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Black Friday 2014 Updates

Update: Amazon Prime Day Deals Preview

Amazon Prime Day Deal Preview

Amazon issued a press release this morning with more information of what to expect on Prime Day and confirmed the sale will begin just after midnight PT tonight.

Similar to their Black Friday Sale last year, there will be thousands of Lightning Deals with new deals added as often as every ten minutes throughout the day. Remember, you must have a Prime Membership to shop the sale tomorrow, so we strongly encourage you to sign up for the 30 day free trial right now. Don't forget to cancel the service at any time before the trial period ends to avoid being billed $99.

As part of the Prime Day celebration, Amazon is running several contests where members can win up to $25,000 in Amazon Gift Cards or a trip to the Transparent Season 2 premiere.

  • Listen to Win: Any prime member who listens to any song on Prime Music will be automatically entered to win Amazon gift card prizes ranging from $1,000 to the Grand Prize of $25,000 Amazon gift cards. Visit here for a chance to win.

  • Prime Photo: Snap a photo of #PrimeLiving moments and upload them at Amazon.com/primeliving for the chance to win $10,000 in Amazon Gift Cards. More info here.

  • Prime Personalities: Take a prime member quiz for the chance to win a $2,000 Amazon gift card. See rules here.

  • Transparent Red Carpet Experience: Enter to win a trip to the Transparent Season 2 premiere this fall. One winner and a guest from each country will receive round-trip airfare, hotel stay and transportation as well as a chance to meet the cast and creators from the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original Series. Visit here for a chance to win in the US.

The press release introduced a small list of example Prime Day deals, including solid discounts on Amazon products like $15 off the Fire TV Stick. Several of the listings do not include the specific brand, but you can't go wrong with a 40" 1080p LED HDTV for $115!

  • Fire TV Stick - $15 Off
  • Kindle - $30 Off
  • Fire HD 7 - $60 Off
  • Fire HD 7 Kids Edition - $60 Off
  • 32" LED TV - $75.00
  • 40" 1080p LED TV - $115.00
  • Brand-Name 32" Smart HDTV - Under $200
  • 50" 4K TV Bundle - Under $1000
  • Bose Headphones - Lowest Price Ever on Amazon
  • Chromebook Laptop - $199.00
  • Two Nikon COOLPIX Cameras - Over 50% Off
  • Highly Rated Binoculars - Under $120
  • Two Security Camera-Kits - $279.99
  • K'NEX 2-in-1 Ferris Wheel Building Set (Amazon Exclusive) - $35.99
  • K'NEX Crossfire Chaos Roller Coaster Building Set (Amazon Exclusive) - $23.99
  • Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Figure (Amazon Exclusive) - $9.99
  • iRobot Roomba Pet Vacuum Cleaning Robot - Under $300
  • Husqvarna Mower - Under $300
  • 40 Lightning Deals on DVDs - Up to 75% Off
  • Harry Potter Books - Up to 50% Off
  • Divergent Series Complete Box Set of Books - More than 70% Off
  • Select Kitchen Products from Cuisinart, KitchenAid, Foodsaver & Thermos - Up to 70% Off
  • Select Tools for the DIY Auto Enthusiast - Up to 50% Off
  • Connected Car and Scan Tool Products - Starting at 60% Off
  • Road-Trip-Ready Automotive Products - starting at 50% Off
  • Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain - More than 50% Off
  • Select Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, Watches & More - 30% Off
  • Amazon Elements Baby Wipes - 60% Off w/ code ELEMENTS60
  • Free Luxury Beauty Sample Box w/ $50 Purchase of Luxury Beauty Products - w/ code LUXSAMPLES
  • Buy an Amazon.com Gift Card multipack, get $10 in Amazon.com Promotional Credit
  • Get 25% Bonus Amazon Coins w Purchase of 5,000 or 10,000 Amazon Coins

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Tuesday Hot Deals

Tuesday Better Than Black Friday Deals!

Happy Tuesday Deal Fans! In case you are just returning from a vacation that had no internet access whatsoever, tomorrow is Amazon Prime Day, and it is supposed to have more deals than Black Friday. You need an Amazon Prime membership to access the sale, so we suggest signing up for your 30 day FREE trial right now. You can also check out our guide on what to expect for Prime Day.

Not to be out done, Walmart announced a rival sale called "Dare to Compare," with "atomic deals" and 90 days of roll backs. We have been monitoring Amazon and Walmart's ongoing price war since last Black Friday, but this is the first time we have seen some serious snark clearly directed from one company at the other. We hope this results in lower prices for everyone.

Adding to all the Prime Day excitement, we are launching a giveaway for a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tomorrow as well. With so much to keep track of, there has never been a better time to subscribe to our mailing list. This will keep you in the loop with Black Friday news, Cyber Monday deals, Giveaways, and Black Friday Prices all year long.

Our Deal Hunters, armed with over a decade of Black Friday experience, continue to search the internet for prices as good, or better, than last Black Friday. When they find a deal they think is good, it goes to the top of our Hot Deals Page. We update that page in real time, as soon as we find a new deal.

Below, you will find two deals we like to think of as "better than Black Friday," because they rival even the best Cyber Monday deals, and you can buy them right now. We have included links to previous Black Friday prices, so you can evaluate the price for yourself. We have also included reviews to customer reviews, so you can be assured it is a quality product.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 12" w/ Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD (Silver) - $799.99 at Best Buy

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 12 Last Black Friday, AAFES had the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - 12" w/ Intel Core i5, 128GB SSD (Silver) on sale for $899.00 and Tiger Direct had the Surface 3 Pro series of tablets starting at $799.99 for the i3 version. Today Best Buy has beat those prices by offering the Surface Pro 3 w/ i5 processor and 128 storage for $799.99. This price also matches the lowest price we've seen since last Black Friday. The next lowest price we could find today was $865.18 from Amazon.

The Surface 3 Pro has received really great reviews including a 4.7 out of 5 stars with 2,365 customer reviews at Amazon. You can get a more in depth review over at Engadget (79/100) and CNet (4/5 stars).

Tablet Specs:
  • Intel 4th Generation Core i5 Processor
  • 12-Inch HD (2160 x 1440) Touchscreen Display
  • 4 GB RAM; 128 GB Storage Capacity (97 GB Available)
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • 36W Power Supply and Surface Pen Included; Keyboard sold separately

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) - $89.99 at eBay (Adorama)

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) Today, Adorama (via eBay) has the Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM) on sale for $89.99, matching the lowest price we've seen, and beating last Black Friday's price by $10.00. The 850 Evo was not out yet during last Black Friday, but today's price is even lower than its predecessor, the EVO 840, was at that time. Rakuten had the Samsung EVO 840 250GB SSD on sale then for $99.99. The next lowest price we could find today was $96.90 from AAAwave.com.

This SSD is one of the most highly recommended SSDs on the market today. Tom's Hardware, a great reference for computer parts gave it their top pick for a budget 250GB/256GB SSS last month and that was at the $109.99 price point. It has also received a 4.7 out of 5 stars with 3,279 customer reviews on Amazon. Samsung is also confident enough in its quality to offer a 5 year warranty, one of the longest for any budget SSD on the market.

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Walmart Responds to Prime Day w/ Dare to Compare Sale

Walmart Dare to Compare & Shipping Pass!

Amazon announced that they would be having a Prime Day with "more deals than Black Friday". The deals will be only for Prime members and we're hoping to see some great discounts. If you aren't already a Prime member, make sure you sign up for a free 30-day trial here!

Not to be outdone, Walmart announced today that they will be offering rollbacks on items as well as some special "Atomic Deals", which will be announced later in the week. Walmart also launched their Shipping Pass, where you can get unlimited free three-day shipping for a $50 yearly membership. They make a jab at Amazon in reference to their $99 Prime price saying, "the idea of asking customers to pay extra in order to save money just doesn't add up for us". The sale page says that new items will be added every hour and they have lowered their shipping threshold from $50 to $35! Check out our Hot Deals page to make sure you really are getting the best price, as we've found some great Walmart deals, and some not so great ones!

This isn't the first time that we've seen Walmart try to compete with Amazon. Last Black Friday season they announced that they would begin price matching Amazon everyday, including Black Friday! Stay glued to our page this week as we continue to cover the sales that both stores will be offering!

Here are a few early deals we noticed:

This is good news for fans of walmart online shopping, as a bidding war between two giant retailers can only result in lower prices over all. We don't think these two are even close to done yet either. Expect there to be a ripple effect from July 15th through Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2015.

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Monday Hot Deals

Monday Better Than Black Friday Deals! Congrats to Gordon M. For winning the year of Amazon Prime!

In case you missed it, we've put together a guide for Amazon Prime Day, detailing how we think it will work, so you can get prepared. Be sure to check back, as we get any new information, we will be passing it on to you.

Below, you will find two deals our Deal Hunters thought were worth an extra long look. Our experts search the internet for deals as good, or better, than last Black Friday. A full list of the deals we think are good can always be found on the Hot Deals Page. Home to the hottest deals, we update that page as often as we find a new deal. The best way to get Black Friday News, the best Cyber Monday deals, and Black Friday prices all year long, is to get it delivered right to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter. For the two deals below, we have included links to customer reviews, so you can verify that it is a quality product, and links to previous Black Friday or Cyber Monday prices, so you know the price is great.

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive (Red Only) - $74.99 at Best Buy

Toshiba Canvio Connect 2TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive (Red Only) Last Black Friday Radio Shack had the Toshiba Canvio on sale for $89.99. Today Best Buy has beat that price by $15.00 with their Deal of the Day sale price of $74.99. The next lowest price we can find is $81.50 from Amazon, where it received a 4.5/5 stars with 1,999 customer reviews.

-EXPIRED- iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16GB (Space Gray) and $15 iTunes Gift Card Package - $314.99 at Best Buy

 iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16GB (Space Gray) & $15 iTunes Gift Card Package Today Best Buy has the iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi 16GB (Space Gray) and $15 iTunes Gift Card Package on sale for $314.99. That is $74.01 less than on last Black Friday when Walmart had the lowest price of $389.00. Plus you get the bonus $15 iTunes Gift Card. The next lowest price we could find today was $319.99 from Amazon, but they only have 1 left now, since the deal went up yesterday evening.

The iPad mini 3 received a 4.7 out of 5 stars with 500 customer reviews on Amazon. You can get a more in depth review over at CNet and Engadget.

  • 7.9-Inch Retina Display (2048x1536 Resolution)
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB Storage Capacity
  • 5-megapixel iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD Camera
  • 0.29 x 5.30 x 7.87 inches

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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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