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.
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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… )
Anyone hoping to do a bit of Black Friday shopping this year might want to get started as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey has been consumed; that way shoppers can take advantage of the best deals during the 5-day span between Thanksgiving Thursday and Cyber Monday. But where will you be able to find these most amazing, Black Friday to Cyber Monday, which we dub Editors' Choice?
Below, we've listed the top five stores that offered the best online deals and sales during Black Friday in 2012. These stores dominated the competition last year, so it's likely that they'll strive to succeed yet again this year. So as you start constructing a Black Friday game plan for 2013, make sure to keep this list close at hand.
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The Top 5 Stores with the Best Black Friday Deals
Amazon: 157 Editors' Choice Deals
Amazon is in a familiar spot: The top. For the past three years now, Amazon has offered more Editors' Choice-worthy deals than any other merchant we've listed during Black Friday weekend. Last year, we saw the most top-level deals from Amazon on Black Friday (57), but Thanksgiving was far from boring as Amazon rolled out 42 such deals on Turkey Day. ( Continue… )
With November rain and snow sending temperatures tumbling, we bet you're more than a little tempted to abandon your town for someplace sunnier. That's why today we're featuring five of the week's best travel deals that'll help you chase the sun. Soak in the rays with $470 in savings on a Hawaiian vacation, party under the desert sun at a hotel in Vegas for as little as $42 per night, or just drive off into the sunset with a free car rental.
3-Night Vacation Package for 2 to Hawaii
Vendor: Alaska Airlines via Travelzoo
Price: From $1,327.54
Lowest By: $470
Expires: December 1
Is It Worth It?: It may be downright cold where you are, but Hawaiians are still enjoying 80°F days. Get in on that hot weather action with this 3-night flight and hotel package for two to Waikiki Beach, HI. You'll bunk at the Sheraton Waikiki, where you'll have access to numerous restaurants, two pools, a hot tub, sauna, and spa. You could also spend your days relaxing on the beach; it's right outside the hotel. Best of all, you'll be saving $470; that'll give anyone a sunny disposition!
This price is based on departure from San Diego, CA, (SAN) with arrival in Honolulu, HI, (HNL) on January 12, 2014; other departure cities are available for an additional cost. Some dates may be excluded and additional fees may apply. Book this travel deal by December 1 for travel January 8, 2014 through May 22, 2014.
Stays at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas
Vendor: Expedia via ShermansTravel
Price: From $42.30
Lowest By: $4
Expires: December 2
Is It Worth It?: If a sunny beach isn't your style, then head to Vegas where the days are hot and the nightlife is hotter. Stay at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino for as little $42.30 per night and you can spend your days getting wet and wild in the hotel's all-encompassing pool scene, which features a lagoon, lazy river, and wave pool. When the sun goes down, you'll be perfectly situated to hang out at the best Las Vegas hotspots: the Monte Carlo is located right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
Want to stay somewhere else on the Strip? Expedia discounts select Las Vegas hotel stays. Choose from properties like Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, and more. Some dates may be excluded and additional fees may apply. Book this travel deal by December 2 for stays through February 5, 2014.
Free Weekend Hertz Car Rental
Price: Free via RQ code "VSTPTE" and PC code "185301"
Expires: December 31
Is It Worth It?: Of course, partying under the desert sun doesn't appeal to everyone. If you're more inclined to chase the sun via the open road, this Editors' Choice deal from Hertz is right up your alley. Just pick a weekend day, then pick up your car; your rental is free when you use RQ code "VSTPTE" and PC code "185301". It's the best deal we've seen from Hertz all year!
Note that taxes and fees still apply and can be substantial. Also, this offer may be restricted to smaller cars and participating locations only.
Virgin America 1-Way Flights
Vendor: Virgin America via Travelzoo
Price: From $65.90
Lowest By: $10
Expires: November 30
Is It Worth It?: Got a sunny destination in mind, but don't feel like driving there? Let Virgin America fly you to where you'd rather be! The airline is offering some of the cheapest 1-way flights we've seen all year, with fares starting at $65.90 between sunny Las Vegas and sunnier Los Angeles.
This price is valid on flights from Las Vegas, NV, (LAS) to Los Angeles, CA, (LAX) departing on November 26; prices vary depending on the departure cities and dates chosen. Blackout dates may apply. Book this deal by November 30 for travel through February 18, 2014.
Stays at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City
Price: From $69
Lowest By: $58
Expires: November 19
Is It Worth It?: Hey, not everyone digs the daystar. If you're looking for a fun-filled vacation, but just aren't into the sun-worshipping thing, why not head to Atlantic City? Your winter stay at Harrah's Resort won't feature balmy temperatures, but it will save you $58. While there, you'll enjoy awesome indoor activities like learning some tasty tricks at the Viking Cooking School, relaxing at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, or playing in the casino. What's more, you'll get upgraded to a Premium room with water views and bag Waterfront Buffet passes for two.
Additional fees and blackout dates may apply. Book this travel deal by November 19 for stays Sundays through Thursdays through January 31, 2014.
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With the next-gen PlayStation 4 and Xbox One arriving on November 15 and November 22, respectively, the obvious question is: When can you find a deal on them? Unfortunately, the answer is a little bleak; you shouldn't expect any deals at all on the base console, and don't expect them to see any Black Friday discounts the following week. However, based on our historical data from the release of the previous generations, we do expect to the prices of these consoles to fall. Your patience won't do anything to bolster your 1337, day-one gamer cred, but will save you some leet loot.
Wait 4 Months to Buy the PlayStation 4, Get 9% Off
After the PlayStation 3 was released in November of 2006, it took four months until we saw the larger, 60GB model get discounted 9%. It took the smaller 20GB version four more months to see a discount, but when it did, it was also 9% off. Since there is only one version of the PS4 this time around, we're predicting that we'll start seeing sales on it sooner rather than later; in March, expect to see the PlayStation 4 drop to as low as $364. For many of you, four months might sound like a long time to wait to save $36 off, especially if you're champing at the bit to play the next-gen games, consider this: games will still be there in four months and in five months, many of those games might be as cheap as $20.
Wait 5 Months to Buy the Xbox One, Get 10% Off
Five months after its debut in November 2005 the Premium version of the Xbox, which included a 250GB hard drive and wireless controller, saw its first price drop of 10%. Four months later the Core version of the console (without a hard drive) received a the same percentage discount. Since this time around Microsoft is trying to keep things simple with only one SKU, we predict that the Xbox One will fall to $449.99 after five months; you'll save about $50 if you buy an Xbox One in or around April 2014. As we mentioned above, after five months the original line-up of games should be cheaper, too — as low as $20 — so waiting actually affords you a lot more in savings than at first glance.
More Immediate PS4 & Xbox One Deals
In the weeks (and months) after the consoles' release dates, you're going to see a lot of bundle deals, but be wary of them. Last time around on this roller coaster, we saw consoles packaged and sold together with games and accessories as early as their release date. However, the savings on these bundles are dubious and slight. Sure, the more you really want the bundled extra games and accessories, the better the deal is, but if you're thinking of buying a lot of stuff you don't want just to get the console, you really shouldn't click that purchase button.
For the first couple of months after both consoles' debut, the only "deal" is going to be just finding one in stock; when there is inventory, these consoles are going to sell out faster than a ... super fast thing that sells out! If just owning either of the new consoles ASAP is a priority, then consider setting up an email alert for the console of your choice. It'll increase your chances of actually getting one, as you'll be notified when we post a deal on one. Do keep in mind that these consoles are going to be so in-demand that even bundle deals of modest savings will likely sell out quickly.
In the end, the best thing to do is to wait. Not only are both consoles going to see price drops four to five months after their debut, but the release-day game titles should also be cheaper then as well. Plus, with both Sony and Microsoft rushing to beat each other to the punch, you can bet that there are going to be plenty of bugs in the original run of consoles. Bugs which should be taken care of after a few months and several UI patches. Save yourself some money and headaches by delaying your gratification, if only for a while.
Jeff Somogyi is the editor for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared: http://dealnews.com/features/The-PS4-and-Xbox-One-Will-Be-Up-to-50-Cheaper-Next-Year/898856.html
Sometimes shopping during Black Friday can feel like betting on a prize fight. You plunk down all your money on a great pair of shoes on Black Friday, only to see their price get knocked down during a Cyber Monday blowout. But how can a shopper know what kinds of unadvertised, winning sales are just around the corner? On everyone's mind this season is the question of whether Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday — or the span of time in between these holidays — will be the best time to shop for the specific items they want.
If you're tired of feeling like you've got long odds for finding the best Black Friday deals, then look no further. We studied the DealNews archives for the past two Black Friday seasons and found the best items to buy on each day throughout the shopping weekend. And while trends can always change, and "off" deals can still pop up at any given time, it's still wise for a shopper to be aware of these general rules of thumb while crafting the perfect personalized Black Friday shopping game plan.
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Best Things to Buy on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has the edge when it comes to sales on phones, apps, and accessories. In fact, based on sales from last year, we could see smartphone deals that yield a profit (via gift cards) as early as the Wednesday before Black Friday. Although on average we list the same total number of phone deals on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we recommend that you do your smartphone shopping on Thanksgiving: 42% of all the phone deals that day in 2012 were sweet enough to be marked Editors' Choice, as opposed to just 31% of those listed on Black Friday. Moreover, we found 50% more Android phone deals on Thanksgiving. However, if you're looking for that elusive iPhone deal, then you're better off on Black Friday proper (see below).
Our research shows that HDTV deals are excellent on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but Turkey Day TV deals stood out in the last few years for two reasons. First of all, we tend to see more Editors' Choice TV deals on Thanksgiving: about 61% of our deals were marked as such. Secondly, these Editors' Choice TV deals are much better on Thanksgiving. On Black Friday, for example, we typically see TVs that are at all-time price lows for their model (i.e., the lowest total price we've seen on a specific Samsung 46" HDTV). Yet over the past two Thanksgivings, we've seen TVs at the very best price in their entire category (like the best-ever price for anySamsung 46" HDTV). ( Continue… )
Whether it’s a source of aggravation or pride (or likely a bit of both), owning a car requires significant investment to keep it in tip-top shape, especially if you're planning on driving it for 200,000 miles. However, there is a payoff: from zero car payments to far fewer cosmetic repairs to worry about once the car is past the 100,000 mile mark, maintaining an automobile is a rewarding endeavor. Just make sure to follow the advice from Evelyn Kanter, an automotive journalist and columnist with Motor Matters.
"Every time the odometer kicks over into multiple zeros it's a major milestone, and a good reminder to take your faithful wheels in for a mechanical check-up," Kanter says. Here's a checklist of exactly you need to maintain and watch out for to keep your car on the road for 200,000 hard-earned miles.
Change Your Oil
Thanks to places like Jiffy Lube, we're all more conscious about the importance of oil changes. And for older cars, they're even more crucial. An oil change used to be recommended for every 3,000 miles, but the beloved Car Talk Radio guys say every 5,000 is just fine, unless you "drive like a knucklehead [with] jackrabbit starts, heavy acceleration or high-speed driving." People who drive in extreme climates should change their car's oil and filter more often, too. Want to learn more about how to choose the right motor oil for your car?
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Road rage issues aside, bad driving habits put more wear and tear on your car. "Smart driving habits ... and observing speed limits will squeeze more miles out of each gallon of gas, and put less stress on the transmission and engine," Kanter says. Engaging in herky-jerky driving and rough behavior will lead your car's engine and undercarriage to wear out faster. ( Continue… )
Black Friday will always be a frenzy of bargains, but with each passing year there are some elements that change. We at DealNews feel that the best way to make the most of this epic shopping event is to be prepared, so we've compiled a list of ways in which Black Friday 2013 will be different than previous years. Here's what you can expect.
3D TVs Will Finally Be Affordable
HDTVs are the poster children of Black Friday. But while sets with this technology have typically been priced astronomically high, this year 3D TVs will be cheaper than their non-3D counterparts, particularly in the 55" category, which is the sweet spot for these TVs. Price-wise, we expect 55" 3D TVs to hit $425, which would not only blow away last year's November low of $799, but also undercut non-3D sets of the same size by $4. ( Continue… )