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Black Friday 2014 Updates

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., 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 " 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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BFAds' 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest

Black Friday Pumpkin Carving Contest Halloween is now only 17 days away and to get in the spirit, BFAds is happy to announce our 5th Annual Black Friday Pumpkin Carving Contest!

If you plan on carving a pumpkin this year, enter into our contest for a chance to win up to $250 and a free BFAds t-shirt. In total, we will be giving away $500 in gift certificates and 25 BFAds 2014 t-shirts to the top entries!

Submissions are due Thursday, October 30 by 11:59pm CST. The top three carvings will be featured on our site, Friday, October 31st and a public vote will decide the final rankings.

Looking for some inspiration? Check out the submissions from 2011, 2012 and 2013!

The rules and entry form are available on our Halloween Contest page; please make sure you read the rules in order to have your submission count.

We are biased, so carvings that have a Black Friday or BFAds theme will probably receive preferential treatment.

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BFAds' 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest Wii U Giveaway

BFAds' 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest Wii U Giveaway

Halloween is just 17 days away, and is getting into the spirit with TWO(!) simultaneous ways to win some prizes.

1. Halloween has many traditions: trick-or-treating, costume parties and, of course, the BFAds Pumpkin Carving Contest. Your first way to win, this is our 5th year hosting the competition, and we're super excited to see what our readers are going to come up with! Send us a picture of your carved or painted pumpkin with BFAds 2014 somewhere in the frame (written on a piece of paper or carved into the pumpkin). We'll display the pictures on our site, and you can vote on your favorites. The pumpkin with the most votes wins. Top prize is $150 gift card to the store of your choice. 2nd Place $100 gift card to the store of your choice. 3rd Place is $50 gift card to the store of your choice. Top 25 entries also recieve a 2014 BFAds t-shirt

2. If decorating pumpkins isn't your thing, we are also running one of our standard giveaways: BFAds' 2014 Pumpkin Carving Contest Wii U Giveaway! The winner will receive a Wii U Deluxe Set. Enter by leaving a comment telling us what you or your children will be dressing as for Haloween. Earn extra entries by subscribing to our newsletter (if you're already subscribed, just click the checkmark under that option) and sharing this contest, or the pumpkin carving contest, on social media. Keep checking back for more contests and Black Friday 2014 updates. Thanks for visiting and "gourd" luck!

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Black Friday 2014 Store Opening Times

Black Friday Store Times Target has confirmed that their Black Friday 2014 "main event" will span the 27th-29th, a nice three-ish day sale. There was a lot of controversy last year about our favorite holiday leaking into Thanksgiving, but now that the barrier has already been breached, we believe the sales will slowly creep earlier and earlier into the week.

Target's official Black Friday page is teasing us with the dates, but holding back the actual start time, and asking you to trade your email address in exchange for the "scoop about Black Friday". If they were simply starting at the same time they did last year, this ploy would be doomed to fail. We predict that Target will deliver on the pageantry, and announce that their sale starts Thanksgiving morning around 8:00 AM.

Kmart has officially announced Thanksgiving morning as their start time; as reported by Seattle NBC affiliate King5, Kmart stores will start their Black Friday 2014 event at 8:00 AM Thanksgiving, and won't close until Friday night.

Toys R Us/Babies R Us stores have posted a listing of their locations and the Black Friday 2014 sale openings for each store; the vast majority of them will be open at 5 PM on Thanksgiving Night. Click here to check your local store's sale hours.

Finally, we already have confirmation that BestBuy and Macy's are planning to repeat last year's controverial dinner-time openings on Thanksgiving day. King5 in the article linked above reports that Best Buy will be opening its doors for Black Friday at 6 PM, and ABC Affiliate WSB-TV out of Atlanta is reporting that an internal e-mail from Macy's has them opening at the same time due to "competitive" pressure.

There are still some areas of the country where these sale hours will be rendered inaccurate due to "blue laws" that restrict businesses from being open on certain holidays and/or Sundays. In states like Massachusetts, for example, these stores will still have to hold off their sale events until 12:01 AM on Black Friday morning.

We imagine this trend will continue for years to come; early openings were profitable last year, and stores will be starting their sales earlier to beat one another in the race for eager Black Friday shoppers. For all the ads and news for Black Friday 2014 and beyond, subscribe to our newsletter. Happy Shopping!

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Sears Canada Black Friday Ad Posted

Sears Canada Black Friday The Black Friday 2014 ads cometh! We've got our first ad scan of the season, and as expected, it's for the Black Friday in the Great White North.

As was the case with last year, the Sears Canada ad is our first leak of 2014. Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday in October, which falls on October 13th. As such, the ad and sale will run from Thursday Oct. 9th through Monday Oct. 13th.

Since we cover all Black Friday sales, we have posted both the 250-item Sears Canada Black Friday sale listing as well as the 36-page Sears Canada Black Friday ad.

Similar to last year, there are no major doorbusters listed. Rather, the ad has prevalent discounts on home items such as furniture, tools, and appliances. For example, a Cuisinart 5.5-qt. Stand Mixer is 50% off, priced at $249.99 from $499.99. There is a Craftsman 72-pc. Screwdriver Set on sale for $19.99, a discount of 75%.

If the trends from last year continue, we anticipate seeing some adleaks closer to home very soon. Last year, the first American Black Friday Ad was posted within 5 days of the 2013 version of this ad, and after that it was a deluge of deals, so keep your eyes here!

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Wednesday Hot Deals

Wednesday Better Than Black Friday Deals! Hello again, Black Friday shoppers! We've got a selection of the best deals from our Hot Deals page in the post below - these items were chosen because BFAds staff thought they were exceptionally noteworthy. Since Black Friday 2014 is just over a month away, we've also got tons of exciting news around the site. Check out our Articles page for updates and info, enter our latest giveaway for a Wii U Deluxe set w/ Mario U & Luigi U (Oh, and entering a pumpkin in our 5th annual pumpkin carving contest gives you 5 more chances to win), or just subscribe to our newsletters to get an email whenever something big is happening at! Thanks for being here, and have a great Wednesday!

Acer 15.6" Notebook w/ Intel Core i5-4210U (1.70GHz), 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD (E5-571-5552) - $359.99 at eBay (Newegg)

Today on eBay, Newegg is offering the Acer 15.6" Notebook w/ Intel Core i5-4210U (1.70GHz), 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD (E5-571-5552) for $359.99. The next best price we could find today was directly from Newegg for $409.99 and then $434.89 from 3BTech.

This laptop received mixed ratings on Newegg with 3 out of 5 eggs (stars) based on 15 customer reviews. After reading through the reviews, the main complaints were that it is nearly impossible for the average person or even computer geeks to upgrade due to the laptop having to be almost completely disassembled to add memory or an SSD hard drive. This really isn't a problem for people who just want an inexpensive laptop with a good processor and will just buy a new laptop when they want to upgrade.

Take note that this does not have a DVD drive and the track pad is reportedly quite sensitive so a USB mouse and USB DVD drive might be good accessories for it.

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Tuesday Hot Deals

Tuesday Better Than Black Friday Deals! Its happening! The first (American) adscan for Black Friday 2014 has leaked, and we had it first. As predicted based on previous years it was Harbor Freight! We've still got a full listing of items on our Hot Deals page, and of course below we've got the better than Black Friday deals from this morning's deal-hunting. If you haven't already, you can click here to subscribe to our Hot Deals newsletter and/or Black Friday updates; then you'll be the first to know when new ads go up for all of our favorite stores. Thanks for checking BFAds today, and enjoy the deals!

Olive Garden Coupon: Classic Soup, Salad and Breadsticks Lunch Combo - $5.00

Olive Garden is offering their Classic Soup, Salad and Breadsticks Lunch Combo for $5 until 4PM each day through October 17th with this printable coupon. Only valid at participating locations. One coupon per visit per table.

Canon Photo Paper Glossy 4x6 B1G4 Free (5-pks. = 250 Sheets) - $9.99 at Canon

Today Canon is offering Buy One Get Four Free photo paper in various sizes with glossy and matte finishes. Sizes range from 4x6 to 8.5x11 and prices start at $8.49. The only deal we've seen this year that comes close to this hot is B1G1 Free on HP photo paper from Staples on Black Friday 2013.

This paper goes well with all Canon Pixma printers and could be a great add-on or gift for anyone who recently took advantage of one of the DSLR Camera and Pixma printer combo deals we have been seeing for the last few months. The gloss and gloss II paper have both received 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The matte paper, however, received 3.7 out of 5 stars. Many of the lower ratings complain about how it is not traditional matte photo paper, but card stock.

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Monday Hot Deals

Monday's Hot Deals In fourteen-hundred-ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue - and school kids everywhere celebrated having a day off from school! We're serving up the Columbus Day Hot Deals over on our Hot Deals page and the selections below stood out as being especially worthy. Today is also your last day to enter our Dawn of the Deals PS4 Giveaway, so be sure to share our contest information with your friends for additional entries before the drawing at 5PM CST. Thanks for checking out today, and have a great Monday!!

Apple 16GB iPad Air Tablet w/ Retina Display (MD785LL/A) - $389.99 at Buydig (via eBay)

Buydig (via eBay) has the 16GB Apple iPad Air w/ Retina Display (MD788LL/A) on sale for $389.99 with free shipping. On Black Friday 2013, Target had it bundled with a $100 Gift Card for $479.99. That effectively makes today's deal only $10.00 more than on Black Friday. This model is the newest version, with an Apple A7 CPU and iOS 8. It also has a bigger, better display as well as a longer battery life. Rated 4.5/5 at Amazon based on 1,663 customer reviews. CNET gave it an 8.6/10. Here's The Guardian's list of the 23 Best iPad Games/Apps of the Week to help you get all set up.

The Last of Us (Playstation 3) - $19.99 at Amazon

Amazon has The Last of Us (PS3) on sale for $19.99 with Free Super Saver Shipping on orders of $35 or more. That's $5.00 less than last year, when Walmart had it as a doorbuster on Thanksgiving night for $25.00. It is also the lowest price ever on Amazon, according to Camelcamelcamel. It has 4.7/5 stars based on 2,504 customer reviews. IGN gave it a perfect 10/10. Rated M for Mature.

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Mill's Fleet Farm and Blain's Farm & Fleet Toy Catalog Posted

Mill's Fleet Farm Toy Book We just posted the 250-item Blain's Farm & Fleet Toy Book listing along with the 64-page Mill's Fleet Farm Toy Book ad scans!

These are the first actual toy catalogs we've received this year - while the rest were lists of toys that retailers are expecting will be popular with kids this Christmas season. While the toy catalogs generally do not contain any special pricing, they're a good way to see and review this year's popular toys.

At Mill's Fleet Farm the doors open at 7AM on Saturday, October 18th and the first 300 customers will receive a free Toyland 2014 1:64 Scale Toy Big Rig.

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50 Days Till Black Friday Playstation 4 Giveaway

50 Days Till Black Friday Playstation 4 Giveaway

Good morning, BFAddicts! We're here bright and early to announce our latest giveaway: Dawn of the Deals. In joint celebration of the newest season of The Walking Dead and there being only 50 days left until Black Friday, we're giving someone a PlayStation 4 and The Walking Dead: Season 4 Limited Edition Blu-ray set. With a prize like this, you can hone your zombie hunting skills, or check out BFAds to practice deal hunting for the big day! Enter by leaving a comment telling us which modern conveniences you'd miss the most in an actual zombie apocalypse. Earn extra entries by subscribing to our newsletter (if you're already subscribed, just click the checkmark under that option) and sharing this contest on social media. Soon enough we'll be shuffling to doorbuster events on November mornings, feeling like zombies, and we can't wait! Keep checking back for more contests and Black Friday 2014 updates, and good luck in the drawing!

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Friday Hot Deals

50 Days Till Black Friday PS4 Giveaway

Friday's better than Black Friday staff picks are up! Thank goodness the weekend has arrived, and with it our first Black Friday 2014 adscan from Sears Canada! We're still running our Dawn of the Deals PS4 & The Walking Dead: Season 4 Blu-ray giveaway, as well as watching the interwebs for the first American adscans. In the meantime, don't forget to vote for your favorite BFAds 2014 t-shirt! There are only two days left until the official winner is chosen. If you'd appreciate email updates whenever Black Friday news or adscans leak, click here to subscribe to our newsletter. Have a great weekend!

-EXPIRED- A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection (Blu-ray) - $23.99 at Amazon

Today only, just in time for Halloween (and our Dawn of the Deals giveaway!) Amazon is offering a couple of great discounts on scary movies. The complete A Nightmare on Elm Street Collection is available on Blu-ray for $23.99. It includes all 7 original Nightmare films and a bonus disc. It was awarded 4.6/5 stars based on 539 customer reviews. The movies have a wide range of ratings on RottenTomatoes. Alternatively, The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray) is available for $18.99 and received 4.6/5 stars based on 36 customer reviews. RottenTomatoes gave "The Exorcist" a rating of 88% fresh. Both titles come with special features and commentaries. Offer ends tonight, October 10th, at 11:59PM.

AMC Theatres Coupon: Large Bag of Popcorn for $1.00 (Mobile Device Required)

If you'd rather catch a newer movie, AMC Theatres is offering a large bag of popcorn for just $1.00 when you sign up for their text message program. All you have to do is text "AMC" to "242424" and reply "Y" to their confirmation message. They'll send you a unique link to a QR code. Show that code to your cashier at the movies and voila! You just saved yourself around $7.00. As an added bonus, large-sized bags of popcorn get free refills. Find an AMC Theatre near you. Here is a link to Fandango so you can watch a few trailers and decide what's worth viewing on the silver screen.

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