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Black Friday is the biggest sales story of the year. It is different than any other sales event. It has long history and a storyline that keeps consumers on edge for weeks to hunt for the best deals. Each year there are voices that the deals during Black Friday are not better than any other time during the year. The truth is that there are lots of bad deals, but at the same time an amazing number of deals that are unmatched during deals offered during the year. Theses deals are not easy to get, but since Black Friday moved online it has never been easier to score the best Black Friday deals.
I4U News has been covering Black Friday intensively since over 7 years. Come November the interest in Black Friday starts to increase dramatically, climaxing in mayhem during the Thanksgiving Week. It suddenly ends once Cyber Monday is over.
"Black Friday is the biggest editorial event on I4U News of the year."
Luigi Lugmayr, Chief Editor I4U News.
In US, Black Friday mainly was used to mark the beginning of the hectic shopping season prior the Christmas Eve. Though the big day is set near the end of the year, Black Friday earns its popularity through a combination of reasons which among them is marking the beginning of the Christmas season, discounts and shopping day off. This day is of great importance to the citizens, forcing the state to pay tribute by giving a day off during Black Fridays.
Though Black Friday shopping traditionally shopping was observed to continue even during the weekend, recent research has shown drastic changes in the Black Friday shopping trends.
According to the research, beside the effort by retailers to keep up competition and make an edge in the economy through creating urgency to customers, by focusing on determined shoppers has failed the day purpose and reason.
This drastic change has been resulted by the following factors:
Taking the Black Friday phenomena to a new height-with certain stores starting their own Black Friday at 10 P.M. of Thanksgiving Day and others as opening as of late as 12 P.M.
The above factors have made the persevering shoppers enter themselves into a whole new ball park.
Black Friday History
The word Black Friday originated from a Philadelphian name meant to describe a situation of large and pissing traffic of both pedestrians and vehicles. Honoring the day was a success since the day continued to be commemorated in the state to show the day’s significance. This made the name to remain representing the day after thanksgiving not to mention it also remained unchanged till now. Though most employers usually give their employees day offs after thanksgiving, the police department are always on the lookout and keen during this time to manage traffic, oversee over crowded places for security measures – keeping them working from dusk to dawn.
It is also believed that, Black Friday originated from parades featuring Santa Clause held on thanksgiving prior the shopping holiday season. Over time, it became an unwritten rule that Christmas advertising should not start until after the parades. For decades, retailers adhered to the rule, waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to advertise holiday deals in their respective sites and shops. In continuation, Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving an official national holiday during the Civil War, establishing it as the final Thursday in November – a designation that lasted for 70 years. But in 1939, for the second time in six years, the last Thursday in November fell on the 30th giving shoppers a shorter Christmas shopping season; this made retailers to approached President Franklin D. Roosevelt and asked him to change the date of which he did in honor of the day significance to his citizens.
In continuation, in December 26, 1941, Congress passed a law setting the fourth Thursday in November as the official date of the Thanksgiving Holiday and Black Friday to be the day after. Interestingly, the day after Thanksgiving has recently become the biggest shopping day of the year. Between 1993 and 2001, it ranked between fifth and tenth on the list of the busiest shopping days. In fact, for years, the busiest shopping day was usually the Saturday before Christmas. But things changed in 2002. That was the year Black Friday took the lead, and it has remained the busiest shopping day of the year ever since, with the exception of 2004 when it was second.
According to the previous research, shopping on the day after Thanksgiving has become more popular because of the following reasons:
Many people have the day off during the day’s commemoration
Stores offer extended hours during Black FridayAnd almost every store seems to have a sale on Black Friday
In conclusion, Black Friday being made a part and passel of our collective shopping culture, and such made a great deal of hype surrounding limited quality doorbusters which can offer a discount of up to 80% off retail price by equipping them with shoppers all the day through. This has also benefited shoppers through getting special deals; which are usually offered by retailers at the very beginning of the D day’s sales. These special deals are usually offered right when the retails doors are opened. Moreover, major retailers create a sense of urgency by offering special deals to draw the crowds into their stores even after doorbusters have sold out. Lastly, Black Friday has also come to represent the consumer excesses of our society.
Today, many people continue to regard the day after Thanksgiving as the official start of the holiday shopping season.
When is Black Friday?
"Interestingly, this is the most asked question leading up to Black Friday every year."
Luigi Lugmayr, Chief Editor I4U News
Black Friday is on the Friday after Thanksgiving. As the date for Thanksgiving is from the 22nd to the 28th so is the date of Black Friday each year. The popular Black Friday Countdown site shows how many days are left until the next Black Friday.
List of Black Friday starting from 1975 to 2020:
Black Friday 1975 November 28
Black Friday 1976 November 26
Black Friday 1977 November 25
Black Friday 1978 November 24
Black Friday 1979 November 23
Black Friday 1980 November 28
Black Friday 1981 November 27
Black Friday 1982 November 26
Black Friday 1983 November 25
Black Friday 1984 November 23
Black Friday 1985 November 29
Black Friday 1986 November 28
Black Friday 1987 November 27
Black Friday 1988 November 25
Black Friday 1989 November 24
Black Friday 1990 November 23
Black Friday 1991 November 29
Black Friday 1992 November 27
Black Friday 1993 November 26
Black Friday 1994 November 25
Black Friday 1995 November 24
Black Friday 1996 November 29
Black Friday 1997 November 28
Black Friday 1998 November 27
Black Friday 1999 November 26
Black Friday 1990 November 23
Black Friday 1991 November 29
Black Friday 1992 November 27
Black Friday 1993 November 26
Black Friday 1994 November 25
Black Friday 1995 November 24
Black Friday 1996 November 29
Black Friday 1997 November 28
Black Friday 1998 November 27
Black Friday 1999 November 26
Black Friday 2000 November 24
Black Friday 2001 November 23
Black Friday 2002 November 29
Black Friday 2003 November 28
Black Friday 2004 November 26
Black Friday 2005 November 25
Black Friday 2006 November 24
Black Friday 2007 November 23
Black Friday 2008 November 28
Black Friday 2009 November 27
Black Friday 2010 November 26
Black Friday 2011 November 25
Black Friday 2012 November 23
Black Friday 2013 November 29
Black Friday 2014 November 28
Black Friday 2015 November 27
Black Friday 2016 November 25
Black Friday 2017 November 24
Black Friday 2018 November 23
Black Friday 2019 November 29
Black Friday 2020 November 27
Black Friday sales volume, number of shoppers and online and offline shoppers
According to research, on average nearly 135 million people go out to shop on Black Friday every year
This number is generated by Thanksgiving dinners which get people in the mood for some real shopping all across the globe. In continuation, many customers flock in to early store openings on Thanksgiving Day to scoop up special deals, and it is estimated that, about 139.4 million adults visited stores websites over the 4-day weekend; according to a survey by the National Retail Federation released, Individual shoppers shelled out more money increasing their spending averagely by more than dollars every year. Total spending in 2013 over the four-day weekend reached a record $59.1 billion, a 13% increase from $52.4 billion the previous year. In continuation, the survey found that retailers' push to open stores earlier really appealed to customers since it gave them ample time to shop. Stores like Walmart, Toys R Us, Sears and Target, which ushered in customers just as Thanksgiving meals wrapped up, saw a boost. About 10% of this weekend's shoppers were out at stores by 8 p.m. on Thursday and an estimated 28% of weekend shoppers were at the stores by midnight, compared to 24.4% last year.
According to NFR president, the only way to describe thanksgiving and black Friday openings was to as a huge win where the whole family is involved in the shopping activity. In a separate survey, ShopperTrak found that the number of people shopping in stores climbed 3.5% from last year to more than 307.67 million. In continuation, Bill Martin, ShopperTrak's founder, said that traffic hasn't been this high since 2006. He said that the return to pre-recession levels indicates a real recovery in consumer behavior. He continued and put across that a good number the population of customers are translating retailers into impulse buying and make them achieve strong sales.
For millions of people, Black Friday is the time to do some serious Christmas shopping --even before the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone! Black is the Friday after Thanksgiving, and it's one of the major shopping days of the year in the United States -falling anywhere between November 23 and 29. While it's not recognized as an official US holiday, many employees have the day off -except those working in retail. In continuation, As retailers began to realize they could draw big crowds by discounting prices, Black Friday became the day to shop, even better than those last minute Christmas sales. Some retailers put their items up for sale on the morning of Thanksgiving, or email online specials to consumers days or weeks before the actual event. The most shopped for items are electronics and popular toys, as these may be the most drastically discounted. However, prices are slashed on everything from home furnishings to apparel.
Though Black Friday is a long day, with many retailers opening up at 5 am or even earlier to hordes of people waiting anxiously outside the windows, there are numerous doorbuster deals and loss leaders – prices so low the store may not make a profit - to entice shoppers. Most large retailers post their Black Friday ad scans, coupons and offers online beforehand to give consumers time to find out about sales and plan their purchases. Other companies take a different approach, waiting until the last possible moment to release their Black Friday ads, hoping to create a buzz and keep customers eagerly checking back for an announcement.
Online Versus Offline Black Friday Customers
"Online Black Friday Sales have become much more important than in-store Sales."
Luigi Lugmayr, Chief Editor I4U News
According to the resent research carried out by ComScore in US on Black Friday shopping trends, it was observed that online sales rose 16 percent in the first 23 days of November to $13.7 billion, this showed that many of the shoppers usually utilize the day by shopping their most desired commodities due to the discounts that come hand in hand with the day. This has made various shopping malls experience an increase I the traffic visiting their premises and an increase in sales both online and offline. According to the research released by Wal-Mart, which offers two days online only Black Friday Specials, said that traffic through its mobile apps tripled and that mobile shopping accounted for 45% of all Wal-Mart sales on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
Online has seen its fast growth, acceptance and popularity due to the added advantage of giving shoppers an opportunity to scan merchandise in various stores and add items to an online wish list, select various different colors and size. It also offers the stores to be updated with what the customers are really looking for in a particular season. In continuation, E-commerce accounts for less than 10 percent of consumer spending in the United States. However, it is growing much faster than bricks-and-mortar retail as shoppers are lured by low prices, convenience, faster shipping and wide selection.
ShopperTrak, which counts foot traffic in physical retail stores, estimated Black Friday sales at $11.2 billion, down 1.8 percent from the same day the previous year. As one chief executive (Scot Wingo) one said that, online shopping accounted for 9% of total holiday sales but it is predicted that the record can be bleached for the first time in history. In continuation, ComScore expects online retail spending to rise 17 percent to $43.4 billion through the whole holiday season. That is above the 15 percent increase last season and ahead of the retail industry's expectation for a 4.1 percent increase in overall spending this holiday. Other retailers going by the name Reuters recorded the greatest record by topping $ 1 billion for the first time ever as more and more customers just relaxed at their home or place of work and shop online during the holiday shopping season. According to the latest research released by ComScore; online sales jumped 26 percent on Black Friday to $1.04 billion from sales of $816 million on the corresponding day last year, according to ComScore data.
According to the statistics, it in order to say that Amazon.com is the most visited website on Black Friday. This has resulted from online shoppers visiting the site to get in touch with various commodities of their choice for purchase. Over duration of time, this site has registered as the fast growing with visitors growing in numbers each and every year compared to other top five retailers worldwide. In continuation, online shoppers have been observed to rise following the introduction of mobile shopping. Finally, of course for total retail sales, eBay lost out to Amazon, Wal-Mart and Target who all took the top spots for online retail sales for Black Friday.
According to Scot Wingo the success of online shopping, most of this success has been realized in a bigger portion through the utilization of mobile phones while doing shopping online. A big source of online shopping growth this holiday season has come from increased use of smart phones, which let people buy online even when they are in physical stores, and by tablet computers, which have spurred more online shopping in the evenings. In continuation, mobile devices accounted for 26 percent of visits to retail websites and 16 percent of purchases on Black Friday. That was up from 18.1 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, on the same day last year, according to International Business Machines, which analyzes online traffic and transactions from 500 U.S. retailers.
Finally NRF, more than 20 million shoppers plan to use mobile devices on Cyber Monday, up from 17.8 million a year ago.
Wingo further says that, Amazon and eBay benefit from increased use of mobile devices for shopping because they are consistently the top two online retail destinations for mobile users this is because Amazon.com was the most visited retail website on Black Friday, with more than 28 million visits, according to Hitwise.
Never the less, eBay runs one of the largest online marketplaces, rather than being a retailer, so its online traffic was not reported by Hitwise. However, eBay said the volume of mobile transactions on its marketplace jumped 153 percent on Black Friday from a year earlier. In continuation, Channel Advisor clients' same-store sales on Amazon.com shot up 43 percent on Saturday, compared with a year earlier. Last year's year-over-year growth was 49 percent on the Saturday following Black Friday. However, Client same-store sales on eBay's marketplace rose 36 percent on Saturday, compared with a year earlier. Last year's year-over-year growth was 12 percent, according to Channel Advisor.
Besides online having been eased by mobile online shopping on black Friday, it has some short comings:
Black Friday online transactions jumped almost 30 percent, but the average ticket price was down more than 11 percent, according to Chase Paymentech, which reports data from its 50 largest e-commerce merchant clients. In continuations, "It's driving prices down," Shernoff said. "Consumers are checking prices in stores and showing the retailer, and the retailer will succumb to the lowest price online so they don't lose the consumer."
Finally, Ay and PayPal have released their Black Friday sales and usage data and it looks like both the marketplace and the payments platform experienced strong growth in terms of mobile shopping. EBay sales in the U.S. from its suite of mobile apps nearly doubled over Black Friday 2009. Globally, eBay mobile is on track to nearly triple its sales over last year and is expected to bring in well over $1.5 billion in mobile sales this year (previously, the company had publicly stated that eBay would bring $1.5 billion in mobile sales; it looks like that number has been altered slightly).
On Black Friday, eBay saw a 30 percent increase in mobile bidding activity, compared to the previous year. And since the launch of its first mobile application in July 2008, nearly 30 million items have been bought or sold using eBay mobile apps around the world.
Other Meanings of Black Friday
The following are Black Friday definition, there are various dates set aside for Black Monday occasion in different states and countries.
Black Friday (1688)
Imprisonment of the Seven Bishops (8 June), on the eve of the Glorious Revolution
Black Friday (1869)
This was to signify a financial crisis in the United States which occurred on 24th September. This was termed as Fisk-Gould Scandal.
Black Friday (1881)
This was to signify the Eye mouth disaster where it was estimated that about 189 fishermen died.
Haymarket affair (11 November 1887)
This marked the hanging of Four Chicago anarchists, without evidence, for the deaths of seven police officers during a labor meeting.
Black Friday (18 November 1910)
This marked a campaign on the Conciliation bill outside the British House of Commons (18 November) brought forward by the Women's Social and Political Union. However, the Conciliation Bill failed.
Black Friday (31st January 1919)
It marked the Battle of George Square, which was as a result of a riot stemming from industrial unrest in Glasgow, Scotland.
Black Friday (15th April 1921)
This day marked the announcements of British transport union leaders not to call for strike action against wage reductions for miners.
Black Friday (13th January 1939)
This signified a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which resulted into the deaths of 71 people.
Black Friday (18th September 1942)
Marked an Air attack on Dartmouth, Devon
Black Friday (1944)
Marked a disastrous attack by The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada near Woensdrecht during the Battle of the Scheldt
Black Friday (9th February 1945)
An air battle that occurred in Sanford which was one of the largest over Norway.
Hollywood Black Friday (5th October 1945)
This marked a riot at the Warner Bros. studios which originated from a Confederation of Studio Unions (CSU) strike. The riot lead to the an eventual breakup of the CSU.
Black Friday 1950
Signified the Red River Flood; which busted several dikes resulting to the flooding of much of Winnipeg in Manitoba
Black Friday (1959)
Marked the cancellation of Avro Arrow which resulting into a massive layoffs in the Canadian Aerospace industry
Black Friday (1960)
Signified the San Francisco City protest against the House Un-American Activities Committee
Black Friday (22nd November1963)
Marked the assassination of US President John F Kennedy in Dallas, Texas
Black Friday (8th September1978)
Marked a massacre of protesters in Iran
Black Friday (31st May 1985)
This day signified the 1985 United States-Canadian tornado outbreak/The Barrie Tornado
Black Friday (31stJuly 1987)
Marked the Edmonton Tornado, this was a tornado that hit Edmonton, Albert and Canada
Black Friday (13th August 2004)
Which was to signify a crackdown in Male in Maldives () on peaceful protesters
Black Friday (2005)
This was to signify the Tribal students killed in Meghalaya, India
Black Fridays have further been categorized as follows:
Single Day Events:
Black Friday (1869),
Which signified the Fisk-Gould Scandal, which was a financial crisis experienced in the United States
Black Friday (1881)
Signified the Eye mouth disaster in which 189 fishermen died
Black Friday (1910)
Signified a particularly violent women's suffrage event in England
Black Friday (1929)
Signified a finance crash at the Wall Street, which affected the world's economy greatly
Black Friday (1939)
Signified a day of devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, which left 71 people dead
Black Friday (1945)
Signified an Allied air attack against German ships in Norway
Hollywood Black Friday (1945)
Signified a riot that broke out at the Warner Bros. studios
Black Friday (1978)
Signified a massacre of protesters in Iran
Black Friday (1987)
Signified a tornado in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Black Friday (1993)
Signified a series of bomb explosions in Mumbai, India
Black Friday (2004) (Maldives)
Signified the 2004 crackdown by government forces on a peaceful protest
Black Friday (2011)
Signified the United States v. Scheinberg et al., a case involving online poker companies
Media and Entertainment
Black Friday (1940 film)
An American film where Boris Karloff and BelaLugossi acts as starring Black
Black Friday (2004 film)
An Indian film about the 1993 Bombay bombings
Black Friday (2009 film)
A Canadian short film with its starring being Jeff Hammond
"Black Friday" (South Park), a 2013 episode of South Park
Black Friday (Muchamore novel)
A 2013 CHERUB novel by Robert Muchamore
Black Friday (Patterson novel) or Black Market
A 1986 novel by James Patterson
"Black Friday Rule",
A song by Flogging Molly
An Indian Ocean album
A Jay Rock mixtape
A Lil' Kim mixtape
"Black Friday" (song)
A 1975 song by Steely Dan
"Black Friday" (song)
A 1998 song by Grinspoon from Pushing Buttons
"Good Mourning/Black Friday" (song)
A 1986 song by Megadeth
Black Friday is generally a Friday darkened by catastrophe or any Friday in which a public calamity occurred.
Black Friday was also a day of economic catastrophe, as in We feared there'd be another Black Friday. This usage dates from September 24, 1869, a Friday when stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market and caused its collapse. The adjective black has been appended to similar occasions ever since, including October 29, 1929, the Tuesday of the market collapse that marked the start of the Great Depression, and Black Monday of October 19, 1987, when the stock market experienced its greatest fall since the Great Depression.
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The Black Friday Stores
This is a chain of stores owned by Apple Inc. this store sells; ipods, Macintosh personal computers, iPhones and various third-party accessories including Apple TV. Apple products, according to an article in the New York Times, are leading in sales and transforming s boring computer sales shop into a sleek playroom filled with various gadgets.
Wal-Mart stores offer a wide variety of low-priced goods and services, with over 245 million customers and members visiting their 10,800 stores in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. Everything from apparel to electronics to home decor & improvement products can be found here, with rollbacks and clearance prices making Wal-Mart a one-stop shop for whatever you need. They will be offering staggered sale events for Black Friday 2013, starting at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day, and offering more select (1 hour In-Stock Guarantee) items this year than they did in in the previous years.
America’s best-loved department store for fashion and affordable luxury, Macy’s stores offer home goods, handbags, and fragrances also. Shop Macy’s stores to find designer names like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Jessica Simpson and Michael Kors. Macy’s coupons and discounts can be found here as they are released throughout the year, as well as Macy's Black Friday 2013 ad which is live right now! They have announced you can Shop All Night, from 8pm Thanksgiving Day to 1PM Friday & 7am - 1pm Saturday November 30! Save big just in time for the holidays with our online Black Friday deals by take advantage of incredible Black Friday sales on women’s', men’s' and kids' apparel. Enjoy low prices on cold-weather gear for her and him, plus great deals on home, beauty and jewelry items! Shopping for stylish teens or kids? Check out our Black Friday ads and discover even more savings on unbeatable finds like juniors' handbags and accessories or comfy kids' shoes. Finally, looking for hot deals on essentials for your kitchen and every room in the house? Browse Macy’s black Friday spectacular sales on electrics, cookware and more. Still can't think of the perfect present? Make gifting easy by getting a convenient gift card for friends and loved ones.
Kmart is a nationally known discount retailer that has offered compelling promotional values, great private brands and exceptional service since the 1920’s. Selling Sears’ products as well, Kmart stores offer everyday products like apparel, home goods, toys, and automotive goods. Discount prices, hot deals, Shop Your Way rewards and Blue Light deals of the day make it possible to stay within your budget on brands like Fisher Price, Little Tykes, Joe Boxer, Jaclyn Smith, Country Living, Essential Home and more.
Sears is the leading home appliance retailer and also offers tools, lawn & garden, fitness equipment and automotive repair. Well known appliance brands like Kenmore, Craftsman and Die Hard as well as apparel brands like Lands’ End, the KardashianKollection, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer make Sears a trusted name in home goods and services. Combined with Shop Your Way rewards and benefits, Sears’ Black Friday sales are a great way to save money on products for the whole family. They'll be kicking off the Black Friday 2013 savings at 8 pm Thanksgiving night with doorbusters on sale until 1pm Friday.
Although, best buy lacks Friday Hot Deals and Doorbusters, experienced deal shoppers know: There's no place like Best Buy for incredible Black Friday savings — and the Best Buy deals for Black Friday this year will blow you away. Our Black Friday yearly sales event on November 28 will offer you an amazing list of products on sale, both in Best Buy stores and at BestBuy.com. You'll find outstanding prices and doorbusters on select products, so don't miss out — mark your calendar now for our Black Friday 2014 event. It’s black Friday gets customers to save on many products; On November 28, you'll find special Black Friday deals and doorbusters on select laptops, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, appliances, digital cameras, video games and much more. So whether you're looking to buy the perfect holiday gift or birthday present, commemorate another special occasion, or just pick up something special for yourself and your family, our Black Friday yearly selection and savings will help you find the perfect product at an outstanding price.
Target stores are known for their bright red and white designs and trendy designer goods -but they also offer urban dwellers and mobile online shoppers great online deals on products for the home, apparel, electronics and now even groceries! Affordable prices on brands like Corelle, Rubbermaid, Xhilaration, Mossimo, Merona, Apple, Canon and Samsung make Target a one stop shop for consumers on the go.
The Black Friday Ads
Black Friday ads are rich in products’ information which includes; product images, price, merchant name and discount offered. Whenever the shopper entered a search query which is relevant to the item in the Google merchant center account, Google will show case the most relevant product along with its associated image, price and product name. Ads helps in promoting products on Googleshopping – where a customer can access the product information and also helps in creating a more engaging user experience. There are a couple of ads related to products. They are; search ads, display ads, mobile ads and finally video & you tube ads.
In conclusion, following the eve start of Christmas, many retails both big and small plays a big part in advertising their offers worldwide to attract more and more shoppers at their premises. The ads usually show the products offered by a particular shop and their relevant prices not to mention the discount offered on the commodity being sold.
The Black Friday Sales
According to the previous researches that have been conducted in the past years, it is in order to say that most people shop during this day mainly due to the fact that there some discounts that come with it. Various shops such as Walmat are seen being flooded with many customers confirming what the statement above says. Increase in sale during thanksgiving and black Friday is mainly promoted by advertisements and discount offered to shoppers.
The Black Friday deals
If you are looking for the best Black Friday deals for these shopping seasons, below are the best deals you will not find on other days of the year. During Black Friday eve most of products have their prices cut off by discounts offered. In continuation there are a wide variety of deals ranging from tablets, TVs, laptop, camera, desktop, video game, clothing home and garden equipment’s. These deals are offered in different retail prices worldwide. Here is a list of black Friday deals on various products; starting from type, item, doorduster. These are the best for the year 2013.
The Best Black Friday TV Deals Of the last three years
With practically every store under the sun promising you the best Black Friday deals, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Here's a roundup of some of the most competitive deals retailers are offering come Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The best deals on TVs for the last three years were observed on the following retailer shops - with some TVs going for as much as its half price
Here is a list of the best Black Friday TV deals in different stores:
Element 23 inch LED HDTV on Walmart selling at $75
Insignia 24 inch LED 1080p HDTV on Best buy selling at $79.99
Seiki 32 inch LED HDTV on Amazon selling at $98
Funai 32 inch LED HDTV on Walmart selling at $98
Isignia 39 inch LED 1080p HDTV on Best Buy selling at $169.99
Elememt 40 inch 1080p LED HDTV on Walmart selling at $178
Samsung 32 inch LED HDTV on Walmart going for $227
Seiki 50 inch 1080p LED HDTV on Amazon going for $229
Element 50 inch 1080p LED HDTV on Target going for $229.99
Samsung 32 inch HDTV at Kmart going for $ 229.99
Emerson 50 inch 1080p LED HDTV on Walmart selling at $288
Samsung UN40EH5300, 40 inch, 60Hz LED Smart TV selling at $397 on Kmart
Vizio 47 inch 1080p LED HDTV on Target at $ 379.99
Seiki HDTV on Target selling at $399.99
Vizio E550i-AO-55 inch, Smart HDTV on Amazon selling at $479.99
LG 55LN100 55 inch, 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV on Best Buy; going for $499.99
Vizio 60 inch 1080p on Walmart going for $688
Vizio 60 inch 1080p on Amazon going for $688
Samsung 55 inch 120Hz 1080p HDTV on Target going for $697.99
Vizio 70 inch E70Li-A3E 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV on Walmart going for $998
Samsung UN65FH6000 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV on Amazon going for $999.65
65 inch Samsung UN55F7100 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV on Best Buy going for $999.99
55 inch Samsung UN55F7100 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED HDTV on Amazon going for $1,297.99
55 inch Samsung UN55F7100 1080p 240HZ 3D Smart LED HDTV on Best Buy going for $1,297.99
The Best Black Friday Laptop Deals of the last 3 years
The year 2013 was a roller-coaster for the laptop industry. With the introduction of new energy efficient processors by Intel, much of the year laptops were overshadowed by minimal laptops sales. But in recent times we have observed various trends of shedding of some cash on sale of these laptops with predictions of this year being at the best moment to purchase of various best laptop such as HP 17-E189NR AMD Quad Core 2.5GHz 17 Laptop going for a discount of $270 off. Black Friday beats the day of discount widely due to the fact that it shakes off the laptops market prices; offering them at relatively low prices.
Here is a list of the best Black Friday Laptop deals over the last two years.
Dell Inspiron 115RV-1952BLK at Best Buy selling at $177.99
HP 2000-2D09WM notebook at Walmart selling at $178
Dell Inspiron 15 at Dell selling at $199
11.6 inch Asus Touch screen Laptop at Best Buys selling at $249.11
14 inch Asus laptop with free $25 gift card at Walmart going for $274
Pavilion TouchSmart 14-b109 at Walmart going for $278
Dell inspiron 15 Core i3 Laptop at Dell going for $299.99
15 inch Asus touch screen 14-b109wm at Walmart going for $300
Toshiba Core i3 laptop bundle at Best Buy going for $349.99
HP Pavilion 17.3 inch AMD Elite Quad-Core A8 at Office Max going for $349.99
HP Split x2 at Best Buys going for $499.99
HP Envy TouchSmart 17.3 inch Core i7 at Best Buys going for 799.99
13.3 inch apple MacBook Pro Laptop going $for 999.99
The Best Black Friday Tablet Deals of the last 3 years
With the introduction of the new Nexus 7 this summer, Google nixed its entry-level 8GB model, making the 16GB tablet the cheapest Nexus 7 around. And unlike 2012 when there were no deals on the Nexus, this year we instantly saw a discount on the 16GB version, shaving $29 off the launch price. (Granted, the 2013 Nexus 7 was also priced $29 higher than last year's model.) in continuation, the iPad 4 Will Drop to $399 on Black Friday. Now that the iPad Air is out, retailers have slashed the discontinued iPad 4 to $399. Though we'd like to see it drop further in the near future, it's unlikely as retailers still have stock of the iPad 2, which is already selling for the same price.
It is also believed that the Best Black Friday Tablet Deals Will Come from Microsoft. This is because since their launch, Microsoft's Surface tablets have endured a bumpy ride. Now, the tablets are on life support with RT deals as low as $319 — a stark contrast to their $499 launch price last fall. Even the Surface Pro experienced a $100 price drop this summer. And with both models having gotten a refresh, these first-gen Surface tablets are essentially looking at the bargain bin come November.
Below is a list of the best Black Friday tablet deals over the last 3 years:
7-inch Digital2 4GB Android Tablet at Best Buy $39.99
RCA 7-inch Tablet Dual-Core CPU, 8GB Android Tablet at Walmart $49
Kindle Fire HD tablet at Best Buy $99.99
7-inch Nabi 2 kids tablet at Target $129
Microsoft Surface 32GB Tablet at Best Buy $199.99
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch tablet at Walmart $299
iPad mini with $75 gift card at Target going for $299
iPad mini with free $100 gift card at Walmart going for $299
iPad 2 at Best Buys going for $299.99
iPad with air free $100 gift card at Walmart going for $479
The best black Friday Video Game deals over the last 3 years
Video game hardware is always a very popular Black Friday deal. Here is the list of the best Black Friday Video game deals:
Nintendo DSi XL at Walmart going for $89
Xbox 360 at Walmart going for $99
Sony PSP Ultimate Bundle at Walmart going for $99
Nintendo DSi XL bundle at Walmart going for $119
Nintendo 2DS Holiday Bundle at Walmart going for $149
Nintendo 3DS Luidi’s Mansion Bundle at Best Buy going for $149
Sony PS3 at Walmart going for $149
Nintendo 3DS XL at Target going for $149
Xbox 360 Kinect bundle at best buy going for $189
Xbox 360 250GB Black Friday Bundle at Best Buy going for $189.99
Wii U Black Friday at Best Buy going for 319.97
The Best Black Friday Smartphone Deals of the last 3 years
Two weeks before Black Friday last year, both Amazon and T-Mobile offered a wide selection of Android phone deals for 1 cent and $0 after rebate (respectively) for users who started a new 2-year contract. We predict that we'll see similar deals again this year, too. However, for an even better deal, watch for smartphone promotions on the Wednesday before Black Friday; last year, this is when we saw the first "for-profit" deals, as Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and Dell all offered gift cards of up to $100 with select Android purchases. Even the umber-popular Samsung Galaxy S3 was included in the promotions.
Here is a list of the best Black Friday smartphones deals over the last three years:
iPhone 4S at Best Buy going for $1
iPhone 5C at Best Buy going for $48
Samsung Galaxy S4 with $100 gift card at Walmart was selling at $45
Samsung Galaxy S4 at Best Buy was selling at $0
Samsung Galaxy S III at Walmart was selling at $0.97
Samsung Galaxy Centura Straight Talk smartphone at Walmart was selling at $29
HTC One at Best Buy was selling at $29.99
Motorola Moto X at Walmart was selling at $49
LG G2 at Best Buy selling at $49.99
Samsung Galaxy Mega at Walmart was selling at $79
iPhone hone 5S with a free gift card worth $75 at Walmart was selling at $189
Black Friday Won't Be the Only Time to Get a Phone Freebie
If store credit isn't your thing, free or near-free phone deals will almost certainly return after Black Friday. For example, during the December lead-up to the Christmas season, the Galaxy S3 dropped to 1 cent. We predict that this will happen again for the Samsung Galaxy S4, and perhaps other top Android handsets, too. So if you miss the for-profit deals during Black Friday, shopping after the holiday weekend is a safe alternative.
The Best Black Friday Shopping Strategies
"For a successful Black Friday shopping experience you need a strategy."
Luigi Lugmayr, Chief Editor I4U NEWS.
Below is a well defined strategy that will always make your shopping easier and effective.
Carry a shopping list
Always know what you want to avoid wasting time making decisions while you are already doing the shopping. Is also advisable not to enter a shop and window shop the products with the best deals how ever there are apps available for your smart phones that will generate a wish list for you and keep you posted on merchandises on best deals. Finally, one should always make sure that he/she knows ahead of time the difference in models, the need for any add-ons or smart phones that will generate your wish list for you and keep everything organized so that you don’t have to worry about losing it.
Sort by Category
Sort your list by category according to the areas of the store. When shopping at big-box and department stores, your best bet is to go with two friends. One of you heads to the back of the store, one takes the middle section, and one remains near the front. This way, you won't miss out on the Black Friday deals in electronics because you are caught up in kids' clothing. Head to the story a few days in advance to map out your path of attraction so that you know exactly where everything is.
Shop Online ahead of actual Black Friday
Most of the best Black Friday deals can be already found online in the days before the actual Black Friday. At the latest shop online on Thanksgiving Day early morning. This when most retailers launch their actual online Black Friday Sales already at 0:00am Thanksgiving morning.
Hire someone else to camp out
Discounted electronics and other items are in very limited quantities on Black Friday, so you have to be near the front of the line. If you don't want to spend the night on the cold, freezing sidewalk, hire a trustworthy teen from your neighborhood to wait in line for you. Give her $50, a thermos with a hot drink or soup, and a blanket; tell her to bring a book (or her iPod). While she holds position in the line, you can catch some sleep and arrive right before the store actually opens.
Don't give in to temptation
If you don't find what you're looking for on Black Friday, don't be tempted to buy whatever is on sale. This is how you end up overspending on junk you don't really want or need. "If you don't get the deals you want on Black Friday, wait," says Tschohl. "Retailers usually run special sales the first two weeks of December. Prices generally go up closer to Christmas for those who wait until the last minute. If you're eyeing something for yourself, many retailers also run deeply discounted after-Christmas sales to reduce their inventories." Also be aware of false sales. Some retailers will advertise low prices that actually aren't any lower than the original price, they just want to move the product. Do your research ahead of time so you get the best deals possible.
Black Friday Sites
Besides I4U News there are many Black Friday sites. Several of them focus on the leaking of Black Friday ads. In addition to publish Black Friday ads early these sites process ads to make them searchable in databases.
5. DealNews Black Friday
6. Fat Wallet
7. TGI BlackFriday.net
10. Brad's Black Friday
Black Friday Apps
If you play Black Friday and Cyber Monday right, you'll save hundreds of dollars on purchases you would've made anyway. Download these apps first and find the best deals right there on your smartphone.
TGI Black Friday
TGI Black Friday is a well organized app that sorts deals by products and stores. You can create a personalized shopping list by clicking to add deals to “My List” which is great if you want to get certain items during your shopping excursion. This app is a pleasure to look at and you can also share your favorite deals via email, Twitter, or Facebook.
Fatwallet has given their Black Friday app a major facelift this year. Some highlights of their updates are: product images and more sorting options such as ‘just added.’ The only downside of this app is it focuses on major chain stores like Macy's and Kmart, though it has added more stores than previous years. For a greater variety of stores and localized deals, you'll have to go somewhere else to find them.
When it comes to Cyber Monday, Amazon has consistently presented consumers with some amazing deals. From deeply discounted electronics to grocery items, you'll kick yourself if you miss that huge TV that sold for 60% off. With free Super Saver Shipping and Amazon Prime, be sure to keep a close eye on the deals that Amazon churns out this holiday weekend.
Hot Deals – UPC Barcode Reader, QR Barcode Scanner, QR Code and Bar code Scan, Best shopping companion App
Black Friday 2013 by BuyVia is an ideal app to have as your companion on Black Friday. Browse deals by whether they are Black Friday deals, online deals, or local deals. You can even browse them by categories, stores, or search for a specific deal. Add deals to your shopping list or create shopping alerts to be notified of personalized deals that cater to you. There is even a scanner included in the app that allows you to find the best price for the product you have in hand.
Black Friday App (BlackFriday 2013 Deals, Ad Scans, Coupons and More)
Black Friday App by Slickdeals is what you would expect from Slickdeals, nothing less. Browse Black Friday deals by stores or categories, create a shopping list, and even take part in the Black Friday discussion board.
Black Friday 2013 Ads App - BlackFriday.fm
The BlackFriday.fm app is a very well organized app that includes Black Friday news, deals by stores, and deals by categories, and a shopping list. The stores included in this app seem to be more major chains than local stores so if you need a bigger variety this may not be the app for you. The interface isn't as welcoming or user-friendly as some of the others, but it has a certain sleek look to it that some will prefer. This is not the app for everyone, but the people that it attracts will love it.
Black Friday by BradsDeals
This one contains ad scans, a tab that lets you view current deals, and another tab that presents you with news pertaining to Black Friday ads. You are also able to save deals and those will later show up in the Saved tab. Its catalog of deals isn't very descriptive at all and the deals aren't organized, but if you're looking for a general overview of deals, it's worth a gander.
BFAds.net Black Friday
Create a shopping list, search for deals or browse by store. One feature that sets this app apart is its “News” feature, so you can find out which deals are getting buzz right now. Unfortunately, the app isn't as organized as some of the other Black Friday apps, and clicking on a deal doesn’t always yield a lot of information, but that may change on Black Friday.
Black Friday Shopping
Clip coupons and scope out Black Friday deals with Black Friday Shopping. Sort coupons and savings by stores, categories, or products. Keep your shopping organized with wish lists. This app is great for the people that are used to the paper ads, but don't want to carry all that with them on the big day.
Shopular Coupons, Weekly Ads & Mall Deals For Target, Walmart, Macy’s, Costco, Kmart, H&M
Coupons App by Shopular is a beautiful app, but because it is technically a coupon app and doesn't cater to Black Friday deals in particular, it finds itself in the decent category. With this app, you can see when a certain store has a promo such as a certain percentage off.
Black Friday App
Black Friday App is just that, a Black Friday app. You can browse deals by categories or stores, and even search through them. You can also save deals, but the lack of stores included in this app is disappointing, putting it at the bottom of the list when compared to other Black Friday apps.
The Black Friday
The Black Friday app has a nice look to it, but navigating through it is a nightmare. Scrolling just doesn't seem to flow very nicely. You can, however, browse through ads, deals, and news.
(RedLaser – Barcode Scanner, Shopping Assistant & QR Code Reader)
Make sure the deal you've stumbled on is worth it with RedLaser. Search thousands of retailers (online and locally) and see what item you're coveting is worth. As a bonus, RedLaser also indexes coupons and sales to add to your Black Friday discounts. Also be sure to use its digital wallet feature that lets you scan and store your loyalty cards so you won't have to fumble for it at the cash register.
shopkick: Free Gift Cards For Shopping at Target, Macy's, Old Navy, Best Buy, American Eagle, JCPenney, Sports Authority, and Crate&Barrel
Get rewards for stepping into a store with Shopkick. Got overwhelmed when you walked into Best Buy on Friday and the swarms of people? That's okay,Shopkick just gave you a bunch of points for stepping into the store. Redeem your points, or "kicks," for rewards at partnered stores (e.g. lattes and giftcards).
ShopSavvy (Barcode Scanner and QR Code Reader)
Scanning and comparing prices not enough? ShopSavvy compares prices just like RedLaser does, but also lets you purchase items in-app. So, if you find a cheaper price online, you can nab it with a click of a button.
The Black Friday Scandals and Violence
"Black Friday has become much safer. To avoid crowds and scuffles shop Black Friday online."
Luigi Lugmayr, Chief Editor I4U News
In 2006, a man shopping at Best Buy was recorded on video assaulting another shopper. In another incident, unruly Walmart shoppers at a store outside Columbus, Ohio, quickly flooded in the doors at opening, pinning several employees against stacks of merchandise where nine shoppers in a California mall were injured, including an elderly woman who had to be taken to the hospital, when the crowd rushed to grab gift certificates that had been released from the ceiling
In 2008, a crowd of approximately 2,000 shoppers in Valley Stream, New York, waited outside for the 5:00 am opening of the local Wal-Mart. As opening time approached, the crowd grew anxious and when the doors were opened the crowd pushed forward, breaking the door down, and trampling a 34-year old employee to death. The shoppers did not appear concerned with the victim's fate, expressing refusal to halt their stampede when other employees attempted to intervene and help the injured employee, complaining that they had been waiting in the cold and were not willing to wait any longer. Shoppers had begun assembling as early as 9:00 PM the evening before. Even when police arrived and attempted to render aid to the injured man, shoppers continued to pour in, shoving and pushing the officers as they made their way into the store. Several other people incurred minor injuries, including a pregnant woman who had to be taken to the hospital. The incident may be the first case of a death occurring during Black Friday sales; according to the National Retail Federation, "We are not aware of any other circumstances where a retail employee has died working on the day after Thanksgiving."
On the same day, two people were fatally shot during an altercation at a Toys 'r Us in Palm Desert, California. In continuation, during Black Friday 2010, a Madison, Wisconsin woman was arrested outside of a Toys 'R' Us store after cutting in line, and threatening to shoot other shoppers who tried to object. A Toys for Tots volunteer in Georgia was stabbed by a shoplifter. An Indianapolis woman was arrested after causing a disturbance by arguing with other Wal-Mart shoppers. She had been asked to leave the store, but refused. A man was arrested at a Florida Wal-Mart on drug and weapons charges after other shoppers waiting in line for the store to open noticed that he was carrying a handgun and reported the matter to police. He was discovered to also be carrying two knives and a pepper spray grenade. A man in Buffalo, New York, was trampled when doors opened at a Target store and unruly shoppers rushed in, in an episode reminiscent of the deadly 2008 Wal-Mart stampede.
On Black Friday 2011, a woman at a Porter Ranch, California Walmart used pepper spray on fellow shoppers, causing minor injuries to at least 10 people who had been waiting hours for Black Friday savings. It was later reported that the incident caused 20 injuries. The incident started as people waited in line for the newly discounted Xbox 360. A witness said a woman with two children in tow became upset with the way people were pushing in line. The witness said she pulled out pepper spray and sprayed the other people in line. Another account stated: "The store had brought out a crate of discounted Xbox 360s, and a crowd had formed to wait for the unwrapping, when the woman began spraying people 'in order to get an advantage,' according to the police. In an incident outside a Walmart store in San Leandro, California, one man was wounded after being shot following Black Friday shopping at about 1:45 am .
Also stemming from Black Friday unruliness in 2011, 73-year old greeter Jan Sullivan was fired from a Tampa area Wal-Mart after she was shoved by a Black Friday shopper. Sullivan alleges that when she attempted to stop an unnamed woman from exiting through a door where exits were not being permitted, the woman pushed her. Sullivan claims that as she fell, she instinctively tried to grab onto the woman to keep from falling. Since Wal-Mart employees are not allowed to touch customers, Sullivan was then fired. The story has been a source of some controversy for Wal-Mart and garnered much community support for Sullivan, including media coverage and at least two Indiegogo fundraisers were launched to support her financially after the incident.
On Black Friday 2012, two people were shot outside a Wal-Mart in Tallahassee, Florida during a dispute over a parking space.
On Black Friday in 2013, a person in Las Vegas who was carrying a big-screen TV home from a Target store on Thanksgiving was shot in the leg as he tried to wrestle the item back from a robber who had just stolen it from him at gunpoint.In Romeoville IL, a police officer shot a suspected shoplifter driving a car that was dragging a fellow officer at a Kohl's department store. The suspect and the dragged officer were treated for shoulder injuries. Three people were arrested.
At the Franklin Mills Mall in Pennsylvania a fight was caught on camera in which a woman was taken to the ground. The video also caught a separate possibly related fight happening simultaneously.
The infamous violence was parodied in the trilogy of South Park episodes about the Black Friday sales, where the shoppers became blood-thirsty as the percentage continued to be lowered for how much they would pay if they were the first lot inside. Practically everyone who was outside the mall for the sales was somehow killed, leaving a lot of carnage inside the mall.
Black Friday Tid Bits
Black Friday Maps
Black Friday Maps are tools that assist black Friday shopper with directions to various retails. They offer the customer to have an easy trace of particular shops of interest. Most of retails have a map print which can be acquired online, making it easier to access it even from ones smart phones. Generally, maps are utilized for the purpose of locating a particular retail shop.
Black Friday Schedules
Black Friday is usually scheduled to occur on the last week of November. This is to signify the start of the Christmaseve and also to give shoppers ample time to plan their festive season accurately. In conclusion, it was scheduled to take place at this date to also retailers in moving their stock hence making marginal profits in return.
Black Friday Lines
They are long and tedious for shoppers who visit the stores physically and may take long since more and more shoppers engage in shopping during the black Friday.
Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day
Black Friday and thanksgiving are the most important days to both retailers and shoppers. This is because it gives them ample opportunity to interact and make the best deals in business. Black Friday being the day after thanksgiving, most people do their shopping during this day due to the discounts that comes hand on various items. Basically, thanksgiving is what brings black Friday into reality. Since more and more shoppers are willing to spend money by engaging in shopping all over US and other countries worldwide.
Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day
Cyber Monday and Black Friday
Cyber Monday is a marketing term for the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. The term "Cyber Monday" was created by marketing companies to persuade people to shop online. The term made its debut on November 28, 2005, in a Shop.org press release entitled "'Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year".
According to the Shop.org/Bizrate Research 2005 eHoliday Mood Study, "77 percent of online retailers said that their sales increased substantially on the Monday after Thanksgiving, a trend that is driving serious online discounts and promotions on Cyber Monday this year (2005)". In 2010, comScore reported that consumers spent $1.028 Billion online on Cyber Monday (excluding travel, 2009: $887M), the highest spending day of 2010.
Cyber Monday has become an international marketing term used by online retailers in Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
Black Friday Internationally
Black Friday is a US phenomenon. Every attempt to export the sales hype failed. Still, international operating retailers like Amazon and Apple are offering Black Friday sales abroad.