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CONFIRMED: GameStop Will Stay Closed on Thanksgiving

Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 7:00 AM

GameStop Black FridayUPDATE 10/12: GameStop has confirmed the rumor! The gaming retailer put out a press release this morning officially announcing its intention to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day:

“We believe strongly that our customers and associates should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying with the stress of where to find the best shopping deals. We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday,” said Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of U.S. Stores. “For our customers who want to do a little shopping on Thanksgiving Day, www.gamestop.com and www.thinkgeek.com will be open all day and taking orders.”

Spring Mobile, Simply Mac and Cricket Wireless–which are all owned by GameStop–will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Do you support GameStop’s decision to keep Black Friday out of Thanksgiving Day? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for the GameStop Black Friday ad, which will be posted here the moment it’s out!

Enjoy Thanksgiving, Everyone! Staples Will Stay Closed on Thursday, Plans 6am Black Friday Opening

Thursday, Oct 01, 2015 at 2:10 PM

Staples Black FridayStaples surprised everyone today with the announcement that their stores will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day for 2015.

“We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way,” said Demos Parneros, president, North American stores and online, Staples. “On Thanksgiving Day, customers can shop from home on Staples.com and then continue their shopping in stores starting at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Whether our customers like the convenience of shopping online, in our stores or a combination of both, Staples will have amazing products at great prices throughout the holiday season.”

The last time Staples posted a 6am opening for Black Friday was in 2011.

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Bad News: AmEx Axes Small Business Saturday Statement Credits

Thursday, Oct 01, 2015 at 6:00 AM

shop-smallAfter offering them for the last five years, American Express has retooled its annual Small Business Saturday “Shop Small” campaign, discontinuing statement credits. The credits, offered as an incentive to shop at small local businesses the Saturday after Black Friday, was popular with Card Members.

“This year we are not offering a statement credit offer for Card Members on Small Business Saturday, but are instead increasing the support and resources we provide to help small business owners market the day within their communities and truly make it their own,” American Express states in their Shop Small FAQ.

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Repeat Black Friday Deals? You’re Not Imagining It!

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 11:15 AM

If you think you’re seeing the same Black Friday deals return year after year, it’s not your imagination. After a few too many years of deja vu, we’ve published an in-depth article comparing the last few years of Black Friday ads side-by-side, and the results are just as shocking to see as they are instructive – it certainly makes Black Friday predictions much easier than you would expect!

Take a look at Bon-Ton, for example, where the front page offers haven’t changed in the last three years:


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Target Expands Price Matching to Include More Stores and Longer Claim Window

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Heads up to our Black Friday fans that Target is expanding their Price Match Policy starting tomorrow, October 1, 2015. Changes include adding more online price matching, a longer window of opportunity, and additional competitors.

This is great news for the Black Friday faithful, of course, since it gives shoppers more options for price matching Target’s Black Friday deals, as well as more time to do the research and make the claim.

Edit 10/1/15: It looks like Target has updated their policy to specifically exclude Black Friday sales: “Price matches and adjustments will not be allowed for prices from Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Target or a competitor.”

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Kmart Unveils its Fab 15 Toy List for 2015

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2015 at 11:11 AM

kmart-toy-list-blog-imgKmart has finally chimed in with their own version of the holiday toy list that has become a de facto mid-September staple amongst big box retailers. With the release of the Fab 15 Toy List, Kmart joins Walmart, Toys R Us, Target and Kohl’s in the battle for your holiday dollars.

“Our annual Fab 15 list makes gift-giving super-easy, and this year with No Money Down Layaway through Nov. 29, our members can put those hot toys away and pick them up in time for Christmas,” said Simha Kumar, president, children’s entertainment at Kmart.

Assembled with the help of Kmart’s first-ever Kid Toy Advisory Board, the list contains no surprises whatsoever. Right at the top of the ad is the same Star Wars Lightsaber we called out in our own collection of hot holiday toy picks on Brad’s Deals, along with Sing-a-Long Elsa and FurReal Star Lily, just to name a few.

Kmart’s Fab 15 Holiday Toys for 2015:

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Toys R Us Hot Holiday Toy List Includes Star Wars, Barbie, NERF and More

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2015 at 12:19 PM

Toys R UsTis the season for your favorite Black Friday retailers to unveil their lists of the toys your kids will be begging for this holiday. The complete list includes 36 toys expected to be popular this year, with the top 15 making it onto the coveted “Fabulous 15″ list. We’ve already seen hot holiday toy lists from Walmart and Kohl’s, and today Toys R Us chimed in with their own picks.

The hot holiday toy list came along with the announcement that Toys R us has lowered their free shipping threshold to $19.

“Determining our annual Hot Toy List is a year-long selection process we take very seriously. It is our mission to identify the very best playthings, giving parents and gift-givers the inside scoop straight from the toy experts on coveted items sure to leave kids smiling on Christmas morning,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “We are proud that customers rely on the Toys”R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List as a trusted and valuable resource to help navigate the holiday shopping season even before kids start writing their wish lists.”

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