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!
The Nielsen ratings are out! This time focusing on gamers from all walks of platforms. Nielsen surveyed "nearly 5,000 gamers of all ages over recent weeks..." and crafted a nifty infographic of the top ten games wanted this season.
Many familiar titles command the top ranks like "Destiny" for PS4, "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" for Xbox One and "Super Smash Bros." on the Wii U and 3DS. Unsurprisingly the much anticipated port of "Minecraft" ranks number one for Vita handheld gamers. PC gamers are not left out of the survey with "The Sims 4" coming in at top honors.
Not one title spans all the major platforms and only "Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham" appears on both handhelds' top ten lists. A number of titles do appear on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC with "Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare" being in 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Another graph in the news brief from Nielsen shows the top five exclusive titles for the various gaming consoles with reboots of long established series dominating the list. Games like "The Sims 4" for PC, "Halo: The Mater Chief Collection" for Xbox One and "Super Smash Bros." for Wii U and 3DS. PS4 follows suit with the third installment of "LittleBigPlant". We foresee bundle deals from each corner on consoles featuring exclusive titles and bonus accessories.
Some current deals we noticed on list toppers are:
We anticipate the majority of these top titles to see little to no discount this Black Friday. But as with years past big names like Newegg, Best Buy, Dell and Wal-Mart often offer gift cards with the purchase of new titles and pre-orders as well as price guarantees in the event prices do drop.
BJ's has released their list of Top 10 Toys for the 2014 holiday season. As has proven to be the trend this year, they heavily featured Disney products - 3/10, to be exact. Although they make no mention of the popular Snow Glow Elsa Doll, BJ's still showed Disney's Frozen some love by showcasing Sing and Swing Olaf. They also listed an assortment of Disney Plush Characters and two different styles of a Doc McStuffinsCheck-Up Playset. This follows in the footsteps of the other toybooks we've released - Target, Walmart, and Toys R Us have all made mention of Frozen and Doc McStuffins merchandise.
BJ's called out the LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra, also listed in Target's toy book. We have seen various LeapFrog items mentioned from other stores as well. It seems that tech products geared towards kids are going to be sticking around.