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
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):
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!
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:
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:
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 has announced a number of their Cyber Monday deals in this
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
to use in your browser on your computer, and the
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:
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.