Black Friday deals 2014

Black Friday deals 2014

Note: I’m writing this while having a cold, so I might not be as accurate as usual. 😉

Black Friday has changed.

The day after Thanksgiving used to be a really big event in my family. Myself, my Significant Other, and our now adult kid, would be lined up outside a store at 4:00 AM, waiting for it to open.

It was fun, and a real sense of community!

Believe it or not, people would sing songs, and have fun.

Now, many stores are open on Thanksgiving Day (I heard about a mall that was “fining” its stores if they didn’t open).

That means that when you get there at 4:00 Friday morning, there is no outside gathering…the doors have been open for hours, if not for a full day.

Still, we go: I even take the day off work. This year, our kid will be here as well.

We expect it to feel disappointing, but it is a time to be together.

We do it mostly to buy Toys for Tots. We have a budget, and its a good time to get the toys kids hear about TV. Even a kid who can’t afford toys is usually aware of some of what’s hot in pop culture.

It can make them feel more normal to have something from Frozen or a Transformer.

We usually don’t fight our way through for electronic bargains…we do buy those online on Friday, through the weekend, and “Cyber Monday”. We’ll watch the Amazon deals carefully (which are happening already).

The only time we had real unpleasantness was at a Wal-Mart (people were just too competitive trying to get a TV bargain, as I remember). We avoid Wal-Mart for that reason.

There are a number of Black Friday sites, but my favorite one is

For one thing, you can search.

Now, what you find isn’t guaranteed. A lot of these are leaks and rumors, although they do tend to be pretty accurate. In some cases, the stores themselves may leak the deals…we design a whole “attack route” to get to the stores we want as they open, and you don’t want customers to decide to skip your sale because they didn’t realize you had a deal they wanted.

Here are some of the Kindle deals they list:

  • Staples will give away a Kindle with a $399 PC purchase in the store. They also show a Kindle for $49.99. They also have Speck Kindle cases for 50% off…that’s not my favorite brand. I had one, and it warped pretty quickly. If you want an inexpensive cover, I recommend the Fintie brand…we’ve been very happy with those
  • Best Buy also has a Kindle for $49.99 (4GB). This appears not to be the “Mindle Touch”, but the previous one without the touchscreen. It could that stores are clearing the stock of those. Best Buy also has a Kindle Fire HD tablet for $79
  • hhgregg has a Kindle Fire for $79.99
  • Meijer is doing a $20 voucher with Fire tablet purchases…oh, and they are doing a $30 voucher on the new Fire Kids edition
  • $79.99 looks like it will be the price at quite a few places for a 6″ Fire tablet: Radio Shack, Office Depot…

For me, I don’t know that I’d make a trip specifically for these…it’s just if you are in the store anyway, might be worth it. 🙂 It’s also possible that these deals aren’t accurate, as I mentioned…a company could change them even if they were accurate when got them.

Wal-Mart (again, we tend to avoid that on Black Friday) is also price matching Amazon this year…even for third party vendors selling through Amazon, from what I’ve heard.

The bigger thing is probably going to be to keep your eye on the online sites (including Amazon). Prime members are getting early access to some deals this year. Don’t forget about the Amazon owned

There’s a very good chance they’ll do a super deal, probably on a slightly older Kindle/Fire…and that it may sell out in seconds.

Here’s Amazon’s current

Amazon’s Countdown to Black Friday Deals Week (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Join hundreds of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


4 Responses to “Black Friday deals 2014”

  1. Zebras Says:

    We live behind a Walmart. We don´t leave the house on black friday. In fact the entire main road from Walmart down to Toys r Us about two miles away becomes undrivable from Thanksgiving to christmas. We have many of the stores you mentioned here.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Zebras!

      Sorry to hear about your access problems! Hm…in your case, access restricting DRM might be due to “Driving (to) Retail Merchants”. 😉

  2. Zebras Says:

    Whenever I say I live behind a Walmart, I always think the other person is thinking we live in a dumpster or something! All the streets in my neighborhood behind all these big stores, turn quickly into nice neighborhoods. There’s even llamas and horses, despite being a city.

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