Posted on October 23rd @ 8:35 am ET - Comments
Target today announced their strategy for the upcoming holiday season. They have several great initiatives this year, including bringing back free shipping on all Target.com purchases starting on November 1st. Target will also have special Weekend Deals each weekend beginning November 11.
Target will have over 1,700 gift ideas under $15 with hundreds of $1 stocking stuffers. Target will also feature many of their own brands, the majority of which are new for this holiday season. Read Target's full press release here and let us know what you think on the forum.
Posted on October 21st @ 9:15 pm ET - Comments
We've just posted the highly anticipated Toys R Us "Big Toy Book" Holiday Toy Catalog me" for this year. This huge 120-page catalog contains hundreds of the hottest toys for this holiday season including brand such as LEGO, Barbie, Little Tikes and much more.
The prices in this catalog are valid from October 26th through November 18th. Enjoy this one as due to Toys R Us' recent bankruptcy filing, you never know what year might be the last for the retailer. We'll be posting the remaining toy catalogs from Target, Walmart and others shortly.
Posted on October 21st @ 8:57 am ET - Comments
We've just added the 18-page Costco Pre-Black Friday coupon book to the site. Check it out here. The deals in this book begin this Thursday the 26th and last until Wednesday, November 22nd.
Costco recently changed the configuration and timing of their coupon books, so this year will be a little different. This book is smaller than it has been in previous years, but Costco is expected to make up for it with a set of one-week-only Black Friday deals which we should have shortly.
Posted on October 20th @ 3:06 pm ET - Comments
We've just posted the Sam's Club Instant Savings 40-page catalog on the site. View it here. This month-long sale begins on Wednesday and continues through Sunday, November 26th.
The catalog also gives some details on additional Sam's Club sales coming up. On Saturday, November 11th, Sam's Club will have one of their popular One Day Only sales. Also look for a 6-day Pre-Black Friday Sale from November 17th through the 22nd. Finally, Sam's Club will put their Black Friday deals online starting at midnight EST on Thanksgiving Day.
Posted on October 20th @ 1:05 pm ET - Comments
We've got a few more holiday toy catalogs for you to check out today:
First, the 22-page Dollar General toy book which is always a popular ad due to Dollar General's low prices. The deals in this catalog will be available through Christmas Eve.
Next is the AAFES 52-page holiday toy book. The prices in this catalog are valid starting today through November 22nd at which point their Thanksgiving sale will begin.
Posted on October 20th @ 1:02 pm ET - Comments
We source many ads ourselves every year and as we've done for several years, we do not and will not make them difficult for you to browse by adding watermarks on every page. Technically these ads don't even belong to us and letting you see them without distractions is very important.
While this is our longstanding policy, we do acquire ads from other sources that feel that your ability to clearly see the ads isn't as important as putting their watermarks on every page. While we can't prevent this, we'll try to clean up these ads as much as possible after posting them.
Posted on October 19th @ 11:02 am ET - Comments
We have just posted this year's True Value Black Friday ad. View the 8-page ad here.
If you would like to see how this year's True Value Black Friday ad compares to their ads from past years, check out our Black Friday Archive to view over 750 ads from the last decade.
We want to hear from you! What do you think about True Value's Black Friday ad this year? Join us in the comments or on the message boards and post your thoughts.
Posted on October 17th @ 8:52 pm ET - Comments
We've just posted the 39-page Kmart Holiday Toy Catalog on the site. You can check it out here. Unlike another version floating around, this is the actual catalog with pricing information.
The deals in this catalog are valid through November 11th. There are 2 pages of coupons towards the end of the catalog with corresponding online coupon codes that can be used on Kmart.com to purchase many of the toys right now. Thanks to kimpooh19 from our forum for this one :)
Posted on October 17th @ 3:59 pm ET - Comments
We took the data from the past four years to find out how soon before Black Friday each ad typically gets leaked here on GottaDEAL. We then based those days on this year's Black Friday date, November 24th, to come up with a calendar for this year for many of the most popular stores.
Of course you may remember that the last few years we had crazy 36-hour periods that saw ads from Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl's, Sears, Sam's Club and many others all released right after each other. We expect something similar this year around November 6th-8th.
Posted on October 16th @ 8:18 am ET - Comments
Today Amazon.com officially unveiled their gift guides for both electronics and home items.
The Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features hundreds of hand-picked gift ideas in categories such as smart home, home theater, cell phones and more as well as gifts grouped by price range.
Next, the Amazon Home Gift Guide also features a large number of products picked by Amazon's home buyers as some of the best items to gift (and get) this year in various home categories.
Posted on October 13th @ 9:38 am ET - Comments
As promised, we have posted this year's 28-page Blain's Farm & Fleet Toyland toy catalog on the site. You can check out the sale here and Farm & Fleet also has it on FarmAndFleet.com.
Farm & Fleet's Toyland sale starts a week from tomorrow on Saturday, October 21st and will run for just 2 weeks until November 5th. Many of the deals in the sale will also be available online. Look for more toy catalogs from retailers such as Walmart, Target and Toys R Us very soon.
Posted on October 11th @ 12:10 pm ET - Comments
This year marks our 14th year covering Black Friday here on GottaDEAL. As we do every year, we’ll use our past Black Friday experiences and expert deal hunting skills to come up with a set of predictions for what you can expect on Black Friday this year, both in stores and online.
This year we expect online sales to continue their explosive growth during Black Friday week as more shoppers than ever do their Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping online. Read about our thoughts on this and many other topics in our predictions article posted here.
Posted on October 8th @ 1:48 pm ET - Comments
Late last week we posted the 64-page Mill's Fleet Farm Toyland toy catalog on the site. You can check it out here. The sale starts this Saturday, October 14th and will run until November 4th.
We're also expecting the Blain's Fleet Farm Toyland catalog to be posted any day now. Their sale typically starts the same day as their competitor's sale, so be on the lookout for that catalog.
Posted on October 8th @ 1:48 pm ET - Comments
For those of you on Twitter, we've got two options for you this year. As always, @GottaDEAL is our year-round account. We'll post great online deals along with important Black Friday updates.
You can also follow @BlackFridayNews which is an automated account that will post all Black Friday site updates and all new message board threads. All Black Friday news, all the time.
Posted on October 4th @ 9:19 am ET - Comments
We're really proud of our Black Friday message boards on our forum. They are a great place to talk about Black Friday with others who are just as crazy about Black Friday as you are.
Every year we see a lot of lurkers on the boards, and this year we want to encourage you to sign up and post by giving away five $100 gift cards to the store of your choice just for discussing Black Friday. See this thread for details and if you don't have a forum account, get one here.
Posted on October 4th @ 9:18 am ET - Comments
In case you missed it, we recently posted this year's Harbor Freight Black Friday ad. View the 8-page ad here. Harbor Freight stores are opening at 7am on Black Friday this year. As has been the case for years, the sale is valid for 3 days through Sunday, November 26th.
If you would like to see how this year's Harbor Freight Black Friday ad compares to their ads from past years, check out our Black Friday Archive to view over 750 ads from the last decade.
Posted on October 3rd @ 1:31 pm ET - Comments
One of the best ways to maximize your savings this Black Friday is to make sure you have a good cash-back credit card. Use these credit cards for your purchases and you will earn additional cash back beyond the usual big Black Friday savings found each year.
Many of these cards have huge signup bonuses if you spend a certain amount in the first 3 months with the card, so sign up for any of these cards today and you can use your holiday shopping to meet these bonus goals easily. Check out GottaCreditCard.com for an list of our favorite cards.
Posted on September 27th @ 3:27 pm ET - Comments
Today Amazon.com announced a bunch of new smart products integrating with their Alexa voice control system including several new Echo smart speakers. Some of the major highlights:
The new 2nd generation Echo speaker is smaller and starts at just $99.99, coming in several designer styles. The new Echo Plus speaker includes a built-in smart hub and a bonus Philips Hue bulb for $149.99. The adorable little Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock with 2.5" color display and can be preordered for $129.99 today. Finally the Echo Connect connects to your home phone and allows your Echo speakers to call any phone number using your voice.
Posted on September 27th @ 11:51 am ET - Comments
If you plan on doing a lot of holiday shopping at Walmart and at department stores such as Kohl's, Macy's, JCPenney and others, you may want to consider signing up for the popular Chase Freedom credit card. Through the end of the year Chase is offering 5% back on purchases at Walmart (and Walmart.com) as well as most department stores. You'll get 1% back on all other purchases.
For a limited time, sign up for the card here and get a $150 bonus after you spend $500 during the first 3 months you have the card. Even better - this card has no annual fee! More details here.
Posted on September 26th @ 11:47 am ET - Comments
While we give away many of our Black Friday t-shirts here on the site, on the forum and on social media, we know many of you like to guarantee yourself a shirt by purchasing one or more.
Therefore for a limited time we are taking orders for shirts. Check out the ordering page here and get your order in as soon as possible as some sizes will be limited and may sell out as time goes on. Shirts start at $11 and include free shipping along with some extra GottaDEAL goodies.
Posted on September 19th @ 8:50 am ET - Comments
Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today and announced plans to remake its image should a judge approve their plans to cut debts and reemerge from bankruptcy.
Toys R Us announced that they plan to close underperforming stores (no list was given) and transform others into "interactive spaces" with rooms that can be used for parties, product demos and other events. The company also says they will raise wages over the next 3 years.
While this news shouldn't affect their Black Friday plans for this year, it could very well be the beginning of the end for the longtime toy retailer. We'll have more coverage of Toys R Us' holiday plans in the coming weeks and months as the bankruptcy process becomes more clear.
Posted on September 16th @ 10:43 am ET - Comments
STORES, the official magazine of the National Retail Federation, has released their 2017 list of the top 50 favorite online retailers based on a comprehensive survey of online shoppers.
The top 10 retailers this year were Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Kohls.com, BestBuy.com, eBay.com, Target.com, Macys.com, JCPenney.com, OldNavy.com and Sears.com. While a few stores switched spots, there were no new entries into this year's top 10 list.
The top 3 sites (Amazon, Walmart and Kohl's) all grew in popularity over last year, which is very impressive. Those same 3 stores are consistently at the top of our stats as well. For a full breakdown of the survey including demographic rankings, see the article here.
Posted on September 8th @ 9:08 am ET - Comments
Walmart has unveiled their "Top Rated by Kids" 2017 holiday top toy list. This list contains toys rated highly by a panel of kids aged 18 months to 12 years old. The list contains 25 top toys.
Among the chosen toys are the Num Noms Nail Polish Maker, the L.O.L. Surprise Fizz Factory and the Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike. There are a number of Walmart exclusive toys include the Frozen Ride-on Sleigh, the Radio Control DashCam and more. Read the press release here and view some of the toys that can be ordered right now on Walmart.com.
Posted on September 6th @ 2:21 pm ET - Comments
Target today unveiled their 2017 Top Toys List with over 25 of the most wanted toys for the upcoming holiday season, including 11 toys which are exclusive to Target. Target says they will have over 1,400 new and exclusive toys this year for kids (and adults) to add to their wish lists.
Some of the toys on the list include the super popular Nintendo Switch video game console, the Star Wars Force Link BB-8 Mega Playset, the Shopkins Shoppies Super Mall as well as the return of Tickle Me Elmo and a new version of the Hatchimals which were popular last year.