Best Buy Black Friday 2014
Best Buy’s Black Friday ad is finally here! Take a look at this year’s ad below. Then, to check out our analysis of the deals, keep scrolling down:
At 20 pages, this year’s Black Friday ad is packed with great deals on consumer electronics. The retailer opens one hour earlier than last year, at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and will remain open until 1 a.m. Friday. For consumers who prefer to do their shopping Friday, stores will reopen at 8 a.m. Online shopping will also be available for many items all day Thursday and Friday.
When it comes to TVs, Best Buy is offering one of the best bargains this year: the Panasonic 50-inch 1080p LED LCD HDTV. At $199.99, the brand-name TV is an amazing find for its size and quality. Intrigued? Make sure you head to the store, since the deal won’t be offered online. Other bargains in the TV department include:
- Samsung 50-inch class LED 1080p smart HDTV: $497.99 ($252 discount)
- Samsung 55-inch 4K 2160p smart LED LCD Ultra HDTV: $899.99
- Samsung 65-inch class LED 1080p smart 3D HDTV: $1,497.99 ($802 discount)
- LG 65-inch class LED 1080p HDTV: $799.99 ($400 discount)
- Panasonic 55-inch class LED 1080p smart HDTV: $599.99 ($400 discount)
- Vizio 50-inch class LED 1080p smart HDTV: $499.99 ($200 discount)
In the smartphone department, both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G3 are selling for only a dollar a piece with a two-year activation, compared with their regular price of $199.99 each. You can also pick up the iPhone 6 (16GB) for $99.99 with a two-year activation.
Unlike Target, which is offering gift cards with purchases of Apple products, Best Buy is giving instant discounts on its Apple laptops, tablets and other devices:
- 13.3-inch MacBook Air: $1,049.99 ($150 discount)
- 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: $1,349.99 ($150 discount)
- 11.6-inch MacBook Air (Haswell Core i5): $779.99 ($120 discount)
- 27-inch iMac: $1,649.99 ($150 discount)
- 16GB iPod touch (5th generation): $149.99 ($50 discount)
- iPad mini 3 (16GB, 64GB and 128GB): $75 discount
- iPad Air 2 (all versions): $100 discount
Among its lowest-priced laptops, Best Buy is offering the 21.5-inch HP all-in-one touchscreen computer (4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB HD) for $369.99 instead of $549.99. If you’re looking for a portable device for less, the 11.6-inch Acer Chromebook is priced at $149.99, compared with its regular price of $199.99. You’ll also find $200 discounts on a variety of touchscreen laptops from HP, Toshiba and Lenovo.
Although TVs and laptops get all the buzz, Black Friday’s the perfect time to pick up computer accessories at a bargain. Don’t let these deals on computer essentials slip by:
- SanDisk 128GB Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive: $27.99 (regularly $139.99)
- SanDisk 32GB Cruzer USB 2.0 flash drive: $7.99 (regularly $49.99)
- Logitech M325 wireless mouse: $8.99 (regularly $19.99)
Among the best deals in this year’s ad, you can get your own Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD on-ear headphones for only $79.99. With an original price of $169.99, the popular headphones are selling for almost 53% off – a bargain that will be hard to beat this season. You can also get a $100 discount on Beats Studio over-ear headphones, marked down from $299.99 to $199.99.
Looking for a digital camera? One of the best bargains Best Buy is offering in this department is the Nikon Coolpix S9600. The 16MP camera with 22x optical zoom comes bundled with a camera bag and 8GB SD card, all for only $149.99. That’s a 50% discount! But if you’re looking for a device more powerful than a point-and-shoot, the Sony Alpha a6000 compact system camera is selling for only $599.99. That’s $200 less than the mirrorless camera’s regular retail price at Best Buy and about $100 less than its standard prize at Amazon.
When it comes to video games, here’s what Best Buy has to offer:
- Xbox One with Kinect bundle (includes “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and “Dance Central Spotlight”): $429.99
- Xbox One (without Kinect) bundle (includes digital tokens for “Assassin’s Creed Unity” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag”): $329.99 ($70 discount)
- PlayStation 4 bundle (includes “Grand Theft Auto V” and “The Last of Us: Remastered”): $399.99 ($509.97 value)
- Video games as low as $7.99 each (for PS3), $14.99 each (for PS3, X360) and $29.99 each (for PS3, X360)
Other bargains on assorted electronics include:
- Insignia Flex 8 LTE tablet with 2-year activation: $1 ($198.99 discount)
- 7-inch DigiLand quad-core tablet (8GB storage): $39.99
- Sony streaming 3D Wi-Fi built-in Blu-ray disc player: $59.99 (regularly $139.99)
- Nest Learning Thermostat: $199.99 ($50 discount)
- HP Deskjet 2544 wireless printer: $26.99 (regularly $79.99)
When it comes to entertainment, you can find some great markdowns on popular titles in film, TV and music. Pick up best-selling CDs for only $6.99 each, including Taylor Swift’s “1989,” Sam Smith’s “In This Lonely Hour” and the original soundtrack to “Frozen.” DVDs are available as cheap as $1.99 and TV titles as low as $9.99 a piece.
Best Best Buy Black Friday Deals From 2013
With retail locations around the country, Best Buy is a great bet if you’re looking for consumer electronics, home appliances, wearable technology and more.
Last year, the electronics retailer released 23 pages of Black Friday ads, with great deals on laptops, phones, games and more.
Among computers, the Asus 11.6-inch touchscreen laptop sold for $249.99, a record low price for a touchscreen laptop at Best Buy. Other great deals included a $150 discount on all MacBook Air computers, a 16.5-inch Dell laptop at a mere $177.99 and the HP Split 13.3-inch 2-in-1 touchscreen laptop for $499 (compared to the usual retail price of $729).
Consumers looking to expand their home entertainment options could snap up a Sony Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi for only $54.99 and a Samsung 65-inch LED HDTV for $499.99 (compared to the usual retail price of $999.99). DVDs started at $1.99 a piece and Blu-ray discs at $3.99.
An array of cheap options awaited shoppers looking for a new smartphone, including:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T/Sprint/Verizon) free with two-year contract (regularly $199.99)
- HTC One for $29.99 with two-year contract (regularly $199.99)
- LG G2 for $24.99 with two-year contract (regularly $199.99)
While the deal on the HTC One offered a significant discount from its list price, Amazon sold the phone for exactly $29.98 less: at only a penny.
Some great deals were available for gamers:
- PlayStation 3 bundle with “The Last of Us” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” for $199.99
- Xbox 360 E 250GB bundle with “Tomb Raider, “Batman: Arkham City,” “Halo 4” and “Darksiders II” for $189.99 (regularly $286)
- “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” video game for $29.99
Like Walmart, Best Buy chose to kick off the shopping holiday early, opening its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Early-bird customers received tickets, limited to one per person per item, to reserve items two hours before the store’s opening.
Online shopping was popular: Best Buy ranked as the fourth-most-visited e-commerce site on Black Friday, according to Comscore.
The store reported its top-selling items for the shopping holiday:
- Microsoft Surface 32GB at $199
- Apple iPad 2 16GB at $299
- Kindle Fire 16GB at $99
- Samsung Galaxy Tablet at $299
- Xbox 360 at $189
If you’re looking for more great deals on electronics, check out Amazon, RadioShack, Walmart and GameStop. For a full list of 2014 Black Friday ad scans, check out NerdWallet’s Black Friday ad leaks page.
Written by Melinda Szell
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