Wal-Mart Black Friday 2014
The ad for the retail giant’s Black Friday 2014 sales and deals is finally out! Prepare for this year’s shopping spree by checking out its huge, 40-page ad scan below. Then scroll down for our in-depth analysis of the best deals!
With hundreds of deals on electronics, clothing, toys and more, Wal-Mart has promised to take Black Friday “to the next level” this year. The sale will be broken up in three rounds: Event 1 begins at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Event 2 kicks off two hours later at 8 p.m. and Event 3 starts at 6 a.m. Friday.
2014 sees a return of Wal-Mart’s popular “one-hour guarantee.” The offer, available for select products, means that even if supplies run out, shoppers who wait in the designated line will be ensured a product before Christmas. But if you want to take part, make sure you get there early – the guarantee is available only during Event 1 only.
Other features of this year’s sale include store maps indicating the locations of one-hour-guarantee items and other popular products. In lieu of lines, the store will also offer wristbands for customers seeking select in-demand merchandise. In total, the retailer will feature Black Friday deals for five days straight.
With only nine items to last year’s 21, Wal-Mart is offering fewer guaranteed items this year, and all are popular consumer electronics or accessories:
- 50-inch Class LED HDTVs: $218 ($180 discount)
- Vizio 65-inch Class Smart LED HDTV: $648 ($350 discount)
- Apple iPad Mini (16GB, with Wi-Fi): $199 with a $30 Wal-Mart gift card ($70 value)
- Xbox One “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” bundle: $329 with a $30 Wal-Mart gift card
- RCA 7-inch Google Play Wi-Fi tablet: $29
- Samsung Galaxy Ace Style on Straight Talk wireless: $29 ($100 discount)
- LG Blu-ray disc player: $35
- Beats by Dr. Dre wireless headphones: $149 ($130 discount)
- HP Intel Celeron touch laptop: $249
Electronics not included in the guarantee include some bargain laptops, tablets, smartphones, TVs, Blu-ray players and storage devices:
- 15.6-inch HP laptop with 4GB memory and 500GB HD: $159 ($70 discount)
- 15.6-inch HP touch laptop bundle (4GB memory and 750GB HD computer with mouse, sleeve, 8GB flash drive and McAfee LiveSafe 6-month subscription): $349
- Element 60-inch class LED HDVT: $498 ($200 discount), 32-inch class LED HDTV: $98 ($70 discount)
- Sony Bluetooth sound bar with wired subwoofer: $88 ($50 discount)
- LG Blu-ray disc player: $35
- Sony Blu-ray disc player: $45
- Roku streaming player: $28 ($20 discount)
- Toshiba 1TB hard drive: $49
- PNY 16GB flash drive: $5
- 8-inch Nextbook Windows tablet with Intel Atom processor (16GB expandable memory): $99
- iPad Air (16GB, with Wi-Fi): $397 with $100 gift card
- Samsung Galaxy S4 on Straight Talk wireless: $249
- Speck phone case: $10 ($19.88 discount)
- Nikon Coolpix L29 point-and-shoot digital camera: $47
When it comes to video games, the retailer is offering a $329 Xbox One bundle with a $30 gift card, a new “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” and beta access to next year’s version of “Halo 5: Guardians.” The console’s predecessor the Xbox 360 is selling for $99, a drop of $80. The Xbox’s rival, the PlayStation 4, will be bundled with “Grand Theft Auto V” and “The Last of Us” for $399. Alternatively, shoppers can receive a $50 free gift card with purchase of the console.
Also prominent in the ad are kids’ toys and accessories. The selection features everything from traditional board games to life-size dolls, bicycles and electric cars, with products from infancy onward:
- Select Fisher-Price Growing Baby toys: $5
- Baby blanket: $5
- 28-inch plush toys (including Minnie Mouse and Spiderman): $10
- Select Fisher-Price Growing Baby toys: $5, 28-inch plush toys (including Minnie Mouse and Spiderman): $10
- Lego creative tower or Duplo giant tower: $30
- 32-inch walking doll: $10
- Select dolls including Barbie, Disney Princess and Monster High: $5
- Select games: $4.88 or $8.88 each (including Monopoly, Jenga, Operation and Life)
- 1:8 RC Jeep: $49
- 9-pack Hot Wheels cars: $5
- Convertible roller skates: $15 (save $14.96)
- 6V and 12V ride-on cars: $49, $79, $99 (varies by model)
- Huffy 24-inch boys’ and girls’ mountain bikes: $69 (save $30.97)
- Razor Pocket Mod electric scooter: $199 (save $80)
For less than $10 a piece, shoppers can pick up a broad selection of clothing and accessories for the whole family. Here are some of the best deals:
- Girls’ and boys’ 3-pack character underwear: $3
- Kids’ 7- or 10-pack socks: $3
- Women’s micro-fleece sleep pants: $4
- Kids’ sleep sets: $4.50
- Sports watch for men and women: $5
- Women’s micro-fleece jacket: $6
- Men’s Faded Glory flannel shirt: $7
- Girls’ Jordache jeans and boys’ Wrangler jeans: $8
- Women’s Avia athletic shoes: $9.75
- Men’s Wrangler jeans: $9.75
Given that towels ranked among Wal-Mart’s most popular items last year, with the retailer selling 2.8 million, it’s no surprise to find impressive bargains on products for the home this year as well. Customers can get six-pack washcloths or bath towels for a mere $1.74, while Mohawk memory foam bath rugs will go for $3.50 a piece. Some other bargains for bed, bath and backyard:
- Intex 17-inch elevated queen airbed with built-in electric pump: $24.97
- Sertapedic Lofted Luxury standard pillow: $4.96
- Coleman spa: $299 (save $200)
Don’t forget to pick up items for the kitchen. For $9.77, you can get a Black & Decker Belgian waffle maker, coffee maker or griddle; a Crock-Pot 5-quart stainless-steel slow cooker; George Foreman 3-serving grill; or a Better Homes and Gardens 18-piece mix and measure set with bowls, lids, spoons and measuring cups. Another great find is the T-Fal 18-piece ceramic nonstick cookware set for $49.
Whether you’re shopping at Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond or Kohl’s, it’s easy to find Dyson vacuums on sale during Black Friday, but customers are unlikely to find a deal as good as Wal-Mart’s $199 for the Dyson DC33 – a nearly 43% discount, for a brand rarely marked down more than 33%.
For a less high-end vacuum, Wal-Mart customers can pick up the Shop-Vac 5-gallon 2HP peak wet/dry vacuum for only $19.97 ($20 discount).
The ad also features some low prices on arts-and-crafts products, including a 96-piece wood-case art set for $15 and a Brother full-size sewing machine for $49.97.
Best Wal-Mart Black Friday Deals From 2013
One of the largest retailers in the world, Wal-Mart offers low prices on almost any item you might need. Its broad inventory features consumer electronics, furniture, groceries, toys, prescription drugs and clothing, and shoppers can take advantage of low prices both at its online store and at its many retail locations nationwide.
Last year’s Black Friday sales at Wal-Mart featured more offers than the year before, as well as an earlier start.
Considering the popularity of its low-priced electronics, in 2013 Wal-Mart offered 65% more inventory on televisions and double the number of tablets, compared with the year before.
The retailer continued its One-Hour Guarantee from 2012, but expanded its selection from three items to 21. The offer ensured that consumers standing in designated lines during the one-hour window would receive those items either on the spot, or if supplies were running low, before Christmas. The selection included some great deals on electronics:
- Funai 32-inch 720P HDTV, $98
- Vizio 60-inch 1080P HDTV, $688
- iPad mini for $299 plus $100 gift card
- LG Blu ray Player, $38
- “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” $39.96
- “Grand Theft Auto V,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “NBA 2k14” and “Batman,” $34
- HP TouchSmart 14-B109WM, $278
- Beats by Dr. Dre Solo, $114.95
Shoppers who didn’t receive their guaranteed product in the store were given an access code to claim the deal online before Dec. 1. Items were then shipped to the nearest Wal-Mart at the Black Friday price before Christmas Day.
The store also featured some great deals on kids’ toys, with girls’ and boys’ bikes as low as $39 and board games at $8.88. In the clothing department, shoppers could find kids’ sleepwear at $4.50, kids’ jeans at $8 and adult Wrangler jeans for $9.50. Consumers also snapped up bargains for the home and garage, including a Better Homes & Gardens seven-piece comforter set for less than $35 and discounts of $127 per tire on Goodyear tires.
Not without some controversy, Wal-Mart kicked off its Black Friday sales last year at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The decision to start the shopping so early on “Gray Thursday” drew ire from consumers and workers alike, and along with what some saw as the retailer’s questionable treatment of its employees, sparked protests and subsequent arrests, marking the second year of Black Friday protests in front of the chain store.
Despite the controversies, Wal-Mart brought in an impressive profit in 2013, drawing more than 22 million customers. Across the country, the store reported processing more than 10 million register transactions from 6 to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The same day, its website received almost 400 million page views, including consumers shopping on mobile devices and tablets.
Wal-Mart’s best-selling products included TVs, laptops, tablets, the iPad mini, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Call of Duty. Wal-Mart also sold 2.8 million towels, 300,000 bicycles and 1.9 million dolls. Consumers were so eager to grab deals on limited items that fights over towels and more were reported on Twitter. Among online shoppers, skipping the crowd to browse Walmart.com, hand-held video games and SLR digital cameras were some of the most popular purchases.
If you’re looking for similar products at other stores, be sure to check out Best Buy for electronics and Target and Sears for everything else. For a full list of 2014 Black Friday ad scans, check out NerdWallet’s Black Friday ad leaks page.
Written by Melinda Szell