We've all heard the Black Friday horror stories about out of control crowds. But is it really dangerous to head to the store on Black Friday? What steps are retailers taking to protect customers and employees during the shopping holiday? Read on to see how merchants will try to maximize safety — and profits — during the Black Friday season.
Black Friday Crowd Control Remains a Priority
Our recent survey revealed that more than half of our readers plan to shop online during Black Friday. This finding was backed up by a recent Nielson study, in which 46% of respondents said they'd do their Black Friday shopping online. All of this could add up to smaller crowds on shopping's biggest holiday.
Yet, despite these findings, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a document urging retailers to put safety first on Black Friday. Citing the trampling death of a Walmart worker during a Black Friday sale five years ago, the press release implores merchants to enforce crowd safety measures like providing "on-site trained security personnel or police officers," "not allowing additional customers to enter the store when it reaches its maximum occupancy level," and "not blocking or locking exit doors."
OSHA revises and sends out its crowd control tips on an annual basis in an effort to protect retail workers, who are the most likely to be injured by rushing crowds. "The busy shopping season should not put retail workers at risk of being injured or killed," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
Retailers Have Other Safety Tricks Up Their Sleeves
Implementing OSHA's crowd control measures is just one way retailers can prevent Black Friday mob madness. The pursuit of higher profits could actually lead to a safer Black Friday in some cases, as merchants implement more subtle forms of crowd control in the name of bigger sales. ( Continue… )
Touchscreen laptops have hit the mainstream and these pre-Black Friday laptop deals show these systems no longer come with a premium price tag. Check out these sales on systems from Lenovo, Dell, and more. Be sure to check back often as we'll continue to update this page with all the latest best Black Friday laptop deals.
ASUS AMD A4 1GHz 10.1" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Netbook
Store: Microsoft Store
Price:$299 with free shipping
Lowest By: $41
Is It Worth It?: When it comes to budget laptops, AMD is king and this $299ultraportable is proof. Despite being a budget machine, the 2.4-lb. laptop packs a 10.1" touchscreen display. Also onboard you'll find an AMD A4 1GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. This Editors' Choice system is the cheapest ASUS touchscreen 10" AMD laptop we've seen.
Gateway NV570P10u Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.8GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Microsoft Store
Price:$399 with free shipping
Lowest By: $51
Is It Worth It?: A DealNews Editors' Choice, the Gateway NV570P10u holds the distinction of being the cheapest 15" touchscreen laptop we've seen with a Core i5 CPU; it's a tough title to hold considering the multitude of laptops we see in this category. The 5.8-lb. machine features a 1.8GHz dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive.
Dell Inspiron 15 Intel Haswell Core i5 1.6GHz 15.6" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price:$449.99 via coupon code "HF08ZLDCXJM19W" with free shipping
Lowest By: $50
Expires: November 27
Is It Worth It?: Thanks to its Haswell upgrade, the Dell Inspiron 15 is as future-proof as you can get. The mainstream laptop features a 1.6GHz Haswell Core i5 CPU, 6GB of RAM, and a 750GB hard drive. And thanks to the above coupon, it's $50 off and the least-expensive Inspiron 15 we've seen with a Haswell CPU.
Dell Inspiron 17R Intel Haswell Core i7 1.8GHz 17.3" LED-Backlit Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price:$699.99 via coupon code "HF08ZLDCXJM19W" with free shipping
Lowest By: $390
Expires: November 30
Is It Worth It?: The Inspiron 15's big brother, this desktop replacement means serious business. It boasts a 4th-gen Intel Core i7 Haswell 1.8GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. Though it tips the scales at 7.3 lbs., it's still a well-equipped notebook if mobility isn't a factor.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.8GHz 14" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Ultrabook
Price:$1,086.75 via coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" with free shipping
Lowest By: $259
Expires: December 1
Is It Worth It?:Engadget calls this notebook the "definitive ultrabook for pros." PC Mag echoes the sentiment naming it an "executive's ultrabook." But even executives like saving money! Coupon code "BLACKFRIDAY" will knock $362 off, dropping it to $1,087. At this price it's $259 under our October mention and the cheapest X1 Carbon touchscreen we've seen. The 3.8-lb. Editors' Choice ultrabook delivers a Core i5 Ivy Bridge dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.
Dell Inspiron 14R Intel Haswell Core i3 1.7GHz 14" LED-Backlit Touchscreen Laptop
Store: Dell Home
Price:$599.99 via coupon code "5TK?LC9VJ5F$33" with free shipping
Lowest By: $130
Is It Worth It?: Powered by Intel's Haswell Core i3 processor, the 5-lb. Dell Inspiron 14R promises up to 50% more battery life than its Ivy Bridge predecessors. The laptop features a dual-core Core i3 1.7GHz Haswell CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. What's more, it's currently the cheapest 14R laptop we've seen with a Haswell chip.
Louis Ramirez is a senior features writer for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared: http://dealnews.com/features/best-black-friday-laptops/.
With this year's Black Friday sales, retailers are pulling out all the stops to earn your patronage. For some, that means extending Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours or ramping up price-matching policies. However, many merchants are going the extra mile and quietly dropping their prices days ahead of schedule, meaning you can score some of Black Friday's best deals right now. We've rounded up all the items we could find that were already marked down to their advertised Black Friday price or lower. As with all Black Friday deals, these items are likely to go fast, so catch 'em while you can!
Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet with $100 Fry's Gift Card for $479 at Fry's Electronics
If you live near a Fry's, then you don't have to wait for Target's iPad Air deal to go live. We expected the iPad Air's price to drop by 12% during this holiday season. But if you count the $100 gift card, then Fry's price is 24% off Apple's list price. Considering that the best price we'd previously seen for this model was $449, this promotion is a fantastic deal on the current-gen iPad.
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB Tablet for $99.99 at Best Buy
You can get Best Buy's doorbuster price for the Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB tablet right now, via coupon code "KINDLEDEAL". At $100, it's tied as the best price we've ever seen for this tablet in this capacity; our previous mention at this price point was for a 16GB refurb. (A new 16GB model currently goes for $169 on Amazon.)
5th Generation Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player with $50 Target Gift Card for $229 at Target
Attention Target REDcard members: You might have early access to several of Target's Black Friday deals. Case in point, you can pick up the 5th-gen iPod touch with a $50 Target gift card days before everyone else. Assuming you'll use the gift card, it's like getting the new iPod touch for a mere $179.
Sharp 50" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $399.99 at Best Buy
Right now, you can get the best price we've seen for any new 50" 120Hz LED HDTV; just use coupon code "SHARP50DEAL" to drop it to $400. (It's also the cheapest 50" Sharp HDTV we've seen by $100 and a current low by $197.) If you were shopping for a brand-name 50" set on Black Friday, this is definitely your deal. ( Continue… )
Hear that? It's the clock ticking away the minutes until the Black Friday laptop deals officially begin. Until then, we'll keep rounding up the best of the Black Friday laptop ads so far. Read on to see what the latest crop of ads has yielded. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be adding even more awesome Black Friday laptop deals as we come across them.
Ultraportable Laptop Prices Still Impressive
HP Pavilion Celeron 1.1GHz 14" Chromebook for $179.99 at Staples: Weighing in at just under 4 lbs., this HP 14" Chromebook is the ideal ultraportable for your basic computing needs. And when Staples drops it to $180, this'll be the cheapest new 14" Chromebook we've ever seen, and tied as the cheapest new Chromebook we've seen in any size.
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ASUS Celeron 1.5GHz 12" Touchscreen Laptop for $249.99 at Best Buy: This Asus ultraportable may lack the bells and whistles of higher-end touchscreen laptops, but $250 is still a seriously great price. Until now, the best price we'd ever seen for any new 12" touchscreen laptop was $280, so this deal is definitely worth grabbing if you're looking for a basic laptop with touch capabilities. (This build currently goes for at least $325 elsewhere.)
HP Pavilion TouchSmart Celeron 1.5GHz 14" Touchscreen Laptop for $278 at Walmart: If you're itching to get a touchscreen laptop, but Best Buy's all-time low on a 12" ultraportable doesn't interest you, then check out this slightly better-equipped HP Pavilion TouchSmart. The 14-B109WM has both a bigger screen and a bigger hard drive than Best Buy's offering, and it only costs $28 more. Plus, it's one of Walmart's guaranteed doorbusters; you're sure to bag the cheapest 14" touchscreen laptop we've ever seen, even if your local store runs out. ( Continue… )
Despite some pushback from consumers and staffers about Black Friday deals creeping into Thanksgiving, there are already signs that indicate that even more retailers will again open their doors for Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving. Traditionally Macy's has remained closed on Thanksgiving, but this year the store will open at 8 pm on Thanksgiving, four hours earlier than usual. And now JCPenney is jumping on the bandwagon, as it announced that it, too, will open at 8 pm on Thanksgiving — a full 10 hours earlier than last year.
But Macy's and JCPenney aren't the only retailers caught up in the Black Friday store hours creep. Based on last year's patterns, we expect a multitude of stores to be open on Thanksgiving Day — which means savvy shoppers may need to alter their Black Friday game plan this year.
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The Race to Be First: Black Friday Store Hours Start on Thanksgiving
Black Friday is without a doubt one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and as a result, we've seen stores open their doors earlier and earlier with each passing season. In fact, 180 stores at the Mall of America broke tradition last year and opened their doors at midnight on Black Friday, the earliest ever.
But why wait until Friday when a retailer can open on Thanksgiving Day? Last year Target, Walmart, and Searswere just a few of the major retailers to welcome early bird shoppers on Thursday evening rather than early Friday morning. Even if a store is hesitant to start its commercial sales on a national holiday, the demand to be first and remain strong in the face of competition has forced vendors of all sorts to consider earlier Black Friday store hours. In fact, an executive vice president at JCPenney was quoted by the Associated Press, lamenting the fact that JCPenney was one of the last retailers to open during Black Friday in 2012. The chain is certainly hoping to remedy that this time around. ( Continue… )
Black Friday is so close we can practically taste it! And there's nothing more exciting than having done our Black Friday research in advance: knowing which doorbuster deals to nab, which filler deals to avoid, and actually get to spend some time gearing up to go shopping during Black Friday store hours. But before we charge out the door on Thanksgiving, we want to pause for a minute and think about what this all adds up to. We've crunched some big numbers in the lead up to this major shopping event, and think this is a great space to talk about Black Friday by the numbers.
Projected Black Friday Overall Spending: $602.1 Billion
To put this figure in perspective: $602 billion is more than $10 billion spent per day for the entirety of the shopping season throughout November and December, and it exceeds the gross domestic product of Poland for one year. It also tops the GDP of the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Slovenia combined. The NRF, also estimates this total to be 3.9% more than consumers' total holiday spending in 2012. Looks like Santa will need a much bigger sleigh this year! ( Continue… )
A ton of ads were announced this week, including offers from Walmart, and Target, and Best Buy Black Friday. So we're back with another round of the best ads that you simply cannot miss this Black Friday. More Black Friday ads will continue to leak though, so make sure to bookmark this page for further updates.
The Best Black Friday Ads So Far
Element 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $229 at Target
50" is the new 42" and this 50" TV is poised to break all records and become the cheapest 50" HDTV we've ever seen. It even beats our previous Editors' Choice TV for this size category — by $150.
Vizio E701i-A3E 70" 120Hz 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $998 at Walmart
A 70" LCD HDTV for under a grand is unheard of; the cheapest we've previously seen is $1,371 back in February. Considering this is also from a reputable brand, it's no surprise that this is a limited quantity deal. Nevertheless, for big-screen fans who have the space for such a TV, this is the Black Friday doorbuster of your dreams.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is hands-down the hottest Android phone available right now, and as we predicted, it will be available for free on Black Friday for customers who commit to a new 2-year contract. This stellar deal is $100 below the lowest price we've seen for a new Galaxy S4 on any network. ( Continue… )
So you've volunteered to host Thanksgiving dinner, but lack the cooking accoutrements to make said meal. We've got you covered with five kitchenware deals that will help you get ready for Turkey Day and the morning after.
Perk yourself up for wee hours of prep work with a $20 coffee maker, save valuable oven real estate with $17 off a counter-top roaster oven, and delight your bleary-eyed guests on Black Friday with a waffle maker for under $50.
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Refurbished TRU Single Serve Coffee Maker
Price: $19.99 with $6.94 s&h
Lowest By: $4
Is It Worth It?: It's Thanksgiving morning and you've got a meal to prepare. Don't make the rookie mistake of trying to cook without first downing a cup of coffee, freshly brewed by this refurbished TRU single serve pod coffee maker. An Editors' Choice pick, this coffee maker will save you $4 and perk you up for those early morning cooking tasks.
A 12-month UNCS warranty applies. ( Continue… )
With this week sandwiched between the PS4 and Xbox One release dates, we thought we'd present five video game deals that showcase the best of the old and the new. Check out the sweetest console trade-in offer we've ever seen, two next-gen game deals that come with gift cards, and the cheapest Wii mini bundle around.
Is It Worth It?: If you've been thinking about picking up a new PS4 or Xbox One but haven't had the heart to get rid of your old console, maybe this Editors' Choice offer can sway you: Best Buy will give you a gift card worth at least $100 when you trade in your old PS3 or Xbox 360. That's easily the best trade-in offer we've ever seen for either of these systems.
To be considered eligible for this offer, the console must be in working condition (Red Rings of Death need not apply), with no broken factory seals.
$50 Toys "R" Us Gift Card with Purchase
Store: Toys "R" Us
Price: Free when you buy three Xbox One or Xbox 360 video games or accessories priced $59.99 or more
Lowest By: $50
Expires: November 23
Is It Worth It?: So you've decided to trade-in your Xbox 360 and upgrade to the Xbox One. Obviously, you're going to want a few games! This Editors' Choice deal will reward your early adoption with a $50 Toys "R" Us gift card. All you have to do is purchase three Xbox One games or accessories for $60 each. (You could also purchase three $60 Xbox 360 games to qualify, but, oh noes! Your old console is gone.) ( Continue… )
The Black Friday ads have been unleashed and the shopping season has commenced! But with so many Black Friday deals to process, how do you know which deals are worth your time? Our team of deal experts has been analyzing the ads 24/7, separating the good TV deals from the bad. Below, we've chosen some of the best Black Friday TV deals yet! And remember to come back as more ads are released and we update our list.
Best 32" to 42" HDTV Ads
Insignia NS-39D40SNA14 39" 60Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $170 at Best Buy
While it's not quite 42", this 39" Insignia could still be the cheapest HDTV we've ever seen in the 39" - 42" category. This Thanksgiving Day deal will start at 6 pm, catering to both online and in-store shoppers.
Element ELCHW402 40" 1080p LCD HDTV for $178 at Walmart
Not only is this TV $2 cheaper than our prediction for this size category, but as we expected, it's even cheaper than 32" TVs. Needless to say, this will be the rock-bottom price to beat for 42" LCDs.
Samsung UN40EH5300 40" 60Hz 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $397 at Walmart
At $397, the Samsung UN40EH5300 is considerably pricier than most Black Friday TVs you'll see in this size category, but for this specific model (which is a tried and true set, according to our readers), it's an all-time low by $71.
Best 46" to 52" HDTV Ads
Element 50" 1080p LED HDTV for $229 at Target
50" is the new 42" and this 50" TV is poised to break all records and become the cheapest 50" HDTV we've ever seen. It even beats our previous Editors' Choice TV for this size category by $150.
Emerson 50" 60Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $288 at Walmart
While it's not as cheap as the above-mentioned Element, this 50" HDTV gets honorable mention for being the second-cheapest 50" LCD 1080p HDTV we've seen. ( Continue… )