Black Friday 2016: Check out Best Buy’s Thanksgiving Day doorbusters

Best Buy on Thursday released its Thanksgiving/Black Friday game plan, including a list of roughly two dozen doorbuster deals it plans to offer this year.

Deals will be available on BestBuy.com starting on Thanksgiving Day. Stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 1 a.m. on Black Friday. After a brief closure, stores will reopen at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

Best Buy is the third retailer to release their Thanksgiving/Black Friday sale ad today.  Both Walmart and Target  also unveiled their game plans this morning.

PEMBROKE PINES, FL - NOVEMBER 15:  Kimberly Lee purchases a Sony Playstation 4  at Best Buy after they went on sale at midnight on November 15, 2013 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. PlayStation 4 is the follow-up to the company's PlayStation 3 and is priced at $400.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL – NOVEMBER 15: Kimberly Lee purchases a Sony Playstation 4 at Best Buy after they went on sale at midnight on November 15, 2013 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. PlayStation 4 is the follow-up to the company’s PlayStation 3 and is priced at $400. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Best Buy sale highlights include:

·         Toshiba 49-inch 4K Ultra HD TV: $199.99 (Save $250)

·         MacBook Air 13-inch: Save $200

·         Bose® SoundSport® In-Ear Headphones: $39.99 (Save $60)

·         Powerbeats2 Wireless Headphones: $89.99 (Save $110)

·         PlayStation 4 Uncharted Bundle: $249 (Save $50) plus two free games

·         Samsung 55-inch LED 4K Ultra HD Smart TV: $479.99 (Save $320)

·         Select Blu-rays are $7.99 and 4K UHD movies as low as $17.99

·         Video games for $29.99 (Save $30)

·         Fitbit Charge 2: $129.95 (Save $20)

·         DJI Phantom 3 Standard Drone: $399.99 (Save $100)

·         Samsung 4K UHD Blu-ray Player: $199.99 (Save $200) and get a free $10 Best Buy Gift Card

·         Homido V2 Virtual Reality Headset: $49.99 (Save $30)

·         mophie juice pack pro: $9.99 (Save $50)

·         Ring Smart HD Video Doorbell: $124.99 (Save $75)

·         Arlo Wire-Free HD Security 4-camera kit: $349.99 (Save $150)

·         Canon EOS Rebel T6 2 Lens Kit DSLR camera: $449.99 (Save $250)

·         GoPro HERO5 Black: $399.99 with a $35 Best Buy Gift Card and 64GB memory card

·         KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixer: $199.99 (Save $300)

·         Dyson V6 Animal Cord-Free Stick Vacuum: $299.99 (Save $200)

·         Microsoft Surface Pro 4 M3 with Type Cover: $599.99 (Save $400)

·         9.7-inch iPad Pro: Save $125

·         Free $250 Best Buy Gift Card plus a free Samsung Gear VR with installment billing on the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge

·         Dell 15.6” touch screen laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor: $349.99 (Save $150)

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Best Buy’s Thanksgiving opening time leaked

Best Buy will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 1 a.m., according to the Black Friday website BfAds.net.

Best Buy also opened at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year.

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PEMBROKE PINES, FL - NOVEMBER 15: Kimberly Lee purchases a Sony Playstation 4 at Best Buy after they went on sale at midnight on November 15, 2013 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. PlayStation 4 is the follow-up to the company's PlayStation 3 and is priced at $400. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
PEMBROKE PINES, FL – NOVEMBER 15: Kimberly Lee purchases a Sony Playstation 4 at Best Buy after they went on sale at midnight on November 15, 2013 in Pembroke Pines, Florida. PlayStation 4 is the follow-up to the company’s PlayStation 3 and is priced at $400. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BfAds.net said they expect  Best Buy to close for a brief period early Black Friday morning before reopening at 8 a.m.

BfAds.net has put together a complete list of Black Friday hours for national retailers, as well as a list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: Best Buy releases annual “Top Tech” list

Best Buy on Tuesday released it annual list of the top tech gadgets it expects shoppers will be on the hunt for this holiday season.

Nina Cajigas (right), Geek Squad Deputy of Counter Intelligence, speaks to staff at Best Buy in West Palm Beach during a training session to prepare for the Black Friday shopping rush on Saturday morning, November 22, 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Nina Cajigas (right), Geek Squad Deputy of Counter Intelligence, speaks to staff at Best Buy in West Palm Beach during a training session to prepare for the Black Friday shopping rush on Saturday morning, November 22, 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

The top items, which were hand selected by Best Buy’s tech experts, include everything from virtual reality and smart home products to drones and hair dryers. There are also laptops, gaming systems, TVs and cameras.

Best Buy also said it will again waive shipping fees for the holidays.  The promotion runs through Christmas Eve.

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“This holiday, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers by taking out the guesswork as they shop for friends, family or even themselves,” said Mike Mohan, chief merchandising officer at Best Buy. “These products showcase the newest, most innovative trends and what’s truly possible with technology.”

Best Buy will hold in-store events across the country on Nov. 5 to give shoppers a first hand look at the items on its tech list this year.

“On Saturday, Nov. 5, customers can play with and score great deals on select Top Tech products and other must-have items at Best Buy’s special holiday shopping events,” the company said. “From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, shoppers can interact with and get demonstrations of a range of Top Tech products, including Google Home, OverDryve, and more, in 400 stores across the U.S.”

Here is the complete list:

·         Google Home

·         Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Wireless Headphones

·         Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

·         Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 Laptop

·         iPad Pro 9.7-inch

·         Oculus Rift

·         Sony PlayStation VR

·         Sony 65” Class LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range

·         GoPro Hero5 Black

·         DJI Mavic Pro Drone

·         Fitbit Charge 2

·         Microsoft Xbox One S

·         Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

·         iPhone 7

·         Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones

·         Apple Watch Series 2

·         Rand McNally OverDryve Connected Car System

·         HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop

·         Google Chromecast Ultra

·         Samsung Galaxy S7

 

Best Buy joins the list of retailers offering free shipping for the holidays

Best Buy has joined the list of retailers offering free shipping for the holidays.

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According to it’s website, Best Buy plans to waived minimum purchase requirements to ship orders through Christmas Eve.

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The Black Friday website BfAds.net said the free shipping promotion has “quite a bit of fine print,” so double check to make sure your item isn’t excluded before placing an order.

“Shipping method is identified on the product page and during the checkout process,” according to Best Buy’s website. “Not all items are available for all shipping methods. Special order delivery items, some scheduled delivery items, and items displaying In Store Only or Check Stores are not available for free shipping.”

Still, BfAds.net said with no minimum shipping requirements shoppers may be able to find great deals on cheaper items at Best Buy this year.

Best Buy usually offers free shipping on orders over $35 so this could end up being a great deal for stocking stuffers or smaller items,” BfAds.net said.

 

Black Friday 2016: When will the Walmart, Macy’s, Target and Best Buy ads be leaked

Black Friday is more than a month away, but deal experts predict the first major shopping advertisement will be leaked long before you polish off your Halloween candy.

The website BestBlackFriday.com predicts Macy’s will be the first major retailer to see its Black Friday advertisement released.  The Macy’s Black Friday ad is expected to be leaked around Oct. 28, according to Phillip Dengler of BestBlackFriday.com.

Black Friday advertisements for four other major retailers – Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Target – are expected to be released during the first two weeks of November, according to BestBlackFriday.com.

BestBlackFriday.com predicts you’ll see those ads leaked according to this schedule:

Kohl’s – November 7

Target – November 8

Best Buy – November 9

Walmart – November 10

Harbor Freight’s Black Friday ad  was the first to be released this year. The 8-page ad was posted on several Black Friday shopping websites this week.

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“In order to come up with the predictions, we analyzed all of the ad scan leak dates for the stores since 2012,” Dengler said. “We also took into account that Black Friday is a bit earlier this year, so we think everything will be slightly earlier this year.”

Dengler said shoppers can also expect to find more doorbuster deals available on retailers’ websites the night before Thanksgiving.

“We think it is going to be much more common this year for online sales,” Dengler said. “Many of Walmart’s online doorbusters went live last year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and we think stores are going to continue to start earlier.”

Top 10 ways to save at Best Buy

If you shop at Best Buy, you may want to try some of these money-saving tips during your next visit.

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The deal hunters at Ben’s Bargains have put together a list of ways to save at the big-box retailer. Here are their suggestions:

  1. Check during the week for aggressive, 4-Hour Flash Sales: These online sales typically occur on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at BestBuy.com. Timing is always the same, a four hour period between 9 a.m. PT (12 p.m. ET) and 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). Best Buy likes to theme these flash sales around events like the Super Bowl, thus the product selection will be geared toward that event.

  2. Check Best Buy’s Deal of the Day section for 24-Hour discounts: These online sales are often hit-or-miss according to the Deal Editors on Ben’s Bargains, but you can occasionally find a deal that’s better than other online retailers. These four to five deals are typically refreshed at 10 p.m. PT (1 a.m. ET) each night.

  3. Check Best Buy’s eBay store for sales not listed on BestBuy.com: On occasion, Best Buy will aggressively discount products on eBay, usually in order to move a significant amount of product. These sales are often good enough to pop up in eBay’s Daily Deal section, In addition, you can ship to a Best Buy store for free in-store pickup, even if you purchase the item through eBay.

  4. If you are in college, take advantage of the Student Discounts section: Assuming you are currently enrolled and have a college email address, you should be able to qualify for additional student discounts. Products typically discounted for students include laptops and tablets as well as anything that would be used in a dorm room like small appliances or audio gear.

  5. Avoid purchasing overpriced accessories at Best Buy: This basically goes for any item that Best Buy marks up considerably. Products like HDMI cables, smartphone cases, power strips and power adapters. Margins on these items are huge for Best Buy, thus they attempt to push these items when you purchase electronics. Avoid this at all costs and pick up these accessories for a fraction of the cost on eBay.

  6. Don’t get talked into buying the Extended Warranty: In general, the odds of you needing the extended warranty are really low. Brand name electronics usually have a very low failure rate, thus spending more money on a Best Buy warranty is silly. Best Buy also has very low consumer ratings for their warranties, ranging from people complaining about repairs not being covered to repairs that take forever to complete. FYI, you can extend your warranty with a good credit card. For instance, American Express extends manufacturer warranties by an additional year on all of their credit cards. Other cards from Visa and Mastercard offer a similar extension.

  7. Check for Online Coupons, but be Wary of the Limitations: When Best Buy releases an online coupon, it’s usually limited to a specific product category and includes limitations to products that aren’t on sale. This can be frustrating when shopping online as most coupon sites don’t include those details with the coupon. Of course, you can also sign up for Best Buy’s mailing list, only because they occasionally mail out paper coupons.

  8. Shop at the end of the month for increased negotiation power: Usually during the last few days of the month, store managers will be more lenient with discounts. This is due to the monthly sales metrics that those managers have to report back to their district managers. The greater the sales volume, the happier the district manager is going to be. This could translate into an additional 5 to 10 percent off the price you would have negotiated at the start of the month.

  9. Ask a salesperson which brands are more negotiable: While a good salesperson will subtly direct you to the products that Best Buy sales managers want moved off the shelves, you can also just flat out ask them. These products are usually getting ready to head to the clearance section or have been overstocked by the store. This means that discounts on those items will likely be approved (and usually at a higher percentage than other products).

  1. 10. Use Price Codes for an extra edge in negotiating: Like Walmart and Target, Best Buy uses pricing codes to identify items that are being discounted. Specifically, any price ending in a .99 is usually full price or just a slight sale. Prices that end in .96 are matching a local or online competitor price and prices that end in .92 are usually being phased out at a price that’s close to Best Buy’s cost. You can also look for the letter “C” on the tag, usually in the lower right corner. That identifies a clearance item.