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Google Gets Pixel Heavy With New Hardware – In-Hand Pre-Black Friday

With Google Assistant leading the way, Google has just announced a host of new hardware devices (all made within Google own product development, not third party makers) in which Assistant will function as an “everywhere” AI for both smartphones and in the home. Here’s a quick rundown of Google new hardware arsenal, brought to you just in time for prime placement in every major Black Friday ad, which should start leaking out any day now (it is October, after all…sign up to get instantly notified when Black Friday ads leak).

google-pixel-5-inchGoogle gets Pixel Perfect, in more ways than one…

The new Pixel smartphone from Google was the headliner today, featuring a polished aluminum case with up to 7 hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charging. Pixel will support the Duo video calling service and has a camera that rivals the new iPhone 7. One great software feature is that updates download and install in the background. Initially available exclusively on Verizon, Pixel will also be available for sale unlocked (bookmark cell phone deals and accessories on FatWallet). Pixel pricing starts at $649 and is available for pre-order today in silver, black and blue with options for a 5-inch screen and 5.5-inch screen in either 32 GB and 128 GB (USB-C is supported).

daydream-vr-headset-googleThe new Pixel smartphone will support Google’s new VR platform called Daydream, a VR headset for designed for Pixel (and other smartphones) that is said to be more comfortable and breathable than other competing VR headsets. Daydream will stream from Google Play movies, photos, Street View and YouTube. Daydream also features a small controller (remote) with a touchpad and two buttons. Daydream headset with controller will be available in November starting at $79.

google-chromecast-ultra-black-fridayGoogle Chromecast Ultra was also introduced as their new flagship streaming media device. Chrome cast Ultra will support 4K, loads content 1.8x faster and comes with an ethernet connection.Available to purchase in November for $69 (some early 2016 Black Friday predictions may get altered to include the Chromecast Ultra as a $50 doorbuster).


Google Wi-Fi, a new system designed for improving in-home Wi-Fi (extending the Google Home ecosystem by connecting them with each other). Google Wi-Fi has companion software that lets you control other devices linked to the router and manage access for kids. Pre-orders start in November and ship in December for
$129 (single device) and $299 (3-pack).

google-home-assistantGoogle Home was on display as the new competition to Amazon Echo. Home utilizes Assistant to interact with user requests. LED lights blink while Home completes requests…a verbal “google” machine, if you will, that also plays music. Home works seamlessly with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and other streaming music services (Apple music??, probably not). Google has partnered with Philips, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and even IFTTT to assure support with other smart home devices, of which can be controlled through Home. Google Home will be available available to buy on November 4 for $129 (includes YouTube Red free for six months)


Check FatWallet Daily Deals for discounts on all Google hardware and competition devices and keep tabs on our new FatWallet Exclusives featuring time-sensitive price reduction only for FatWallet members. Better yet, set Topic Alerts for the items you’re looking to buy at discount … you don’t miss any up-to-the-minute sales, do you?


Amazon Deals Review: Online Arbitrage by Chris Green

“The modern bible for online resellers”

Longtime FatWallet forums member Chris Green shares the “BLUEPRINT for buying products to sell online for BIG PROFITS” in his book, ONLINE ARBITRAGE. Since 1999, Chris Green has been doing Retail Arbitrage, the business of buying items at retail stores and selling them online for a profit. From humble beginnings selling wrestling action figures on eBay, he has since perfected this low-risk, high-margin business model now known as Retail Arbitrage.

This 5-star book has rave reviews on Amazon. Here’s a quick review by FatWallet’s in-house reseller guru, Jeff Stenzel:

onlinearbitrage-chrisgreenOnline Arbitrage should be considered the modern bible for online resellers.  The author, Chris Green is a successful FBA expert.  FBA for anyone unfamiliar with the term is Fulfilled by Amazon.  Chris is also founder of ScanPower, a group of online resellers that takes pride in the ability to locate the best deals online and turn them around for a profit. Read more

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

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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