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Amazon Unveils Their 2018 Top 100 Holiday Toy List
Posted on October 15th @ 9:35 am ET in Industry News

Today Amazon posted their annual list of the top toys. This year's list features 100 toys which were hand selected by both kids and Amazon's toy buyers. Nearly all of the toys on the list can be ordered right now on Amazon, and many can also be ordered using their Alexa voice service.

Some of this year's top toys include the Harry Potter LEGO Hogwarts Great Hall, the L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise!, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus and the Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle.

You can browse this gift guide by age range and across 11 categories such as tech toys and arts & crafts. We expect Amazon to heavily feature toy deals prior to, during and after their Black Friday sale in an attempt to make up for the absence of Toys R Us this year.
Amazon Becomes Official Retail Partner for ABC's Shark Tank
Posted on October 15th @ 9:35 am ET in Industry News

Amazon announced today that they have become an official retail partner for ABC's hit show Shark Tank. The Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection will highlight products seen on the show.

Starting today over 70 products from the first 9 seasons are available for purchase on Amazon, and products from the current 10th season and future seasons will be added over time. Products available now include Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.
Sears Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Posted on October 15th @ 8:54 am ET in Industry News

Early this morning Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after securing a $300 million loan to keep their stores running and employees paid, at least for now.

Sears also announced that they will close 142 stores which is in addition to the 46 stores they previously announced would be closing by the end of the year. The Sears and Kmart web sites will remain functional as well during the attempted reorganization of the company.

While there is a good chance we'll still see a Sears Black Friday ad this year, this move appears to just be delaying the inevitable as many shoppers will avoid the longtime retailer. If you have Sears or Kmart gift cards or Shop Your Way reward points, use them as soon as you can.
Blain's Farm & Fleet Toyland Toy Catalog Posted
Posted on October 12th @ 4:18 pm ET in Toy Books

As promised, we have posted this year's 28-page Blain's Farm & Fleet Toyland toy catalog on the site. You can check out the sale here and Farm & Fleet also has it on FarmAndFleet.com.

Farm & Fleet's Toyland sale starts a week from tomorrow on Saturday, October 20th and will run for just 2 weeks until November 4th. Many of the deals in the sale will also be available online. Look for more toy catalogs from retailers such as Walmart, Target and Amazon very soon.
True Value Black Friday Sale Ad Posted
Posted on October 9th @ 12:29 pm ET in Industry News

We have just posted this year's True Value Black Friday ad. View the 8-page ad here.

Are you following us on social media? Follow us on Twitter to get the latest news and ad updates. You can also visit us on Facebook to discuss the ads, enter contests and more.

While you wait for the next ad to be leaked, come join us on our popular Black Friday message boards and see what thousands of other Black Friday fanatics are discussing today.
Target Offers Their First Toy Sale of the Holiday Season
Posted on October 7th @ 11:48 am ET in Hot Deals

Starting today in Target stores and online on Target.com, you can save $10 on a $50 purchase in toys & games, or spend $100 and the discount jumps up to $25. You can maximize your discount by spending just over the $50 and $100 thresholds. If you need to order more than $100, we recommend splitting up your purchases so you can claim multiple discounts.

This discount runs through Saturday, October 13th. As usual with most Target promotions, there are exclusions for this deal including LEGO, L.O.L. Surprise and others. Free shipping is offered on orders of $35 or more (or on all orders if you're smart enough to have a Target REDcard).
Welcome to Our Coverage of Black Friday 2018!
Posted on October 6th @ 9:45 am ET in Site News

Now that we've posted our first leaked ad of the year, we want to officially welcome everyone back for another year here on GottaDEAL covering Black Friday and much more. Believe it or not, this is our 15th year covering Black Friday and we couldn't have done it without our great visitors.

As Black Friday has changed over those 15 years, so has our coverage. While we're still going to post all the Black Friday ads as usual, we're also going to put an even larger focus on all the online deals that are available leading up to Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond. We're going to help you score the best deals without having to fight the crowds.

We cover online deals all year long over on our main site, so we're in a better position than sites that only focus on Black Friday to filter out most of the thousands of so-called deals that retailers push during this time of year and bring you only the best of the best. So check back often, sign up for our alerts and follow us on Facebook & Twitter. It's going to be a fun couple of months!
Harbor Freight Black Friday Sale Ad Posted
Posted on October 5th @ 1:59 pm ET in Industry News

The words you love to read: we've got the first leaked Black Friday ad posted on the site! Once again this year it's the Harbor Freight ad. View all the 8-page ad here.

Harbor Freight is opening at 7am on Black Friday this year with extended hours until 9pm and from 8am until 9pm on Saturday. The deals in the ad are valid for Black Friday through Sunday.

Don't miss out! Sign up for our exclusive Black Friday alerts so you won't miss a thing. We will alert you when we post new ads along with the latest deals and much more!
Fleet Farm Toyland 2018 Holiday Toy Catalog Posted
Posted on October 4th @ 8:58 pm ET in Toy Books

In case you missed it we recently posted the 65-page Fleet Farm Toyland toy catalog on the site. You can check it out here. The sale starts Saturday, October 13th and will run until early November.

We're also expecting the Blain's Fleet Farm Toyland catalog to be posted any day now. Their sale typically starts within a week of their competitor's sale, so be on the lookout for that catalog.
Read Our Exclusive Predictions for Black Friday 2018
Posted on October 1st @ 12:26 pm ET in Guides & Tips

This year marks our 15th year covering Black Friday here on GottaDEAL. As we do every year, we’ll use our past Black Friday experiences and expert deal hunting skills to come up with a set of predictions for what you can expect on Black Friday this year, both in stores and online.

This year we expect online sales to continue their explosive growth during Black Friday week as more shoppers than ever do their Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping online. Read about our thoughts on this and many other topics in our predictions article posted here.
A Note Regarding Watermarks on Ads...
Posted on October 1st @ 4:01 am ET in Site News

We source many ads ourselves every year and as we've done for several years, we do not and will not make them difficult for you to browse by adding watermarks on every page. Technically these ads don't even belong to us and letting you see them without distractions is very important.

While this is our longstanding policy, we do acquire ads from other sources that feel that your ability to clearly see the ads isn't as important as putting their watermarks on every page. While we can't prevent this, we'll try to clean up these ads as much as possible after posting them.
Changes to Walmart's Saving Catcher Coming Next Month
Posted on September 24th @ 1:34 pm ET in Industry News

Walmart is making changes to their very popular Savings Catcher program effective on October 29th so if you use this program, these changes could impact how you shop at Walmart.

Starting next month, Walmart Pay will be the only way to submit your receipts and redeem Savings Catcher earnings. You will no longer be able to scan paper receipts or use a desktop computer. Walmart Pay lets you pay with your credit or debit card (or a gift card) using your smartphone.

For more details including the email Walmart sent regarding these changes, see here.
JCPenney Unwraps ''Top 20 Toys'' List for the Holiday Season
Posted on September 21st @ 3:51 pm ET in Industry News

JCPenney recently unveiled their Top 20 Toys for the 2018 holiday season. JCPenney will also try to fill some of the void left when Toys R Us disappeared by sending out their own toy catalog this year, complete with a sticker sheet for kids to mark the items they are hoping to receive.

Among the toys on the list is the L.O.L. Bigger Surprise (which releases this Tuesday), LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall, Mickey Mouse 90th Anniversary Plush, Furreal Friends Chompin' Dino and many others. See the full list and more details on JCPenney's plans here.
Amazon Unveils New Alexa-Compatible Smart Home Products
Posted on September 20th @ 6:49 pm ET in Industry News

Amazon announced a bunch of new smart home devices today that are compatible with their Alexa voice assistant. Among these are new versions of the Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Plus.

Also announced is the Echo Auto which is the first Echo for your vehicle, the Fire TV Recast which combines a Fire TV streaming device with an OTA DVR, and the new AmazonBasics microwave with Alexa technology built in. A new Echo Sub can be paired with existing speakers for extra bass.

You can check out all the new products here, although we strongly recommend waiting a couple months as Amazon will likely offer deep discounts on these items during their Black Friday sale.
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.