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Cyber Week Plans for Major Retailers Unveiled
Posted on November 26th @ 8:46 am ET in Industry News

Several major retailers have announced their Cyber Monday or Cyber Week plans for this week:
  • Kohl's announced they'll have a Cyber Days sale from Saturday through Wednesday. Save 20% on most items and on Monday only you'll be able to stack a $10 off $50 coupon with the 20% coupon and earn an amazing $15 in Kohl's Cash on every $50 spent for one day only.
  • Amazon announced that their Cyber Monday sale will start on Saturday with "More deals and deep discounts on must-have items", plus they'll continue to match other stores' deals.
  • Target announced that they'll begin their two-day Cyber sale on Sunday. They will have special Sunday & Monday-only deals but no mention of the 10% discount they've had prior years.
  • Walmart announced their Cyber Monday sales will go online on Sunday night at midnight EST (9pm PST). They'll have deals on "thousands of gifts and great brands."
As always, we'll be covering all the Cyber Week sales on GottaDEAL so check back often!
Apple Announces Black Friday Shopping Event
Posted on November 25th @ 8:29 am ET in Industry News

Apple has announced a 4-day shopping event taking place from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Apple is giving free gift cards with the purchase of eligible products during the sale. These offers are exclusive to Apple Stores and apple.com - the gift cards are not available from other retailers.

Get a $50 gift card with an iPhone 12, 12 mini or SE, a $75 gift card with select AirPods, a $50 gift card when buying an Apple Watch SE or Series 3, a $100 gift card with the purchase of an Apple iPad Pro 11" or 12.9 along with similar offers for Macs, Apple TV, Beats and select accessories.
Amazon Announces Plans for Cyber Monday Sale
Posted on November 25th @ 8:29 am ET in Industry News

Amazon this morning put out a press release detailing plans for their Cyber Monday sale. Some highlights: as it did last year, the sale will start the day after Black Friday on Saturday, November 27th and will run through Cyber Monday on November 29th.

Amazon promises a "more deals and deep discounts on must-have items for the gifting season" this year. The press release contains a long list of deals, many of which are very similar as they have been having & will have later this week for their Black Friday sale.
Target Will Not Open on Thanksgiving Again
Posted on November 22nd @ 5:16 pm ET in Industry News

Target CEO Brian Cornell sent a note to employees today stating that Target has no plans to ever be open on Thanksgiving Day again. Target closed stores on Thanksgiving Day last year due to the pandemic and will be closed again this year after being open on Thanksgiving for the last decade.

While other major retailers were closed last year and will be again this year, Target is the first to make the change permanent. As the actual day of Black Friday has become less important due to sales lasting all month long, there is really no reason for most stores to be open on Thanksgiving.
Amazon Announces Black Friday Plans
Posted on November 15th @ 11:44 am ET in Industry News

This morning Amazon announced they'd have "more deals than ever before" for its Black Friday sale this year. Interestingly, rather than have a week-long sale as they've done previous years, Amazon is focusing on the 48-hour period inclusive of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

The press release lists several deals and promotions that Amazon will have including deals on toys, fashion, electronics, home entertaining, beauty and of course Amazon's own line of devices. We'll have much more news and deals from Amazon's sale next week, so stay tuned.
Google Announces Upcoming Black Friday Deals
Posted on November 10th @ 8:51 am ET in Industry News

Google has announced upcoming Black Friday deals on their devices which you can expect to find both on Google's own store and on their many retailers such as Target, Best Buy and Home Depot.

Among the deals are $50 off the Pixel 5a, $30 off the new Nest Cam, $10 off Chromecast with Google TV, $50 off the Nest Doorbell, $50 off the Nest Hub smart display, $50 off the new Nest Floodlight Cam, $40 off the Nest Audio smart speaker and $30 off the Nest Thermostat. View all the deals here.
Nintendo Reveals Upcoming Black Friday Deals
Posted on November 8th @ 10:29 am ET in Industry News

Nintendo has revealed the Black Friday deals that you can expect to see at retailers the week of Black Friday, and they look very similar to last years offers. The main deal is the Switch console bundle with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and 3 months of online membership for $299.99 (same as last year).

There are a selection of first-party Switch games on sale for $39.99 each including Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2, Zelda Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe and more. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit sets with Mario and Luigi will be $59.99 each and Ring Fit Adventure will be $54.99.
Macy's Announces Full Black Friday Plans
Posted on October 25th @ 12:04 pm ET in Industry News

Macy's has announced their Black Friday plans via a press release today. They will have their Black Friday sale from Tuesday, November 23rd until Saturday, November 27th. They will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will open at 6am on Black Friday.

Beginning November 3rd, Macy's customers can score sets of early access Black Friday deals each week leading up to the actual sale. These early access sales will run from November 3-7, 8-10, 11-15 and 16-22. Get all the details on Macy's dedicated Black Friday page.
Walmart Unveils Black Friday Plans Including Walmart+ Early Access
Posted on October 18th @ 12:58 am ET in Industry News

Walmart has announced their Black Friday plans for this year and they look very similar to last year. After what they say was "overwhelmingly positive customer feedback" to last year's three separate sales, Walmart will once again have three weeks of sales starting November 3rd.

As they did last year, each sale will start online on Wednesday before starting in stores on Friday. Walmart+ members will receive early access to online Black Friday events throughout November and can shop the Black Friday deals on Walmart.com four hours before everyone else.
Best Buy Black Friday Plans Announced + Big Sale Next Week
Posted on October 14th @ 10:00 am ET in Industry News

Best Buy has announced their Black Friday plans and there is some big news to unpack. First of all, Best Buy will have hundreds of their Black Friday deals starting next Tuesday, October 19th. This sale will run through Friday the 22nd and have deals such as a $599 Samsung 70" 4K TV.

Best Buy will start their actual Black Friday sale on November 19th, a full week before Black Friday. We'd imagine they'll save some doorbusters for actual Black Friday to get people into the store that day, but we'll find out that info when the ad leaks which could very well happen next Tuesday.
Walmart Unveils List of Hottest Toys of 2021 Holiday Season
Posted on September 29th @ 11:13 am ET in Industry News

This morning Walmart released their annual list of "Top Rated by Kids" toys for the holiday season. Their list features dozens of 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, board games, outdoor toys, building block sets and screen-free indoor entertainment toys.

16 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.
Target Announces Deal Days Sale, New Price Match Guarantee
Posted on September 29th @ 8:51 am ET in Industry News

Target put out a press release this morning with two major announcements. First, Target Deal Days is back. From October 10th through the 12th Target will have thousands of deals both online and, for the first time, at all Target stores. We'll have the ad for this sale posted very soon.

Next, Target announced a new holiday price match guarantee. It starts October 10th and runs until Christmas Eve. You can request a price adjustment on all items purchased at Target and they will continue to match competitors prices within 14 days. As always, read the fine print on this policy.
Amazon Unveils New Smart Home Devices
Posted on September 28th @ 12:14 pm ET in Industry News

Today Amazon took the wraps of a number of new devices in their smart home device lineups during a livestream presentation for invited guests. Many of these devices should be discounted during Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in just a couple short months.

Among these are the new Echo Show 15 wall-mounted smart display, the new Amazon Glow kid-focused video calling device and the new Amazon Smart Thermostat. These new gadgets join recently announced Amazon-built TVs, a new Fire TV stick and a much improved Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Check out Amazon's site for all the details and to preorder several of these devices.
Amazon Unveils "Toys We Love" Holiday Toy List
Posted on September 16th @ 3:26 pm ET in Industry News

Amazon has unveiled their "Toys We Love" list for the 2021 holiday season. This list was curated by Amazon's toys & games product leads and features over 100 toys, most of which can already be ordered right now on Amazon.com.

The list featured toys from top brands including Little Tikes, Squishmallows, Crayola, Magna-Tiles, LEGO, Barbie, Disney, Melissa & Doug, KidKraft and many others.
Amazon's Extended Holiday Return Policy Announced
Posted on September 16th @ 3:26 pm ET in Industry News

Amazon announced that they will once again extend their holiday returns policy to cover most items purchased between October 1st and December 31st. These items (from both Amazon and many of their third party sellers) can be returned through January 31, 2022.

This is the second consecutive year that Amazon has started their holiday return period on October 1st - in previous years they waited until November 1st but with supply shortages predicted and more shoppers planning to get their shopping done earlier this year, it makes a lot of sense.
Countdown: 100 Days Remaining Until Black Friday
Posted on August 18th @ 9:00 am ET in Industry News

Today marks the 100 day milestone in the countdown to Black Friday 2021, 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.
Kohl's Will Close Their Stores on Thanksgiving Day
Posted on June 17th @ 12:25 pm ET in Industry News

This morning Kohl's joined the other major retailers in announcing that for the second consecutive year they will be closing their stores on Thanksgiving Day. Kohl's joins Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others with similar announcements over the past few months.

Kohl's typically starts their Black Friday sale earlier in the week both in stores and online, so this announcement will only affect the special doorbuster deals which will be available in stores on Black Friday and online the night before.
Best Buy Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Posted on June 9th @ 2:23 pm ET in Industry News

Best Buy today joined Walmart, Target and other retailers by announcing that their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day once again this year. Best Buy says they'll have more details on their Black Friday sale and store hours in the coming months.

It is looking like this year's Black Friday will be a throwback to earlier years where the sales started in the early morning on Black Friday itself, however we still expect the deals to be available online much earlier than Friday morning. Stay tuned for more updates!
Walmart Announces All U.S. Stores Will Close on Thanksgiving
Posted on June 4th @ 4:21 pm ET in Industry News

Walmart today announced that all of their U.S. store locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. They join other retailers including Target and Dick's Sporting Goods who made similar announcements several months ago. We expect more of these announcements to come.

Walmart says they'll have normal hours on the day before Thanksgiving but says details of their Black Friday sale including store hours will be announced at a later date. As always we'll be covering everything related to Black Friday later this year, so be sure to follow us so you don't miss a thing.
Black Friday Countdown: 6 Months Until Black Friday 2021
Posted on May 26th @ 1:17 pm ET in Industry News

We are officially half-way to Black Friday 2021. Today marks the 6 month point in the countdown towards the big day. We expect Black Friday to look closer to normal this year, although some of the changes made last year such as stores being closed on Thanksgiving Day will likely continue.

Rest assured, regardless of what happens we'll be here to cover all the deals whether they are in store or online. We'll also have coverage of Prime Day which will be taking place in less than a month. If you want to chat about Black Friday and how it might look this year, you can join us on the forum.
Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Thanksgiving Day Closure
Posted on February 5th @ 9:07 am ET in Industry News

Earlier this week Dick's Sporting Goods announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. Their CEO said the early announcement was to "give our teammates plenty of notice that we will be closed again, so they have the opportunity to plan for their annual traditions."

Dick's Sporting Goods joins Target in announcing Thanksgiving Day 2021 closures. We expect many more stores to announce similar closures as Black Friday expands to a longer month-long event once again this year. Stay tuned for more Black Friday updates throughout the year.
Target Announces They Will Close on Thanksgiving Day Again
Posted on January 13th @ 8:49 am ET in Industry News

Target issued a press release this morning discussing their 2020 holiday season. This press release  revealed that Target stores will once again be closed on Thanksgiving Day later this year. Target didn't announce any other details about their holiday plans, such as if the multiple weekly Black Friday sales will once again take place, although Target's sales were up significantly over 2019.

It will be interesting to see which of the other major retailers follow Target's lead on this. While we do expect some to also stay closed this year, we could see other retailers viewing this as an opportunity to have the spotlight and get a boost in sales if major stores such as Target are closed that day.