers trying to get those sales sooner and therefore stealing from their competition. If you're going to buy a big-screen TV, you're only going to buy one, so whoever gets it first wins."

A Savings.com analysis of deals from the past five years, released this week, found that the number of deals available from retailers peak the week before Thanksgiving. Although the best time to buy depends on what you're looking for, Bendele says. The Savings.com data found that the best day to buy toys is the day before Thanksgiving, while your best bet for electronics is the very beginning of November. The website also found that holiday deals advertised as early as October more than doubled between 2009 and 2013.

Consumers who have started shopping say they're already finding attractive deals. Michele Polanski, a 33 year-old from Fort Worth, says she saw Black Friday-like prices at Gap in the past week while shopping for clothes for her family's holiday picture. She says the experience has made her less likely to want to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

"Not everybody has the desire to go out on Black Friday because it's a zoo," Polanski says. "I feel like the retailers are making it easier to get the same kind of deals but not have to endure that."


But you can't completely disregard the magnitude of deals on Black Friday, says Brian Hoyt, spokesperson for deal website RetailMeNot, though he concedes Black Friday no longer stands out as much as it once did. The average savings on Black Friday last year was 37%, the same as on Thanksgiving and the following Saturday, according an analysis of offers on RetailMeNot.

"The reality is that the five days of savings from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday are still the most active, deepest discounts and most savings consumers experience throughout the year," he says.

This year Black Friday will be about showcasing deals on specific items like HD TVs and gaming systems, where shoppers care more about price than about where they buy the product, Silva says. Consumers looking for new clothes should start shopping now, though, while apparel retailers are already pushing steep discounts, he says. With the rise in online and mobile shopping, Black Friday has become less important as a day for blowout sales.

"Retailers are understanding that they've also got other channels that they can leverage," Silva says. "They don't really need to count on all of the volume being moved on that day."

Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Sales Ad Leaked

The BestBuy Black Friday 2014 sales ad was leaked today. The ways that you can shop these sales are interesting. You can shop online all day Thursday and Friday. Stores will open at 5pm on Thursday then close at midnight, then they will open again at 8am for the 2014 Black Friday sale. You can avoid the weird store hours and mad crowds and sit at home and shop at BestBuy.com.
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There are 47 pages of ads with more than 400 total items on sale. Pretty insane amount of deals for an electronics campaign. Below the BestBuy Black Friday 2014 ad scan below you can see some of the top deals. Leading off the BestBuy Black Friday event is a 4 day sales event leading up to Black Friday weekend at BestBuy.

Check out the Panasonic 50″ 1080p 60Hz LED Backlit HDTV for $199.99.

Other great BestBuy Black Friday 2014 Deals include:
$100 Off All iPad Air 2 Models – Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 16GB – $399.99
Dell Inspiron 15.6″ Touch-Screen Laptop w/ Intel Core i3, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive – $299.99
Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones (Various Colors) – $79.99
Xbox One Bundle – 2 controllers, Assassin’s Creed: Unity & Assassin’s Creed: Blackflag, Kinect – $429.99
SanDisk – Cruzer Glide 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $27.99
iPad Mini 3 16GB – $324.99
Shop these deals and more at BestBuy.com

The quality and quantity of deals available at BestBuy for Black Friday is impressive. I think it is easy to say this is their best holiday sales effort ever. You can see all their deals online.

Macys Black Friday Sales Ad 2014

The Macys Black Friday 2014 Sales ad which was leaked today may be the biggest Black Friday ad leaked in 2014. We are talking about over 1300 total items on sale in over 60 pages of ads. What’s even crazier is that the ad doesn’t even contain Macys Thanksgiving sales, those are contained in a completely different ad. There are some awesome deals this year and we will get to some of the highlights.
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First, if you want to shop the Macys Black Friday 2014 sale online then you can do so starting on Thanksgiving Day and into Friday. If you want to shop in the store, you can head over at 6pm Thanksgiving night (check to make sure of your store hours before you head over) and will stay open until 1pm on Friday. That is when the Macys Doorbuster sales will end. There will still be insane prices after 1pm, but the main Black Friday sales event will be finished. If you can’t make it on Friday, Macys is running an After Black Friday 2014 sale that runs from 7am – 1pm on Saturday. There will be plenty of opportunities to shop online and in stores when Thanksgiving week rolls around. Take a look at the front page of the Macys Black Friday 2014 sales ad below. Underneath the image are the top deals that we found in the ad.

  • Kitchenaid Classic 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer (White) – $199.99
  • Cuisinart Drip Coffee Maker – $29.99 After Mail-in Rebate
  • Reversible Sherpa Comforters – $49.99
  • Tag Matrix Hardside Spinners – $49.99
  • JM Collection Plush Jackets – $29.99
  • Charter Club V-Neck or Crew-Neck Cashmere Sweaters – $39.99
  • Kitchen Appliances (Assorted) – $7.99 – $9.99 After Mail-in Rebate
  • Shop these deals and more online at Macys.com

Cyber Monday Sale at Walmart 2014 Updates

Today is the day to shop Cyber Monday 2014 sales at Walmart. The only place to shop Cyber Monday sales is online at Walmart.com and today is the only day for the major discounts available. Walmart Cyber Week will follow and will run all the way through the weekend, but the amount of deals and quality of deals will be nowhere near as incredible as on Cyber Monday.
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Currently, if you head over to the Cyber Monday 2014 sale at Walmart.com, there are nearly 300 online doorbuster specials available. The best Cyber Monday deal available is a Samsung 46″ Class LED for under $500. You can also get the SodaStream Jet Mega Pack for only $79. You can get some great tablets for Cyber Monday as well, like the TRIO Stealth G2 10.1″ Tablet for $98. iPod Touches are making a comeback as well, and you can get an Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation for $278 at Walmart.com.

The Walmart Cyber Monday 2014 sale is different from the Black Friday sale as this sale is not as electronic heavy. There are a lot of deals from other departments this time around. Lots of great deals on toys, home decor, health and beauty, sports and fitness, and much more. Typical discounts range from 20-70% off and these deals will only last today when you shop the Walmart 2014 Cyber Monday sale online at Walmart.com.

Walmart Black Friday Deals on iPads and Tablets

There is a lot of anticipation for the Walmart Black Friday 2014 sales ad to be leaked. It is always the most desired ad and for good reason. Always, and I do mean always, Walmart puts out the absolutely best Black Friday deals and I expect this year to be very much the same. It’s not just the great prices, but it’s the amount of items that are listed that is truly staggering. This year, much like last year, is expected to be very heavily focused on tablets and iPads at Walmart for Black Friday. You can get current pricing here.
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A lot of people have already started asking me, what will prices look like when the 2014 BF ad comes out? Unfortunately, I cannot really speculate as I would probably be wrong. Here is what I can tell you though. Usually there is a price cut as well as a Walmart gift card added depending on which iPad or tablet model you are getting.

I have not seen any other store, and definitely not the Apple store come anywhere near the prices and selection that the Walmart Black Friday 2014 sales ad will boast. Not only will there be great deals, but it will also likely feature Free Shipping options as well as same day in store pickup in some cases. Some other popular brands include Dell, Samsung, Acer, Google, and HP. There really isn’t any other store that can come close to matching that deal. Here are some current tablet and iPad pricing pre Black Friday 2014 at Walmart.
Apple iPad mini 16GB at $279
Samsung Tablets start at $199
Google Tablets start at $99
Apple iPad Air 16GB at $449
Apple iPad Air 128GB at $799

Enjoy shopping at Walmart and I hope you enjoy your new tablet!!

Walmart Pre Black Friday 2014 Sale – One Day Only

I just got a note from Walmart on some of their latest pre Thanksgiving sales. As you can see from the special deals listed below, there some great deals on electronics, toys, and apparel. This is just a small sample of the deals available at Walmart.com currently. These deals are just a lead in to the Walmart Black Friday 2014 sale. Soon we will have the ad scan leaked and we will be able to see all of the great deals. The other store with some great pre Black Friday deals is Amazon.com. Lots of great deals in pretty much every department. Plus if you have Prime you get Free 2 Day shipping on thousands of products. Check out both Walmart and Amazon pre Black Friday 2014 sales.
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Electronics

  • HP Black 23″ Envy Recline 23-K310 All-in-One Desktop PC with Intel Core i3-4130T Processor, 8GB Memory, Touchscreen, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1 – ONLY $999.99!!
  • Alienware X51 (R2) Desktop PC with Intel Core i5-4440 Processor, 8GB Memory, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Home Premium (Monitor Not Included) – $798!!
  • Dell Silver 15.6″ Inspiron 15R Laptop PC with Intel Core i7-4500U Processor, 8GB Memory, Touchscreen, 1TB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1 – $728!!
  • HP Natural Silver 17.3″ Pavilion 17-f029wm Laptop PC with AMD Quad-Core A6-6310 APU Processor, 4GB Memory, 750GB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1 – $428!!
  • Toshiba 15.6″ Satellite C55D-B5319 Laptop PC with AMD E1-2100 Processor, 4GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive and Windows 8.1 – $248!!

Toys

  • Barbie Sisters Camper – Was $89.97; $68!!
  • Disney Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center – Was $74.97; $64.97!!
  • LEGO Friends Olivia’s House – Was $74.97; $55.47!!
  • Sew Cool Machine – Was $34.97; $29.67!!
  • Disney Frozen Skating Elsa Doll – Was $24.97; $19.88!!

Apparel

  • George Uk Men’s Gingham 2fer Sweater – $22.99!!
  • Russell Men’s Fleece Zip Hood – $18.94!!
  • George Uk Men’s Ribbed Henley Pocket Sweater – $17.99!!
  • Batman Men’s Full Zip Graphic Hood – $17.88!!
  • Realtree Men’s Performance Thermal Crew – $12.88!!

Shop these deals and more at the pre Black Friday 2014 sale at Walmart

The Leaked Walmart Black Friday 2014 Sales Ad!

The Walmart Black Friday 2014 sales ad was just leaked and it is a doozy. More info will be released on the sale. But you can see the ad scan is below as well as a list of the top 20 or so sales items. I will update more as I know it. Also, there is a special online only sale at Walmart going on right now with hundreds of pre Black Friday sales. Check it out and get some early savings. The Black Friday sale will essentially have 3 phases. Although, before the Black Friday sales even start, you can shop the Walmart Thanksgiving 2014 sale online starting Wednesday night. Here are the 3 phases:
  • Phase 1 – Thursday Nov 27 starting at 6pm – hundreds of deals available in stores and online
  • Phase 2 – Thursday Nov 27 starting at 8pm – whole new set of deals. These will run until midnight with some in store specials and some online specials
  • Phase 3 – Friday Nov 28 starting at 6am – this is the official Walmart 2014 Black Friday sale. There will be hundreds of items on sale. There will be a lot of in store only sales but there will also be a lot of online only sales. This is the big kahuna and a must shop sale.
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  • WalMart One-Hour Guarantee on Black Friday
  • HP Intel Celeron 15.6-inch Touch Laptop for $249.00
  • RCA 7-in Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet for $29.00
  • XBox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle + $30 Gift Card for $329.00
  • 50-inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV for $218.00
  • Vizio 65″ 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV – $648.00
  • FurReal Friends GoGo My Lovin’ Pup – $35.00
  • Kids’ Character Pajamas – $4.50
  • Sharpie 28-ct. Permanent Markers – $8.88
  • 32″ 720p 60Hz LED HDTV – $98.00
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Portable Speakers (Assorted Colors) – $99.95
  • Select Blu-ray Discs + DVD + Digital Copy – $7.96
  • Canon Rebel T5i dSLR Camera 2-Lens Bundle – $699.00
  • Nabi 2 Nickelodeon Edition Wi-Fi Kids Tablet – $99.00
  • Apple iPad Air 16GB Wi-Fi Tablet + $100 Walmart Gift Card – $397.00
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Style (Straight Talk Wireless) – $29.00
  • Shop these deals and more online at Walmart.com