So the big sale (you know the one) has passed. For two days the entire web seemed to be focused on it, including the vast number of retailers who participated in making Amazon's Prime Day sale a pretty big deal. It became a real event, with lots of competition and price matching, and we saw some pretty good to great prices. Here's a few more things that we noticed from the bigger retailers that may portend what will come during the Black Friday through Cyber Monday period...
Of course, this was all about Amazon. They kicked off on day one with deals across a wide swatch of categories. There were quite a few true bargains featured, including on what we call "the good stuff." For us, that's a sign of an interest in going big, because shoppers will only be enticed by discounts on household supplies for so long. We saw deals on iPad, Sony, DeWalt, Mattel and a host of other top brands. Did the prices meet expectations? As always, that's up to you, and your budget. From our point of view, the deals were slightly below our expectations on many of the most popular items. The biggest deals were on Amazon devices, including Kindle, Echo and all iterations of their Fire TV Platform. That's fine but without huge discounts on the "other brands" it came off as a bit of a massive, two day marketing campaign for...Amazon.
Another thing that we found a tad off-putting was that the majority of the deals seemed to appear on Day one of the sale, and last right through the end of Day two. That seemed to us like an odd choice to us. Why expand availability? Yes, it's good for the shopper to have longer to decide whether to make a purchase, but doesn't that also negate the effect of a "limited time deal?" Worse, some of those deals became available due to their popularity.
Look, we love Prime Day. And because it's such a big deal, and it is Amazon after all, we always expect big things. This time around, we think they may have fallen just a bit short of that. But as I often say with sales in October that just begin to peak our interest, this is just the beginning. The holidays are on the horizon, and we're confident that we've yet to see their best. We fully expect the "hot stuff" to get here soon.
Walmart continues to bill itself as serious competition to the online shopping throne. While we love that they compete and price match because it's good for consumers, but we think that a few improvements would certainly help their cause. Better organization at their online portal would help them actually do so. There's a lack of cohesiveness there that confounds us at times. There's a mish mash on their pages that just makes it difficult to know where to go. That's a shame because they do offer some exceptional deals. We just think they should be easier to find.
Of course, many other popular retailers participated in the madness. Macy's dropped prices AND offered a coupon to get additional discounts at checkout and deserves credit for being the best in their space for months now. We expect more from them as the holidays near, and look forward to shopping there ourselves. If you're looking for apparel, kitchen items, perfumes, toys and more this year, we highly recommend them.
In our opinion, Staples has shined for the past few months. During the Prime Day festivities, they featured some fantastic prices on laptops, office furniture, and all sorts of great daily essentials, from paper towels to hand sanitizer. And they differentiated themselves from the other office stores by featuring free shipping on all orders, large and small beginning a few months ago. It's another place we recommend you keep an eye as November approaches.
Much More than Amazon!
In the eyes of some, Prime Day will be a preview of what is to come. We'll see some good deals, they say, but it's nothing like Black Friday. Well, around here we have a different point of view. Our experience tells us that this WILL be a huge sale, and there absolutely will be the type of deals we see during the holidays in Amazon's 2 day retail joyride.
But the biggest reason we think this will be a sale of massive proportions can be found in our Inbox. It's a simple matter of competition. We've been receiving e-mails from many of our affiliate partners for weeks that tell us of large discounts coming on or around the 13th of October. That date, of course, is when Amazon kicks off it's two day Prime event.
So we can tell you about what we see, but not where it will be coming from. Not yet, at least. They ask us to keep that quiet, and we'll happily honor that. Sales on shoes, electronics, housewares, appliances and practically everything your heart desires are on the horizon. The retailers who promise to jump in on the action include some of the biggest names in the business, along with many of our favorite smaller endeavors. And the discounts promise to be hefty. Some of them are even using the word "Prime" in their advertising. Their intent is quite obvious.
Plus we're confident that we'll see the usual price matching from retailers that we've become accustomed to around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, once the sale begins. Remember, if you see a great deal at Amazon, take a look around. Their competitors will surely take a shot at matching or beating that offer. And we think you'll be surprised at how quickly, and how often this happens.
We plan on spending Prime Day (both days, actually) posting Amazon's best Prime Day Deals, because that's where the main action will be. But when the others jump in, we'll post theirs as well. Because we want you to have options. And we REALLY want you to save, no matter where the deals are.
What to Expect from Amazon's Prime Day!
The first Amazon Prime Day hit the web in July of 2015, as the retail giants' way to "celebrate" it's 20th Anniversary. Since then, we've seen it grow into an almost, but not quite, Black Friday level event. And so we were expecting this year's even to be equally massive. But 2020 is no ordinary year, is it? As a friend of mine recently commented "All that's missing is the hail!" So have things changed? Will this year's event, once-delayed and now occurring on October 13th and 14th, live up to past iterations? Will we again have the opportunity to save on everything we've ever dreamed of purchasing?
Let's start at the source. "Prime Day is back with epic deals on top brands. Exclusively for Prime members. Deals in Electronics, Fashion, Home & Kitchen & More" their own website touts. That basically sounds like every previous year's sale. But last year we found not only almost as many deals as we witnessed on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but discounts on an enormous variety of merchandie. From their front page Gold Box to their limited time Lightning Deals, it seemed that everything was discounted. We imagine that the variety of products staggered the imagination, and we saw items like fishing poles, bread yeast, and even rubber bands on sale. In our view, with 15 years of doing this behind us, it was truly impressive.
And so, if you're thinking that this year's sale could be a dud, we're betting on this being quite the opposite. Yes, things are difficult for many American workers. Stores are limitimg the number of customers in their brick and mortar locations, and some folks will be in no shape to spend for this sale. But with Amazon, the usual rules rarely apply.
So expect big things. We do. And one thing that is likely to steer Amazon toward offering us more and better deals is that we love to shop. When we can, Americans collectively spend enormous sums of money on all sorts of things. We are consumers, folks who love to try new stuff, and are likely continue to stay that way. Amazon Prime Day will probably be as big a deal (excuse the pun) as ever. They are in strong financial shape, but always aggressive in pursuing their intention to stay that way. Not only are thousands of great deals on the way, but as of this posting, they've already begun offering "Early Prime Day Deals" on Amazon devices, with more to come.
As always, we'll be following the sale and posting the best deals right here on our Home Page!
The Retail Elephant in the Room
Years ago, I was interviewed on Long Island News Radio for a piece about Black Friday. It was a good interview, I thought. The host asked quite a few great questions regarding where we get our deals, how we make a living posting deals, and how shoppers could find the best deals out there. At one point, he kind of dropped a bomb on me. “Why do you have so many Amazon deals on your site?” I hadn’t even looked at what we had been posting that particular day. Typically, I’ll look for deals and when I find one that’s good enough for our shoppers, I just post it. As it happens, that was a day late in November when things really started to go a bit bonkers on the web. Deals were everywhere, but the Goliath of retail shopping had been absolutely explosive. They were not only dropping dozens of prices on the really good stuff, but price matching the second biggest retailer on Earth almost as quickly as that other site put up a hot deal. And so, without even noticing it, I had given our customers a rather large percentage of Amazon deals. So how did I answer him? “We go where the deals are.” In other words, because we’re affiliated with hundreds of online stores, our choices are rather vast, but that doesn’t stop us from posting the best price, regardless of where we find it. On that day that meant a lot of great deals from the biggest seller of them all.
But on another day, and frankly most days of the year, it usually means deals from a a wide variety of sellers, some of whom you may not know. We know them though, and we wouldn’t post them unless they were well regarded in the industry and well-reviewed by shoppers. Stay with us as we post the best Black Friday Deals from sellers small and enormous right here.
A Disney (Shop) Christmas!
We’re happy to report that they’ve kicked off their Black Friday Sale! Get up to 40% off their fantastic selection of everything from Apparel, Holiday Decor, and of course TOYS until 12/25! Shop the Black Friday Sale at Disney Shop here! Let’s just admit it. Disney is an American icon, and a brand so big that none of us can avoid it. Kids love it, of course, but most of the folks I know are adults, and the majority can quote snippets from Disney movies as easily as I can quote Van Halen lyrics. If you are into Disney magic, then their own website is always a great place to grab one of their hard to find collectible ornaments, dolls from all of their lovable characters, or clothes emblazoned with your child’s favorite character. Of course, they up the ante this time of year, with some good to great discounts on a large selection of toys, games, holiday clothing, and even serving dishes for your holiday meal. To check out what’s going on at their place this season, head to Shop Disney here.
Amazon Happy HoliDeals is Here!
Yes, it’s basically where the Countdown to Black Friday (what they were calling it last year) begins. Until the middle of November, this is where you’ll find many of their hottest deals appear well before Thanksgiving. Of course, if it’s like last year’s sale, the variety of items marked down will be enormous, with deals on everything from the most sought after videogames to coffee mugs with funny sayings on them. Their HoliDeals page has categories to choose from including the Homepage with all deals listed if you’re not sure what you’re looking for, and frankly have plenty of time to browse, and even Upcoming Deals to tell you what will be available soon. That second page is where you get a peak at some of the best deals on the way BEFORE it’s available for purchase, giving you time to get ready to buy when the moment arrives. Some of these are exclusively for Prime Members, so sign up for a free trial of Prime at the site if you’re not already signed up. Some of the hottest deals of the year are almost certain to appear in the Amazon Lightning Deals part of their site, where items of all sorts pop-up at hard to believe prices, get an enormous amount of interest, then sell out in a short time. It’s definitely worth a look but as with all things shopping related this time of year, be prepared to say “yes” to a deal quickly.
Walmart Deal Drop Kicks off a huge November! Black Friday Starts today!
The Huge Walmart Black Friday Sale Starts Now! Technically it starts in a few hours. Exactly 10PM EST if you’re keeping score. Here it comes! One of the biggest Black Friday Sales anywhere, where the hot Doorbusters cover a huge swatch of categories so you can finish your shopping rather quickly. Take a look at just a small portion of the fantastic deals you’re about to see… Apple Deals Apple Ipad 10.2-inch (7th Gen) 32GB Wi-Fi $249 Apple AirPods (Latest Model) with Charging Case $129 Apple iPhone Straight Talk 6s Prepaid Smartphone $99 Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS – 38mm Band $129, 42mm Band $159 Gaming Consoles and Bundles Sony PlayStation 4 1TB Console Bundle $199.99 PS4 Pro Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bundle $299.99 Xbox One S 1TB All?Digital Edition $149.99 Nintendo Switch w/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe $299.99 Xbox One S 1TB Star Wars Jedi Bundle $199.99 Xbox One X 1TB Gears 5 Bundle $349.99 $100 Off XBox One Console Bundle Computers & Such Samsung 11.6? Chromebook 3, 16GB, 4GB – XE500C13-K04US $99 HP 14? HD Laptop Celeron 4GB 64GB + 1yr Office 365 $149 HP 15.6? FHD Touchscreen Chromebook i3-8130U, 4GB, 128GB SSD $299 HP Pavilion 15.6? FHD Laptop (i5-9300H 8GB 256GB SSD GTX1050 $499 HP Pavilion Desktop (i5-9400F, GTX 1660Ti, 8GB, 256GB SSD (8GB), $579 Razer Mamba Wireless Gaming Mouse $50 Toys Hot Wheels 50-Car Ultimate Collectors Gift Pack Set $25 Yvolution Neon Balance Bike $15 Disney Frozen II Arendelle Fold & Go Castle $39.99 ESPN Mid-Size Folding Table Tennis Table with Paddles and Balls $79 Electronics Fitbit Inspire HR $69 Vizio 65? Class 4K Smart TV $398 Roku Ultra with JBL Earbuds $48 Google Smart TV Kit: Google Home Mini plus Google Chromecast $35 Oculus Go Standalone Virtual Reality Headset 32GB for $149 $50 Off the FitBit Charge 3 plus Bonus Band Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones $129 Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s Camera $50 GoPro HERO7 Action Camera $139 Kitchen Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender $49.99 Farberware 16? Non-Stick Electric Griddle $9.96 Instant Vortex 6-Quart 4-in-1 Air Fryer $49.96 Keurig K-Compact Single-Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker $39 iRobot 670 Wi?Fi Vacuum Cleaner $197 Shop-Vac 4.5 Peak HP, 6 Gallon Stainless Steel Vacuum $32 Primo Hot / Cold Water Dispenser $59 ——————————————————————————————————————- *11/24 Update – They already have a pretty hefty percentage of hot TV deals we see that you can see here.* A few more of the many truly great deals you’ll find in their Early Black Friday Sale, many with free 2 day delivery… Sterilite Footlocker $19.98 Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K Media Player $29.99 Apple AirPods with Charging Case $139.00 All Digital Edition Xbox One S 1TB $149.00 KidKraft Ainsley Wooden Swing Set $239.00 Super Mario Maker for Nintendo Switch $43.99 Masterbuilt Digital 30 in. Electric Smoker $204.99 Xbox One X 1TB Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order $349.00 PowerBlock 10-35 Lbs Adjustable Kettlebell $145.00 Thomas & Friends Eco Rescue Wood Firehouse Set $27.99 Playstation 4 Pro Call of Duty Modern Warfare Bundle $299.99 Muscle Rack 18? D x 36? W x 72? H, 5-Shelf Steel Shelving $48.97 LEGO 60192 City Arctic Expedition Arctic Ice Crawler $13.99 Disney Princess Magical Movers Twirling Tower Adventures $10.99 Weslo Crosswalk 5.2t Total Body Treadmill – compatible with iFit Coach $269.00 23andMe DNA Test – Health + Ancestry Personal Genetic Service and including Lab Fee $99.00 ————————————————————————————————————— *11/15 Update* Walmart has gone live with a large selection of their ACTUAL Black Friday Deals! Here are just a few of our favorite items from this one… Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 512GB $599.00 Lenovo Ideapad 130s 14.0? Laptop,Windows 10, Intel Celeron $179.00 Bounce Pro 14-Foot Trampoline, with Classic Enclosure $178.00 Little Tikes Adjust ‘n Jam Pro Basketball Set $29.98 Huffy 12V Battery-Powered SWAT Truck 2-Seater Ride-On $249.00 Buy 1 Get 1 FREE: Barbie Inspiring Women Rosa Parks and Frida Kahlo Series $29.88 Xbox Ultimate Sports Bundle with 2K20 Console, Fifa 20, Madden 20 and Bonus Controller $299 JVC LT-55MAW595 55? UHD 2160p HDR Roku Smart LED TV $269.00 Apple Watch Series 3 GPS + Cellular – 38mm – Sport Band – Aluminum Case -Silver/White $199.00 ——————————————————————————————————————– It wasn’t ever going to escape us that Walmart is going to go big this Black Friday. Or even that we’re already seeing some pretty great deals appear at their site. But the sheer number of deals we actually found that are live right now did surprise us. And that’s not easy to do. In 2018, we saw many of their advertised deals appear as early as the first day of November. What this means is that it’s never too early to head there and see what’s going on. We’re already looking for their best offers, of course. You’re probably ask yourself what we’re going to see when Thanksgiving rolls around. Well, in the case of Walmart there really isn’t much need to wait, at least not for long. Their current sale is billed as “The Deal Drop,” and the deals actually are exceptional. Better yet, it’s happening right now, and features hundreds of great items already on sale. Here’s a taste from it… Ninja CF097 Coffee Bar System $99.00 KidKraft Savannah Dollhouse $79.99 Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter $348.00 Shark Ion S86 RV850 Robot Vacuum Cleaning System $269.00 Choice of Xbox One S and BONUS Call of Duty Modern Warfare $249.00 Hisense 58H6550E 58? 4K Ultra HD HDR Android Smart LED TV $279.99 Nintendo Switch Bundle with Your Choice of Game $329.00 Samsung LC32F39MFUNXZA 32? Curved Monitor $179.00 Ninja Foodi 8-Quart All-in-One Pressure Cooker/Air Fryer $189.00 PAW Patrol, Mighty Pups Super PAWs Lookout Tower Playset $69.99
Black Friday 2019 is Coming!
Black Friday 2019 is on Friday, November 29! It’s entertaining to look back sometimes. After almost two decades of covering all things shopping, we still find ourselves surprised when we delve into the details of Black Fridays of yesteryear. For quite a few years, we’ve posted PC friendly versions of the physical Black Friday Advertisements found in local newspapers. We’ve since made the transition to posting and discussing only web-based holiday shopping season festivities. If you’re already happily accustomed to doing most or all of your gift shopping online, we think this will make things more convenient for you. While Jerrito at 25 would have happily camped out all night to be one of the few to get one of those unbelievable deals from the flyer in the Sunday paper, age, wisdom, and the feeling that at 2 AM there is only one place I want to be (bed, the answer is bed!) have conspired so that I no longer see pulling an all-nighter in front of Best Buy as a necessity. A few years ago we started noticing some of those same advertised “Doorbusters” appearing online as early as the 1st of November. If you love experiencing the shopping madness with your family, by all means do the “long line in the middle of the night marathon thing”. Just know that you don’t need to do that to get the best price anymore.Our advice is to shop online. Yes, we know that sounds simplistic. But after many years of doing this, we just think Black Friday is better, cheaper, and much more convenient than shopping in stores. I imagine that the majority of the retail shopping this year will be done via smartphones, tablets and PCs. Folks shopping online will spend even more this year, widening the growing gap between in-store and online sales even further. For us it’s just a matter of accepting the reality of a changing retail landscape. Our Shopping Tips: Be at least a little flexible. That’s the key to finding the best deals any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Let’s say your 12 year old want an Xbox One Console and the new Madden game for Christmas. While you’re likely to see a discount on that package, you’re probably going to see bundle deals featuring the console with the game in the form of relatively small dollar discounts. However, you’re likely going to see many more gaming deals featuring usually pricey controllers, games and accessories thrown in at no extra charge. Those will offer considerably bigger discounts and include items you’re eventually going to purchase anyway. For the past few years, we’ve seen more than a few Black Friday deals offered for at least ten days during the holiday season. The world’s two largest retailers price match one another regularly. You’re probably going to get more than one opportunity (sometimes many more) to score that great deal that will make your shopping this year a success. How to Get that Deal! If you take a 5 minute look right here once in awhile from November 1st and through the holiday season you’ll get some great deals. For individual deals posted throughout every day of the holiday season head to our sister site www.crazytowndeals.com. When the Deals will Appear! The short answer is that they’ll trickle out starting around the 1st of November. Yes, it starts that early. We’ve seen at least a few ACTUAL Black Friday prices from ads at the beginning of the month, and many have shown up online well before Black Friday. Bold Prediction! We’re going to see a 4K TV for less than $100 at some point. I just feel it in my bones. Of course, we’ve been thinking this for about 5 years now, but we’ll be right one of these years… HAPPY SHOPPING! More to come on how to shop this year, including some of the best deals you’ve ever seen. Stay tuned! Jerrito
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