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Black Friday 2014 Updates

BFAds Halloween 2014 Nintendo 3DS XL Bundle Giveaway

BFAds 2014 Halloween Nintendo 3DS XL Giveaway Happy Halloween! To celebrate the holiday and the fact that it's practically November, this year we are giving away a Nintendo 3DS XL Mario & Luigi Dream Team Bundle! Our subscribers get the most entries in all our giveaways, so if you aren't receiving our Hot Deals or Black Friday News emails you can click here to subscribe and get 5 entries in the contest widget below!

You can earn additional entries each day by sharing our contest with all your friends on social media, or simply commenting below. We'll randomly select a winner at 5PM CST on November 4th, and notify them via email before announcing them on our social media pages.

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Walmart Testing Online Price Matching

Walmart Testing Online Price Matching The Associated Press is reporting that Walmart, which has always matched the price of its brick and mortar rivals, is testing the waters of online price matching ahead of the Black Friday 2014 season. According to the Wall Street Journal, the retail giant began online price matching in five markets last month: Atlanta, Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas, Phoenix, and northwest Arkansas. Currently, about 60% of Walmart's revenues are generated in physical store locations, but those stores have not reported growth in six straight quarters.

This experiment comes on the heels of other retailer related news, specifically regarding Kmart and Target. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Kmart is closing additional stores so that they can "focus our investments on serving our customers and members through integrated retail - at the store, online and in the home."

With the influx of cash from liquidated inventories, and hopefully from real estate transactions, Kmart may be transforming itself as an online retailer. Retail sales this quarter are projected to grow between 8 and 11 percent.

Target has also announced free shipping with no minimum purchase amount, another strong indicator that major retailers feel online shopping will continue to grow in importance.

Considering the implications of these announcements, and the success of Amazon.com, it comes as no surprise that Walmart is trying to position itself to be more competitive in the online marketplace.

The question remains, will Walmart expand online price matching in time for Black Friday 2014? Will we shortly be receiving news that Walmart will also offer free shipping? Exciting things are happening, and you can bet that BFAds.net will be watching these trends carefully

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Walmart Holiday Saving Starts Tomorrow - Over 20,000 Rollbacks & 24-Hour Cyber Event

Walmart Holiday Saving Event In an official release, posted during the wee hours of October 31st, Walmart stores announced they are kicking off the month of November with more than 20,000 rollbacks on popular items such as Disney's Frozen merchandise, brands like Samsung and Dell, and even grocery items. The discounting will begin both in stores and online on November 1st and ramp up on the 3rd, when they will be launching a 24-hour holiday cyber savings event.

Walmart.com will be offering deals that are typically reserved for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for a 24-hour period starting shortly after midnight on November 3rd! Just a few of the cyber-specials included in this event are:

Walmart has also announced that more items will be eligible for their Savings Catcher program. This program makes price matching easier for shoppers by having them scan their Walmart receipt's barcode (or enter the receipt number) into either the Savings Catcher website or the Walmart mobile app. If any items on the receipt are found for a cheaper price at a local store, the shoppers will receive a Walmart eGift card for the difference in price. Starting November 2nd, holiday turkeys and hams will be eligible for Savings Checker, allowing customers to know they've gotten the absolute best price on their Thanksgiving dinner.

For the last few years, we've seen the opening hours for Black Friday sales go from early in the morning to early in the week - is this a trend that can save the perceived threat that Black Friday will overtake family time on Thanksgiving Day? Let us know what you think of "Black November" in the comments below, and stay tuned right here for the Walmart Black Friday 2014 Adscans that surely must be coming soon!

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Pumpkin Carving Contest Winners Announced

Start strong, finish strong was the key to winning this this year's Pumpkin Carving Contest voting. The winning pumpkin nabbed an early lead in the voting and never let go. Despite a strong showing from the second place finisher, this year's winner never left any doubt as to who would take their place in BFAds history as the best carved pumpkin of 2014!

Congratulations to Lisa Day for taking home the top prize with her entry, The Starry Night!


1st Place

$250 Gift Card

Starry Night

2nd Place


$150 Gift Card

Diorama

3rd Place

$100 Gift Card

Dad's Dedication


Thank you everyone who submitted a pumpkin carving and everyone who voted! You can view all the eligible contest entries in the photo gallery on our Facebook Fan Page. All winners will be contacted shortly!

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Amazon Countdown to Black Friday

Amazon Countdown to Black Friday If you love to shop online, Black Friday pricing starts now! Popular online merchant Amazon.com has announced a November 1st start date for more than 15,000 Lightning Deals they plan to offer throughout the holiday shopping season. According to their press release, there will be discounts on Disney Princess toys, tools, cookware sets and more.

The best deals available on the site will be listed on Amazon's "Black Friday Deals" page. They are already populating the offerings there, so be sure to check early and often for the items on your wishlist! If you're lacking inspiration for your holiday shopping, be sure to check out their Gift Finder, which helps you narrow down popular merchandise by age, gender, and budget.

As we announced earlier this month, Amazon Prime Members will have early access to some of these lightning deals. As of yesterday, we now know that there will be TWO Deals of the Day, every day, through December 22!

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Halloween 2014 Pumpkin Carving Championship Voting

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.


Monster of a Deal
Monster of a Deal
Starry Night
Starry Night
Dad's Dedication
Dad's Dedication
Diorama
Diorama
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Leonardo
Leonardo

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Black Friday 2014 Store Hours - Update

Black Friday 2014 Store Hours - Update 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.

Gamestop is the latest retailer to announce that their doors will not be opening on Thanksgiving this season. Gamestop joins the list of stores we have already compiled that are keeping their doors closed. The article quotes the reason as:

"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.

Black Friday Store Hours

Dell 7AM Thursday 11/27
Kmart 6AM Thursday 11/27
Toys R Us 5PM Thursday 11/27
Kohl's 6PM Thursday 11/27
Macy's 6PM Thursday 11/27
Walmart 6PM Thursday 11/27
Best Buy 6PM Thursday 11/27
Macy's 6PM Thursday 11/27
Carson's 6PM Thursday 11/28
Ulta 8PM Thursday 11/28
Lowe's 5AM Friday 11/28
Harbor Freight 7AM Friday 11/28
Sears 6PM Thursday 11/27
JCPenny 5PM Thursday 11/27
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Stage Black Friday Ads Posted!

Stage Black Friday Ad We have just posted the Stage Stores Black Friday sale listing along with the 48-page Stage Stores Black Friday ad scan!

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.

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