Black Friday 2016: More than 154 million shoppers hit the stores over Thanksgiving weekend

More than 154 million shoppers hit the stores over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Average spending per person over Thanksgiving weekend totaled $289.19, down slightly from $299.60 last year, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.

Shoppers spent an average of $214.13 on gifts items this year, the survey found.

Roughly 44 percent of shoppers bought their items online, while about 40 percent opted to make their purchases in-store, the survey found.

The most popular day to shop online was Black Friday, followed by the Saturday after Thanksgiving, according to the federation.

“It was a strong weekend for retailers, but an even better weekend for consumers, who took advantage of some really incredible deals,” the federation’s president and CEO Matthew Shay said. “In fact, over one third of shoppers said 100% of their purchases were on sale.”

 

Black Friday 2016: The best video game bundle deals

The deal experts at the Black Friday website BfAds.net have put together a buying guide with this year’s best sales on video game bundles.

Black Friday is one of the best times to shop for games, as retailers look to lure shoppers to their stores with discounts and bundles that include games and other extras.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Here is BfAds.net’s list of the top deals this year:

Xbox One S

Microsoft gave the Xbox One its first makeover and the result is the 40% smaller Xbox One S.  Aside from its size, it’s the Xbox’s first push toward the 4K UHD revolution and includes HDR support along with 4K streaming and a 4K UHD bluray player built right in.

Budget Pick – Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Favorites Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Black Friday’s bottom line price on an Xbox One S is at Kohl’s this year, where the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft bundle is the cheapest around thanks to their Black Friday Kohl’s Cash promotion.

Value Pick – – Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Console with Free Controller – $299 – Best Buy

Gamers who like to play every hit game released will find that 500GB of storage will fill up quickly.  The best Black Friday deal on a 1TB Xbox One is the $299 Battlefield One SE bundle at Best Buy which includes a free second controller.

Xbox Exclusive Pick – Gears of War 4 – $29.99 – Target, Best Buy

Target and Best Buy share the lowest price on the latest entry into the Xbox exclusive blockbuster series Gears of War.  Take cover, shoot stuff, and saw someone in half every once in a while are the rules here, so parents should note the M for Mature rating.

PlayStation 4 Slim

Unfortunately the 4K ready PlayStation 4 Pro is a no-show on Black Friday, but there is a great holiday bundle from Sony which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB console and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Budget Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Kohl’s is sort of ubiquitous this year with their Kohl’s Cash deal, and with $15 in Kohl’s Cash free for every $50 spent, the net cost will almost always be lower at Kohl’s.  Protip: The $249.99 price is a penny away from another $15 in Kohl’s cash.  Find something that costs only a couple of bucks and get another $15 back.

Value Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle with Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered – $249.99 –Best Buy

Have no use for Kohl’s cash but wouldn’t mind two free games?  Best Buy is tossing in free downloads of Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered with purchase of the PS4 Slim holiday bundle.  Note that GameStop’s ad which appears to have the same deal is a trap; the fine print reads that shoppers may choose only one of these two titles.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Picks – Bloodborne & Until Dawn – $15 each – Target

Whether fighting through a plague ridden city in Bloodborne, or fighting for survival while being hunted by a psychopath in Until Dawn, the cost of the fight is only $15 at Target this Black Friday.  Parents take note that these games are rated M for Mature.

New Nintendo 3DS

The king of confusing naming conventions, Nintendo, helps keep it simple this Black Friday by offering only a single sku (in two colors) on the New Nintendo 3DS.  This 3DS hardware refresh offers better control with a second analog nub, better performance, and a more enjoyable 3D experience thanks to eye tracking.  Shoppers should note that New Nintendo 3DS consoles do not include an AC adapter.

Top Pick – Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition (Black or White) – $99.99 – Various Retailers

With only one option for new stock, The New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition is the way to go on Black Friday if you want a 3D handheld.  Not only is it one of the most stylish 3DS systems ever released, it’s also the cheapest at only $99.99.  Not much competition here, so feel free to choose from a variety of retailers that have this deal including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop.

Nintendo 3DS Exclusive Pick – Kirby Planet Robobot – $25

Nothing says fun like swallowing enemies whole to take on their powers.  Kirby Planet Robobot takes it to the next level by also letting you pilot mechs in a fight to save Kirby’s home planet of Popstar.

Multiplatform Picks

Overwatch (XB1, PS4) – $34.99 with free Winston Figure- GameStop

Compete in online objective based combat as any of 23 stylish and unique characters in Overwatch, the first shooter from Diablo and Warcraft developer Blizzard.

Titanfall 2 (XB1, PS4) – $27 – Wal-Mart

Landing on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this time around, players return to the battle for the Frontier planets with the help of giant mechs in Titanfall 2.

Doom (XB1, PS4) – $15 – Wal-Mart

The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back in a reimagining of the game that started it all.  In Doom, players fight to escape hell after scientists on Mars accidentally open a gateway to hades. Oops!

 

 

Black Friday 2016: The best 4K TV deals

The deal experts at the Black Friday website BfAds.net have put together a buying guide with this year’s best sales on 4K TVs.

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a customer walks past a bank of flat screen televisions at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
FILE – In this Nov. 28, 2014 file photo, a customer walks past a bank of flat screen televisions at a Target store in South Portland, Maine. Target Corp. reports quarterly financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

The website says many retailers will be offering deep discounts this year on new 4K UHDTVs. The deals vary by screen size and budget.

Here is BfAds.net’s list:

4K UHDTV 40” – 50”

Budget Pick – Toshiba 49” 4K UHDTV with Chromecast – Best Buy – $199

No contest here, this Toshiba 49”” 4K UHDTV is one of the best deals around, and with built-in Wi-Fi and integrated Roku streaming features, this deal takes streaming to the next level without breaking the bank.

Value Pick – Samsung 50” 4K HDR Smart UHDTV (UN50KU6300) – $398 – Walmart, Target

Walmart and Target have each got the same great deal on this fully-featured Samsung 50” 4K UHDTV.  HDR10 gives you lifelike color and stunning picture quality while a quad-core processor and integrated 802.11AC combine for a buttery smooth streaming experience.

4K UHDTV 55”

Budget Pick – Philips 55” 4K Smart UHDTV (44PFL5601) – $298 – Walmart

Shoppers wanting a bit more screen real estate should find a spot in line at Walmart this Thanksgiving, where they’ll have the top doorbuster in this 55” 4K UHDTV from Philips.  Enjoy Netflix streaming with integrated Wi-Fi and Smart TV features along with plenty of connectivity thanks to 3 HDMI ports.

Value Pick – LG 55” 4K Smart UHDTV with HDR – $499.99 – Target

Featuring LG’s HDR Pro, it’s superior image quality that once again puts a deal over the top and makes it the all-around best value for your dollar.  This 55” 4K UHDTV from LG also has integrated Wi-Fi and smart streaming features.

4K UHDTV 60”

Budget Pick – LG 60” 4k Smart UHDTV (60UH6035) – $599.99 – Best Buy

Being the lowest priced 60” UHDTV for only $599.99 at Best Buy doesn’t mean this TV is lacking features.  With 3 HDMI ports, built-in Wi-Fi with smart streaming, and 120hz interpolated refresh rate, there’s no better deal on a 60” 4K UHDTV this Black Friday.

Value Pick – Samsung 60” 4K Smart UHDTV with HDR (60KU6300) – $697.99 – Target

Samsung and Target team up to bring you the best value set in the 60” range this Black Friday.  Here, stunning picture quality with HDR combined with Wi-Fi, smart streaming, and 120hz enhanced refresh rate delivers just about everything one could want in a bargain 4k UHDTV.

4K UHDTV 65”+

Budget Pick – LG 65” 4K UHDTV (65UH6030) – $799.99 – Best Buy

Buying a super-sized 4K UHDTV on a value-sized budget is what Black Friday is all about.  Live the dream with this fully-featured 65” 4K UHDTV from LG, which includes 3 HDMI HDCP 2.2 ports, HDR Pro, 120hz enhanced motion, Wi-Fi, and LG’s webOS suite of streaming apps.

Value Pick – Samsung 65” Curved 4K Smart UHDTV with HDR (UN65KU6500) – $1099.99 – Sears

Sears and Samsung are out to prove that curvy can be beautiful this Black Friday with this 65” Curved 4K UHDTV for only $999.99.  This premium set has got all the bells and whistles including HDR Premium, 120hz enhanced motion, 3 HDMI ports, and Wi-Fi with smart streaming features.

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Target to offer 15 percent Apple products and “nearly everything” else it sells

Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.

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The two day event kicks off on early Sunday morning and continues through Monday.  No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required.

New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch.

RELATED: Target brings back free holiday shipping

According to the deal hunting website BfAds.net, Target’s top Cyber Monday deals include:

“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”

 

Black Friday 2016: Bealls plans giveaways, contests

Bealls Department Stores will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the Florida-based retailer has planned three giveaways to celebrate the shopping rush. bealls front

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, each Bealls store throughout Florida will give away a Reel Legends-branded Pelican Kayak.

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From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Black Friday, one lucky customer will win a $1,000 Bealls Department Stores Shopping Spree. A runner-up in every Bealls Department Store will receive a $100 Bealls gift card.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, customers can register to win a Reel Legends custom-wrapped Hell’s Bay 18 foot Glades Skiff boat, complete with an Evinrude 30HP motor and custom trailer valued at $39,500.

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Over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping rush, Bealls will offer a number of “Beall Ringer” specials.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and ending  at 1 p.m .on Black Friday, Bealls will offer more than 100 Beall Ringer specials such as 55 percent off of team apparel for the entire family, ladies’ boots for $19.99, $16.99 Gloria Vanderbilt and YMI brand jeans, 50 percent off toys and BOGO 50 percent off for Tervis products.

“When we plan our Black Friday specials, we like to think outside of the box. This year, not only are we offering our amazing deals and Beall Ringers that we know our customers will love, we are giving away a boat, 71 kayaks and a $1000 shopping spree,” said Matt Beall, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Bealls Department Stores, Inc. “In addition to the contests, customers will find thousands of amazing deals that will last the entire weekend throughout the store – including great brands exclusive to Bealls like Reel Legends, Leoma Lovegrove and Coral Bay. Our coastal, unique fashions and understanding of the Florida Lifestyle for the entire family are what make us special this Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for gifts for friends and family, or just trying to win a new boat or kayak, you’ll be able to find everything you need at Bealls while supporting your local community.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Comcast’s Xfinity to offer free WiFi at hot spots

Comcast’s Xfinity internet service will be offering free WiFi access at its public hotspots on Cyber Monday — even for those shoppers who aren’t customers.

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“Many bargain-hunters will be away from their homes, as they travel to and from work, running errands around town or visiting family and friends,” the company said. “So, we’re going to open up access to Xfinity WiFi public hotspots to everyone free of charge – non-Xfinity Internet customers included – from 6:00 AM EST on Monday, November 28 to 6:00 AM EST on Tuesday, November 29.”

There are nearly 2 million of these Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Florida, the company said.

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To log in to Xfinity WiFi, simply click on the “xfinitywifi” network ID from the list of available networks on your device.

 

 

Black Friday 2016: This year’s top 25 deals

Planning to hit the stores for the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping weekend? The bargain hunters at BestBlackFriday.com have put together a list of this year’s Top 25 deals.

Last minute Christmas shoppers walk through the Mall at Wellington Green Saturday afternoon, Dec 21, 2013 in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)
Last minute Christmas shoppers walk through the Mall at Wellington Green Saturday afternoon, Dec 21, 2013 in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

Many of the bargains will be available on Thanksgiving, but shoppers may have to wait until Black Friday to purchase some of the items, according to the website.

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Here’s the list:

  1. Toshiba 49″ 4K LED HDTV w/ Built-in Chromecast for $199.99 (save $250) (Best Buy)
  1. Xbox One S 500 GB Battlefield 1 Bundle + Gears of War 4 + Extra Controller for $249.99 (save $170) (Dell)
  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge + $250 Gift Card + Samsung Gear VR Headset + $50 Oculus Content Pack with activation of the phone (Target)
  1. Any iPhone 7 Device Includes a $250 Gift Card with installment billing agreement (Best Buy)
  1. Microsoft 12.3″ Surface Pro 4 with Signature Type Cover for $599.99 (save $400) (Best Buy)
  1. Apple Watch Series 1 for $198 (save $71.99) (Target)
  1. DJI Drone Phantom Standard 3 for $369 (save $130) (Walmart)
  1. Philips 55″ Class Smart 4K UHDTV for $298 (Walmart)
  1. Xbox One S 1 TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle + Xbox Wireless Controller for $299.99 (save $114.99) (Best Buy)
  1. PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle + The Last of Us: Remastered and Ratchet & Clank Games for $249.99 (save $50+) (Best Buy)
  1. Sony PlayStation 4 Slim (PS4) Uncharted 4 Bundle + $75 Kohl’s Cash for $249.99 (save $50) (Kohl’s)
  1. iPad Pro 9.7 starting at $449 (save $150.99) (Target)
  1. All iPad Air 2 Models for $125 Off (Best Buy)
  1. Amazon Echo for $139.99 (save $40) (Amazon)
  1. Hatchimals for $48.88 (save $11.11) (Walmart)
  1. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop for $99.99 (save $100) (Dell)
  1. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband + $30 Kohl’s Cash for $129.99 (save $20) (Kohl’s)
  1. Haier 49-in. 4K Ultra HD TV + $75 Kohl’s Cash for $249.99 (save $100) (Kohl’s)
  1. VIZIO 60″ Class 1080p HDTV for $398 (Walmart)
  1. Kitchenaid 5-qt Stand Mixer with Bowl Lift + $50 in Points for $199.99 save ($100) (Sears)
  1. Apple Watch Series 2 38mm + $105 in Kohl’s Cash for $369 (no direct discount) (Kohl’s)
  1. Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle + $135 Kohl’s Cash for $449.99 (save $300) (Kohl’s)
  1. KitchenAid Pro-600 6-qt. Stand Mixer + $75 in Kohl’s Cash for $279.99 (save $70) (Kohl’s)
  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked Cell Phone + Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charge Pad for $549.99 (save $120) (Best Buy)
  1. Kenmore 3.3-cu. ft. Washer and 6.5-cu. ft. Dryer + $50 in Points for $274.99 Each When Buying Both (Sears)

To view BestBlackFriday.com’s complete list click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Black Friday 2016: BrandsMart unveils holiday deals

BrandsMart USA has unveiled its Thanksgiving Day doorbuster deals, saying it has secured quantities in the “hundreds” – not single digits – of its best items.

The South Florida-based electronics and appliance retailer, which has a store in West Palm Beach, will open its doors at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  BrandsMart will keep its doors open until 2 a.m. 08042013 tax free 3

After a brief closure, BrandsMart will reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Doors close at 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

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“We’ve been anticipating this holiday weekend for months and have secured ‘limited quantities’ in the hundreds, not single digits,” said Randy Johnson, Chief Merchandising Officer.

Sale highlights include:

TELEVISIONS:

·         LG 55” 4KUHD TVs only $498.88

·         LG 65” 4KUHD TVs only $798.88

·         Samsung 65” Curved TVs only $1,100

·         75” 4KUHD starting under $2,000

·         $2,000 OFF Samsung 85”

·         Up to $2,000 OFF LG OLED TVs

TABLETS/PHONES/COMPUTERS:

·         Tivax 7” MiTraveler Quad-Core CPU Tablet $14.88 after mail-in rebate

·         Sky Devices 4” Touch-Screen Unlocked Smartphone in 3 colors $19.88 after mail-in rebate

·         HP Intel Core I-3 15.6” Notebook only $299.99

 

 

 

 

APPLIANCES:

·         Wine coolers starting at $74.88

·         Power Pair including range / microwave hood starting at $399.76

·         4-Piece Kitchen Packages including refrigerator, range, dishwasher & hood starting at $999 – more than 350 from which to choose

CAMERAS

·         Activeon LCD Action Camera Kit including extra battery, remote & charging kit at $49.88

·         Canon Rebel T6 Kit including 18-55mm & 75-300mm lenses plus a 64GB Pro SD Card at $449.88

FURNITURE:

·         Outdoor furniture sets starting at $49.88

·         Queen mattresses starting at $99.88

·         Recliners starting at $129.88

·         Sofas starting at $199.88

FOR THE HOME:

·         Vine Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat with Touchpad LED Screen only $49.88

·         Uniden 4-Camera Video Security System only $149.88

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST:

·         Bluetooth Streaming Neckband Headphones only $5.00

·         Vivitar Facial Cleaning Brush $6.88

·         Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Coffee Maker $9.88

·         Cuisinart 12-Piece Color Cutlery Set $12.88

·         Lighted Bluetooth Streaming DJ Speaker only $39.88

 

Target unveils “10 Days off Deals” Black Friday event

Target on Thursday announced its “10 Days of Deals” sale, which kicks off this weekend and offers Black Friday-like savings on toys, electronics, beauty and other items.

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The sale begins Saturday with 30 percent off toy items.

The deal hunters at the Black Friday website BfAds.net said the discounts are very similar to last year’s 10 Days of Deals sale.

“If you’re shopping in-store you can also stack any of these deals with manufacturer coupons, and possibly Target’s cartwheel app to save even more,” officials with the BfAds.net said. “Remember that sometimes you will find better than Black Friday deals during this sale.”

Here are the complete sale details from Target’s press release:

  • Saturday, Nov. 19: 30 percent off toys. This season, Target is introducing nearly 1,800 new or mass exclusives – an increase of more than 15 percent compared to last holiday season – including popular toys such as Star Wars, Trolls and Our Generation dolls.
  • Sunday, Nov. 20: 10 percent off electronics and entertainment. Guests will find popular products like iPads and iPods, and, new for this year’s promotion, iPhones and Beats.
  • Monday, Nov. 21: 20 percent off kitchen purchases, including Calphalon, Cuisinart, Keurig, KitchenAid, Ninja, OXO and Threshold.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: 25 percent off beauty. Target’s assortment of more than 15,000 products offers guests the perfect opportunity to stock up and save on brands such as Boots, Burt’s Bees, Chi, Dove, e.l.f., Harry Josh and NYX.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 23: Buy one, get one free frozen pizza. Target is bringing back its best pizza deal of the year, offering guests a break from the kitchen leading up to the meal prep on Thanksgiving.
  • Thursday, Nov. 24: Doorbuster deals, featuring Target’s lowest prices ever on some of the hottest gifts and must-have products such as a 50″ Hisense 4K UHD TV, $249.99 (special purchase), Fitbit Charge HR, $89.95 (Reg. $129.95) and Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earphones, $89.99 (Reg. $199.99).
  • Friday, Nov. 25: 30 percent off apparel, accessories and shoes for the family. With the changing of seasons comes a chance to update your look, from head to toe. Target has nearly 3,000 new items for the entire family from popular brands including Cat & Jack and Who What Wear. (Sale in apparel and accessories valid Thursday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 26.)
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Save $50 when you spend $100 in the Wondershop. New this year, Target has created Wondershop, a destination in stores and online featuring more than 2,000 new festive products for the season.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 and Monday, Nov. 28: A surprise deal! Next week, Target will be announcing an unprecedented savings opportunity in stores and on Target.com.

 

This local mall is giving away FREE photos with Santa

Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach will be giving away FREE photos with Santa this holiday season, the retail center announced on Wednesday. 072514 Christmas in July 2

Beginning on Black Friday, the Outlets will give each family two free professional Santa photos along with a digital download of a single image. The retail center notes: one giveaway per family, per Christmas season. Some restrictions may apply.

The giveaway, the first of its kind for the outdoor shopping hub, continues through Christmas Eve.

Additional photos and Christmas merchandise will be available for purchase.

“This is a first for us and we are thrilled to give this extraordinary holiday gift to all of our shoppers,” said Palm Beach Outlets Marketing Director Pam Rada. “We hope this personalized keepsake will add to their holiday spirit.”