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Black Friday 2014 Updates

Real Facts: Nordstrom's Price Matching Policy

Real Facts: Nordstrom's Price Matching Policy Rumors have been circulating about Nordstrom's price matching policy and Black Friday 2014. We're here to set the record straight.

Nordstrom's price matching policy is not couched in hard to read "legalese," but the first paragraph may be causing confusion:

"We are committed to offering you the best possible prices. We will meet similar retailers' prices if you find an item that we offer available elsewhere. We'll also be happy to adjust the price of an item you've purchased if it goes on sale within two weeks of your order date. Please note that price matching only applies to items of the same size and color. Designer items can only be matched when purchased at regular price."

It is true that throughout the year, Nordstrom will price match, provided that the item is the same and is from a similar retailer. The second paragraph, however, is our concern:

"We are unable to match prices from auction and outlet stores or their websites, or other retailers' discount promotions, shipping offers and gift card offers."

We called the Nordstrom number listed on their price matching policy, and asked if it would extend to Black Friday offers.

Their answer? "It depends." For Nordstrom to price match, the item must be widely available. Therefore, it is unlikely that a doorbuster limited to a certain number of people, or is a limited quantity, or for a limited time, would qualify. It also must be from a credible site or retailer. The representative did indicate that there could be Black Friday items that they would price match, but under the policy linked above, they would not be obligated to.

So, is it a good idea to go to Nordstrom to try and game the system? No, we don't think it is. First, the match on a promotion is not guaranteed. Second, doorbusters and other really good limited deals aren't likely to qualify. Finally, the item must be identical and in stock. This seems unlikely in a hectic, Black Friday atmosphere.

If you want to hinge your Black Friday Battle Plan on this tactic, or if you have a legitimate price match, the easiest way to take advantage of it is by using their live help section. You can also call customer service at 1.888.282.6060.

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Target Offers Free Shipping, No Minimum for the Holidays

Target Offers Free Shipping Target may have just forced competitors to step their game up. The retail giant has announced that from now until December 20th, they'll be offering free shipping with any online order. The offer extends to clearance items and requires no minimum purchase.

Every online shopper knows the frustration of high shipping costs, especially when they appear after the shopping cart is already full. Shipping fees are one of the most frequent reasons that buyers don't complete their order. Target aims to keep their customers - and keep them coming back - by offering free shipping this year. The only other comparable shipping offer is the free 2-day shipping that comes with an Amazon Prime membership. However, you won't have to pay a $99.00 fee to shop at Target. They are also extending their price adjustment window from November 1st to December 24th. Note that they will not price match competitor's Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals.

Target's efforts to shake things up this year are probably related to the security breach they faced last fall. Their new CEO, Brian Cornell, said in an interview with USA Today that Target is "...very focused and committed to making sure that [they are] managing data security as carefully as possible." Target isn't alone in their hacking scandal; Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, and most recently, Staples, are just a few of several retail chains that have been victims of data theft. If Target wants to prove that their customers are valued, footing shipping costs this year is a step in the right direction.

You won't have to shop online to experience all that Target has to offer. Cartwheel, Target's mobile coupon app, will feature 50% off a different toy every day from November 2nd to December 24th. Most Cartwheel coupons can only be redeemed in-store. Their interactive shopping app for iPad will, among other things, allow kids to build their holiday wishlists using a game-like experience; parents can then purchase the items using the app.

Target boasts over 35,000 new items this holiday season. More than a fifth of their toys will be exclusives, including 60 Frozen-related toys. Expect to see items inspired by their recent partnership with TOMS shoes as well.

We're excited to see how other retailers respond to Target's bold move. One thing is certain - in a race for customers, only the hottest deals will win. BFAds will be here to fill you in!

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BFAds' 2014 Golden T-Shirt Contest

Black Friday 2014 Shirts Doing our best to continue our homage to one of the greatest literary works of all time, the BFAds Golden T-Shirts are back for their fifth year!

As we begin shipping out the BFAds Black Friday 2014 t-shirts, we are going to include Golden t-shirts with random orders.

If you are one of the lucky recipients of a Golden shirt, all you need to do is take a picture of yourself wearing the shirt in front of your favorite store and send the photo to us. In return, we will send you a $100 gift card to the store of your choice!

The golden t-shirts will be shipped separately from your order and winners will receive their original order in addition to the golden shirt.

BFAds 2014 Golden T-Shirt

Everyone who purchases (or purchased) a BFAds Black Friday 2014 t-shirt is automatically entered into the Golden t-shirt contest.

Additionally, everyone who enters the upcoming November Giveaway Sweepstakes (to be announced shortly) will also be eligible to win a golden t-shirt. Those who purchase a shirt and enter the contest will receive two entries, thus doubling your chances of winning!

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Half Price Books Black Friday Ad Posted

Half Price Books Black Friday Ad We just posted the 3-item Half Price Books sale listing along with the 1-page Half Price Books ad scan!

The short but sweet Half Price Books ad is out in typical fashion with a simple, one-page single coupon offering. The first 100 shoppers on Black Friday also get a $5 gift card and free tote, as in the past. This year's one-day only $5 off $25 or $15 off $50+ coupon is not as strong as last year's, which was 40% off any single item as well as $15 off $50+. The Half Price Books 2012 coupon was 15% off your entire purchase or $15 off $50+.

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Black Friday Ad Leak Timeline

Since last week's Harbor Freight release, we've been stalking the internet for news on when other stores will release their adscans, hoping to find something more substantial than rumors. We're still searching.

By this time last year we had several of our favorite stores already posted on our adscans page - and although the opening hours are earlier in 2014 than ever before, the ad scans seem to be coming later. We've gathered up the historical data from past years to share with you in lieu of official announcements (for now). Many stores leak or release their ads around the same time each November - so here are the dates each store released their ads in previous years. 2011 Leaked Black Friday Ads!

Black Friday 2011 fell on the November 25, giving holiday shoppers over a month to get their gift lists checked off - and that year there were already four stores with adscans available by the October 21.
2012 Leaked Black Friday Ads!
In 2012, we leaked Fred's Black Friday adscans on October 11, breaking the tradition of Harbor Freight always being first. By October 22, we had five stores' ads - including Build-a-Bear Workshop, Half Price Books and Tommy Hilfiger. After that, the ads were leaking every day or two up to Thanksgiving.
2013 Leaked Black Friday Ads!
Last year the Canadians released their first ever Black Friday ad for Sears Canada, and we were so excited we posted it and had to wait another four days for the Harbor Freight ad. After October 15, however, we had an ad scan leaking every day or two until the stores all released their ads 4 or 5 at at time, every day, for the first two weeks in November.

Will they wait until November and blast us with ads all at once next month? Feel free to make your predictions in the comments - we're all impatiently waiting together this year!

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National Geographic Ad Posted

National Geographic 2014 Holiday Catalog We just posted the 330-item National Geographic 2014 Holiday Catalog sale listing along with the 72-page National Geographic 2014 Holiday Catalog ad scan!

The National Geographic Society has been focused on history, natural sciences, conservation and of course geography since 1988. Every purchase from this year's catalog helps the Society's efforts in exploration, education, research, and conservation. Inside the catalog you will find gifts inspired by world cultures, including hand crafted items, travel accessories, clothing items, and jewelry.

While the catalog is really just a run-of-the-mill listing of their products we did see the 8-Disc Best of National Geographic Channel DVD Collection for $20 when you spend $100+. Another interesting deal is the Geno 2.0 DNA test which promises to be the "Richest ancestry information available" for $199.95.

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Black Friday 2014 Store Opening Times - Updated

Black Friday 2014 Store Opening Times If you've been following our news posts for the last week, you know we have announced official opening times for several stores already - Kmart is opening at 8AM on Thanksgiving morning and staying open until Friday night, while Best Buy and Macy's are opening two hours earlier than last year with a 6PM Thanksgiving dinnertime start.

Unofficially, several news sites are predicting a Thanksgiving morning opening for Walmart stores like last year, with doorbuster events beginning at 6PM. Dell.com has a countdown timer on their Black Friday page that ends at 7:00AM CST on Thanksgiving morning.

So far this year the adscans have been harder to get ahold of, but we've already got the full ad for Harbor Freight, and they are opening at 7AM (as usual) with Inside Track members being allowed inside the store a full hour earlier than the rest. Stay tuned here for more updates as they happen for Black Friday 2014, or get them delivered directly into your e-mail inbox!

Black Friday Store Hours

Dell 7AM Thursday 11/27
Kmart 8AM Thursday 11/27
Toys R Us 5PM Thursday 11/27
Walmart 6PM Thursday 11/27
Best Buy 6PM Thursday 11/27
Macy's 6PM Thursday 11/27
Carson's 6PM Friday 11/28
Harbor Freight 7AM Friday 11/28
Ulta 8PM Friday 11/28
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Hallmark Holiday Open House Catalog Posted

Hallmark Holiday Open House Catalog We just posted the 92-item Hallmark Holiday Catalog sale listing along with the 31-page Hallmark Holiday Catalog ad scan!

Hallmark is a new face in the Black Friday Holiday Book realm with deals on holiday hosting supplies, gift wrap and decorations. The bulk of the sale runs November 7th to November 16th and includes this year's keepsake ornaments. The Open House features many Holiday Favorites including Elf on a Shelf, Rudolph, and Peanuts. The catalog is heavy on holiday warmth and happy memories, but a little light on the deals.

After parsing the catalog with a BFAds Deal Hunter's eye, we were able to find a couple of the better deals like 30% off Hallmark personalized cards with coupon code JOY30 and Buy One, Get One for $1.00 wrapping paper.

As an added bonus, if you spend over $75 you get a free candle lantern at a quoted $24.95 value. Other deals include a $14.95 bell door hanger with any purchase and a Christmas Card Display for $14.95 with the purchase of 3 Hallmark cards.

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Dollar Tree Holiday Catalog Posted

Dollar Tree Holiday Catalog We just posted the Dollar Tree Holiday Catalog sale listing along with the 48-page Dollar Tree Holiday Catalog ad scan!

The Dollar Tree Holiday Catalog is eleven days earlier than last year but in the same fashion with sale pricing valid now to December 24. This year's sale includes even more items with minimum requirements but many selections are under $20 or much lower like the 5 six-foot extension cords for $5.

Some of the best deals we noticed requiring a minimum purchase amount were the 12-pack of Brand-Name Olive-Stem Glassware in three styles for $12, the Cobblestone Corners Christmas Village 61-Piece Collection for $36 and the 12 to 24 packs of shampoo and body washes for $1 a bottle.

The sale mimics years past with early savings on seasonal decorations, glassware and stocking stuffers all for a dollar. The bulk discounts on disposable plates, stemware, placemats, gift wrapping supplies and even foil utility pans with plastic lids are a great way to stock up for the holiday hosting season and New Year's parties.

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Lego 2014 Holiday Catalog Posted

Target Toy Book We just posted the 168-item Lego Holiday Catalog sale listing along with the 52-page Lego Holiday Catalog ad scan!

Lego has always produced a quality toy that is a pretty safe bet for any child come holiday gift time. This year, with the Lego Movie grossing almost half a billion dollars world wide, and the popularity of Lego themed video games, Lego is poised to be a very popular item again this Black Friday Season.

The Lego Holiday Book promises hard to find sets, as well as popular Lego brands like Lego Star Wars, Lego Technic, Lego Friends, Lego Chima, and of course some Lego Movie tie-in sets. The catalog itself doesn't seem to have too many "deals," but you can bet store ads themselves will feature some discounts on Lego toys, and when they do, our Deal Hunters will be ready to compare prices and clue you in on the best deals this Black Friday. For instance, The Phantom on page 16 for $24.99 is currently one of our hot deals here for $19.88.

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Kohl’s Doubles Down w/ Yes2You Rewards Program

Early Access for Amazon Prime Members On top of an exciting new coupon policy, Kohl's also recently introduced the Yes2You rewards program offering one point per dollar spent, with a $5 reward for every 100 points. The Yes2You reward program is free to join and also includes an additional 8 offers per year, bonus point opportunities, and a free birthday gift!

The Yes2You and Kohl's Cash reward programs differ slightly but both programs offer rewards which can be earned concurrently. Kohl's Cash is earned the same way as before; any Yes2You rewards earned will be converted into Kohl's Cash at the end of the calendar month. Yes2You rewards certificates will be pink! With the new Yes2You rewards program, Kohl's is also allowing you to share points with friends and family, whereas Kohl's Cash is non-transferable.

The Yes2You rewards program also has an app to track points and receive bonus offers. You also get 10 free Yes2You reward points just for downloading and installing the app!

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Target Toy Catalog Posted

Target Toy Book We are first on the block with the 60-page Target Toy book chock-full of coupons and top picks on holiday wish lists. A majority of the prices are underwhelming and match current prices at Target and around the web. However, the coupons pick up the slack with additional savings, gift cards and freebies. Namely free holiday wrapping paper with a $20+ toy department item and a $10 Target GiftCard with a Toy Department purchase of $50+. Other coupons include "25% off toy department items" and "10% off Video game software item" As an added bonus everything in the book has free shipping and free returns! The prices are valid 10/26/14 to 11/26/14.

Target is also offering daily Toy Department deals via their Cartwheel app. Simply download cartwheel and you will be then able to print a coupon for the days deal redeemable at checkout in-store.

A hot deal we noticed is the ZTE Zinger Android smartphone for $9.99 with Target Brightspot cell phone service. Brightspot uses the T-Mobile network and offers a $25 Target giftcard with every 6 months of service. The phone currently sells for $89.99 on T-mobile.com.

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Kohl's New & Improved Coupon Policy

Kohl's New & Improved Coupon Policy

Kohl's has upped the ante by allowing up to 4 coupon codes to be stacked at one time! Now you can easily combine your favorite codes with Kohl's Cash and (if you're a member) the many benefits of a Kohl`s Charge Card! Some codes are exclusive to Kohl's Charge Card carriers, but many great stackable coupons are available for everyone. We've made it easy with a list of the hottest ones we can find!

In the past Kohl's allowed only 2 coupon codes to be used at one time. They eventually allowed 3 codes; and now we're up to 4! Unfortunately, more times than not the active codes are either not stackable, have pesky exclusions or the out-the-door price is not the best deal around - even with Kohl's Cash figured in. Luckily, a slew of great stackable coupons have become available, allowing shoppers to build the deal they want and get $10+ in Kohl's Cash to spend on purchases of $50 or more later!

The Current Sales, Offers and Coupons are:

Department Specific (these stack with sitewide percent off coupons):

  • CLEARANCE25 - Extra 25% Off Select Clearance for Women, Men, and Kids (exp. 10/19)
  • FALLBT10 - $10 Off $30 Men's Big & Tall Apparel Purchase (exp. 10/26)
  • MENSDRESS10 - $10 Off $40 Men's Dress Apparel Purchase (exp. 10/26)
  • TOYLIST10 - $10 Off $50 Toys (exp. 10/26)
  • YANKEE10 - $10 Off $30 Yankee Candle Centerpiece Purchase (exp. 11/2)
  • DEERSTAGS15 - Extra 15% Off All Deer Stag Shoes (exp. 10/24)

Kohl's Charge:

  • TRICK30 - 30% off with Kohl's Charge (10/16-10/26/14)
  • SHIP2YOU - Free Shipping on Any Order with Kohl's Charge (exp. 10/26)
  • FREE4MVC - Free Shipping on Any Order with Kohl's Charge (exp. 10/26)

Non Kohl's Charge:

  • THANKS4525 - 15% off Purchase (exp. 10/19)
  • DISCOVER - 10% off $75 Purchase (exp. 1/2/15)
  • MENSDRESS10 - $10 off $40 Men's Dress Apparel Purchase (exp. 10/26)
  • SAVEVS4 - 15% off $75 Purchase (exp. 12/31)
  • WELLS15OFF - 15% off $100 Purchase (exp. 1/2/15)

Shipping Offers:

  • SHIP2YOU - Free Shipping on Any Order with Kohl's Charge (exp. 10/26)
  • FREE4MVC - Free Shipping on Any Order with Kohl's Charge (exp. 10/26)

Kohl's Cash is available to everyone and is currently $10 back to spend at Kohl's for every $50 spent. These Kohl`s Cash rates are valid until October 22nd. The Kohl's Cash earned will be valid October 23rd through November 2nd. Last year we saw as much as $15 back on every $50 spent and we anticipate the current rate to be increased as we edge closer to Black Friday. We also hope to see the same great high percentage off coupon codes available for all customers that popped up in years past.

The Kohl's Charge Card offers many perks like exclusive coupons and access to free shipping with no minimum purchase codes. Also, if you spend over $600, you become a Most Valued Customer (MVC) with at least 18 discounts a year! Great deals can still be had at Kohl's without the card, however, if you frequent Kohl's the added discounts, exclusive codes and members only offers make the Kohls Charge Card something to seriously consider!

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Some Newspapers May Charge Extra For Black Friday 2014 Ads

Some Newspapers May Charge Extra For Black Friday 2014 Ads As we strive to deliver better and better deals and tools to optimize your Black Friday 2014 (and beyond!) shopping experience, it would seem newspapers are taking a step backwards.

Popular journalist and journalism blogger Jim Romenesko was alerted last month that certain newspapers were planning to charge loyal subscribers for "premium" issues, including the Thanksgiving Edition. In the case of the Chicago Tribune, getting your Black Friday 2014 ads on Thanksgiving will cost subscribers an extra two dollars. The Detroit Free Press delivered to your doorstep on 11/27/14 will cost an extra dollar.

TIME picked up the story, and opined that this seems like backward thinking on the part of newspapers. This isn't some special edition - the "premium" content provided the day before Black Friday is almost exclusively made up of ads that stores already pay the newspaper to deliver to you. Poor sport, double dipping. TIME also points out that most people put up with ads to lower the price of their subscription, and here they are being used to justify an extra cost to subscribers. At two dollars per subscriber, the extra profit to the Tribune would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a half million dollars. One must also wonder how the company can provide a free daily newspaper for twenty-somethings, but wants to bilk subscribers on the eve of the most important shopping day of the year.

Mix108, a radio station in Duluth, MN, reports that at least one local paper there is doing the same thing. We can't find an exhaustive list, but if your local paper or a national paper that you subscribe to is doing this, we would love for you to send us a message and let us know!

The good news is that, according to Jim Romenesko, if you call and complain to the Tribune and the Freepress they will refund the premium charge. The better news is you can see all the ad scans for Black Friday 2014 for free right on our Adscans Page, usually long before the newspapers over charge you for them.

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Belk Rumored to Begin Black Friday on Wednesday

Belk Stores May Open On Wednesday For Black Friday 2014 According to an unconfirmed source within the company, Belk Stores are planning to begin their Black Friday 2014 online sale at midnight the morning of Wednesday, November 26th.

At physical locations, the oh-so-enticing Black Friday prices will go into effect at 4PM Wednesday and stores will remain open until 9PM.

For those unfamiliar with Belk, it is a mid to upscale family-owned department store chain with 306 locations in 16 different Southern states. Their 2013 Black Friday adscan came in at 72 pages, with 1,204 total items.

Once we have a confirmed opening time you will be able to find it, and all your other favorite Black Friday stores, on our Black Friday 2014 Store Hours page.

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