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Black Friday 2014 Updates

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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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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