Black Friday Ad Leaks
Have you made your holiday shopping list and checked it twice? Are you chomping at the bit to hit the stores (online and off) come Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? Wondering where to go first; who’s open earliest, including Thanksgiving Day? Well, here’s some help planning your expenditure adventure…
Where to Find Black Friday Deals and Sales
Retailers plan their Black Friday sales months in advance, creating ad layouts, flyers, bulletins, etc. Those top-secret digital assets leak out onto the Internet, inevitably, and sometimes intentionally.
The official date of Black Friday, the day that marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, is the day after Thanksgiving. But the people who track Thanksgiving sales tell us that the biggest savings – 24% on average - are actually available Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving week; that is, November 24 through 26 of this year.
Here are some of the juicier electronic and tech specials that will be available, along with sources of future leaks and last-minute bargains.
Merchants strive to get the jump on each other, it seems, and to snag the early-bird shopper’s dollar. You'll see various other sales gimmicks, such as Black Friday sales that last for five days, Cyber Monday, and Cyber Week. But Black Friday is the day when everyone has everything on sale at discounts averaging between 20 and 25 percent.
A host of Web sites spring up each November just to help shoppers get an early start on their campaigns, and to reap the bounty of revenue-generating page clicks that result from searches for “Black Friday sale ads…”
BlackFriday.com is a legit source of leaked ads, news about store hours and special offers, shopping tips, and other info pertinent to Black Friday fans’ interests. As of this writing, the site hosts leaked Black Friday advertising supplements from about two dozen retail chains including Walmart, Target, Amazon, Sears, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Dell. You can search for specific product names to find the best deals that will be available, create wish lists, read trends and predictions, and sign up for email news alerts about freshly uncovered Black Friday deals.
More Black Friday Deal Sites
BFAds.net stands for “Black Friday Ads” network. On November 11, it posted Walmart’s massive 40-page Black Friday sales catalog, and provides expert shopping tips. For instance, some items have a one-hour price and availability guarantee, but you can get a raincheck. Also, Walmart’s Black Friday extravaganza lasts through Sunday, November 30. Examples of Wally World’s Black Friday specials include:
- $199 16GB iPad mini and free $30 Walmart gift card ($40 off)
- $398 16GB iPad Air and free $100 Walmart gift card
- $79 16GB iPhone 5s with two-year contract and $0 down on AT&T Next and Verizon Edge
- $179 16GB iPhone 6 with two-year contract and $0 down on AT&T Next and Verizon Edge
Best Buy “leaked” its own Black Friday ad early. Brad’s Black Friday Deals seems to have a useful amount of editorial curation, as opposed to fly-by-night sites that just post PDF copies of leaked ads. “Brad” actually compares offers on similar items and recommends the best value. For instance, the HP 15-R011DX laptop bundle offered by Best Buy beats the price of the laptop alone elsewhere by $12.
Of course, Black Friday and related sales are not your only opportunity to save on holiday gifts. You'll see deals popping up now through the end of the year. But buying early doesn't always save you money. I have a friend in Denver who says he saves 50% every year by shopping on Christmas Eve. He says if he buys early he just can’t resist giving early, so he ends up spending double to have “something to put under the tree.”
Your thoughts on this topic are welcome. Post your comment, question, or awesome holiday shopping tips below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 13 Nov 2014
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