With over 200 entries into our Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest, it made choosing the top entries extremely difficult. The BFAds staff has chosen their top six favorites and now we need your help to award the top three winners by voting on your favorite in the poll below!
Voting will end today, Friday October 31 at 11:59pm CST with the winners being announced tomorrow morning.
To vote, simply select your favorite carving and hit the Submit Vote button. You can view a larger version of the pumpkin carving by clicking on the image.
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We have several new confirmed Black Friday 2014 store opening times for you!
According to a Business Wire Press Release on their RSS feed, Kohl's will be opening their Black Friday festivities at 6PM on Thanksgiving day, joining other major retailers as we reported here, here, and here.
Stage's Black Friday adscan lists their opening times as 4PM on Thanksgiving, which is the earliest opening we have seen printed on an ad so far. Kmart is likely to take the cake with their rumored 6AM Thursday opening.
"At GameStop we often use the phrase 'protect the family' in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends. We believe it's the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we'll see you on Black Friday."
Yankee Candle's ad doesn't have a set time, and encourages shoppers to contact their local store for hours. A quick Google search came up with at least one store in Massachusetts that is closed on Thanksgiving, so checking with your store is important.
The New York Times is reporting that Lowe's will be leveraging social media site Vine.com to release Black Friday deal teasers. NYT also reports that Lowes will be opening at 5AM on Black Friday, and close at the regular time.
This is the earliest confirmed Black Friday start time we've seen yet! Stage will be unveiling the sale at 4:00 PM Thanksgiving night which is two hours earlier than last year. They will then stay open for nine hours until 1:00 AM, two hours longer than last year. They'll then reopen again at 6:00 AM on Black Friday.
The first fifty in line will receive a gift card for $10 to $100. As an added bonus they will also be offering a $10 voucher with $50+ spent from November 27th to December 2nd. The voucher can be redeemed from December 26th - January 31st. One lucky person per store will also receive Stage's employee discount for a full year!
Some stand outs we noticed on the front page are the lowest price on a 32" 720p HDTV we've seen this season yet at $99.99 and a Bella 12-cup programmable coffee maker for $5 less than the recent Best Buy deal of $15.00 but it requires a mail-in rebate. The mail-in rebate also works for other Bella small appliances like a 5-qt. slow cooker, waffle maker and griddle making them $9.99 after all is said and done. The back of the ad features two coupons that are good for an "extra 25% off a single item" which unfortunately excludes doorbusters and other items.
One important thing to note is that Stage is sharing their ad with Bealls, Goody's, Palais Royals and Peebles. That is, all these stores have the exact same Black Friday ad. To prevent item duplication, we have only listed the items under Stage's store name.
While there is no exact opening date given, the ad says "Many stores open early!" Whenever your local store opens, shoppers receive a Fragrance Lovers Tote (worth $100) for $25 when they make any purchase.
This ad isn't particularly exciting, and isn't even offering the best Yankee Candle deals. The Yankee Candle Black Friday ad is offering Buy 2, Get 1 Free Holiday Candles. However, we found this coupon for Buy 2, Get 2 Free Candles. Not only is it a better deal, but you aren't just limited to holiday-themed scents! Add any 4 candles to your cart and use coupon code B14A to subtract the cost of two of them. Stock up on candles now, and avoid the Black Friday crowds!
Hopefully this is the trickle before the ad leak dam bursts! Keep checking back to see what else shows up!
We just got wind of the Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event! Starting November 8th at 1:00PM and running until 4:00PM at "select Best Buy stores" the brick and mortar sale has deals on Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Sony products and features bundle deals on the Surface Pro 3, Keyboard and Office 365, Sony 55" 4K Ultra HDTV with Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox One Console with 12-Month Xbox Live membership card.
The Apple deals are for $50 gift cards with iPad Air or iPad Air 2 purchases and a $100 gift card for MacBook Air purchases. If Best Buy keeps a competitive price on the iPads and Macbooks we should see some great deals given the added gift card bonuses.
The deals we know about so far are:
$50 Gift Card with Purchase of iPad Air or iPad Air 2
$100 Gift Card with MacBook Air
Surface Pro 3 128GB, Keyboard and Microsoft Office 365 Combined Purchase - $1,099.99
Samsung 55" LED Back-lit LCD Smart HDTV - "Hot Price"
3x My Best Buy Points with Any Samsung Ultra HD Curved HDTV
Sony 55" LED Back-lit LCD 4K Ultra HDTV and Playstation 4 Combined Purchase - $2,799.99
Knack, MLB 14 The Show, Infamous: Second Son or Killzone: Shadow Fall $24.99
Free 12-Month Xbox Live Membership with Purchase of Xbox One Console
Microsoft is rumored to be dropping the prices across the board for Xbox One consoles to $349.00 or $449.00 for bundles starting November 2nd. This price drop combined with the free 12-month Xbox live membership with purchase of a Xbox One is the best no frills deals for an Xbox One console on the horizon that we've noticed. The Surface Pro 3 deal listed is lukewarm at best when compared to the recent Staples 20% off electronics in-store coupon offer.
Newegg, a prime purveyor of computers, electronics, and accessories, has announced via Business Wire press release that their "Black November" promotion will return for a 6th year.
"Black November is Newegg's way of rewarding its customers with deep discounts offered throughout the entire month of November," said Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer of Newegg North America. "We expect a strong holiday purchasing season and we're delivering a non-stop supply of great deals to meet that demand."
The highlight of the press release is the promise of exclusive deals on popular technology, automotive, sports, household and automotive products each week during November. Examples hand-picked by NewEgg include:
The press release also invites anyone in the Los Angeles area to celebrate Black Friday at the company's Hybrid Center on November 28 for "special on-site deals" and charitable opportunities. If you send us a picture of you in a BFAds T-shirt at the festivites, we`ll send you a shiny gift card. So in the event you're planning on attending, please let us know!
Belk's Black Friday sale starts at 6PM Thanksgiving Day, 2 hours earlier than last year, keeping in line with Best Buy, Walmart, and Macy's. The sale extends to 1PM on Friday.
Currently we are trying to optimize it but you can have a peek while we work! It features a lot of coupons and buy one get two free deals as well as a 250 person gift card giveaway at every store with prizes ranging from $5 - $1,000 with a guaranteed $1,000 gift card at every store!
Last year, we posted their item list on October 21st, so this year's leak is right on schedule. The actual Black Friday ad scan confirmed the respective item listings in 2011 and in 2013. It's safe to say that the 2014 item list can help you get a good idea of the deals to come.
As always, RadioShack stores' opening times depend entirely on their owners. We've received word that most franchise stores are leaning towards not opening on Thanksgiving. Of course, it's always a good idea to contact someone at your closest location to double check their Black Friday store hours.
The Black Friday Order Reference that we received states that Black Friday retail prices are listed on RadioShack exclusives because competitors can't react to items they don't carry. When it comes to the hotter, more coveted merchandise, RadioShack is keeping their cards close to their chest. They plan to competitively price those items closer to November 28th. We've only listed prices we can confirm, but will post updates as we receive more information.
We noticed that RadioShack listed their 2200mAh Lipstick Portable Power Banks in assorted colors on sale for $9.99, which is 50% off. The dealer cost for these is $6.83, so the retail markup on these is minimal. They'll be available in red, blue, black, or silver.
Probably the most notable concrete price we have so far is for the $4.99 Sandisk Cruzer 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drives. They are usually $29.99, and you can choose from blue, green, red, or black. If you're looking for some extra flash drives to have on hand, these will be available for cheap and are warrantied for 2 years.
While there aren't many items listed yet, this list gives us an idea of what is to come on November 28th. Expect to see deals on phone cases from RadioShack's own brand to the popular Otterbox. There are also dozens of headphones and several smartphones listed.
What electronics are on your shopping list this year? We'll keep our ears to the ground and be sure to let you know when we hear hot deals sizzling.