You'll get a 1-year Sam's Club Plus membership, and your spouse or household member can be added on for free. Also included is a $20.00 Sam's Club gift card. To sweeten the deal, you'll receive fresh-food vouchers for a rotisserie chicken, spinach artichoke dip, cookies, and a French baguette.
The immediate benefits aren't the only reason to love this deal. You'll get thousands of dollars in special savings once you activate your membership, as well as $80.00 in Instant Savings offers after a month of being a Sam's Club member. If you redeem your LivingSocial voucher on or before November 21st, you'll also be invited to an exclusive VIP event featuring tons of savings to help you get a jump on your holiday shopping.
This deal is valid for new members, as well as members who have had an expired membership for longer than 6 months. One per person. You can purchase a voucher now, but it won't be eligible for activation until October 29th. Redeem the voucher in-store; find your closest Sam's Club by using their store locator.
Last Thanksgiving was the first time retailers announced opening times that conflicted with Thanksgiving Dinner time. As we reported here and here, most major retailers will be starting their Black Friday 2014 sales before Friday, November 28th this year. Some, however, have pledged to stay closed on November 27th to "respect the holiday and their employees' time spent with family". These brands have a legitimate claim to a good conscience, but we still wonder, since there are so few major retailers on the list, if they are electing not to compete and capitalizing on last year's Black Friday creep backlash. Since the competition is opening on Thanksgiving, that frees up the traditional day for these retailers - and they get the benefit of the good press. A shrewd move, to be sure.
Below you can find a list of the stores that will not be opening their doors on Thanksgiving 2014. If a store name doesn't link to a source, the opening time is a rumor we have been unable to confirm yet, so check back as we update this list.
Best Buy released a 4 Day Kickoff Sale with a few standouts and many lukewarm prices. The sale includes department-wide deals on home items like vacuums, heaters, compact refrigerators and deadbolt locks. Also listed are numerous Panasonic HDTVs at prices that are not competitive when compared against Panasonic's online direct prices.
The lowest priced laptop in the sale is the Samsung 11.6" Chromebook, in it's less desirable 2GB hardwired memory variation, for $199.99. We have seen the Chromebook at this price for $20 less at other times of the year.
We anticipate much better HDTV deals just around the bend and some really low prices on basic dual-core Windows-based laptops. As for the latest Apple Macbooks, iPads and iPhones, we don't foresee great savings to be had as they were just released - but great prices should be available on everything a generation back.
Have you checked out Amazon's Electronic Holiday Gift Guide page recently? It looks like Amazon.com will be rolling out Black Friday-esque deals starting November 1st. As people who check these things regularly, it's hard not to be excited by "We hope you enjoyed shopping for electronics with us during the 2013 holiday season. Come back starting November 1st, 2014 to discover new, exciting gift ideas at outstanding prices in Computers, Tablets, Television, Home Audio, Mobile Electronics, Wireless, Camera, Office, Musical Instruments, Video Games, Software and much more."
In addition to having some deals, the guide can be a great source of inspiration as you scour the rest of our Black Friday 2014 Adscans for the best Black Friday prices. You can bet if there are any really good deals, from Amazon or elsewhere, they'll end up on our Hot Deals page. We of course recommend using every tool available when putting together your Black Friday Battle Plan, and this guide is worth bookmarking. Who knows what November 1st will bring? You can bet we'll be here to let you know.
Once again, the heralds of Record Store Day have decided to get in on the Black Friday action! The site just released their list of Black Friday 2014 exclusives. Officially, Record Store Day falls on the 3rd Saturday of April. Bands from all different genres work in conjunction with their fans and independent record stores to celebrate vinyl, as well as the indie culture that accompanies it. Sound awesome? You're in luck. You won't have to wait until spring to get your hands on Black Friday releases and limited-run LPs.
Artists tend use Record Store Day as an opportunity to drop special singles or sessions in limited-run colors and quantities. Although the selection isn't as vast as it is in April, there is still tons of noteworthy music coming out this Black Friday.
There's something for everyone, including Against Me!, Wu-Tang Clan, The Beatles, and Diplo. Pop sounds from the boy band 5 Seconds of Summer to heavier artists such as Mastodon are featured. The list is divided into 3 categories: Black Friday exclusives, limited pressings/regionally-focused releases, and music that will be sold for the first time on November 28th.
Record stores are not required to participate, and stock their own inventory. Note that some of these vinyls are only available in select areas. Limited releases often only have 1,000 copies. You can view this list of participating stores, and be sure to contact your shop of choice to double-check on their Black Friday festivities.
Formerly the Toys R Us Big Book, today Toys R Us gave us another taste of deals to come with their Great Big Christmas Book. These prices go live on November 2nd and will end on November 22nd - right before Black Friday!
This was essentially an expansion of their Hot Toy List. However, if you have presents to buy, this has some great wishlist material. There is something for everyone in this ad, from current favorites like Disney Frozen merchandise to items from classic brands like LEGO and Barbie.
We just posted the 413-item Kmart Toy Book sale listing along with the 48-page Kmart Toy Book ad scan, and they are offering some impressive exclusives for Shop Your Way members. Their second page features a "Fab 15" selection of toys - and SYW members will receive a free 6-month upgrade to Shop Your Way Max (free 2-day shipping). Six bonus members who purchase online or in store are entered into their sweepstakes to win all 15 of the toys!
While we haven't received as many leaked ads as last year, there's one area where we are still on track: take down requests. Home Depot has sent us our first ad take-down notice of 2014, despite the fact we have not posted a Black Friday ad for Home Depot yet this year.
Home Depot has sent a pre-emptive cease and desist letter before, and received a decorated letter and a Golden t-shirt! While we never received a picture, and therefore could not award a gift card, we're sure Home Depot appreciated our goodwill gesture.
Last year, we also received take down requests from Walmart and Bon-Ton, along with others.
Usually, a cease-and-desist letter is a herald of ad leaks to come. Keep checking back to see what shows up!