The Best Black Friday(Thanksgiving?) Deals of 2014
We’ve cherry-picked some of the best deals on this year’s most popular items. Most of these are a *limited-quantities-available-while-supplies-last type of thing, so good luck!
A variety of iPads, new and old, will see a variety of sales this year from straight-up discounts to bundled with gift cards.
iPad Air 2
Best Buy – 100 dollars off all iPad Air 2 models. This is the biggest straight-up savings. Offer valid in store & online. Starts Thursday at 5PM. Tickets will be handed out for select offers at Best Buy stores 2 hours in advance.
Target – $499 for 16GB Wi-Fi model (standard price), comes bundled with a $140 Target gift card. The best value if you’re okay with a gift card. Offer valid in stores & online, limited quantity. Starts Thursday night at 6PM.
Walmart – $489 (10 dollars off) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, and it comes bundled with a $100 Walmart gift card. Reportedly going on now in some Walmart stores and will continue until Friday.
Apple Store – Full price; all new models come with a 50 dollar iTunes gift card. This isn’t the best deal, but Apple isn’t known for its Black Friday sales. It’s also available online.
iPad Air (First Generation)
Target – $399 for 16GB with Wi-Fi, bundled with a $100 Target gift card. In stores & online, available now while supplies last.
iPad Mini 3
Walmart – The newest in the mini line for $389 and bundled with a $100 Walmart gift card.
Target – $399 and bundled with a $100 Target gift card, available now while supplies last.
iPad Mini 2
Target – $299 for the 16GB model bundled with a $100 Target gift card.
Walmart – 16GB Wi-Fi model for $199 (full price is $249, currently being sold for $219), and it comes with a 30 dollar Walmart gift card. The best thing about this deal is that there’s a one-hour guarantee. If you arrive within the first hour, you’ll be able to purchase a tablet and have it shipped to your nearest store before Christmas, even if they’re sold out that day. Deal starts at 6PM and you’ll want to make sure you’re there before 7PM to take advantage of it.
iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
Sam’s Club – This deal is completely unexpected and extremely limited. $99 for the 16GB iPhone 6 model with 2-year contract. You need a Sam’s Club membership, obviously. But here’s the hard part: there are only 15 units per store available at this price. Good luck.
Walmart– This is related to the Sam’s Club deal, and might be similar in its exclusivity: if you’re a Sam’s Club member, you can get the same deal on an iPhone 6 at Walmart. Details are unclear.
Apple Store – Apple will bundle all new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus phones with a $50 iTunes gift card. This is the best deal on the new iPhones that isn’t extremely limited and likely to get you trampled. And it’s the only deal we’ve come across for the 6 Plus.
Target – 16GB model for $79 bundled with a $30 target gift card. If you include the gift card, this is the best offer for a new iPhone 5s that’s been available.
Samsung Galaxy S5
RadioShack – Free with 2-year contract or carrier financing. First 50 customers in line get a free pair of touch-screen gloves. Starts 8AM Thanksgiving morning.
Best Buy – $1 with a 2-year contract from Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint.
Target – 1 cent with 2-year contract activation.
iTunes Gift Cards
Sam’s Club – You’ll be able to get a pack of four $25 iTunes gift cards for $79, a $21 savings.
Staples – Asus X205-TA for $99.99 (normally $179.99). 11.6-inch HD display with a budget quad-core Intel Atom processor, Windows 8.1 OS, 32GB storage, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot for additional storage, 2 USB 2.0 ports and a micro HDMI port. For basic use, this is a great buy. The latop currently has an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon, based on a sample of 62 reviewers.
Best Buy – MacBook Air Haswell Core i5 11.6-inch Laptop available for $779.99. This is the best deal ever for the newest MacBook Air. A savings of $120.
Best Buy – Panasonic 50-inch LED HDTV for $199. This is an in-store exclusive door buster. Doors open at 5PM on Thanksgiving, and they’ll hand out tickets starting 2 hours before (3PM) for products like this one, to try to dissuade customers from literally busting down their doors. Guess you’re eating turkey in the parking lot this year.
Best Buy – Samsung 55-inch 4k LED Ultra HD Smart TV for $899.99. This is the cheapest a new Samsung 4k TV of its size has ever been—it’s an even better savings than buying a refurbished model from earlier sales. Also available online.
Walmart – Vizio 65-inch Smart LED HDTV for $648. Offer begins at 6PM on Thanksgiving.
Walmart – An Xbox One system bundled with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a $30 Walmart gift card for $329. The Halo bundle includes all 4 remastered games in the series, and grants you access to the upcoming Halo 5 beta test. This does not come with a Kinect.
Target – You can get a new Xbox One system bundled with two digital download games (Assassin’s Creed Unity & Assassin’s Creed Black Flag) for $329.99, and receive a 50 dollar Target gift card. No Kinect included.
Best Buy – Xbox One system Assassin’s Creed Unity bundle, including the Kinect and a free controller for $429. The best bundle that includes a Kinect, especially if you prefer Assassin’s Creed over Halo.
Walmart – PS4 system bundle with your choice of two additional games will be sold online only for $449 on Thanksgiving.
Best Buy, Gamestop, Toys R Us, and Walmart – These stores will all be selling PS4 systems bundled with Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Last of Us Remastered for $400. Walmart’s offer may include a $50 Walmart gift card.
Best Buy – Deluxe 32GB console bundled with 4 games: Super Mario 3D World, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, Nintendo Land, and the fastest selling game on the Wii U of all time, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U which was released last Friday to critical acclaim. This bundle will set you back just under $360. By far the best deal. Also available online with promo code WIIUDEAL. Available now. Very high demand.
Target – $299.99 for the console bundled with Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World, and a $50 Target gift card. This deal is available now while supplies last in-store and online.
Target – Various Wii U Games for full price, but they come bundled with a $15 Target gift card. This includes favorites like Mario Kart 8 and the newly released Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Definitely the best offer for new games. This will be a Black Friday exclusive, no pre-sale!
Best Buy – Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD headphones for $79, normally $169.99. These are refurbished; the sale price for a new pair is $99.
DVDs and Blu-rays
Walmart – Blu-rays for just under 4 dollars each, and DVDs for $1.96 each. A selection of over 100 Blu-ray titles and over 200 DVD titles. Begins at 6PM.
Kohl’s – Select vacuum models 30% off. Opens at 6PM on Thanksgiving.
Sears – $100-$150 off select models. Opens at 6PM on Thanksgiving.
For clothing, you’re better off sticking to your local outlets for the most part, but here are some noteworthy deals:
Express – 50% off everything (except gift cards). You’re able to use your $X off $X coupons that they’re notorious for, too.
Guess – Up to 50% off all items, including sale items. Free shipping on all orders with code GIVEME on checkout. You can also get a 15% off + free shipping coupon code if you sign up for their e-mail list.
American Eagle – 40% off and free shipping on online orders. Use the code GOBBLEUP on checkout. You’ll also get a free fleece blanket if you purchase more than $60 of merchandise online today. You can get a free blanket in-store on Friday 11/28 while supplies last with a purchase of $60 or more.
H&M – extreme sales on everything, with prices starting at $3.95. Online now!