Weâre about halfway through October and that means itâs time to open up shop for the upcoming Black Friday and holiday season. While no Black Friday 2010 advertisements have been leaked (we expect the ads to start appearing by late October), we will soon be announcing details regarding our 2010 BFAds t-shirts and our month-long November holiday give-away contest.
Stay tuned for more updates and surprises as we get closer to November.
Black Friday has come and gone and we hope that everyone had a successful Black Friday experience and a happy Thanksgiving Holiday. I'd like to personally thank every one of our mailing list subscribers for, once again, helping us be the largest and most popular Black Friday website.
We also would like to thank everyone who emailed us with a suggestion or comment, those who submitted advertisements, members of the media who featured our site, retailers who submitted their advertisements or released their ads early and retailers who did not bother us when their advertisement was leaked.
A special thanks to everyone who purchased and wore a BFAds' t-shirt this year. Through your support, we raised $5518 in net proceeds to be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Adding our additional $1 per shirt donation for the first 500 shirts sold, total donation amount increases to $6018.
Due to the overwhelming demand for the shirts, we sweetened our offer by donating $1 per shirt sold (for the first 750 shirts) in the month of November to the American Diabetes Association. Because we greatly surpassed this amount, we're doubling our donation to $1500 for a total donation of over $7500 between the two charities.
We received a lot of feedback and suggestions that we will be implementing in our 2010 site. Additionally, we will be covering weekly sales and hot daily deals throughout December for the Christmas shopping season. Coverage will begin starting Wednesday, December 2nd.
It's truly been a pleasure to get to talk to the many thousands of you the past two months; we hope everyone enjoyed the site and we look forward to seeing all of you again in 2010!
Now that most retailer's Black Friday weekend sales have passed, they have started to push their Cyber Monday sales live! Cyber Monday marks the last "official" sale day of the Thanksgiving Weekend and all items are while supplies last, so the hot items will certainly go fast.
In addition to the Cyber Monday sales, we'll also be covering the upcoming weekly sales leading up to the Winter Holidays along with posting hot daily deals that rival or beat typical Black Friday pricing!
It's now officially Black Friday morning and if you chose to shop online this year, you've got roughly 50 online Black Friday sales to choose from! All available online Black Friday sales are listed below (be sure to scroll down because it's a LONG list):
ALL BLACK FRIDAY ONLINE SALES HAVE STARTED!
The stores offering Thanksgiving Day sales (Kohls and Walmart) will have their online Black Friday sales available sometime late Thanksgiving night or early Friday morning! We'll be actively updating this post and the Black Friday Sales Timeline post through the weekend!
Below we have compiled a list of all Pre-Black Friday, Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday online sales and their respective sale hours. This list will be constantly updated to reflect which sales are going on now and updated sale times. Be sure to check back often!
Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Sears, Target and Many More Black Friday Sales Available Online Right Now!
Grand Prize Give-Away: HP and Dell Laptops, $500 Gift Card
It is finally Black Friday! We are excited to announce the final prizes for our November give-away contest. The prizes are two absolutely beastly laptops and are generously sponsored by HP and Dell. In addition to the laptops, BFAds is giving away one $500 Gift Card.
Dell Studio 17 Laptop with Quad Core Processor
HP Pavilion dv8t Laptop with Quad Core Processor
$500 Gift Card
To be eligible to win these prizes, you just need to fill out this simple contest entry form. You only need to enter the contest once and you will be eligible for all daily give-aways. If you have already entered, there is no need to enter again.
Good Luck and Thanks for Visiting and Tell Your Friends!
These are currently the only two Best Buy Black Friday door-busters online, although if you check out their Best Buy Doorbusters 2009 page, you can see that many other items are planned to be sold online in the very near future (sole exception seems to be the $200 HP laptop).
We expect a lot more Best Buy Black Friday items to become available for sale online at their Black Friday prices starting sometime later tonight/early tomorrow. All of this information is available in our Online Black Friday Sales Tracker news post!
The XL 330S features a touch-screen 4.3" screen with 1GB of flash memory, text-to-speech capabilities and TeleAtlas pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada. The XL 330S is not featured in any Black Friday advertisements this year, but the $99 price-tag is on par with the door-buster pricing of the text-to-speech GPS devices.
It took awhile, but we now have Black Friday Buying Guides for eight of our most popular product categories! We've received lots of emails asking for advice in purchasing everything from digital cameras to laptops to washing machine and dryer sets, so hopefully these guides make your Black Friday research a bit easier. You can view all of our fourteen 2009 articles and buying guides by clicking on the buying guides link in the left navigation (below online deals).
Select the J28 camera, 2GB SD Card and one of the cases (either red or blue)
Hit Add to Cart
Click Proceed to Checkout
Select FREE Super Saver Shipping for Free Shipping
Total should be $79.99 after $20.75 promotional savings (shows up on the last screen before you place your order).
The Fujifilm FinePix J28 features a 3x Optical Zoom, 2.7" LCD and automatic face detection with red eye removal! Definitely a bargain for those who are in the market for a $100 or less digital camera and don't want to fight the Black Friday crowds! Additionally, check out our just posted Digital Camera Buying Guide for our picks of the top digital cameras on sale this Black Friday!
Nintendo DSi Brain Age Bundle Pre-Order for $154.91
Amazon currently has the White Nintendo DSi Brain Age Bundle available for pre-order for $154.91 shipped. Unfortunately, the Metallic Blue Mario bundle is not available for $154.91 anymore. The expected ship date is November 27th and this purchase qualifies for Amazon's pre-order price guarantee: "if the Amazon.com price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you'll receive the lowest price."
The DSi Bundle comes with 5 pre-installed titles, they are:
Brain Age Express: Sudoku
Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
Brain Age Express: Math
Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
This deal compares favorably with the Black Friday sales of Kmart ($169.99 w/ $25 GC) and Best Buy ($169.99 w / $20 GC). When you consider that Amazon only charges sales tax in five states (KS, KY, ND, NY and WA) and assume that the national sales tax rate is around 6.5%, it brings the total price (including gift-card deduction) of the Kmart deal to $156.05 and the Best Buy deal to $161.05. Not bad for a deal you don't have to leave your computer for!
Amazon is continuing with their Black Friday Deals Week Sale with special sales on Movies & TV Shows. Amazon is staggering different deals throughout the day, with some of the better ones being completely unannounced (e.g. the Nintendo DS for $100 yesterday), so we highly recommend bookmarking both of these links and checking them often to stay current on the newest Amazon sale.
Now for the big news, we think we may finally have some good leads on what will be available online during the Best Buy and Walmart Black Friday sales. For Best Buy, in addition to the items listed in the Best Buy's Secret Door-Busters Sale (all of which we believe will be available online with the sole exception of the $200 HP laptop), Best Buy has put almost every sale item in their Black Friday advertisement online. Usually when a retailer creates an online page for an item, it means that they plan on offering the item for sale online. This is speculation, but considering most of these new pages have coming soon buttons makes us believe that the majority of the Best Buy Black Friday advertisement will be available online.
As for Walmart, if you go to this page and enter your zip code, you can see the full 32-page Walmart Black Friday advertisement. If you click on the items in the ad, a window will pop up and in the footer say either, "This item will be available in stores and online beginning Friday, November 27th" or "This item will only be available in stores beginning Friday, November 27."
The good news? All noteworthy electronics (the $250 32" LCD, $78 Blu-ray Player, $98 DS Lite, $298 HP Celeron Laptop, etc.) are going to be available both in stores and online! The only big item that is going to be in-store only is the Emerson 42" Plasma HDTV for $448. The $4 kitchen appliances (hand-mixer, slow cooker, mini chopper), and about half of the toys, clothing and tools are also in-store only.
There are some discrepancies in the advertisement, as on page 26, the $249 Nintendo Wii Bundle, $498 Acer 17.3" Laptop and $688 RCA 46" LCD HDTV are all supposed to be "only at Walmart.com," yet when clicked on, it says they will be available in stores and online. Additionally, on page 32 (the Saturday only sale), all the items say they will be available in stores and online beginning Friday, November 27. We're pretty sure these are just tiny oversights though.
What does all this mean? That the majority of BestBuy and Walmart Black Friday sale items will be available online! Hopefully this holds true and other retailers follow suit, which means that you could very well do all your Black Friday shopping from home this year!
Although I still believe it can't be a "Black Friday" sale unless it actually occurs on Black Friday, Amazon has started their Black Friday Deals Week Sale, where they'll be putting various items on sale throughout the day.
Their first item on sale is a Balance Ball Chair for the low price of $60, so not exactly a barn-burner sale, but we fully expect the deals to get progressively better as we get closer to Black Friday. Especially after reading this, which was posted on their website before launching their Black Friday Deals Week:
"We're searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere--including deals other stores are planning--so we can meet or beat their prices and bring them to you even earlier. These limited-supply offers will go quickly but we'll add new ones throughout the day, every day, starting Monday--so you can skip the long lines and still save a bundle."
Amazon is also having a special Black Friday Deals Week sale on Movies & TV Shows. They have a full schedule of the movie sales here, but they won't be posting the price information until 12:01am PST the day before the sale. Our suggestion is to bookmark all of these links and check them often! Amazon says that they'll be adding new sales throughout the week, so the schedule available now may very well feature plenty more items later today!
Thus, we would assume that all the other items featured on this page will be available online as Best Buy encourages you to "start shopping early at BestBuy.com on Thursday, November 26."
Additionally, if you're a Best Buy RewardZone Premier Silver Member, starting today, Monday, November 23rd from noon until midnight CST, you can take advantage of these exclusive early access to select Black Friday sale items. Rewardzone Premier Silver members are those who have spent over $2500 on their Rewardzone MasterCard.
This is only the start of what is shaping up to be an absolutely insane week. We're waiting to see if Walmart responds to BestBuy's $200 secret-sale laptop and whether or not Amazon decides to join the fray. Either way, it should be very interesting and great for the consumer! We'll have multiple updates per day, so we recommend you check back often!
If you saw the first OfficeMax Black Friday advertisement we posted back in mid-October, you may have noticed that this advertisement is drastically different. Gone are the $150 netbook and $5 snuggie (although they still have the breathalyzer) and in their place are a $380 HP laptop and a $100 22" LCD monitor.
Why the discrepancy? There are currently two theories:
That the first 4-page OfficeMax Black Friday advertisement was just a proof of concept. As noted in our original posting of the advertisement, the first advertisement was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors and contained some questionable items (snuggie, slap chop and breathalyzer) that aren't normally associated with an OfficeMax sale.
That the first 4-page OfficeMax Black Friday advertisement is their door-buster deals sale. On the top of page 15 of the new OfficeMax Black Friday advertisement, it states, "Get 4 More Pages of Black Friday Savings" when you enter your email address at OfficeMax.com. Because the new 24-page advertisement only features two-day sale items, it is possible that the original advertisement represents just their door-buster sale.
We're unsure about either theory, but think that there is a much higher chance of the original advertisement being a proof of concept rather than just the door-buster deals. The new OfficeMax advertisement has been confirmed by multiple sources, so it is definitely the real thing. Unfortunately, none of those sources mentioned anything regarding a 4-page door-buster advertisement.
UPDATE :: We've seen, albeit almost unreadable, scans of the "4 More Pages of Black Friday Savings" advertisement and it further confirms that the original OfficeMax advertisement released is not valid and was probably just a proof of concept. This is terribly disappointing because the new (and valid) advertisement isn't nearly as good as the invalid one.