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‘Prime’ Members Get the Jump On Amazon Black Friday Deals

amazon-deals-cn(Excerpt from — October 16, 2014)  — Starting this week…Amazon Prime members get 30 minutes of exclusive early access to purchase select Amazon Lightning Deals – ahead general public. Eligible Lightning Deals are marked “Prime Early Access Deal”. Following deal discussion by FatWallet forums members who share tips on which Lightening Deals have better value a, plus you can stack these deals with up to 5% Amazon cash back.

Ditto for members (Amazon’s designer deals site) , which features up to 60% off designer brand deals. MyHabit deals open to the public each day at 9:00 AM PST, but members will have access to them at 8:30 AM PST. (read full details on
This new Amazon Prime member perk is good news for early Black Friday deal hunters looking to score many of the very limited stock Lightning deals between now and Black Friday. The experts at expect big box retailers like Best Buy, Walmart and Sears to again offer sneak-peek access for card holder members to Black Friday Doorbusters again this year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, if not before that. And dozens of major retailers are expected to push deals live for Black Friday ads in-store on Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and online on Tuesday or earlier this year.

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BIG BRANDS: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

BF-Predictions-aboutus-brnadsStore-wide discounts on top brands flirt as best BLACK FRIDAY deals!

(Newswire) Holiday deals traditionally get a boost from bigger, more popular brands and 2013 was no exception. Tablet deals from Apple, Samsung and Amazon were hot Black Friday deals and retailers offered them at the lowest prices ever (prices that continued to drop in 2014). Black Friday laptop deals were also at very low prices for basic and touchscreen models from Dell, HP, Toshiba, Microsoft and Lenovo with more than a dozen choices under $300. Fashion brands stood out with exceptional store-wide discounts of 40-60% off from Levi’s, Aeropostale, Nike and others, garnering more shopping trips through Black Friday ad sites than initially anticipated, and those deep discounts continued to hold through Cyber Monday deals and Cyber week sales.

Black Friday PREDICTIONS from for the top brands project for continued store-wide sales and category discounts, making it the prime shopping opportunity to compare options for the some of the best savings of the year. Read more

MAJOR RETAIL: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

BF-Predictions-aboutus-retailersMajor Retailers push record BLACK FRIDAY deals, earlier.

(NEWSWIRE) Like the previous year, retailers brought a record number of advertised Black Friday deals (+37,000 vs. 27,209 in 2012). Black Friday shoppers saw an abundance of budget deals under $20 (more than 13,000) and there were more than 3,500 doorbusters. A late Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) created a long month of November sales and early Black Friday deals, with dozens of stores starting the “real” Black Friday deals online as early as Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

With another late Thanksgiving in 2014, FatWallet Black Friday PREDICTIONS for retailers projects for even heavier and earlier advertising campaigns from top stores, and in more online and mobile channels than ever before. Read more

Tools Deals: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

Get Your Fix of Black Friday Tools Deals!
BF-Predictions-aboutus-TOOLSA 2014 Tool Shopping Survey reported that 81% of Americans buy new tools each year and next to spring sales and Father’s Day, 18% shop Black Friday to find the best tool deals. Those surveyed overwhelming said Craftsman tool deals were their favorite, and with almost 1,100 Black Friday tool deals last year, the Sears brand provided 1/4 of all advertised tool bargains (more than 400 tool deals were less than $20). Last year’s Black Friday ads featured more than 45 retailers offering hundreds of doorbusters and clearance pricing on select cordless, electric and hand tools.

Black Friday PREDICTIONS from projects heavily for deep discounting on quality cordless power tools from top brands featuring lithium battery technology. Read more

GADGET DEALS: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

Black Friday gadget deals galore this year.
BF-Predictions-agadgets(NEWSWIRE) Some of last year’s best Black Friday deals focused on electronics gadgets and as techy treats filled stockings and charmed our holiday attention spans, so did the prices. Our fascination with mobile devices brought a barrage of holiday discounts on wireless accessories to help keep us connected to our new smartphones and tablets. Deals on Beats, iHome, Apple, and SONOS products were available at some of the lowest prices ever, while the same could be said for USB drives, HDMI cables and Samsung Galaxy and iPhone cover deals. In all, from early November Amazon lightning deals (up to 6% cash back) through Cyber Monday deals, the 2013 holiday shopping season provided ample opportunities for shoppers with 1,600 Black Friday gadget deals (up from 1,100 in 2012) and more than 500 were less than $20. Black Friday PREDICTIONS for gadget deals and electronics accessories point toward sharp price drops on popular headphones, bluetooth devices, streaming media players and smart wearables. Read more

What to Buy in OCTOBER: Trends 2014

OCT-deals-2014Nothing tricky about finding deals on jeans and shoes.

(NEWSWIRE) Shopping in October is a little like smashing pumpkins…it’s a thrill for some, but it’s not for everyone. October is a great month to score big savings if you’re in the market for specific items, like denim, gas grills, electronics accessories and outdoor and lawn products. Traditionally, the previous year’s hot toys have been a smart buy this month and last year Amazon Lightning Deals, which have been kicking off Nov. 1, started in October featuring dozens of Black Friday-like toy deals. If you’re willing to dig through a lot of clearance, promotions and meticulously compare the best “values” (use to track price history), you can find quality items at smashing prices this month. Read more

VIDEO GAME Deals: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

GAME ON for Black Friday Video Game Deals!
BF-Predictions-aboutus-VIDEPS4 and Xbox One pre-orders stole the buzz in the video game world last holiday, but the best Black Friday video game deals focused on deep discounting of popular PS3 and Xbox 360 titles, with up tio 80% off popular titles. Black Friday ads featuring video games, consoles and accessories deals increased significantly last year (+1,700 total deals vs. 1.,160 in 2012). What’s more, Gamestop deals finally rivaled the bigbox stores’ traditional 50% off or better pricing on many fo the top PS3/Xbox 360 branded games, like Madden 14, several Call of Duty series titles, Minecraft, Mario and current LEGO video game deals. Black Friday PREDICTIONS for video games and consoles focuses on price drops for Xbox One and PS4 bundles and on new, collectable limited edition box sets. Read more

TOY Deals: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

Ready for the HOT Black Friday Toy Deals?

BF-Predictions-aboutus-TOYS(Newswire) Toy deals are always one of the top Black Friday purchases, and last year proved to be big. There were more than 5,300 advertised Black Friday toy deals (up from 4,500 in 2013) with 2,700 deals less than $20 (866 in 2013). This was due in part to an increasing number of styles, sets and kits from some of the bigger branded toys like Skylanders, LEGO, Mega Bloks, Leapfrog, Monster High, Hot Wheels and Nerf. The wide selection provided holiday shoppers with ample choices and some of the best toy discounting ever, especially on older toys and board games. Black Friday PREDICTIONS for the best deals on this year’s crop of new toys include a mega line of selections from blockbuster kids movies and video games like LEGO, Disney’s Frozen, Transformers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Skylanders. Read more

LAPTOP Deals: Black Friday Predictions and Recap

READY for BLACK FRIDAY Laptop Deals?

BF-Predictions-aboutus-LAPT(NEWSWIRE) More choices for consumer seeking mobile media consumption brought very competitive tablet discounting last Black Friday brought record sales and double the deals from 2012. The result helped level off the number of advertised Black Friday laptops deals at 164 last year (156 in 2012). However, the postive for consumers seeking those traditional good holiday laptop deals brought some of the lowest prices ever, especially on more than a dozen touch-screen models (Touchsmart) under $399, offering consumers that tablet experience with the power of a computer processor at or below the same price of a comparable tablet.

2 in 1 Hybrid laptops deals are assured to play a bigger role with consumer interest this holiday shopping season, especially with the iPhone 6 Plus joining the Phablet smartphone surge, as the days of owning both a laptop and a tablet are in decline. That said, the current average price for a high-end hybrid laptop is around $750 and up, so one could potentially own both a laptop and tablet for that same hybrid price.

This holiday season Black Friday PREDICTIONS for great laptop deals remain high. Read more

Black Friday Predictions Announced [SERIES MASTER]

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About this Series (NEWSWIRE RSS): reviews the top stores, brands, products and deals from the 2013 holiday shopping season and forecasts Black Friday Predictions for 2014. Series content is based on 2013 sales and shopping activity from FatWallet’s Black Friday Ads (and Mobile App: iOS/Android) which featured 37,000 deals, 7,000 Doorbusters, 13,000 deals under $20 and +110 retailer ad flyers (including Thanksgiving Sales and 2013 Cyber Monday Deals).

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