Predictions for Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2016

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the biggest sales day of the year for retailers. Starting in 2015, stores decided to jump the traditions and start sales earlier in the MONTH! Realistically, these sales were not as good as the main event.

We will analyze the deals from Black Friday 2015 and Cyber Monday 2015 and produce our educated guess on Black Friday 2016 and Cyber Monday 2016 sale items.

Predicted Black Friday 2016 Deals

The First Black Friday 2015 ad was leaked on October 27, 2015.  We expect this date to be pushed even early in 2016. Stores want to make a big splash and get in the news.

Way too many stores were open on Thanksgiving in 2015, we expect fewer stores will open, allowing people to spend time with their families, as SHOULD be the case. MOST online sales start on Thanksgiving anyway, so keep that tradition going.

Electronics are one of the biggest Black Friday sales items. We found Black Friday deals on lots of electronic items that were much better than the prices you can get now:

  • Video Game Consoles. The PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U were all $50 off on Black Friday 2015. Microsoft even offered a $60 Xbox gift code with your purchase.  For 2016 the consoles have been updated to the PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro (Ships 11/10/2016), and Xbox One S. New bundles will be available for the Holidays. We expect the same $50 off deals plus a gift card on both PS4 Slim and Xbox One S, while the PS4 Pro may not see a discount due to intentionally? limited inventory.
  • Tablets. At Target, you could get a free $150 gift card with your purchase of the iPad Air 2 in 2015. 5% off for Red Card users. No drop in retail price. You could also get a $100 card for buying the iPad Mini 4.  With tablet sales in continue decline, expect slightly larger gift cards this year.  iPad Pro 9.7 will join in the gift card promotions. Samsung Tablets will fall in price.
  • Laptops. At Staples, we found Dell and HP laptops marked down to half price or less at Black Friday 2015. You could also get similar savings on printers and all kinds of accessories. Laptops are also falling in demand, so expect the same or larger discounts.
  • TVs. Many HDTVs were marked down on Black Friday 2015. At Best Buy, we found a 49” Toshiba 1080p TV marked down from $430 to $150, a 65% savings.  In 2016, 1080p sets will be blown out for even less.  4K HDTV are becoming mainstream, we expect a 50 inch 4K HDTV to sell for only $400-450.
  • Smartphones. We found tons of Black Friday 2015 deals on smartphones. For instance, at Target, the Boost Mobile Moto E was reduced from $100 to $30, a whopping 70% savings. In 2016, expect free gift cards of $100-$300 with iPhones for Samsung Galaxy S7 phones.  Accessories and Unlocked phones will continue to go on sale too.
  • Wearable Technology. Fitbit were extremely popular in 2015.  The latest Fitbits are price fixed and rarely discounted.  Expect 15-20% discount on most Fitbit products during Black Friday 2016.
  • Smart Thermostats - Home Internet of Things. At Target, you could get a free $50 gift card with your purchase of the newest Nest thermostat. You could also use your Red card to knock $12 off the price.  In 2016 expect more discounting on connected smoke alarms, cameras, and other home tech.
  • Gift Cards. At Toys R Us and Babies R Us, you could buy a $100 gift card for $85. On eBay there were many 10-20% off gift cards sold including iTunes, eBay, and more.  In 2016 expect more gift card discounts..

We found Black Friday deals on other products, as well. For instance, if you spent $75 on Black Friday at Target, you got a coupon for 20% off your next shopping trip between Dec. 4 and Dec. 13, 2015

Hottest Deals

  • $49.99$47.99Save: $2.00 (4%)eBayeBay Coupons

    Sony PlayStation Plus 1 Year Membership Sale $47.99 + Free ShippingeBay

    Must get for PS4 console. Over 54,000 bought. eBay (neogames) has the Sony PlayStation Plus 1 Year Membership Sale priced at $47.99 - with free shipping. Normally $49.99 at amazon. Easily Save on the Playstation Plus membership. This sells out fast.

    • Get that console online for less.

    This Playstation Plus subscription card puts 12 months' worth of online multiplayer play, Instant Game Collection, full-game trials, exclusive offers, free games, early demos and betas and much more to you.

    For PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita. Definitely worth it for the freebies online.

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    Posted: June 26, 2017 9:12 AM PDT


  • $100.00$95.00Save: $5.00 (5%)eBayeBay Coupons

    $95 for $100 eBay Gift Card - EMail Delivery $95.00 + Free ShippingeBay

    Over 2000 sold. eBay (Paypal Digital Gifts) has this $95 for $100 eBay Gift Card - E-Mail Delivery. Expires soon - Limited quantities. See site for details. Save on everything you need.

    How about buying an eBay Gift card to pay for this eBay Gift Card?

    eBay gift cards are the perfect way to give them exactly what they want — even if you don’t know what it is. Mother's Day is coming up next month.

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    Posted: June 26, 2017 5:10 AM PDT


  • $99.99$54.99Save: $45.00 (45%)StaplesStaples Coupons

    APC Back-UPS 550VA Battery Backup Sale $54.99 + Free ShippingStaples

    Today. Staples has the APC Back-UPS 550VA 8 Outlet Battery Backup Sale Priced for $54.99. Free shipping. Next lowest price is $72+tax.

    Great thunderstorm protection or voltage spikes. A momentary power outage can damage equipment when the AC comes back on almost instantly. With this UPS, the battery takes over while the AC is out, so devices never even know the power was off. We've used similar models for 5+ years on computer equipment, HDTV/DVR gear and more with no issues.

    Back UPS 550VA Features

    • 8 total outlets - 4 battery backup and surge, 4 surge only
    • 340-joule rating
    • 5 foot cord
    • $75,000 equipment protection policy

    Have some recourse if your equipment gets zapped in a storm.

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    Posted: June 26, 2017 12:00 AM PDT


  •   REIREI Coupons

    REI 4th of July Sale - Save up to 50% REI

    REI has a REI 4th of July Sale - Save up to 50% through July 4, 2017. Shipping from $6, free ship to store, or free on orders over $50.

    Save up to 50% off Camping, Cycling and Clothing at REI. Plus save 50% on Clearance at REI Garage.

    • 50% Off Hydro Flask 40 oz. Wide Mouth Bottles in citron, tangelo, and forest only.
    • 25% Off REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Tents and Footprints (excludes 2 Plus Tents and Footprints)
    • Clearance: 40% Off Asics GT-2000 5 Trail-Running Shoes, $69.93 Was $120
    • 25% Off All Osprey Ariel AG and Aether AG Packs
    • Clearance: Up to 50% Off Selected Women’s and Men’s Outerwear
    • 50% Off Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamps 2016, $14.89 Was $29.95
    • 25% Off All REI Co-op Flexlite Chairs
    • 15% Off Selected Stand Up Paddle Boards
    • 40% Off All Co-op Cycles Clothing
    • Clearance: 40% Off ENO Billow Air Lounge Inflatable Couches

    REI has a total satisfaction policy where you can return items at any time within 1 year. Tax in most states.

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    Posted: June 26, 2017 12:00 AM PDT


  •   NikeNike Coupons

    Nike Up to 50% Off Clearance - Extra 20% off Nike

    Nike Up to 50% Off Clearance - Extra 20% off Coupon - Shoes, Chuck Taylors, Clothes, using Coupon Code: SUMMER20 Expires 6/27/2017 - Shipping is free for Nike+ members (Free to sign-up). 30 day free returns. Shop early for best selection.

    Women's ClearanceMen's Clearance

    Nike Roshe Two SE Women's $79.97 - Code = $64 (reg. $100).

    Nike Roshe Two Flyknit $94.97 - Code = $75.97 (reg. $130).

    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top $34.97 - code = $28. (Reg $50) Free shipping with Nike+.

    Nike Flyknit Racer $139.97 - code = $112 (reg. $150).

    Nike Court Ace $59.97 - code = $48 (reg. $75).

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    Promo Code: SUMMER20
    Sales tax in: Most States
    Posted: June 26, 2017 12:00 AM PDT


  •   T-MobileT-Mobile Coupons

    Buy 1 Get 1 Free T-Mobile Samsung S8, S8+ T-Mobile

    Great Deal. Time to switch. Buy 1 Get 1 Free T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+ when you sign up for T-Mobile plan for a limited time. Expires Soon or while supplies last.

    Samsung Galaxy S8 - Samsung S8+:

    • Purchase 2 new Galaxy S8 or S8+ phone with 24 month finance agreement.

      Activate a ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited plan

      Get a rebate via Prepaid MasterCard.

    • Normally on T-Mobile: $30 up front, $30/month for 24 month, plus $25 SIM starter kit.  Full pre-rebate price of $750. If you cancel, full amount is due right away. Allow up to 8 weeks for your Prepaid Mastercard rebate to arrive.
    •  Visit this site and enter the Promo Code 17JUNESAMBOGO along with other information within 30 days of activation to get your MasterCard rebate.

    Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs

    • 5.8in Infinity Screen
    • New Bixby assistant
    • Wireless fast charging
    • Water resistant
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Front 8MP and rear 12MP F1.7 camera with autofocus and optical image stabilization
    • 802.11ac wireless

    Competition is good, Verizon added a new Unlimited plan, so T-Mobile is one upping them.

    • $100 for two Unlimited lines ALL IN - no other fees
    • $140 for four Unlimited lines ALL IN
    • They now pay for your Taxes & Fees

    Get back a $10 Bill Credit for each line that uses less than 2GB of Data.

    Switch to T-Mobile

    Switch to T-Mobile and get a $150 Prepaid MasterCard per line.  That is $600 for a family of 4. Expires Soon

    T-Mobile ONE Plan

    • Unlimited Talk, text, 4G LTE data
    • Unlimited Streaming video and music
    • Unlimited travel Abroad + GOGO
    • It starts at $70/month
    • The new plan has some gotchas

    Note:

    • On all plans, during congestion the top 3% of data users (>26GB/mo.) may notice reduced speeds until next bill cycle. Video typically streams on smartphone/tablet at DVD quality (480p). Tethering at Max 3G speeds.
    • One Plan Caps hotspot usage to 2G speeds unless you pay extra $15/month
    • One Plan Throttles video to 480p unless you pay extra $25/month
    • Prices are $5 higher for customers who do not enable automatic payments

    T-Mobile Plans have these special features

    • Free video streaming with select services - Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc..
    • No limits or overage fees
    • Jump! on Demand to upgrade to a new phone
    • Free Data Roaming and texting in 140+ countries
    • Upto $650 trade in when switching carriers
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    Posted: June 26, 2017 12:00 AM PDT


Predicted Cyber Monday 2016 Deals

The other big shopping day is Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, when people slack off at work to shop online. Predictions for 2016 include:

  • A coupon code for 15% off everything at Target, including the Apple Watch and Apple TV was offered in 2015, expect the same in 2016.
  • A variety of sales and coupons at Kohl’s, including 20% off the entire site and $15 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent - good for the whole week after Thanksgiving should also be offered.
  • A $300 gift card at Best Buy with the purchase of a new Samsung smartphone. 2016 should have the same.
  • 30% off the entire Kate Spade site, good through Dec. 5 should come back early in December.
  • 50% to 60% off all items on the Perry Ellis site, plus a coupon code for an extra 10% off may return for 2015
  • 60% off selected styles at Sunglass Hut, should return for 2016.
  • $25 off a $100 purchase at Rakuten (Buy.com) when you used Visa Checkout to pay for your purchase. We expect more Visa Checkout or Masterpass discounts to show up at Rakuten, newegg and several other stores.

According to Forbes, although Black Friday crowds were disappointing this year, Cyber Monday actually had its biggest sales numbers ever. So maybe all those shoppers who weren’t in stores weren’t really missing out on the great deals - they were just shopping from the comfort of home. In 2016, expect even more people to shop online.

What Deals are Available Now

To find the best deals from now:

  • Visit BuyVia to stay up to date on Sales. New deals are popping up daily
  • Use Shopping Apps for Android and iOS to barcode scan items and find local deals and coupons.
  • Stay tuned for more hot deals on Green Monday, December 12, 2016 - This is the Monday at least 10 days prior to Christmas.
  • Watch for last minute sales right before Christmas Shipping deadlines - December 15-21, 2016
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