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Black Friday 2014 Updates

Amazon Prime Day: What To Expect

Amazon Prime Day Next week, Amazon will be having Prime Day on July 15th. As we previously reported, Amazon has been pretty tight lipped with the details. We do know, however, that they have thrown down the gauntlet with Black Friday, promising even more deals than our favorite shopping day. We are going to make an educated guess, and help you get ready for Amazon Prime Day so you can maximize both your savings and your fun.

Amazon Prime Day Primer
We are pretty confident that Prime Day will work essentially the same as Black Friday. If you shopped Amazon last year, you should feel comfortable navigating Prime Day on the 15th. If you didn't, don't fret - we've got you covered. Amazon's sale lasted for 8 days last Black Friday. The navigation was set up so there were 3 sections, "Available," "Upcoming," and "Missed." The "Upcoming" section would give you a look at the deals for the next day. The deals would have a timer, counting down to when they went live. The "Available" section had a countdown showing how much time deal had left. It also had a status bar that filled up as people purchase available inventory. We believe Prime Day will work like this, except that there won't be "early access" for Prime Members, because you have to be a Prime Member to shop the sale.

Amazon Prime Day Deals

In their press release, Amazon says they will have a new deal as often as every ten minutes. We suspect this means that a new deal will go live as often as that, but you will still be able to view deals that are going to live soon on the "Upcoming" tab. We aren't sure how far in advance you will be able to view deals. It is possible as one deal goes live, a new one will replace it on the "Upcoming" tab. We think it is likely that all deals going live in the next hour or two will be available to preview.

How To Prepare For Prime Day
So, how exactly should one prepare for Amazon Prime Day? Here are our Prime Day Tips for preparing for a successful July 15th shopping experience. We like to think this is a good opportunity to test your Black Friday and Cyber Monday preparedness. Here is how to shop Prime day the BFAds way.

1. Get Your Prime Membership
This sale is for Prime Members only! Without a Prime membership, there will be no Prime Day. Thankfully, Amazon offers a free 30-day trial of Prime to everyone. We recommend signing up before July 15th - Lightning Deal inventory can move very quickly, and the last thing you want is to be bogged down by filling out your information while your intended item is selling out. You can sign up for your free trial here.

2. Sign In and Stay Signed In
Finding the deal you want and going to buy it only to have to log in to your account is frustrating at best. Luckily, the situation is avoidable. Amazon logs you in for 2 weeks, or until you perform a sensitive action, such as changing account info. Logging out and back in to your account will ensure that you are ready to shop when that special deal goes live.

3. Check Your Payment Options
Make sure the card you have on file with Amazon is correct, especially if you haven't ordered in a while. Check the expiration date. You don't want to be re-entering your credit card information while someone else is buying your deal!

4. Turn On 1-Click Ordering
This one may not actually come into play, since as of press time, no Lightning Deals are eligible for 1-Click. We feel it helps to be prepared, just in case. When a website is under heavy stress, as Amazon will be on Prime Day, any option that cuts back on screen loading time is a good thing. Once you are logged in, at the top of the site on the right hand side you will see "Welcome, [your name]." Mouse over that, and a list of options will appear. Select "Your Account," and a new page of options will open. Scroll down to 1-Click Settings, and follow the instructions to set it up. When a deal is eligible for 1-Click it will have a dark orange button on the product page. Hit it once to purchase and ship your item!

5. Do Your Due Diligence
If you have checked out the Lightning Deals page we've linked to, or shopped Amazon last Black Friday, you know there is one frustrating aspect to the deals: upcoming deals don't list a price, so you will have to come back when the deal goes live. We guess you are here because you have a particular interest in a kind of product, HDTV, laptop, video game, etc. You can start your prep by checking out last years Black Friday ads to establish a baseline deal price. On the 15th, keep an eye on the "Upcoming" tab, and see what the item is selling for currently. This will help you evaluate the deals quickly, as speed often means the difference between snagging a deal or missing it completely. Lightning Deals have a maximum time of 4 hours, but typically sell out before they run out of time.

Final Thoughts
The number one tip we can give you for Amazon Prime Day is patience. This is going to be fun! Amazon wants this day to be a success,they want you to love Prime enough to sign up for the full year, and they want you to shop there for Black Friday 2015 as well as Cyber Monday 2015. We anticipate the heaviest site strain will be between the hours of 7 AM and 12 PM Eastern. Amazon will probably have deals that start at midnight, but the majority of people aren't shopping online at that time (unless they work at BFAds, of course). We are guessing that there will be some good deals between midnight and 6 AM Eastern, but the real deals will start as people are getting up to get ready for work, so they can hit the sale beforehand. We feel the deals will be densest at the start of the work day and during lunch hour, when customers can spend some time checking out the deals. These are also the times that we anticipate the site might be under the heaviest stress, and may be a little slow to load. This is something to keep in mind if you're shopping via a mobile device - Amazon does have a free app for iOS and Android that could come in handy. These are also the best times to check the "Upcoming" tab, as we think that is when Amazon will use the buzz they have created to give you a reason to come back. As always, keep an eye on our Hot Deals page, where we'll be rounding up the best deals from all over the Internet all day long!

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One Year of Amazon Prime Giveaway

One Year of Amazon Prime Giveaway!

TGIF, Black Friday Fans! Black Friday is November 27th, so we only have 19 Fridays between today and Black Friday 2015. The buzz on the internet is that you only have to make it to July 15th for Black Friday deals. Boasting that it will rival even the best Cyber Monday deals, Amazon has decided to launch a one day shopping bonanza on the 15th. They are calling it Prime Day, and we think it will live up to the hype. In honor of Amazon turning the big 2-0, we are giving away a 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime.

The contest starts today, and runs through midnight tonight, there are a bunch of ways to enter our Amazon Prime Giveaway, and you can do as many or as few as you want! You can leave us a comment on this post to enter, letting us know whether Prime Day will live up to the hype, or if there is no way it will rival Black Friday. The best and easiest way to enter is to subscribe to our Hot Deals Highlights Newsletter. You can also sign up for a free BFAds.net membership. Additional entries can be had by following us on social media, and sharing this contest with your friends! You can find us on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google Plus, and on Pinterest. Be sure to come back to the contest page and log into the widget to make sure your entries count!

Of course, our fans already know whether it is November 27th, July 15th, or March the 42nd, you can get Black Friday prices and Cyber Monday deals on our Hot Deals Page, thanks to the tireless efforts of our Deal Hunters.

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Thursday Hot Deals

Thursday Better Than Black Friday Deals!

It is almost the weekend, Deal Fans, and tomorrow we are giving away a year of Amazon Prime to celebrate Prime Day. Not a lot has been leaked about Prime Day, but you can check out our Prime Day Coverage here. Speaking of giveaways, we are still trying to get a hold of the winner from our 4th of July Giveaway!

Whatever day of the week it is, everyone can enjoy prices as good, or better, than Black Friday and Cyber Monday thanks to the efforts of our Deal Hunters. They scour the internet looking for prices comparable to last Black Friday. Below, you will find two deals they are especially proud of finding. They have included a link to customer reviews, so you know its a hot deal. They have also included links to previous Black Friday prices, so you know its a hot price.

A full list of all the great prices we have found can always be accessed on our Hot Deals Page. We update that page in real time, as soon as we find a new deal. Of course, the best way to see all of our hot deals, as well as get Black Friday ads, the best Cyber Monday deals, and giveaways is to get them delivered right to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

Finally, it is national ice cream month, and tody you can get 1/2 price cones all day at Sonic.


The North Face Girl's Oso Hoodie (Select Colors) - $48.83 at REI

The North Face Girl's Oso Hoodie The lowest price last Black Friday for the The North Face Girl's Oso Hoodie was $129.00 at Gander Mountain making today's deal $80.00 better than Black Friday. Today's deal is also the best price on the web today and the next lowest price is $55.98 at Sports Authority. There are lots of fleece jackets on the market made from all kinds of fleece and Outdoor Gear Lab reviewed 15 of the top jackets. The The North Face Oso Hoodie was tops in warmth.



-EXPIRED- Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop w/ i7-4720HQ, 16GB RAM, 1TB+8GB SSHD, 15.6" IPS 1920x1080 - $899.00 at Lenovo

Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop We found the same Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop in Tiger Direct's Black Friday 2014 ad for $50.00 more than today's deal. Amazon has the next lowest price today and the laptop receives 3.7/5 stars based on 48 customer reviews. If you don't mind refurbished, you can get a refurbished Lenovo Y50 laptop for $809.99 at Newegg. Cnet has a favorable review saying they like the 4K screen but you can't actually set most games up to that resolution.

  • 15.6" IPS (1920x1080) LED Display
  • 16GB DDR3L Memory
  • 1TB + 8GB SSHD
  • i7-4720HQ (2.6 GHz) Intel CPU
  • 4GB GTX 960M NVIDIA GeForce Graphics
  • Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
  • 1-Yr. Warranty


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Wednesday Hot Deals

Wednesday Better Than Black Friday Deals!

Happy Wednesday Deal Fans, there is a lot going on in BFnation, so lets get right to it. First, Amazon Prime Day looks like it will be a BFdeal, and this Friday we will be giving away a year membership to Amazon Prime in honor of the online marketplace's 20th birthday on the 15th. Stay tuned this Friday to enter! You can also get your free 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime right here.

Target's Black Friday in July sale has also started.

Prime Day aside, our Deal Hunters are on the look out for prices as good, or better, than last Black Friday, prices that rival even the best Cyber Monday deals. When they find a deal they think is good, it goes right up on our Hot Deals Page. We keep that site updated with new deals as soon as we can find them, so be sure to check there for a full list of our deals. Of course, the best way to get all of our Hot Deals, as well as Black Friday ads, Cyber Monday Deals, and giveaways, is to subscribe to our newsletter

Below, we have identified some deals for you that we think deserve extra attention. We have linked to their previous Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, prices, and also to customer reviews, so you can make savvy shopping decisions.


Fitbit Flex Cordless Activity & Sleep Tracker (Black) - $69.49 at Rakuten

Fitbit Flex Cordless Activity & Sleep Tracker (Black) Today the Fitbit Flex is only $0.49 more then lowest Black Friday price from last year at Walmart and was also the lowest price at Amazon last Black Friday. Today's deal is also the best price on the web today with Buydig having the next lowest price at $84.99. Pcadvisor compares all the Fitbit products if you're not sure the Flex is right for you. Use coupon code BACK2SCHOOL to take $10.00 off!



Samsung 64GB PRO SDXC Memory Card - $29.99 at Samsung

Samsung 64GB PRO SDXC Memory Card If you're looking for a 64GB Samsung Pro MicroSD Card, today's deal is half the Black Friday 2014 price. The Samsung Pro MicroSD Card is also available for $29.99 at Amazon, which is a historically low price. You can check out reviews from Cameramemoryspeed and Storagereview for more information on the Pro series. Check out this chart from Anandtech info on the differences between the Standard, EVO and Pro Samsung Cards.


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Tuesday Hot Deals

Tuesday Better Than Black Friday Deals!

Congrats again to Ian M., winner of our 4th of July Giveaway! For our next Giveaway, we are going to give away a 1 year membership for Amazon Prime in honor of Prime Day. We can't say for sure yet whether or not Prime Day will truly rival Black Friday 2015, or that they will compete with the best Cyber Monday Deals, but that is what Amazon is promising, and we think they just might pull it off. Prime Day will only be for Prime members, so you can see below we are recommending you take advantage of their free 30 day Prime Trial.

Whether it is Black Friday 2015, Cyber Monday, Prime Day, or just a regular old Tuesday, our Deal Hunters are on the look out for prices as good, or better, than last Black Friday. When they find a deal they think is good, it goes right up on our Hot Deals Page. We keep that site updated with new deals as soon as we can find them, so be sure to check there for a full list of our deals. Of course, the best way to get all of our Hot Deals, as well as Black Friday ads, Cyber Monday Deals, and giveaways, is to subscribe to our newsletter

Below, we have identified some deals for you that we think deserve extra attention. We have linked to their previous Black Friday, or Cyber Monday, prices, and also to customer reviews, so you can make savvy shopping decisions.


Amazon Prime Trial for Prime Day Access

Amazon Prime Trial for Prime Day Access This is a perfect example of a deal that's greatness is independent of its price. This deal is for the 30 day free trial that is always offered to new customers. After that it will renew at the standard yearly subscription price of $99. So what is the deal? Prime Day. Amazon is boasting they will have more deals than Black Friday on July 15th, but the sale is only open to Amazon Prime Members. However, even with this trial subscription, you will receive unfettered access. Prime itself is well worth the money, but the beauty of this deal is that it is essentially a free invitation to Amazon.com's 20th Birthday party, which we think is going to be well worth it.



Hoover FloorMate Bare Floor Cleaner (Mfr. Refurbished) - $54.99 at eBay via Hoover

Hoover FloorMate Bare Floor Cleaner During last year's Black Friday season Meijer offered a non-refurbished Hoover FloorMate Bare Floor Cleaner for $99.99 in their 2014 Thanksgiving Ad. The next lowest price for a refurbished Hoover FloorMate Bare Floor Cleaner on Google Shopping is $134.41 at Salestores. Amazon has a new one for $116.99 and it receives 4.2/5 stars based on 1,688 reviews. Today's deal is refurbished and sold by the manufacturer and also comes with a 6 month Hoover warranty. Crebs.org and Vacuumsguide have reviews that might be helpful. Some of the downsides are cord length and is a bit loud.


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Amazon Prime Day: Black Friday in July?

Amazon Prime Day

In the past couple of years, there has been a great debate amongst Black Friday fans, centered around one burning question: how early is too early for a store to start its Black Friday sales? Some say more is better, some say Black Friday should be Black Friday only. Much of the controversy orbits whether or not stores should be open on Thanksgiving. After observing the last two years, we are confident in saying that sales starting as early as Wednesday, with major sales events on the actual Black Friday, will again be the norm this year. Into that firestorm of public opinion walks internet Mega Retailer Amazon.com, who is having a Black Friday sale on... July 15th?

Amazon Prime Day For those of you who are not aware, Amazon.com turns 20 years old this July 15th, and they have branded that day as "Amazon Prime Day." It is not technically the start of Amazon's Black Friday sale, and we still expect them to have one, but they are billing it as being bigger than Black Friday. From the Prime Day Page: "Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than Black Friday. Prime members can shop exclusive deals from electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more." Amazon says they will be having a new deal or deals as often as every ten minutes.

Our Deal Hunters are, naturally, foaming at the mouth at the thought of "more deals than Black Friday." It would be very easy to be cynical and say that more isn't always better, and to be more concerned with the quality of deals than the quantity, but we stress again this is Amazon.com's 20th Birthday. Amazon has long been a master at price perception. When careful attention is paid to how Amazon sets its prices, they have a systemic and successful strategy to ensure they have the lowest prices on popular items, so that when people think of Amazon, they think of low prices.

We really wish we could give you some more information on exactly what to expect from this sale, but Amazon has been playing it pretty close to the chest, and why wouldn't they? It is the mystique of not knowing that generates the most buzz. Obviously, not every "deal" is going to be a door-buster quality must have for everyone, but we feel that this is going to be a sale you don't want to miss, and the reasons are simple. As stated above, Amazon starts off swinging for the fences by invoking the deal-centric nature of Black Friday. When you get people thinking that your sales event is going to be at least as big as Black Friday, you better deliver, and Amazon is promising more than Black Friday. Amazon has created a buzz regarding its 20th Anniversary, marketing it as Amazon Prime Day, ensuring that the whole world will be watching. It would be ludicrous to think Amazon would risk the perception it has created as a haven for rock bottom prices, or pass up an opportunity to refine and build upon that perception. This is especially true given the recent moves by Walmart to to compete directly with the online retail giant. We don't see how this sale will be anything other than amazing.

The real genius of the promotion is that it is only for Amazon Prime Members. I cannot tell you how much I love my Amazon Prime membership, and not just because it saves me on the shipping cost of Surge. Free Two Day Shipping is amazing, and when I don't need it that quickly, selecting a slower shipping method, which is still free, earns me credit towards renting or buying prime video. The video library is pretty solid, and prime pantry is awesome for kitchen items. If you are already a Prime Member, you have access to what we think might be the best non Black Friday sale of the year. If you are not a prime member, the website clearly states the Free 30 Day Trial of Amazon Prime will get you access to this sale. You have to have a credit card tied to your account, and after the 30 days end you will be charged for the renewal, which is worth it, but if you are signing up only to access the sale, be sure to cancel in a timely manner.

TL;DR VERDICT: Because of the hype, and the way Amazon carefully controls their corporate image as a great place for low prices, we believe they will deliver on this 20th anniversary Black Friday in July sale.

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4th of July Xbox One Bundle Giveaway

4th of July Xbox One Bundle Giveaway!

-THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED!-

Congrats to Ian M.,., winner of the Xbox One Bundle! Winner was emailed, so if you are a Ian M., check your email!

This Saturday is Independence Day, and having been inspired by the rockets red glare, we have decided to host a 4th of July Giveaway! And by the dawn's early light, it looks like we will be giving away one awesome prize: an Xbox One bundle which includes the console, Halo: Masterchief Edition, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, and an extra wireless controller, so you and a buddy can answer the question together: does that star spangled banner yet wave? Hint: Sure does!

The contest starts today, and runs through next Monday, there are a bunch of ways to enter our 4th of July 2015 Giveaway, and you can do as many or as few as you want! Some methods can be done once per day. You can leave us a comment on this post to enter, letting us know your favorite 4th of July Sale, or tell us how you are spending the holiday, or even your favorite firework. The best and easiest way to enter is to subscribe to our Hot Deals Highlights Newsletter. You can also sign up for a free BFAds.net membership. Additional entries can be had by following us on social media, and sharing this contest with your friends! You can find us on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google Plus, and on Pinterest. Be sure to come back to the contest page and log into the widget to make sure your entries count!

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Monday Hot Deals

Monday Better Than Black Friday Deals!

Congratulations to the U.S. Women's National Team on their 5-2 win yesterday! Today at 5PM we will be picking another winner, except instead of winning soccer's ultimate prize, they will be taking home a sweet Xbox One Bundle. Some entry methods can be done once per day, so be sure your name is in the giant Uncle Sam's hat we will be drawing our winner's name out of by entering our 4th of July Giveaway.

While the 4th of July for 2015 may have come and gone, some of the 4th of July Sales are still active, including Sears and Lowe's.

While Back to School Sales and Deals will be the next major sale season, our Deal Hunters are here, 365 days a year, searching fro prices as good, or better, than last Black Friday. When they find a deal they think is good, it goes right to the top of our Hot Deals Page. The best way to score Black Friday prices all year long is, of course, to subscribe to our newsletter. For the news letter, you get it right in your inbox, organized, and listed our for your convenience.

Sometimes, a deal comes along that we like to call "Better than Black Friday," because the price is at least as good as the last Black Friday, but it also has the added benefit of being available right now, today. Two such deals can be found below. We have included links to customer reviews, so you know the product is good. We also include the link to last Black Friday or Cyber Monday's price, so you know it is a good price.


Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera + EF-S 18-55mm Lens + Canon Printer and Accessories Bundle - $449.00 After Rebate at Adorama

Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera + PIXMA Pro-100 Printer and Accessories Bundle Last week we featured a Better than Black Friday Canon EOS 70D DSLR Camera bundle for $798.00 and today the Canon T5i is on sale for $449.00, the same price Walmart offered for the non-image stabilization T5 on Black Friday last year. The lowest price for a T5i bundle on Black Friday was also at Walmart for $699.00. The next lowest price today for the Canon T5i and 18-55 lens is $514.98 at GadgetCircuit, making today's deal the best on the web. Cnet has a review of the Canon T5i and gives it a 7.8 rating. The-digital-picture.com says the 18-55mm lens makes a good "starter lens" and you can checkout the complete review here. Use this mail-in rebate to get $350.00 back.


Included in the bundle:
  • Canon T5i DSLR Camera (Body)
  • 18-55mm STM Lens
  • Canon PIXMA MG2520 Photo Inkjet All-in-One Printer
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Lowepro Nova Sport 7L AW Shoulder Bag
  • 50 Sheets Canon SG-201 13x19-in. Semi-Gloss Photo Paper Plus
  • New Leaf 1 Year Drops & Spills Extra Protection

Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player - $25.00 at Staples

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Today's deal from Staples matches the lowest price we saw last Black Friday and the only time we saw a lower price was for a refurbished Chromecast on June 1st at Groupon for $23.99 shipped. The next lowest price today is $29.99 at Best Buy with 4.4/5 stars based on 15,785 customer reviews and at Amazon with 4.1/5 stars based on 34,612 reviews. Trusted Reviews has an article with tips and tricks for the Chromecast and here's a link to the Google Cast app that is super useful if you want to cast any web page on you laptop or mobile device.


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