When it comes to deals, few holidays beat Black Friday. Not only will you see many items at their lowest prices of the year, but you'll also see sales on a wide range of items, from clothing to washing machines. However, as we enter the holiday season, it's a good idea to stay vigilant; along with great Black Friday deals comes a lot of hype and misinformation. These 16 Black Friday myths are about to get busted!
1. MYTH: Black Friday 2013 Sales Will Begin on Black Friday
Here at DealNews we see more Editors' Choice deals on Thanksgiving Day rather than Black Friday. In previous years we've even seen some deals sell out before Black Friday. (Luckily, you can use this shopping tidbit at the dinner table as an excuse to step away from your Uncle Roger.) Moreover, this year there are only 25 days (4 full weekends) between Black Friday and Christmas, so we expect to see retailers releasing Black Friday sales as early as two weeks before the namesake day.
2. MYTH: Stores Have Ample Stock of Doorbusters
Unfortunately many "doorbusters" are exceptionally low-priced items meant to generate buzz and lure shoppers in-store on Black Friday. Most retailers have very limited quantities of these products, and it's likely that only the first few shoppers in line will snag them. For example, if you see a Black Friday TV deal that slashes a 55" HDTV to just $429, chances are high that the retailer will only have about 10 units of that item per store.
3. MYTH: You Need to Camp Out in Line to Get the Best Black Friday Deals
If you're looking for an in-demand, limited-stock doorbuster, then being first in line when a store opens may be necessary to secure a highly coveted product. But these days, more and more Black Friday deals are available online as well as in-store. In fact, data from previous years has shown that up to 70% of in-store Black Friday deals were also available online for the same price — or less!
4. MYTH: Doorbusters Are Available In-Store Only
Speaking of doorbusters, while their name may lead you to believe they're available in-store only, in the past few years we've found that many doorbusters are available online as well. So unless you really need to escape the house for a few hours, there's a good chance that you'll be able to purchase an advertised doorbuster online instead. ( Continue… )
While Black Friday shopping doesn't exactly scream charitable giving, tradition suggests that Black Friday dollars are spent on a pretty good cause — buying holiday gifts for our loved ones. So we were somewhat surprised to discover that a whole bunch of you guys are turning the convention on its head and snatching up the greater portion of Black Friday loot for yourselves! In fact, in a recent DealNews survey, 44% of respondents said they'd mostly be purchasing goods for themselves on Black Friday.
Men Lead the Black Friday Self-Purchasing Pack
There's a serious gender gap when it comes to buying presents for yourself on Black Friday. While it's true that 44% of our poll respondents said they'd mostly be shopping for themselves on Black Friday, the number swelled to 51% — more than half! — when we just looked at answers from guys.
The ladies, on the other hand, were more likely to say they'd be shopping for others; 59% said they were shopping for children or relatives, as opposed to just 25% who will be buying mainly for themselves. That said, the men were also more likely to be shopping for a spouse: 15% of males said they were shopping for a significant other, as opposed to just 7% of females who said the same. ( Continue… )
Dynamic pricing is a marketplace buzzword that has been around for a while, though it's being bandied about with increasing frequency as of late. Whether you're a consumer already planning your holiday shopping budget or just looking to save money on your regular household expenditures, it's important to understand what dynamic pricing is and how it can affect you.
What Is Dynamic Pricing?
Dynamic pricing is a blanket term for any shopping experience where the price of an item fluctuates frequently based on complicated algorithms. A retailer might frequently change the price of an item based on consumer demand, price fluctuations at a competing retailer, or even the time of day and weather conditions.
Dynamic pricing is the reason that the cost of everything from airline tickets to home electronics can vary so much from day to day, or from week to week. With the increased popularity of dynamic pricing models, consumers now need to factor in when and where to shop.
But leveraging dynamic pricing to your best advantage requires knowing what industries are most invested in these algorithmic pricing plans in the first place. ( Continue… )
No matter how big and nimbus-like the cloud is getting these days, we understand the comfort of having a physical backup of all your videos, photos, music, and more. As such, we've rounded up an assortment of mostly Editors' Choice data storage deals, from flash drives to micro SD cards, to a 128GB SSD for Macbooks and a portable 3TD HDD.
HP 500GB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive bundled with Total Defense Premium Internet Security
Price: $19.99 via $60 mail-in rebate with about $4 s&h
Lowest By: $66
Expires: October 31
Is It Worth It?: We remember when creating a backup of our computer meant inserting a tape into the tower and waiting about an hour for the hard drive to copy itself. Thankfully this Editors' Choice 500GB portable drive can do the job much more quickly... and economically. After the$60 rebate, you'll spend just $0.04/GB for this hard drive and bundled software.
Note that Total Defense Premium Internet Security must be activated before the rebate can be redeemed, which involves providing your credit card information. However, you can cancel the service at any time within the first year without incurring any additional charges.
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Western Digital 3TB Red Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive
Price: $109.99 via $30 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $15
Expires: November 1
Is It Worth It?: If you're in need of more internal storage, then look no further than this 3TB hard drive. As an Editors' Choice, this Red serial ATA hard drive will set you back little green: just $0.04/GB; that's the best price we've ever seen for this model. It's optimized for use in NAS systems that have one to five drive bays and features a 64MB cache. ( Continue… )
Still haven't decided what to be this year for Halloween? There's some time left to put together a costume that's clever, culturally relevant, and on the cheap. Check out some of our creative Halloween costumes — from Breaking Bad to popular memes — that won't break the bank.
VMA Miley: Because You Can't Escape It
It's sad but true that more people are going to be dressed up as Miley Cyrus this year than at the height of her Hannah Montana fame, despite impassioned pleas from pop-culture columnists. This costume is inevitable, and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em by re-creating her infamous MTV Video Music Awards look with those teddy bear-inspired hair knots. For an authentic look, pair this bear graphic tank ($24.30 with $5.99 s&h, a low by $3) with existing shorts or a bathing suit. You can also make your own Miley outfit with a gray tank ($3.99 with free shipping via Shop Your Way Max, a low by $5), glue-on Googly eyes ($3.43 with free shipping, a low by $2), and fabric markers ($5.45 with free shipping, a low by $1). Complete your look with a foam party finger ($11.97 with $6.99 s&h, a low by $1). Winking and sticking out your tongue is free, as is twerking... if you don't think about the costs to your dignity.
Miley Companion Costumes
Miley's Halloween companions come in many shapes and sizes, including her VMA partner in crime Robin Thicke. To mimic his Beetlejuice-like getup opt for a repurposed Beetlejuice costume ($45.43 with free shipping via Shop Your Way Max, a low by $3), paired with aviator sunglasses ($3.26 with free shipping, a low by $2), and you're done. Alternatively, pink bear ears/hats are hard to come by for adults, so a costume that depicts one of Miley's fuzzy backup dancers might require a bit more work. You can take this polar bear hat ($29.99 with $6.99 s&h) and use pink fabric dye ($4.25 with free shipping, a low by $2). Or get crafty and create your own bear outfit with a pink hooded sweatshirt (from $15.99 with free shipping via Shop Your Way Max), pink felt for ears, and two of the aforementioned glue-on eyes. ( Continue… )
The skies are about to become a bit friendlier, but that's not necessarily a good thing. It came to light last week that several major airlines are adding an extra seat to aisles in coach in order to boost their bottom line. Even frequent and elite travelers aren't exempt from airline changes: the Consumerist discovered that some airlines have done away with free checked bags and a number of Premium Economy seats on popular routes.
The Shrinking Coach Seat
Presently there's nothing inherently wrong with flying coach or economy, but a number of airlines are about to give more than 100 passengers per flight a reason to consider upgrading. American Airlines, Air France-KLM, Air Canada, and Dubai's Emirates Airline are opting to add an extra seat to each row of the already not-so-roomy economy cabin.
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According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, 70% of Boeing 777 models already cram 10 seats per row in the economy cabin; 90% of 787 Dreamliner planes are already fitted with nine seats per row instead of the more spacious option of eight. Adding in an extra seat per row means that the average seat width is now 17" on international jets. Even more narrow seats can be found on the Airbus A330 jetliners: they measure 16.7". What's worse, a number of these newly outfitted jets aren't just for short trips. ( Continue… )
The week's best fashion accessories deals offer lots of style options for a little coin. Whether you're dressing for rain or for shine, sprucing up your work wear, or feeling kind of weird and hipster, these accessories can boost even the most humdrum look.
Oakley Men's Dispatch II Sunglasses
Store: Fina Sporting via eBay
Price: $58.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $8
Is It Worth It?: Just because the days are getting shorter, doesn't mean the sun's getting any dimmer! These men's shades will definitely have you covered when it comes to rays; their warm grey lenses feature 100% UV protection. Plus, the smog plaid frames let you switch up your style with interchangeable metal icons that snap into place. Best of all, they're an $8 price low.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Mercer Street Satchel
Price: $39.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Is It Worth It?: This chic Kenneth Cole Reaction handbag comes in White, Coral, or Chartreuse crocodile-embossed PVC, giving you lots of opportunities to add just the right color pop to your office outfit. Plus, it's $59 off list price, and you can stash that extra cash in its interior zippered pocket, or in either of the magnetic-snap pouches on the sides. ( Continue… )
Before Apple held its latest event, we made a few predictions about iPad pricing. Now that the latest iPad lineup details are confirmed, we're back to give shoppers another quick rundown of potential iPad deals. From shockingly cheap iPad minis to surprising discounts on the latest iPad Air, here's what consumers can expect from iPad prices in the coming months.
The Original iPad mini Will Drop to $269
Contrary to our original prediction, Apple did keep the first iPad mini in the lineup. It will now sell for $299, which is $30 less than before. But that doesn't mean the discounts stop there. When the iPad 2 was first knocked down to a lower price tier in 2012, resellers began periodically taking an additional 10% off its new retail price. By Black Friday, the 16GB version even saw a 15% discount. If discounts to the mini follow a similar trend, then resellers like MacMall and Micro Center might offer the iPad mini for prices between $254 and $269 in the coming months. However, keep in mind that Apple currently sells factory-refurbished iPad minis starting at $249, and many people consider these units good as new.
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Wait Until 2014 for iPad mini Retina Deals and Save $40
If you prefer to unwrap the newly-minted iPad mini with Retina — which now costs $399, or $70 more than the starting price for the debut mini — then you'll want to wait until the new year to save. Last year, deals on the iPad mini didn't trickle in until January when retailers took 10% off the 16GB model. For the Retina mini, that would translate into a $359 price tag. Likewise, if you'd prefer a cheaper refurbished version of the second-generation mini, you might have to wait a full five months; that's how long it took the first-generation iPad mini to show up as such. Even then, it was only discounted 12% off its full retail price. ( Continue… )
It's no secret that we here at DealNews get really excited about Black Friday. Like, really excited. And while we're the first to admit that we might have "Black Friday tunnel vision," we're pretty sure we're not the only ones. And so, in an attempt to make us feel better about ourselves, we turned to the Google Trends tool to see how excited everyone else is, too.
But first, we should clarify: The Trends tool doesn't actually measure excitability, if you can believe it. Rather, it shows the breakdown of where and when people search for a certain keyword. And instead of showing absolute values for how many times people search a term, Google instead assigns a rating of sorts, on a scale of 0 to 100. The bigger the number, the higher the relative search volume.
While it may be oversimplifying, we hold that higher search volume = more excited! And so, with this in mind, we dug into the Trends tool to find out who cares about Black Friday the most. As it turns out, the state of Kentucky is really, REALLY excited.
Kentucky Is Pretty Serious About Black Friday
The state of Kentucky has been in love with Black Friday for the past nine years. During that time, its citizens have searched for "Black Friday" more times than any other state. Why the good people of Kentucky consistently love Black Friday so much we may never know, but it might have something to do with their enthusiasm for towel deals.
Miami Wins Black Friday 2012
Last year, Miami topped the list of U.S. cities that searched for Black Friday, which isn't surprising considering how fanatical some Florida residents can be for the event. Conversely, at the bottom of the top 15 is San Francisco. ( Continue… )
October 22 is shaping up to be a busy day for Apple. Not only is the company expected to announce the new iPad mini 2, but rumors indicate we'll also witness the debut of the iPad 5.
As with all Apple announcements, consumers should gear up for discounts on previous generation devices. But just how low will prices go, and when will we see deals on the new tablets? Our DealNews data indicates the next few weeks will see more iPad deals than you think.
Refurb 1st-Gen iPad Minis Will Drop to $239
With the iPad mini 2 a day away, the first question on everyone's mind — aside from will it have a Retina display — is what will happen to the original iPad mini? Will Apple chip away at the mini's price as it has with other product lines, or is the mini going to fade into the sunset? Unfortunately, there's more of a chance that Apple will discontinue the first-gen mini rather than have it directly compete with the iPad mini 2 at a cheaper price.
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So in the same way that Apple killed the iPad 3 when it released the iPad 4, we're likely seeing the end of days for the first-generation iPad mini. But it's not necessarily bad news for bargain hunters. When the iPad 4 was announced, MacMall instantly discounted the iPad 3 to $449, or 10% off. A month later, deals dropped further to 20% off the iPad 3's list price. In the likely scenario that the iPad mini is dropped from Apple's lineup, you can expect to see same-day discounts of 10% off the mini's list price (dropping it to $297) and discounts of 20% or more a month later in December, for an effective price of $264. ( Continue… )