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Black Friday 2014 Updates

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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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 Hunters 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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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
Harbor Freight 7AM Friday 11/28
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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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Amazon Holiday Toy List Posted

Amazon Holiday Toy List Amazon has joined the Black Friday 2014 excitement with the release of their 45-page Holiday Toy List and the announcement of early access to their Black Friday deals by half an hour for Amazon Prime members!

The list from Amazon features toys ranging from retro revamps like the Simon Swipe Game and the Lionel Polar Express Remote O-Gauge Train Set to this year's already wildly popular Frozen toys. Of the nearly 1,100 items in the Toy List over 900 are available for gift wrapping by Amazon.

Check back often as Amazon is running numerous Holiday Toy Lightning Deals and the prices on the Toy List are always changing. We anticipate they will continue to drop prices more dramatically as the big day approaches! If you can't get enough toy books we also have Mills Fleet Farm and Blain's Farm & Fleet live right now on our Adscan page!

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Early Access for Amazon Prime Members

Early Access for Amazon Prime Members 'Tis the season to shop early! Amazon has announced that Prime members have another exclusive benefit to add to their list. Effective immediately, they'll be able to purchase select Amazon Lightning Deals 30 minutes before they become publicly available. Eligible Lightning Deals are marked "Prime Early Access Deal" below the % claimed bar on the Gold Box Deals page.

MyHabit.com, Amazon's sister site with daily sales featuring up to 60% off designer brands, will also be offering early access to sales events 30 minutes before they are available to other customers. Prime Members can shop sales at MyHabit starting at 8:30 AM PST while regular members of the site can enter their sales at 9:00 AM PST.

MyHabit membership is free. You can sign in with your existing Amazon information or create a new account. Amazon Prime costs $99.00 a year; if you're not already a member, you can sign up for a one-month free trial here. Other Prime membership benefits include free 2-day shipping on select items, access to Prime Instant Video and being able to borrow books from the Kindle Lending Library.

For our purposes this is exciting news; we predict Amazon is getting people used to the idea of this being a perk so they can give Amazon Prime members first crack at Black Friday 2014 doorbuster pricing online. The even better news is that as long as they keep the 1-month free trial promotion going (and you aren't already a member) you can start your free membership October 30th or later and get your Black Friday shopping done during the trial period - then cancel before you pay the $99 yearly fee. Sign up November 3rd to get in on Cyber Monday stuff, too. You're welcome shoppers!

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Macy's Announces Early Hours: 6PM Thanksgiving

Macy's Announces Early Black Friday Opening We all remember the impact Macy's store hours had on Black Friday discussions last year when we broke the news that they'd be opening at 8PM on Thursday - right after Thanksgiving Dinner. Some of their hottest while-supplies-last doorbusters were even more highly coveted due to the painful choice of whether to shop or stay for dessert.

Macy's wasn't the first store to have Thursday hours for Black Friday; Old Navy, and Lowe's Home Improvement started their sales on Thursday morning last year, and some stores announced "marathon hours" that started Thanksgiving morning and remained open through the night of Black Friday.

Last year, there was an overwhelming online response from holiday shoppers and BFAds commenters. Some of them were upset, stating that retailers shouldn't edge in on Thanksgiving family time while others were elated that they had the opportunity to get their shopping done even earlier. No matter what side of the debate they were on, customers were talking about Macy's early opening hours for weeks - and the trend continues in 2014. In an email sent out to Macy's employees last Thursday, the department store giant announced that they are opening their doors at 6PM on Thursday 11/27. Macy's executives requested that employees volunteer to work, stating that "there is no question that...customers are eager to begin their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day."

The company's official word via this USA Today article was that this year's even earlier start time was "...in response to the significant, sustained customer interest in last year's opening on Thanksgiving" despite the email itself citing "competitive pressure" as their reasoning. Whatever their motivations may be, Macy's stores will not be the only ones to open around Thanksgiving dinner time this year. Early openings appear to be a continuing trend - and we'll keep updating as the stores announce them.

Let us know your opinions in the comments below. No matter when you plan to start shopping, whether you brave the lines or buy online, BFAds is here to help you prepare.

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Harbor Freight Black Friday 2014 Ad Released

Harbor Freight Black Friday Ad Good morning, BFAdders! We just received our first leaked American Black Friday ad - and once again it's for Harbor Freight!

The 41-item Harbor Freight Black Friday sale listing and 4-page Harbor Freight advertisement scans look similar to the ones we've seen for the past 2 years. Most of the advertised items were on sale last year for around the same price. The Chicago Electric 90-Amp AC 120-Volt Flux Cored Welder is $5 less, while the Chicago Electric Variable Speed Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool is $2 less than last year. A few items like the Thunderbolt 45-Watt Magnum Solar Panel Kit have been marked up. We spotted a total of 8 new items not present in last year's Black Friday ad.

Like last year, Harbor Freight is opening at 7AM but allowing Inside Track members to enter an hour early (at 6AM).

This ad was the start of a flurry of activity last year, and we're hoping this year will be the same. Be sure to keep checking back for more ad scan leaks.

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How to Get a BFAds' Black Friday 2014 T-Shirt

Black Friday Ads 2014 Shirt Ladies and gentlemen, the votes are in! It was an especially close call this year. Multiple designs took the top spot throughout the week, and less than 300 votes determined our finalist. The polls are closed, the people have spoken, and we are proud to announce that this year's official BFAds t-shirt design is Black Friday Silhouette!

With the winning design now announced, it's time for the golden question: how do I get one?

Currently, there are two ways to get a BFAds 2014 t-shirt:


We are selling shirts very close to cost and all proceeds from shirt sales will be donated to your choice of one of the following six charities: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Toys for Tots, Fisher House Foundation or Ronald McDonald House.

Further, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, for every shirt sold in October, BFAds will donate an additional $1 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! Last year, we were able to raise over $10,000 across all charities!

There will be plenty of other opportunities to win shirts throughout October and November (including our largest November give-away to date); we just haven't finalized all the details yet. If have any good contest ideas, we'd love to hear them in the comments!

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