Black Friday is nearly upon us, and if you're one of the brave souls planning to venture out into the madness, some data Google has laid out might be of interest to you. The company recently published some infographics for retailers with the goal of helping them make more effective business decisions, but the data could be useful to the lowly shopper, too. For example, Google’s data suggests heading out between 4AM and 6AM is optimal for avoiding the crowd.
Over the summer, Amazon created a lot of hype surrounding their newly-created shopping holiday, dubbed “Prime Day.” They promised “more deals than Black Friday.” Well, while it's possible that they might have been technically correct, shoppers didn't seem to think that there was anything worth celebrating. However, the real Black Friday is around the corner, and Amazon is changing up the game this year.
Yep, it's that time of the year again. More than just the turkeys and family reunions, a lot of people in the US are looking forward to (or, conversely, dreading) the days that immediately follow as auspicious times to buy those gadgets you've been waiting all year to get your hands on. And at reduced prices even! To help you make more efficient use of your time waiting in line, Google is updating its Shopping experience this week to load more knowledge into your mobile device in preparation for the onslaught of like-minded shoppers.
In a leaked paper insert for GameStop's Black Friday it's been revealed that the Assassin's Creed Unity / Assassin's Creed Black Flag combo box will be even less expensive than the already-cut prices from Microsoft. On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, you'll be able to pick up the Xbox One "Holiday Value Bundle" for $329.99 USD. That's $70 less than the standard price, or $20 cheaper than the cheapest price the Xbox One has ever been - without the games, mind you. Before Microsoft's business.
Black Friday is coming and you know it by how brands are ramping up their promos and treats designed to relieve you of the burden of holding on to your money. Naturally, games and gaming hardware are one of the most common beneficiaries of such sprees, and the PlayStation 4 is no different. Claiming it to be the consistent top selling console since last year's launch, Sony is offering not one but two bundles, each with not one but two games to be enjoyed.
Black Friday, the day that holiday shoppers either love or hate, is quickly approaching. While a number of retailers, both physical and online, have already begun announcing some of their big deals to be available come November 28th, Walmart is getting an early start in this year's challenge to internet rival Amazon. As of November 14th, all Walmart retail stores are now price-matching with anything available on Amazon.com.
You're going to be told many things and given many offers this Black Friday, but we'd like to be the first to tell you not to get trapped by the following. Do not buy a cheap tablet on Black Friday. Do not fall for this trap. The math does not add up, no matter how you sling it. Show me the cheapest tablet at any given store on Black Friday and I'll show you why you shouldn't buy it - and why you shouldn't even consider it.
There's nothing like a good push on the biggest shopping day of the year, especially when you've got a device that's just about the size of your traditional stocking for stuffing. That's what's up with Pebble this weekend when they reveal that they've released the device to Amazon as well as on their own site with special cut just for this weekend. This device is also getting ramped up for a bit of a rebirth as their version 2.0 software brews in beta, mind you, with developers chomping at the bit.
Starting well across the ocean this week the folks at Apple have begun teasing their Black Friday listings with simplicity. An Australian teaser page has appeared for what Apple calls their "one-day Apple shopping event" that just so happens to fall the day after Thanksgiving. This day is traditionally called "Black Friday" due to the massive amount of store sales across the United States - and abroad, now, as it were.
Black Friday and the days leading up to it were undoubtedly good for a lot of companies, but Microsoft had a pretty good week itself. The company announced today that it sold 750,000 Xbox 360s in the US during the week of Black Friday, which is technically counted as November 18-23. Selling nearly 1 million consoles in just six days is definitely impressive, especially when that console is six years old and will likely be replaced by new hardware soon.
Amazon had some pretty sweet deals going on all weekend long, starting on Black Friday and ending on Cyber Monday. One of the best that we found on Amazon's products was the $130 Kindle Fire deal -- down $30 from its original price. The company boasts that "Cyber Monday 2012 was the biggest day ever for Kindle sales worldwide."