If you’re contemplating shopping at – or possibly even camping out at – a Best Buy location next week, take some time to decide whether the store’s deals are right for you. Read on to find out who are the winners (and losers) of Best Buy’s 2014 Black Friday sale.
Analyzing the Ad
Best Buy’s 2014 Black Friday ad is made up of nearly two-dozen pages packed full of substantial savings. The electronics superstore will be hosting dramatic deals on tons of technology products, including TVs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, speakers, printers and more.
Best Buy locations will open their doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Stores will then close at 1 a.m. Friday and reopen at 8 a.m.
So what exactly does Best Buy have to offer its savings-oriented customers this season? Here are some of the most impressive deals:
- Dell Inspiron 15.6” Touchscreen Laptop for $299.99 (save $100)
- Beats by Dr. Dre – Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones for $79.99 (save $90)
- Microsoft Xbox One 500GB Console Kinect “Assassin’s Creed Unity” bundle for $429.99 (save $70)
- Samsung 60” Class LED HDTV for $1,297.99 (save $702)
- Buy two, get one free on all pre-owned games
- Up to 40% off major appliances
- Up to 30% off select Dyson technology
Winner: Apple Fan
Hands down, Apple fans will be big winners at Best Buy this Black Friday. Flip through the 20-page ad, and you’ll see price cuts on Apple product after Apple product. The retailer promises to provide “all gifts Apple, all in one place.”
No matter which type of Apple item you’re hoping to purchase – from tablets to music players – Best Buy has you covered. All models of iPad Air 2, for example, will be $100 off. All iPad mini 3 models will be $75 off. The iPod Touch 16GB MP3 player 5th Generation will be $149.99, a savings of $50. The MacBook Pro 13.3” display will be offered for $899.99, a savings of $200. Even an iTunes gift card is a great deal. You can buy a $100 card for only $85.
Winner: Early Bird
The early bird will definitely get the worm at Best Buy on Thanksgiving. The store’s doorbusters are available in limited quantities, meaning once the early shoppers take the limited number of items off the shelves, the latecomers will be left unrewarded. If you’re near the front of the pack, though, you’ll have the first shot at scoring all of the most talked-about deals.
Arriving early at Best Buy also pays off because the retailer will be handing out product tickets up to two hours before stores open. In an effort to reduce the hectic and possibly unsafe atmosphere caused by crowds of shoppers descending upon the store, Best Buy has typically handed out such tickets, which grant ticket holders the ability to buy a specific item for a limited period of time. This ticket system also means that if you devote the time and dedication to getting in line first, you’ll be assured of getting the product you have your sights set on.
Winner: Online Shopper
If you don’t want to interrupt your family gathering on Thanksgiving, why not just bring your laptop to the dinner table? At Best Buy, customers can shop all day online on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Plus, online only, there will be more doorbusters all day Thursday.
There are a few more enticing features of online ordering, too. Best Buy is offering free shipping on orders of $35 and up. Additionally, shoppers can take advantage of free store pickup on in-stock orders made at BestBuy.com.
Loser: Movie Fan
Movie fans, we’ve declared you the losers at Best Buy this year. Sure, the electronics retailer will be hosting some extremely great price cuts on movies – up to 75 titles for $1.99 each, up to 100 titles for $5.99 each, and up to 230 titles for $7.99 each – but these discounts aren’t quite as appealing as competitor Walmart’s deals are for movie fans.
At Walmart, you’ll find a greater number of titles available for lower prices. The big-box retailer is offering more than 214 DVDs for as low as $1.96,more than 165 DVDs for as low as $3.96 and more than 113 Blu-ray discs for as low as $3.96. If it’s movies you’re in need of this Black Friday (or Thanksgiving), you might be better off waiting in line at Walmart as opposed to Best Buy.
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