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Changes fo 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.
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.
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 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!