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These Black Friday Retailers have pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 3:28 PM

American Girl, Burlington, Dillard’s and REI all confirmed yesterday to ThinkProgress that they will not open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. They join the likes of Costco, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and other companies that have decided they do not want to intrude on one of the biggest national holidays. “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring our customers’ and associates’ time with family,” a Dillard’s spokesperson explained Thursday.

Stores Staying Closed on Thanksgixing

Costco is just one retailer vowing to stay closed on Thanksgiving this year.
(Flickr / Mike Mozart)

Last week it was confirmed that Macy’s will open at 6pm Thanksgiving Day, and yesterday Bon-Ton also announced a 6pm opening time. Last year, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy opened at 5pm and 6pm respectively. Walmart, as they have been for the last 25 years, will be open all day on Thanksgiving.  Walmart launched Black Friday doorbusters at 6pm and 8pm in 2013. Nearly one million Walmart associates are expected to work the holiday.

In recent years there has been more and more public outcry as retailers move their opening times earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day. A “Boycott Black Thursday” page has surfaced on Facebook and has gained nearly 35,000 likes in support of retail employees and their families. The page’s total reach has increased by more than 3000% in the last week.

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Toys R Us’ Great Big Christmas Book has Arrived!

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Toys R Us Great Big Christmas Book 2014Today marks five weeks ’til Black Friday, and to celebrate the occasion, we’ve got 80 pages of Toys R Us Christmas Toy Book goodness.

Toys R Us’ Big Christmas Book comes on the heels of Kmart’s Toy Book, which was released a few hours earlier. Like some of the other toy promos we’ve seen, Toys R Us is going all-in on Frozen, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the newest game consoles.

Our Picks from Toys R Us’ Great Big Christmas Book

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LEAKED: Check Out Kmart’s 2014 Christmas Toy Book

Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Kmart Toy BookTis the season for toy books! We’ve seen what’s to come from retailers like Target and LEGO, and now we’re getting another taste of Black Friday with the release of Kmart’s 2014 Toy Book.

The book starts out with their Fab 15 Holiday Toys, a list of toys tested by kids and deemed to be the hottest stuff of the season. This came out last month, and the good news is that the Toy Book has MUCH better prices on a lot of the Fab 15 toys. It’s not at Black Friday pricing yet, but it’s a start. For reference, here’s an updated list of our favorites from the Fab 15 shown with the price changes:

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Bon-Ton Releases Black Friday Preview, will open at 6pm Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Bon-Ton Department Store released a sneak peek at its Black Friday ad this evening, and additionally has announced plans to open its doors at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, a full 2 hours earlier than last year. The early hours should be no surprise, as we predicted that 6pm would be the standard at least amongst department stores after Macy’s announced their own 6pm start time.

Bon-Ton Black Friday Preview 2014“After Thanksgiving is the traditional kick-off for the holiday shopping season,” commented Steve Byers, Executive Vice President of Stores for The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. “Customers will find exceptional deals and unique gifts for the entire family at Bon-Ton. We’re committed to giving our customers an enjoyable holiday shopping experience.”

In addition to the Black Friday deals, Bon-Ton shoppers can expect to find an array of early bird coupons and deals. The first 200 shoppers in the door at 6pm will received a gift card worth between $5 and $250. In-store doorbuster pricing will be in effect until 3pm on Black Friday, while supplies last.

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Brad’s Black Friday App: Now Available for Android!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Good news, Android fans! Our popular Brad’s Black Friday app is finally available for Android! Our team has worked hard to create the best Black Friday app for Android, which allows you to keep every Black Friday ad, doorbuster and catalog in your pocket. With our app, now available for both iOS and Android, you’ll be able to flip through Black Friday circulars, buy hot Black Friday deals, and catch up on the latest Black Friday news with a tap or swipe of the finger. Planning your Black Friday has never been easier.

Keep every Black Friday ad in your pocket – for FREE!

Access every Black Friday ad we post, plus toy books and a few other holiday sales.
Last year, we posted 189 circulars and catalogs. Try keeping that in a binder!

Best Black Friday App for Android

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Get “Back to Black Friday” with Record Store Day’s Special Releases

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Record Store Day Black FridayLocal, independent record stores are the antithesis of mainstream Black Friday in so many ways. They don’t release circular ads, people don’t typically camp out near them, and many of them pride themselves on their anti-corporate structure.

That said, Black Friday has become and important day for indie record stores over the past few years. In 2007, the creators of Record Store Day came up with Back to Black Friday as a way to celebrate locally owned record stores and to offer vinyl addicts like myself the opportunity to score some seriously sweet reissues, colored vinyls, box sets, and more.

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LEGO’s Black Friday Freebie Leaked!

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 3:50 PM

It looks like a shipping mistake may have accidentally revealed LEGO’s upcoming Black Friday giveaway.

During the month of October, LEGO is giving away a free exclusive Toy Workshop set on purchases of $99 or more. The Toy Workshop set is only Set 1 of 2, with Set 2 to be revealed “during ‘Brick’ Friday Weekend in November” according to both the LEGO Shop website and page 2 of the 2014 LEGO Holiday Catalog. Here’s a photo of the Toy Workshop set, which is their current promo:


LEGO 2014 Limited Edition Toy Workshop Set


Note the red “Limited Edition 2014″ ribbon in the upper right corner, along with the set number 40106 in the left column. Those are important clues for the next part of the story.

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All About Target’s Free Shipping, Price Matching and Other Holiday Plans

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Target rolled out their plans for the 2014 holiday shopping season this morning in a press release that broadly describes everything from the free shipping offer to upcoming design partnerships. Let’s break it all down, and see what we can infer with a little between-the-lines analysis.

Target Free ShippingFree Shipping Starts Now.

The headline you’ll see everywhere today is that Target will be offering free shipping for online purchases through December 20, effective immediately.

“Target is poised to deliver an unparalleled holiday shopping season. We’ve been building capabilities that put us in a strong starting position, including the right digital tools and a broad assortment of unique, on-trend merchandise. Our value proposition will be unrivaled, with compelling promotions and an exceptional shopping experience online and in our stores,” said Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Target. “It’s about delivering on our promise of ‘Expect More. Pay Less,’ and when we do that, Target is impossible to beat.”

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Find Art, History and Other Treasures in the National Geographic Holiday Catalog

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

We just posted the National Geographic Holiday 2014 Catalog! National Geographic Holiday Catalog 2014Filled with treasures inspired by fine art and historical artifacts from throughout the ages, there is something for everyone in this 72-page book. Though deals are few and far between, everything in the catalog is beautifully presented.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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LEGO Releases 2014 Holiday Toy Catalog

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Lego Holiday CatalogLEGO is one of those toy companies that truly appeals to everyone. I personally know a 26-year-old married man with a LEGO collection that takes up his entire garage, a 7-year-old boy genius who can build even the most complicated LEGO sets in a matter of hours (without directions!), and a 13-year-old girl who isn’t ashamed to show off her Star Wars LEGO collection to her middle school friends. Anyone who’s ever sat down with a set knows there’s something fundamentally entertaining about playing with LEGOs. There’s no limit on what you can create, which puts an infinite number of cars, buildings and entire worlds at your imaginative fingertips.

Needless to say, the products inside the 2014 LEGO Holiday Toy Catalog are sure to make a big splash at holiday celebrations around the globe. The catalog features LEGO sets based on year’s hottest films (think ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Lego Movie’), old favorites like Batman and Star Wars, DUPLO block sets for younger LEGO fans and for old pros, the LEGO Architect series, which allows users to build replicas of famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the White House. With so many options, it would be hard NOT to find something for the LEGO fan on your list.

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