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Black Friday 2014 Updates

Build a Bear Black Friday Ad Posted

Build a Bear Black Friday We just posted the very short 3-item Build a Bear Black Friday 2013 sales listing!

Build a Bear does not list their Black Friday opening time, but the two Sock Monkeys, Nick and Joy, will be sold 2 for $15, or $10 separately, until noon on Black Friday.

The Build a Bear Black Friday ad comes by way of a press release, so there is a chance we might see a full-featured ad in the future, but we're not holding our breath.

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Macy's Black Friday Ad Posted

Macys Black Friday Ad We just posted the 687-item Macy's Black Friday sale listing along with the 49-page Macy's Black Friday ad scans!

As was previously announced, and then confirmed, Macy's will be starting their Black Friday sale at 8pm Thanksgiving Night, however their door-buster pricing is valid both on Thanksgiving/Black Friday (8pm - 1pm Friday) and then again on Saturday morning (7am - 1pm).

Most of the items are also available for slightly higher prices outside of these morning sale hours, with "After 1pm" prices valid through Tuesday, December 3.

Given that items increase in price between the two morning sales, it seems that if you somehow miss Macy's Black Friday sale, you should wait until Saturday morning to try again (or buy after 1pm on Friday and see if they let you price-match on Saturday morning).

Some of the hotter items we noticed were:

Note that last year, Macy's released a separate Thanksgiving Sale advertisement, which complemented their Black Friday sale. We're fairly confident that a similar advertisement will be released this year too, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Walmart Planning Biggest Black Friday Event Ever

Walmart Black Friday Event Walmart has just announced that they are planning on having their largest Black Friday sale ever, hoping that a strong Black Friday will propel them into a very profitable fourth quarter.

Boasting that their planned marketing voice will be 50% greater than that of their closest competitor, Walmart is expecting over 25 billion media impressions this holiday season - including prominent TV ads during the three Thanksgiving Day NFL games (the highest viewed Thanksgiving TV programming).

Walmart also has a renewed focus on e-commerce, as CEO Mike Duke stated that Walmart's biggest opportunity is "winning the intersection between physical and retail," while noting that e-commerce has grown 30% globally for the first half of the year.

What does this mean for Black Friday consumers? Outside of the traditional door busters and roll backs, which are expected to be even greater this year, Walmart has set itself up in prime position to announce "secret" in-store and/or online sales. Secret Black Friday sales are not something we've seen done since Best Buy did it in 2008, but they are definitely a possibility, especially given Walmart's prime NFL spot.

Additionally, Walmart has been one of the long hold-outs of having both their in-store and online Black Friday sales at the same time. Many retailers will start their online Black Friday sale at 12:01am Thanksgiving Day, so as to not conflict with their in-store sale. (Kohl's went a step further last year and started their online Black Friday sale on Wednesday morning.) With more attention turned towards e-commerce, maybe we see the online Walmart sale start a bit earlier this year.

The best is yet to come, so be sure to stay tuned!

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Lowe's Black Friday Inventory Hold List Leaked

Lowes Black Friday Ad We have just posted the Lowe's Black Friday inventory hold list, which is a list of items Lowe's is setting aside in preparation for Black Friday 2013.

Note that this is just a list of items that Lowe's will be setting out on November 29 (Black Friday), but does not necessarily guarantee these items will be featured in their Black Friday sale, nor is this the full list of Lowe's Black Friday items (at least, we hope not).

That being said, it, at the very least, provides a small glimpse of some of the items Lowe's may be offering this Black Friday.

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Harbor Freight Black Friday 2013 Ad Released

Harbor Freight Black Friday Ad We just posted the 42-item Harbor Freight Black Friday sale listing along with the 4-page Harbor Freight advertisement scans.

If this ad looks a little familiar, that's because Harbor Freight's Black Friday 2013 ad heavily borrows from their 2012 ad. By our count, there are only nine different items contained in the 2013 ad that were not present in last year's Black Friday ad. There are even some items that have been featured since their Black Friday 2010 ad!

Given Harbor Freight's lack of creativity in the Black Friday ad department, it is of little surprise that their sale starts at 7am on Black Friday - with Inside Track Club members being able to enter the store an hour early.

The first (American) Black Friday ad of the season and we're fairly confident we'll see a couple more very soon. Be sure to stay tuned.

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How to Get a BFAds' Black Friday 2013 T-Shirt

Black Friday Ads 2013 Shirt It was a hotly contested vote this year, with multiple designs taking the top spot throughout the week, but one design was able to pull away from the rest of the pack and we're now proud to announce that this year's BFAds t-shirt design is the Black Friday Cart design!

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 2013 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, American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots or Fisher House Foundation.

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 options 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' 2013 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 4th 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 $150 and a free BFAds t-shirt. In total, we will be giving away $300 in gift certificates and 25 BFAds 2013 t-shirts to the top entries!

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

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

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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Macy's Black Friday Doorbuster Sneak Peek

Macys Black Friday 2013 After announcing their plans to start their Black Friday sale at 8pm Thanksgiving Day, Macy's has now released a 17-item preview of their Black Friday doorbusters.

It has been in our experience that when a store releases a sneak preview of their Black Friday ad, the release of the full ad is usually not too far off. Hinting at this point is Macy's Pinterest page, which informs us to stay tuned, as there is "more to come."

Given the relatively early leak of Macy's Black Friday ad in 2012, Macy's could very well be planning on officially releasing their entire Black Friday ad before a third-party has a chance to leak it. We've never seen a retailer release their full ad in October, but we're very welcome to the idea.

We'll be sure to keep you posted!

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Macy's Black Friday Sale Starts at 8pm Thanksgiving Day

Macys Black Friday Breaking a 155 year-old tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving Day, Macy's has announced that their Black Friday 2013 sale will begin just after Thanksgiving dinner at 8pm Thursday night, with stores remaining open for 24 straight hours.

The 8pm Thanksgiving Day start matches the early starts from last year's Sears, Toys R Us and Walmart Black Friday sales (Target started at 9pm), which makes you wonder if other stores are preparing even earlier starts this year. There's not too much leeway before these sales start to directly conflict with traditional Thanksgiving festivities, which might make for an interesting battle.

Not everyone will be able to participate in these early Black Friday sales though, as certain states and townships still have blue laws, dating back to the 17th Century, which prevent retail stores from being open on Thanksgiving. In the past, these laws have forced retailers in the affected areas to push back their sales until at least 12:01am Black Friday morning.

Are these early Black Friday sales ruining the sanctity of Thanksgiving or is a turkey dinner (or Hot Pocket equivalent) in a parking lot with a bunch of strangers an interesting homage back to the true meaning of Thanksgiving? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Buttons out, Snow Globes Back in at JCPenney

JCPenney Black Friday 2013 Snow Globe JC Penney has just announced they are bringing back the ever-popular free snow globes this Black Friday!

Last year, JC Penney replaced the snow globes with promotional buttons, a move that was not terribly well received and ended up angering a very vocal group who have been petitioning for the return of the snow globes for more than a year.

Luckily for them, JC Penney listened and is not only bringing back the snow globes for their Black Friday 2013 sale, but are also offering select rewards members the ability to receive a special, retroactive 2012 snow globe, so that there is no gap in their collection.

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Farm & Fleet and Fleet Farm Toy Catalogs Posted

Farm & Fleet and Fleet Farm Toy Catalogs Posted We just posted both Blain's Farm and Fleet Toys Catalog advertisement listing and Mills' Fleet Farm Toys Catalog advertisement listing (yes, they are different stores) along with both of their advertisement scans.

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.

Both stores open at 7am on Saturday, October 19th and Mill's Fleet Farm is offering a free toy to the first 300 customers.

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Sears Canada Black Friday Ad Posted

Sears Canada Black Friday The first Black Friday 2013 ad has been released and it is an ad that we never expected.

No longer content with letting the American's have all the fun, Sears Canada (who celebrate their Thanksgiving this Monday, October 14) is debuting, what we believe to be, the first ever Canadian Black Friday sale!

Seeing that we cover all Black Friday sales, we have posted both the 71-item Sears Canada Black Friday sale listing along with the 8-page Sears Canada Black Friday ad.

The sale starts tomorrow, Friday, October 11 (no start time is given) and lasts through next Thursday, October 17.

While we did not see any traditional Black Friday door-busters in the ad (which contains no electronics), most items do appear to be discounted quite a bit from their normal sales prices. We'll give them a break, it is after all, their first Black Friday.

We expect the American Black Friday ads to start coming out in the very near future, so be sure to stay tuned and tell your friends!

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Vote for the BFAds 2013 T-Shirt Design

We need your help choosing the design for the BFAds' Black Friday 2013 t-shirt!

We have selected our six favorite designs and now need you to vote on your favorite design.

Voting will end this Sunday, October 13 at 11:59pm CST. The winning design will be announced Monday, October 14 along with information on how to win or purchase a shirt.

To vote, simply select your favorite design and hit the Submit Vote button. You can view a larger version of the design by clicking on the image.

Voting is now closed. Come back later to see the winning design and purchase a shirt!

Black Friday Cart
Black Friday Cart
Black Friday Sales Grab
Black Friday Sales Grab
Black Friday Climb
Black Friday Climb
Black Friday Jumble
Black Friday Jumble
Black Friday Futuristic
Black Friday Futuristic
Black Friday Collection
Black Friday Collection

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Welcome to Black Friday 2013!

Black Friday Ads for Black Friday 2013 by BFAds.net We are now a full week into October and it seems as good of a time as ever to officially kick things off for the Black Friday 2013 season!

As of yet, no Black Friday ads have been released, but we expect the first to show up sometime either this week or next (for reference, the first Black Friday 2012 ad was released on October 11).

In the interim, we will soon be announcing details regarding our 2013 BFAds t-shirts, releasing our first round of Black Friday buying guides and continuing our daily coverage of hot deals - which are now located on our Hot Deals page and can be seen both in our standard list view and our new grid view!

Stay tuned for more updates and surprises as we get closer to November.

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Welcome to the New BFAds!

We've been working behind the scenes all year to update our look for Black Friday 2013. It's been 7 years since we last updated the design, and we've tried to deliver a site that's faster and easier to use.

Thanks to everyone who took a look at the site during beta -- you provided some great feedback that helped refine the look-and-feel. In particular, our users really participated in the new design for Hot Deals. We know change can be difficult, and some of you really loved our "classic" look, but we think the new site will grow on you, and nothing has changed in our commitment to be the best site for Black Friday deals. We're not done yet, either.

With the first Black Friday ad right around the corner, we wanted to go ahead and roll out the new version of BFAds, but there's still work to do, and we need your help. This site is for you -- let us know how we can make it better.

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