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Sony Announces PlayStation Classic Retro Game System
Posted on September 19th @ 8:58 am ET in Industry News

Earlier this morning Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a retro styled game system which plays 20 classic PlayStation games. Following up the success of Nintendo's NES and SNES classic systems, this system should be a very popular item this holiday season.

You can already pre-order the system for $99.99 from Best Buy and GameStop and we expect more retailers to offer it throughout the day. Release day is scheduled for December 3rd. The system includes 2 wired controllers, although you'll have to provide your own USB power adapter.
Get $30 off $100 Purchase at Target with REDcard Approval
Posted on September 16th @ 9:43 am ET in Hot Deals

This week only, Target is offering $30 off a future $100 purchase when you are approved for a new Target REDcard debit or credit card. This offer ends September 22nd and you'll have until October 31st to use your $30 off $100 coupon. There are exclusions to what the coupon can be used for.

As always, you'll get free shipping on all orders and an extra 5% off with a Target REDcard, so it's a great card to have. REDcard cardholders also get early access to select Black Friday deals.
Bon-Ton Sites Re-Launched Under New Ownership
Posted on September 16th @ 9:43 am ET in Industry News

The websites for the Bon-Ton family of stores re-launched this week under new ownership. CSC Generation Holdings, which owns other e-commerce sites such as DirectBuy, won the auction for the rights to Bon-Ton's trademarks, domain names and customer lists.

For now, it appears that the products sold on these sites are items that are drop-shipped directly from either the manufacturer or a distributor. The new Bon-Ton does not have any warehouses with product and they do not carry any of the old Bon-Ton exclusive merchandise lines.

While the new owners expressed their intentions to open physical stores, we would be surprised if this goes beyond an online-only endeavor that, other than using the names and logos, has virtually nothing to do with the original company which operated for 100 years.
Amazon to Sell Live Christmas Trees & Wreaths This Year
Posted on September 15th @ 11:33 am ET in Industry News

Amazon will sell a selection of living Christmas trees and wreaths this year, some of which will be eligible for free Prime shipping (get a free trial of Amazon Prime here).  We expect to see some of these trees appear in Amazon's Black Friday sale, possibly as limited quantity Lightning deals.

The collection of trees will include Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, Black Hills Spruce and Norfolk Island Pines. Sizes will range from 2 to 7 feet tall. A 7-foot Fraser Fir will cost $115. Pricing for all varieties will be announced at a later time and orders will be taken starting in November.
Nintendo Announces Super Smash Bros. Switch Bundle
Posted on September 14th @ 7:43 pm ET in Industry News

One of the items you can be sure to see in Black Friday ads each year are the special video game console bundles that the manufacturers put together each fall to boost sales during the holiday shopping season. Nintendo has just announced their bundle for this year.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundle for Nintendo Switch will come with a special edition dock, Smash Bros. Joy-Con controllers as well as a download code for the game which comes out in December. Best Buy is already taking preorders, however if you can wait, there's likely to be discounts of around $50-60 in the Black Friday ads and during online sales this year.
Order Your GottaDEAL 2018 Black Friday T-Shirts!
Posted on September 10th @ 10:35 am ET in Hot Deals

While we give away many of our Black Friday t-shirts here on the site, on the forum and on social media, we know many of you like to guarantee yourself a shirt by purchasing one or more.

Therefore for a limited time we are taking orders for shirts. Check out the ordering page here and get your order in as soon as possible as some sizes will be limited and may sell out as time goes on. Shirts are just $11 ($13 for larger sizes) and include free shipping.
Discuss Black Friday on the Forums & Win Great Prizes
Posted on September 10th @ 10:35 am ET in Contests

We're really proud of our Black Friday message boards on our forum. They are a great place to talk about Black Friday with others who are just as crazy about Black Friday as you are.

Every year we see a lot of lurkers on the boards, and this year we want to encourage you to sign up and post by giving away an iPad and other prizes and gift cards just for discussing Black Friday. See this thread for details and if you don't have a forum account, get one here.
When Will the First Black Friday Ad Be Posted?
Posted on September 10th @ 10:35 am ET in Guides & Tips

We know many of you wait with anticipation for every leaked ad to be posted each year. We've compiled a chart which shows the dates we've posted ads during the past 12 years. Taking a look at the chart, you'll notice that aside from a few early small ads, the more anticipated ads typically start getting posted in late October.  

Of course, that all could change this year, so be sure you're signed up for our free alert mailing list in case an ad gets leaked sooner than expected. And as always, we rely on our loyal visitors to provide us with early peeks of the ads. Just click here to submit info.
Relive Past Black Fridays with the Black Friday Archive
Posted on September 5th @ 7:06 pm ET in Guides & Tips

We get many requests from our visitors to browse older Black Friday ads from previous years. To answer those requests, we created a site for you to check out: BlackFridayArchive.com.

This is a simple easy-to-use site that lets you browse our complete archive of past Black Friday sale ads. The Black Friday Archive currently goes back to 2004 and has over 850 historical ads. Also, the ads from Black Friday 2017 have already been added to the archive for you to view.
Black Friday Message Boards Are Now Open for 2018!
Posted on September 4th @ 10:33 am ET in Site News

As we do every year around this time, we have officially opened up our main Black Friday message board for this year. You can check out all the early Black Friday discussion here.

You can start discussing your predictions for this year, any Black Friday news that comes up and much more. Also be on the lookout for our first contests of the year as well. See you there!
Sign up for GottaDEAL Instant Deal Alerts to Save Big!
Posted on August 25th @ 2:28 pm ET in Site News

This time of year there are many very hot deals that appear on a retailer's site and sell out within a few hours or, in many cases, just a few minutes. To help you score these deals before everyone else, we created the very popular (and totally free) GottaDEAL Instant Deal Alerts.

This is an exclusive list which will only be used to send you instant alerts about the absolute hottest deals that we find. To join tens of thousands of others getting these alerts, see this page.
Countdown: Just 100 Days Remaining Until Black Friday!
Posted on August 15th @ 9:12 am ET in Industry News

Today marks the 100 day milestone in the countdown to Black Friday 2018. Just a reminder that if you'd like to start discussing the sales and rumors, our Black Friday forum is already open!

As we do every year, we will soon be posting our official Black Friday predictions for 2018 where we'll speculate on the hot items and the prices they'll be offered at so look for that soon as well.
Black Friday Savings Tip: Get a Deal-Friendly Credit Card
Posted on August 6th @ 2:02 pm ET in Guides & Tips

One of the best ways to maximize your savings during Black Friday week is to make sure you have a good cash-back credit card. Use these credit cards for your purchases and you will earn additional cash back beyond the usual big Black Friday savings found each year. But the clock is ticking - if you want to get any of these cards to use during the upcoming sales, you need to apply soon.

Many of these cards have big signup bonuses if you spend a certain amount in the first 3 months with the card, so sign up for any of these cards today and you can use your holiday shopping to meet these bonus goals easily. Check out GottaCreditCard.com for an list of our favorites.
Follow @GottaDEAL or @BlackFridayNews on Twitter
Posted on August 6th @ 1:48 pm ET in Site News

For those of you on Twitter, we've got two options for you this year. As always, @GottaDEAL is our year-round account. We'll post great online deals along with important Black Friday updates.

You can also follow @BlackFridayNews which is an automated account that will post all Black Friday site updates and all new message board threads. All Black Friday news, all the time.
Black Friday Shortcut URLs Available Again This Year
Posted on August 5th @ 2:28 pm ET in Site News

Just a reminder that the shortcut web addresses we've had in the past are working once again this year to save you some time:

BlackFriday.GD will take you directly to this Black Friday site.
BlackFridayForum.com will take you to the message boards.
Get our Free Apps for Apple iOS & Android Devices
Posted on August 5th @ 2:28 pm ET in Site News

If you have an Apple or Android mobile device (including tablets such as the Apple iPad), you can download our free GottaDeal.com app from your device's app store or marketplace.

Our Android and iOS apps let you browse our message boards from anywhere and keep up to date on the latest deals, site news and Black Friday updates and discussion.
Check Out Our Guide to Saving Money on Amazon
Posted on July 24th @ 12:52 pm ET in Guides & Tips

Amazon.com continues its run as the undisputed leader when it comes to online shopping. But while most of our visitors shop on Amazon all the time, there are some tips and tricks that you may not be aware of, so we created our guide to saving money on Amazon for you to check out.

In this guide you'll find tips such as using the right credit card, the best ways to get Amazon Prime, where to find major discounts on Amazon orders, how to navigate all of Amazon's deals and much more. With Black Friday right around the corner, we hope you'll find this guide useful.
Best Practices: Black Friday 101 for Retailers
Posted on July 5th @ 4:28 am ET in Guides & Tips

We realize that we get many visits from employees of the retailers that we post Black Friday ads from. Given that potential audience of decision-makers within the retail industry, we thought we'd try to help out all of retailers during this holiday shopping season.

Several years ago we compiled a list of best practices that stores can follow for a successful day - Black Friday 101 for retailers. We think these ideas still are valid and should be considered.
Black Friday Countdown: 6 Months Until Black Friday 2018
Posted on May 23rd @ 10:00 am ET in Industry News

We are officially half-way to Black Friday 2018! Today marks the 6 month point in the countdown towards the big day. We know many of you are getting excited about the big day and some are even putting off big purchases until you see the Black Friday deals.

We're busy working behind the scenes to prepare for this year including designing a new t-shirt, performing site updates and much more. We'll be back soon with more Black Friday news and before Black Friday, come back in mid-July for our coverage of Prime Day 2018!