Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon

Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon

We love Black Friday!

My Significant Other and I consider it our best date of the year. 🙂

I know that sounds funny, but it’s not about us finding gifts for family and friends or fighting the crowds to get the best bargains.

We set ourselves a budget, and then shop for

Toys for Tots

We have some goals and guidelines:

  • I especially want to get some things with well-known characters. Just because a child isn’t in a home with a TV or going out to the movies doesn’t mean that they don’t know about Frozen, Minions, and superheroes. I think it makes them feel “normal” to have those things, and that’s important
  • We try to avoid things with batteries or too many pieces. We picture kids who are in insecure living environments, who may need to take one or two things from home to home. Books, of course, are great for that
  • We want a mix of appeal…arts and crafts, geeky things, sporty things, and especially want to include things for older children (teenagers). Toys and games are important at any age, but we think a high percentage of Toys for Tots donations are geared for kids ten and under
  • We also like having traditional and nostalgic toys! We waited at Toys R Us for them to bring out more Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*) for $10. Wooden alphabet puzzles, shape sorters, all that sort of thing
  • I also like to picture what I would have wanted and what might change somebody’s life. This year, for example, we a harmonica and a book on how to play, a little magic set…and a wall map of the world. I can imagine each f those eventually being cited by someone in a biography 🙂

After we buy them, we load up the car (and yes, pose them a bit):

Back seat filled with toys and games, including two very large teddy bears seated as if they were passengers, Star Wars Game, Elmo  "Way back" filled with games, toys, and puzzles, including a precariously balanced Jenga

and take them to our local firehouse. When we ring the bell, they may come out a bit trepidatiously…there are some hard reasons why people might ring that bell. Once they see what we have and bring it in (they’ll help), it’s so great!

Scene in the firehouse with Toys for Tots barrel and overlow

In terms of actual shopping for family and friends, it’s most Amazon, although we do buy from some other sites (I like Brad’s Deals, Pulse TV, Buy Dig, and iTech Deals as four sources). For Black Friday information, we use

It’s pretty well organized, and there is an app for it as well. You can see what hours stores are open, search for types of items, specific items, and more.

So, Amazon online…you can start here:

Amazon Black Friday deals (at AmazonSmile*)

That’s the one with frequently changing deals which may sell out and which may only last for a limited time.

If you have an Alexa-enabled device, check these deals: (at AmazonSmile*)

You have to order it via voice through your device, but you can see them there. Those haven’t been changing that often. At time of writing, you get a $10 gift card with a purchase of $20 more of one of Alexa’s Best Deals (you do have to be a Prime member).

This Monday, November 28, is “Cyber Monday”. It’s interesting to me that it’s still an “observed” and growing holiday. It really happened initially because people had better internet access at work than they did at home, so they would find their bargains after the weekend. I would guess for many people their internet is now faster (and more available) at home…and with the growing amount of shopping being done on phones and tablets, it’s less relevant. Of course, we still vote on Tuesday to give farmers time to travel into town in time to vote, so some things stick around. 😉

This is where the deals will be:

Amazon Cyber Monday deals (at AmazonSmile*)

Amazon has announced a number of their Cyber Monday deals in this

press release

Here are some of the deals in the press release:

  • Dash Buttons, .99 cents to buy and $4.99 credit back after your first purchase
  • Save $40 on Amazon Echo, only $139.99
  • Save $10 on Echo Dot, only $39.99
  • Save $40 on Amazon Tap, only $89.99
  • Fire tablet, only $33.33
  • Save $25 on Fire Kids Edition tablet, only $74.99
  • Save $30 on Fire HD 8, only $59.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle, only $49.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle for Kids Bundle, only $69.99
  • Save $20 on Kindle Paperwhite, only $99.99
  • Save $30 on Kindle Voyage, only $169.99
  • Save $15 on Amazon Fire TV, only $74.99
  • Save $10 on Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, only $29.99
  • Save up to 85% on select Kindle books, including best-sellers like Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin, Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty, and The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Remember that you can buy Kindle books as a gift and delay the delivery date until the appropriate gift-giving occasion, or print out something you can wrap and give later.

Two other tips:

You can install the free

Amazon Assistant (at AmazonSmile*)

to use in your browser on your computer, and the

Amazon Shopping app (at AmazonSmile*)

to use on your phone.

Both of them will help you with your shopping, alerting you to deals and such.

However, as I was installing the Assistant for this story, I have to say…it wanted a lot of permissions! I’ll have to check it out more before I turn it on.

I hope you had a wonderful time yesterday, and are looking forward to the days and weeks ahead!

One last picture…this was in Target, and it shows the presence of Amazon devices:

Amazon device display at Target shoing Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks


If you have at special deals to which you want to alert me and my readers, or other thoughts, feel free to let us know by commenting on this post.

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* 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.


2 Responses to “Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Amazon”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    About 10 years ago I was doing some work for Home Depot and Target. I had an opportunity to see Black Friday preparations from behind the curtain as it were.

    For a few years after I would show up at Target and Home Depot stores at Black Friday openings just to watch the chaos unfold — nice cheap entertainment. I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything at a Black Friday or Cyber Monday sale.

    The years move on; store openings get earlier and earlier (this year Target opened at 6PM on Thanksgiving day) (ugh). It seems that all the excitement and joy has fallen away — I no longer go to watch the show.

    However, my inbox is chock-a-block with “never to be repeated deals”. Some retailers are so anxious that they send the same email every hour on the hour — ho hum.

    Amazon even offered me a $10 gift card if I would buy something using Alexa. I have bought a few things via Alexa, but it’s not really one of her strengths — it’s more efficient (for me) to buy off the web page where I can see what I’m doing.

    One of my brothers was visiting for Thanksgiving, and we spent some time getting my 3 TV’s working (they had been offline for a while for a variety of reasons), and as it turns out I didn’t miss them. Not so my brother 🙂 . Focusing on TV’s got me thinking about a 4th TV I have been thinking about getting with 4K, OLED, and HDR. Would Black Friday be the time to pull the trigger? Also 4K brings up the idea of 4K/HDR Blue Ray discs (there are a few).

    As it turns out there are only two BRP’s available: Microsoft’s Xbox One S (which can play 4K BR discs), and a dedicated BRP from Samsung. As Black Friday would have it, Microsoft was offering “such a deal”: $50 off the price of an Xbox One S and a bundle of other stuff including a game. The dedicated Samsung BRP was in fact more expensive than the Xbox One S.

    Upon reflection the deals for 4K/HDR TV’s are thinly disguised inventory clearance. CES will be in early January where all the manufacturers will be demonstrating their 2017 models (many of which won’t actually be on sale until the summer). Also Microsoft has announced that they will be releasing a super Xbox game console codenamed Project Scorpio in 2017.

    So as per usual I decide to wait. So here endeth Ed’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s tale.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      If you don’t need the absolute latest model TV, right before the Superbowl (January) is supposed to be the best time. There is some inventory clearance happening then post-holiday, and The Big Game is a specific impetus.

      A lot of Millenials don’t have TVs, from what I’ve seen, unless it is for a monitor for videogames, that sort of thing.

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