Technology and electronics deals may steal the limelight on Black Friday, but they aren’t the only sales you’ll find on the nationwide shopping day. If its clothing you’re in need of this holiday season, look no further than department store JCPenney.
We’ve reviewed the retailer’s deals and we’re ready to proclaim the winners (and losers) of the 2014 JCPenney Black Friday ad.
Analyzing the Ad
This year, JCPenney unveiled an enormous Black Friday advertisement. The 72-page, holiday-themed ad contains doorbusters and deals galore. Included in the huge selection of sale products are discounts on cookware, apparel, toys, jewelry, shoes and bedding. JCPenney locations will be opening their doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Doorbusters will be available from then until 1 p.m. on Black Friday.
Don’t have time to read through the entire ad? Don’t worry. We’ve done it for you. Here are some of the greatest deals contained within the 72 pages:
- Boots for her: $19.99 (regularly $49.99-$89.99)
- Cooks ceramic nonstick cookware set: $49.99 (regularly $160)
- Extra 30% off all fine jewelry already reduced 40-65%
- 50% off select watches
- Men’s sweaters: $14.99 (regularly $42-$50)
- 20-60% off men’s athletic apparel
- 60-70% off suit separates, sport coats and dress pants
- 60% off all dress and Worthington apparel
- Juniors’ Arizona denim: $14.99 (regularly $42)
- 50-60% off robes, socks and slippers for her
- 60% off boys’ and girls’ Arizona apparel
- 25-40% off Disney toys and apparel
Before heading out the door to the sale, don’t forget to look at the back page of the ad – there you’ll find a coupon for an extra 20% off on Black Friday with your JCPenney Credit Card, or an extra 15% off with any form of payment. The coupon applies in-store between 2 p.m. and close of business Nov. 28 and online (code 1ST2SAV) between 2 and 11:59 p.m. the same day.
Winner: Clothing Seeker
There are lots of items highlighted in JCPenney’s ad, but the selection seems to be overwhelmly apparel deals. These clothing sales make shoppers searching for shirts, pants, pajamas and almost anything else that can be worn big winners at the department store. Apparel deals include percent-off price cuts of as much as 60% or 70% in specific clothing categories.
And no matter the age of the gift recipients on your list, you’ll likely be able to find something for all of them; products in the men’s, women’s, juniors’, boys’ and girls’ departments all will be discounted.
Winner: At-Home Shopper
You don’t even need to set foot in a store to grab some of JCPenney’s discounted merchandise this year. That’s right, you can take part in the retailer’s “biggest jingle sale ever” from the comfort of your own home. In fact, you’ll be able to shop the JCPenney deals online (at JCP.com) all day on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This feature makes online shoppers huge winners.
Winner: Snow-Globe Collector
Black Friday simply isn’t complete without freebies, and repeat JCPenney customers know the retailer is famous for its annual snow globe giveaway. The tradition will continue again this year, and while the snow globe isn’t featured within the ad, we’ve got all of the details you need to know:
JCPenney stores will be handing out free 2014 edition Disney snow globes to early customers while supplies last. The snow globes will also be accompanied by a Jingle Bell envelope, which will be stuffed with a $10-off-$10 coupon. These coupons can be used in-store the same day. Plus, one out of every 100 coupons will contain an offer for $100 off a purchase of $100 or more. This coupon will be valid on Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.
If all of this wasn’t enticing enough, JCPenney is hosting another promotion as well: Shoppers who spend $75 in-store between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Black Friday will earn $20 in bonus cash to be used in-store from Dec. 2 until Dec. 24.
Loser: Convenience-Minded Shopper
While you’re skimming the JCPenney ad to circle your must-have items, pay attention to the fine print. You’ll notice that some items require a mail-in rebate in order to achieve the advertised sale price. You’ll find that this is especially the case in the cookware and kitchen appliance department. That doorbuster Cooks single-serve coffeemaker, for example, appears to be only $29.99, but that price actually requires a $20 mail-in rebate form. This means you’ll be paying $49.99 in the store.
This stipulation has made convenience-minded shoppers the losers at JCPenney this Black Friday (and Thanksgiving). If you prefer a simple shopping experience, and don’t want to hassle with filling out rebates, you may want to avoid deals of this nature.
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