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Amazon Unveils New Echo, Fire TV, Ring & eero Smart Devices
Posted on September 24th @ 1:34 pm ET in Industry News

Today Amazon took the wraps of a significant number of new devices in their Echo, Fire TV, Ring and eero lineups during a livestream presentation for invited guests. Many of these devices should be discounted during Amazon's Prime Day sale next month as well as during Black Friday season.

Among these are the new Fire TV stick with Dolby Atmos for $39.99, a new spherical Echo Dot for $49.99, an Echo Show 10 with a bunch of new capabilities for $249.99, new eero 6 WiFi router systems starting at $129.99, a Ring Car Alarm for $59.99, a crazy new Ring Always Home Cam drone camera for $249.99 and much more. Check out Amazon's site for all the details.
Walmart Announces Initial Holiday Plans
Posted on September 23rd @ 8:54 am ET in Industry News

Walmart issued a press release this morning with preliminary details of how they intend to run their operations during this year's holiday shopping season. As for Black Friday, Walmart is promising an "all-new Black Friday experience" with deals spread out over a longer period of time.

Walmart also says more of their deals will be available online. We'll have to see whether that is actually the case. In previous years Walmart's best Black Friday deals tended to be in-store only or sell out in seconds online. Walmart also says they will be increasing hiring and increasing inventory of popular products such as electronics, toys and stay-at-home type gift ideas.
Amazon's Big Fall Sale Event is Live with Thousands of Deals
Posted on September 20th @ 7:25 am ET in Hot Deals

Amazon has started their Big Fall Sale Event with thousands of deals on everything-at-home essentials and new deals being added every day. Want more Amazon deals? Check our our dedicated Amazon Deals page with dozens of new hand-picked Amazon deals each week.

Also look for limited time lightning deals throughout the sale. This sale will run for a few weeks until Amazon starts their Prime Day preparations. Get free shipping on most orders with Prime. Don't have Prime? Get a free 30-day trial, otherwise get free shipping on $25 or more.
New Survey Shows Most Plan to Sit Out Black Friday
Posted on September 19th @ 10:43 am ET in Industry News

Morning Consult surveyed over 2,000 adults about their concerns and expectations for Black Friday and the holiday shopping season and the results show that the coronavirus pandemic has accelerated various trends regarding Black Friday's overall importance to shoppers.

According to their survey, 52% plan to sit Black Friday out entirely this year and only 12% expect to shop in physical stores on that day. 70% of the survey respondents said they have concerns about being too close to people in stores and others not taking the virus seriously when shopping.

The survey predictably shows that online shopping will be huge this year as many who have typically been leery of shopping online even plan to do so more this year. To check out the entire article and all the very insightful survey results, see this article on Morning Consult's web site.
Macy's Announces They Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving
Posted on September 14th @ 3:09 pm ET in Industry News

Macy's announced today that their physical stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, joining the likes of Walmart, Target, Kohl's and others. Last year Macy's was open from 5pm Thanksgiving Day until 2am on Friday morning before reopening later Friday morning.

As with the other stores that have made similar announcement, Macy's says that they will be "unveiling our biggest holiday deals with some of the best brands, earlier than ever". Macy's traditionally started their Black Friday sale online on Tuesday or Wednesday of Black Friday week.
The New Normal: Home Depot ''Cancels'' Black Friday
Posted on September 9th @ 6:42 pm ET in Industry News

Today Home Depot announced some details regarding their plans to "reinvent" Black Friday this year. As we have expected all major retailers to do, Home Depot says that in the interest of reducing crowds on any one day they will not have a huge one-day sale for Black Friday this year.

Their announcement states that for the first time ever, their Black Friday prices will be available starting in early November and lasting through December. We expect similar moves from nearly every major retailer as Black Friday this year is expanded into several months of deals.

While other major retailers such as Walmart, Kohl's and Target announced that they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Home Depot is the first major store to officially confirm that there won't be a traditional one- or two-day Black Friday sale this year due to the coronavirus situation.
Discuss Black Friday on the Forums & Win Great Prizes
Posted on September 8th @ 9:00 am ET in Contests

We're really proud of our Black Friday message boards on the forum. They are a great place to talk about Black Friday with others who are just as crazy about Black Friday as you are. This year with the situation being very fluid, the forums should be especially interesting to follow along with.

Every year we see a lot of lurkers on the boards, and we want to encourage you to sign up and post by giving away a $200 gift card and hundreds of dollars in additional prizes just for talking Black Friday. See this thread for details and if you don't have a forum account, get one here.

We're also giving away new mystery t-shirt prize packs on the forum and on our social media this year, so check out the forum to get more info and enter the contests to win these prize packs.
Kohl's Rolls Out New Kohl's Rewards Loyalty Program
Posted on September 8th @ 8:55 am ET in Industry News

Kohl's announced that their revamped loyalty program, Kohl's Rewards, is now launching nationwide. Under the new program, customers will earn 5% in Kohl's Rewards on every purchase, every day. On the first day of the month, Kohl's Rewards balances will be converted to Kohl's Cash in $5 increments. Those Kohl's Cash rewards will be valid for 30 days.

Kohl's will continue their normal Kohl's Cash earning events as well. Existing Yes2You members will automatically be transitioned into the new Kohl's Rewards program. Unfortunately Kohl's eliminated some of the better perks they had tested such as double rewards for Kohl's Charge cardholders, free shipping on all orders for cardholders and Black Friday early access for MVC members
Walmart Unveils List of Hottest Toys of 2020 Holiday Season
Posted on September 3rd @ 8:04 am ET in Toy Books

This morning Walmart released their annual list of "Top Rated by Kids" toys for the holiday season. Their list features 36 toys which were tested and selected by kids - the ultimate toy experts.

The list spotlights toys based on popular characters as well as gadgets for kids, surprise "blind pack" style toys, outdoor toys and screen-free indoor entertainment toys.

Several of the toys are exclusive to Walmart this year, and most are available for ordering now on Walmart.com with free shipping on orders of $35 or more, or free in-store or curbside pickup.
Welcome Former BFAds.net Visitors
Posted on September 1st @ 2:31 pm ET in Site News

Back in 2004 when we started covering Black Friday here on GottaDEAL, there were really only two sites dedicated to posting Black Friday ads and news: GottaDEAL and BFAds.net. We remained competitors over the past 16 years as Black Friday exploded in popularity online.

Today BFAds notified their visitors via email that they have ceased operations. This was expected as they went dark following last year's Black Friday. BFAds was owned by Rakuten, a massive international corporation that apparently had no use for a Black Friday site in their portfolio.

So we'd like to officially welcome former BFAds visitors to GottaDEAL and we hope you'll make us your new home for Black Friday and beyond. We'll continue to post Black Friday ads (assuming there are some this year) along with all the latest news, rumors, deals and more.

We recommend you sign up for our Black Friday alert emails if you aren't already getting them so that you don't miss anything important during Black Friday season. We also have an active forum where you can discuss Black Friday and much more, as well as our Discord server for chat. Our main GottaDEAL site is also open all year with hundreds of hand-picked deals posted every week.
Walmart Introduces Walmart+ Membership Program
Posted on September 1st @ 8:43 am ET in Industry News

Walmart today officially announced their new membership program, Walmart+. This program, which will be available starting September 15th and cost $98 per year or $12.95 per month, has been heavily rumored for months. The company will offer a free 15-day trial as well.

Among the benefits of Walmart+ will be unlimited free delivery on over 160,000 items including groceries, tech, toys and more. Members will also be able to use Scan & Go in Walmart stores to bypass checkout, similar to the existing Sam's Club app. See full details here.
Countdown: 100 Days Remaining Until Black Friday
Posted on August 19th @ 9:00 am ET in Industry News

Today marks the 100 day milestone in the countdown to Black Friday 2020, whatever that day will mean this year. There's still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to retailers' holiday plans. Aside from a few major stores announcing Thanksgiving closings, we have very little insight into their plans.

If you'd like to start discussing what Black Friday and holiday shopping might look like this year, our Black Friday message board is already open. We're discussing the Thanksgiving Day closings, all the stores that have filed for bankruptcy and how it all will affect Black Friday this year.
Amazon Big Summer Sale Event Now Through Labor Day
Posted on August 5th @ 3:39 pm ET in Hot Deals

Amazon has launched what they are calling "The Big Summer Sale Event". This sale is slated to run from now through Labor Day with new deals being added each day of the sale.

Check out the sale for deals across the site including home, kitchen, furniture, lawn & garden, pets, sporting goods, toys and more. We still expect Amazon's Prime Day sale to take place in early October this year, to be followed by Amazon's traditional pre-Thanksgiving sale.
Kohl's Joins Growing List of Major Retailers to Close on Thanksgiving
Posted on July 29th @ 12:25 pm ET in Industry News

Kohl's today announced that they will close their stores on Thanksgiving Day this year. They join Walmart, Best Buy, Target and others in making similar announcements. Kohl's has recently added convenient options such as curbside pickup to give shoppers more options.

Michelle Gass, Kohl's CEO, stated that Kohl's is "adapting our plans in response to changing customer expectations and behaviors". She also went on to say that she expects shoppers to start their holiday shopping much earlier this year.
Best Buy Will Close on Thanksgiving Day This Year
Posted on July 29th @ 10:05 am ET in Industry News

Another day, another big announcement about a Thanksgiving closure. Today, it is Best Buy that announced that they will join Walmart, Target and others in closing on Thanksgiving this year.

Their announcement mentions that Best Buy will "start offering some of the hottest deals of the season earlier than ever" this year, a trend that we are seeing from other retailers.

So it's looking like we're going to have around 3 months worth of deals this year starting in October instead of one big week. But don't worry - we'll be covering all the sales and deals right here!
Target Announces Thanksgiving Closure and Holiday Plans
Posted on July 27th @ 8:15 am ET in Industry News

This morning Target announced via their A Bullseye View corporate blog that they will join Walmart in closing on Thanksgiving Day this year. This should not come as a surprise as we expect most retailers to make similar announcements over the coming weeks and months.

The article also states something we've been predicting - Target (and most other stores) will try to stretch out their sales and deals for the entire 4th quarter, starting in October and going right until the holidays rather than focus on Black Friday week. Notice that the term "Black Friday" doesn't appear anywhere in Target or Walmart's announcements. Stay tuned for more news.
Walmart Will Close on Thanksgiving - Will Black Friday Be Canceled?
Posted on July 21st @ 2:35 pm ET in Industry News

The big news today is that Walmart announced that their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. While Walmart framed this decision as a reward for their employees who have been essential to many American's lives this year, it is likely part of a bigger shift in Black Friday plans.

We expect most other retailers to follow Walmart and also announce that they will close on Thanksgiving. But we don't think this will be any more than a one-year exception due to the coronavirus pandemic. We expect Thursday sales in physical stores to resume next year.

Walmart's announcement does lead to questions about what Black Friday will look like this year. Will it be business as usual? Will there be no big sales? Will retailers expand their sale to a full week or longer to spread out shoppers? We examine the possibilities in this new article.
Amazon's Prime Day Sale Postponed to Early October
Posted on July 20th @ 1:57 pm ET in Industry News

Earlier this month it was reported that Amazon has once again postponed their popular Prime Day sale until the first week of October. According to CNBC, Amazon gave some of their third-party sellers a tentative date of October 5th for this year's Prime Day sale.

There were reports several months ago that Amazon had first delayed the sale until August, however conditions have required Amazon to postpone the sale again. The new date places the sale during the first week of the important 4th quarter for the nation's leading online retailer.

We're expecting an all-out blitz of sales during the entire 4th quarter as retailers try to make up some of the losses sustained over the spring and summer. We're expecting a big increase in the number of pre-Black Friday sales as well as better quality of deals before and after Black Friday.
Hallmark Dream Book 2020 Ornament Catalog Posted
Posted on July 15th @ 9:09 am ET in Sale Ads

It's Christmas in July as we've just posted the 119-page Hallmark Dream Book 2020 Catalog. This catalog features their complete lineup of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments for you to check out.

The majority of the ornaments in the catalog are available now in Hallmark stores and on Hallmark.com however there some which will be released in October and November. Some of the ornaments are currently only available at physical Hallmark stores as well.
Relive Past Black Fridays with the Black Friday Archive
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am ET in Guides & Tips

We received many requests over the years from our visitors who wanted to be able to browse older Black Friday ads from previous years. To answer those requests, we created a site for you to check out: BlackFridayArchive.com. It is a great place to get your Black Friday fix during the "offseason".

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 1,000 historical ads. Want even more? Our forum has 16 years worth of archived Black Friday discussion. You can browse a quarter million posts and nearly 15,000 discussion threads going back to 2004.
Join the GottaDEAL Discord Server & Chat About Black Friday
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am ET in Site News

A couple years ago we set up a GottaDEAL Discord server for those of you who'd like to chat in real-time about Black Friday and anything else with other GottaDEAL visitors and forum members. You can access the server via this invite link and we hope to see many of you in the chat.

For those who are unfamiliar with Discord, it is a free text, voice and video chat service. You can access it via their apps or through a traditional web browser. Once you sign up for an account you can join the GD server using the special invite link.
When Will the First Black Friday Ad Be Posted?
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am ET in Guides & Tips

We know many of you anticipate the first leaked ad to be posted each year. We've compiled a chart which shows the dates we've posted ads during the past 14 years. You'll notice that aside from a few early smaller ads, the more popular ads typically start getting posted in early November.

With Black Friday falling on a later date this year, ad leaks could be delayed. The upcoming November election could also affect when ads are released by retailers. Make sure you're signed up for our free alert mailing list in case an ad gets leaked sooner than expected.
Black Friday Message Boards Are Now Open for 2020!
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 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 July 1st @ 11:00 am 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.
Follow @GottaDEAL or @BlackFridayNews on Twitter
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am 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.
Get our Free Apps for Apple iOS & Android Devices
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am 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 1st @ 11:00 am ET in Guides & Tips

Amazon 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.
Black Friday Shortcut URLs Available Again This Year
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am 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.
Follow GottaDEAL on Instagram for News, Contests & More
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 am ET in Site News

This year we invite you to follow GottaDEAL on Instagram. We plan on (finally) using our Instagram account for some fun things this year including exclusive contests, as well as sharing the latest news and rumors about whatever Black Friday ends up looking like this year.

It's also another way you can find out when we post new leaked ads, catalogs and more. Of course the best way to learn about new updates to the site is with our mailing list. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join our Discord server to chat with other GDers.
Black Friday 101 for Retailers: Best Practices
Posted on July 1st @ 11:00 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.