A few weeks ago, we showed you that once you get beyond the doorbusters, most Black Friday sales are pretty much the same from one year to the next. For those of us who are already thinking about Black Friday 2016, that means we can actually use last year's ads to make plans for this year's shopping.
Packed to the brim with every kind of store you can imagine, the Mall of America is not the kind of place you'd expect to choose family values over making a profit. But this year, the Mall of America is taking a bold stance, announcing plans to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day, and put the "Friday" back in Black Friday.
Walmart's Black Friday ad is the hottest of the hot. Every year, when Black Friday season starts to heat up, we get comment after comment, email after email, begging for information about Walmart's elusive Black Friday ad. While this frenzy can be fun, the truth is that you don't need the Black Friday circular to plan for your holiday shopping at Walmart. Why? Because the old ads tell us everything we need to know.
From one year to the next, the bulk of the Black Friday sales are more or less the same as they were the year before. And before you get upset, this is actually not a bad thing—if we know that certain items and categories will be marked down by the same amount every year, it makes it a lot easier to make up a holiday shopping list and realistic budget.
We're not huge fans of layaway here at Brad's Deals. While it might seem like an easy way to finance holiday fun, it means paying extra money for things you could buy for less upfront.
We're halfway through September, and while that might mean the end of long, lazy summer days and the beginning of the solemn march towards winter cold, it also means something else. Something big. I'm talking, of course, about National Coupon Month!
It's still summer, and your kids haven't even considered their Halloween costumes yet, let alone pondered Santa wish lists, but major retailers have already published their holiday toy lists. And now, so have we.
If you want to feel old, here's a startling fact: Amazon celebrated its 21st birthday back in July, meaning the company that sells everything is legally old enough to toss back a few celebratory cocktails. And it seems like 21 is going to be a pretty productive year for Amazon: after another successful Prime Day, the online retail giant has just announced a new benefit for Prime members: Audible Channels.
Alert all Apple addicts! Pre-ordering for the freshly announced iPhone 7 and 7 Plus begins today, September 9, and the new phones are officially hitting stores September 16. While we know you're probably excited about all the new features (A waterproof exterior! Wireless earbuds! Surround sound speakers! A brand new camera!), we'd advise against setting up camp in the Apple Store parking lot just yet.