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Carson’s Black Friday in August Is Pretty Close to the Real Thing

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Most summer Black Friday sales are pretty pale compared to the real thing in November, but Carson’s August Black Friday deals are the rare exception. Running today through Sunday, you’ll find doorbusters that actually live up to the hype. Don’t have a Carson’s near you? Check out Bon-Ton, Herberger’s, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Younkers or Elder-Beerman instead. They’re the same store run under different names depending on where you live. They’ll have all of the same August Black Friday deals we mention here for Carson’s.

Before we get started though, we have one quick note. While there are plenty of deals throughout the store, we’re certain that popular kitchen electronics like KitchenAid stand mixers and Keurig coffee brewers will be cheaper in November, with bigger price cuts, better rebates and bonus store rewards that make waiting worth your while.

P.S. Don’t forget to add coupon code FREESHIP to score free shipping on anything you order.

$40 off Shoes from Clarks and b.o.c

Last year on Black Friday, Carson’s took 50% off all boots by these brands, ranging from $82.50 to $107.50 off. This weekend’s sale doesn’t go that far, but it gets pretty darn close to the November Black Friday sale when you buy b.o.c shoes originally priced at $85, the lowest original price we found, now available for $45. For Clarks, we found shoes starting at $95, available this weekend for $55. Both are good deals on these brands, and are on par with what we see on Black Friday. We liked the  “Jami” Casual Loafers and “Alejandra” Casual Flats from b.o.c., both $45, along with the Clarks “Esha Marigold” Slip-Ons for $55. (Pictured left to right)

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It’s 100 Days until Black Friday! Here Are 7 Things You Need to Know TODAY.

Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

It’s just 100 short days until Black Friday 2014! Do you realize how short that really is? It may be back-to-school season now, but that will quickly segue into Halloween and Thanksgiving and, you know, Black Friday. And of course, Black Friday predictions and rumors are just around the corner, too.

Black Friday 2014 Early Tips

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We’ve been at this whole Black Friday thing awhile now, and there are a few things we’ve learned over the years.

The first ads usually start leaking in mid-October.

“When will we start seeing Black Friday ads?” is one of the most common questions we get. To answer, we took an accounting of the first ads we’ve gotten over the last few years:

The Sprint leak in 2012 was actually unprecedented in how early it was, and also was not a typical ad in that it only revealed one product. The next ad we found in 2012 was Harbor Freight again, this time on October 12. So we’re comfortable calling the 2012 Sprint leak a fluke, but it just proves the point that there’s no way to predict when an ad will be released unless the retailer announces it. And even then, someone might swipe a copy off the boss’s desk and sent it out to the interwebs ahead of schedule.

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The Summer Secret to Getting Early Black Friday Doorbusters in November

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Last November, we let our readers in on one of our favorite dirty little secrets about Black Friday: Anyone can get almost anything at its Black Friday price well before Black Friday.

Why wait in this line when you can get your doorbuster sooner for the same price?
(Flickr / Kevin Borland)

In our post Get Those Black Friday Deals – Before Black Friday, we pointed out how savvy shoppers can use credit card price matching programs to avoid the crowds and score doorbusters early without leaving the comfort and warmth of their own homes. The gist is that if you know what the Black Friday price will be, and can offer proof of that price, select credit cards will refund you the difference.

If this sounds like an appealing strategy to you, then the best time to make sure at least one of those credit cards is in your wallet come November is right now.

Trust me, you didn’t want to learn about this time and money saving strategy the week before Black Friday, when it would be too late to get approved and for your card to arrive in the mail. Summer is the perfect time to apply. Plus, if the card you choose requires a minimum spend over three months, as so many of the better rewards cards do, your points will hit your account just in time to use them for holiday travel, saving you even more money.

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Best Buy’s Black Friday in July Starts Tomorrow!

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Best Buy officially launches their Black Friday in July sale tomorrow, but you can get early access if you’re a My Best Buy member. (Registration is free and you’ll be granted immediate access.)

Best Buy Black Friday in July 2014While there are some good buys in here – our tech editors pointed out the Asus Laptop and Jawbone Activity Tracker in particular – these are nowhere close to the prices we’ve seen at Best Buy on previous Black Fridays. It’s hard to forget that last year the iPad mini was bundled with a $100 Best Buy gift card for $200. This is also not the best season for buying televisions, though the models we mention in our list below are still good buys at this price for this time of year.

These some of our top picks from the sale:

Target Launches Three Weekends of Black Friday in July

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Get ready! Target is hosting three weekends of Black Friday-style deals beginning tomorrow, Friday July 11th!

Target Black Friday in July 2014A first for retailers who’ve hopped on the summer Black Friday sales trend, Target is rationing their summer Black Friday deals out over three consecutive weekends, each with its own theme, plus other storewide sales throughout the month.

Spring and summer Black Friday sales have become a sales trend in recent years, with retail giants like Home Depot, Sears and Target taking advantage of Black Friday’s reputation as a bargain hunting holiday to drive sales through  warm weather months. With Back-To-School just around the corner and Black Friday season close on its heels, July’s “Black Friday” deals are likely to be the last we see before the actual day arrives.

July 11-12

Target Black Friday in July 2014Check out web-buster deals on clothing for the entire family and take advantage of Target’s “buy one, get one 50% off” clothing offer. You’ll also save 25% on ladies’ sandals and select other footwear, like these Mossimo Supply Co. Lady Sandals, available in six colors and on sale for $14.99.

There are a few other notable promotions running through the first weekend of Black Friday in July as well, including up to 20% off school uniforms for those already doing their back-to-school shopping, up to 30% off select furniture, and up to 20% off LeapFrog items.

Also noteworthy? The $100 Target gift card with select iPad minis and iPad Airs offer, good through 7/12.

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Sears Black Friday in May: What to Buy and What to Skip

Thursday, May 08, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Black Friday in May runs from Friday 5/9 through Saturday 5/10 at Sears!

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This luggage drops from $129.99 to $39.99 at the Sears May Black Friday sale.

During this two day, online-only sale, Sears will offer more than 100 Black Friday-esque deals to online shoppers. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a preview of 20 items you’ll find on sale starting tomorrow. A handful are already marked down to their sale prices, and we found one listed for even less than the May Black Friday price right now.

Shop Like It’s Black Friday This Weekend at Bon-Ton

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 3:38 PM

It may only be April, but you can shop Black Friday deals all weekend beginning today at Bon-Ton Department Stores.

Bon-Ton Black Friday SaleFrom today through Sunday April 6th, Bon-Ton stores will offer more than 165 doorbusters, including 65% off Spring fashion, buy 1 get 2 free for select menswear, 60% off Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh, and more for the home and family. Black Friday shoppers can also get up to an additional 10-25% off sale prices on select merchandise, both in store with this printable coupon and online using Bon-Ton promo code BLKFRIAPR14.

Some of our favorite Bon-Ton Black Friday deals include:

Home Depot Launches 11 Days of Spring Black Friday

Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Black Friday is still 238 days away, but Home Depot sees no reason to wait. From today through Sunday April 13, 2014, Home Depot is hosting its fifth annual Spring Black Friday sale, featuring Black Friday-like discounts on a wide range of tools, garden supplies, Spring cleaning products and more to help homeowners and apartment dwellers sweep out their winter blues. Home Depot Spring Black Friday 2014

Our team has taken a look though the Spring Black Friday sale and we’ve highlighted some of the best values below. Use Home Depot promo code HDSPRINGBFto unlock an additional $10 discount when you spend $100 or more online.

The Apple Black Friday Shopping Event is Live!

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:15 AM

The Apple Store’s annual online shopping event just went live for the United States! As expected, most items are not discounted, but are bundled with Apple gift cards of varying amounts.Apple Black Friday Shopping Event 2013

This is the same list we posted earlier, but with the gift card amounts for the United States:

  •  iPad Air + $75 gift card – from $499
  •  iPad mini (non-Retina models only) + $50 gift card – from $299 
  •  iPad 2 + $50 gift card – from $399 
  •  iPod touch + $50 gift card – from $229
  •  iPod nano + $25 gift card – $149
  •  MacBook Air + $150 gift card – from $999
  •  MacBook Pro (all models) + $150 gift card – from $1,199
  •  iMac + $150 gift card – from $1,299
  •  Apple TV + $25 gift card - $99
  •  AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule + $50 gift card – from $199

Note that it looks pretty much exactly the same as what we reported a few hours ago. Various accessories from printers to speakers and more also get the gift card treatment. Quick math tells us that the gift card bundled with the iPad Air is akin to a 15% net discount. The best values on the list are the iPad mini, iPod touch and Apple TV with a net 16.7% discount, while the Airport Extreme nets a whopping 25% back with the gift card.

Historically Apple has offered 10-15% off for its shopping events, but it looks like it’s taken a cue from the likes of Walmart, Target and Best Buy, ensuring your return trip and your dollars spent at Apple instead of at a big box.


Apple Store Black Friday Rumor: Gift Cards but No Discounts

Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 at 7:22 PM

We’ll find out for sure soon enough, but it looks like the Apple Store will not be discounting most products for Black Friday. Instead, they will be bundling products with gift cards. While initially it sounds disappointing, the gift cards often are for more than the product would have been discounted anyway. Apple Store Black Friday Sale 2013

The info comes to us from MacRumors.com, which is noting that the gift card bundling deals have been rolling out internationally today, beginning with Australia.

Here’s the list of gift card bundles from Australia. MacRumors believes that while the amounts may differ slightly for the United States, relative values should be similar and the products should be the same, and we agree.

  •  iPad Air: A$ 75 gift card 
  •  iPad mini: A$ 50 gift card on non-Retina models, no gift card on Retina models 
  •  iPad 2: A$ 50 gift card 
  •  iPod touch: A$ 50 gift card 
  •  iPod nano: A$ 25 gift card 
  •  MacBook Air: A$ 150 gift card 
  •  MacBook Pro: A$ 150 gift card for both Retina and non-Retina models 
  •  iMac: A$ 150 gift card 
  •  Apple TV: A$ 25 gift card 
  •  AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule: A$ 50 gift card 
  •  Various accessories: Gift card amounts vary 

If you missed out on the iPad + Gift Card deals at Walmart, Best Buy and Target today, these aren’t as good but still represent a good net discount if you know you have something else to buy at Apple Store later. Apple’s online sale begins at midnight PST, and the doors open at stores nationwide at 8am tomorrow.