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Black Friday 2014 Updates

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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Yankee Candle Black Friday Ad Posted

Yankee Candle Black Friday Ad We just posted the 7-item Yankee Candle sale listing along with the 3-page Yankee Candle Books ad scan!

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.

They are also offering a special Saturday deal of Pure Radiance Medium Vase Candle for $10.00.

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!

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Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event

Best Buy Special Holiday Shopping Event

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.

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