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AAFES Black Friday 2014
Service folks and family: The wait for this year’s ad is over! Check out the AAFES Black Friday ad scan below for the scoop on this year’s shopping deals:
Best AAFES Black Friday Deals From 2013
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is a retail organization that sells merchandise to service members and their families. Part of the Department of Defense, the AAFES is composed of retail and convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants and theaters.
In 2013, the AAFES joined the Black Friday frenzy with a 32-page seasonal savings ad. The Exchange’s After Thanksgiving Sale began at 4 a.m. Black Friday. Sale prices were also available online at midnight.
AAFES took a slightly different approach to Black Friday shopping, offering limited-time deals on select products throughout the day. If shoppers had their hearts set on a Coach handbag, for example, they needed to time their purchase between noon and 4 p.m. Besides these time-slot savings, the retail location also offered deals on electronics, home appliances, toys and apparel. Plus, the store’s no-sales-tax policy helped make these savings even sweeter.
In addition to the Coach sale, the other highly advertised deals were:
- 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Dyson hand-held vacuum for $119 with $25 in-store coupon ($50 off)
- 10 a.m. to noon – Keurig Special Edition Brewing System for $99 with $30 in-store coupon ($30 off)
These time-sensitive deals weren’t the only things drawing shoppers to AAFES, though. There were some huge discounts on electronics, such as the 70-inch Sharp LED TV for $1,499 (regularly $1,999), 40-inch Samsung Smart TV for $399 (regularly $679), JBL cinema soundbar speaker for $99.99 (regularly $199.99) and Nikon DSLR camera for $499.95 (regularly $799.95). Those who purchased any Apple iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air received a $99 Apple TV. There were deals on movies and headphones, too: up to 80% off on select movies and 10% off on all Beats by Dre products. Savings also spread to smartphones, apparel, kitchen appliances and Christmas decorations.
Shoppers should be aware that last year’s AAFES inventory was sold in limited quantities. Furthermore, items may have varied according to location, and there were no rain checks. Also, the most obvious stipulation is that the AAFES is designed only for service members and their families; others couldn’t take advantage of these deals. For those who could shop at the Exchange, though, these Black Friday deals were very impressive. They covered a huge array of departments and brand-name merchandise, making it possible to grab deals on nearly every hot holiday product of the season.
Whether or not you’re a member of the Armed Forces, you can find deals at other stores, such as Sam’s Club, Tanger Outlets, Target and Sears. For a full list of 2014 Black Friday ad scans, check out NerdWallet’s Black Friday ad leaks page.
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