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Black Friday 2018 is officially underway with the unveiling of the 32-page Walmart Black Friday ad and contains deals on iPhones, Galaxy phones, HDTVs, the Xbox One and more. But does
This is the beginning of my Black Friday ‘Nasty Surprise’ series. In conjunction with my holiday season sales partner BestBlackFriday.com, I will be pointing out the pitfalls of each major Black Friday ad, notably Target’s 47-pager and Best Buy’s 52-pager, as well as deals from popular merchants such as Costco, Kohl’s and Amazon. There are some key promotions where your wallet should stay closed this year.
$35 Free Shipping Minimum – In order to qualify for free shipping at Walmart, you must spend at least $35 and this includes sales in the official Walmart Black Friday ad. While it is two-day expedited shipping, this simply isn’t competitive with rivals. Target (details here), Best Buy (details here), an Amazon (details here) are all offering free shipping with no minimum order size. So be warned: you may face extra charges when completing your order at Walmart.com.
Different 65-inch TV Depending on Location – Walmart is offering a 65-inch Class 4K Roku Smart TV for $398 (see ad scan deal). On the surface, this is a great deal but the small print warns that brands and models may vary by store and there is no way to know which you will get (Sharp or TCL is a big difference in this particular deal). Safer is to go to Best Buy and buy this significantly better Samsung 65-inch Smart 4K HDTV (UN65NU6070FXZA) for $599.99 (see ad scan deal).
6pm Thanksgiving Day Opening – Once again this year, Walmart will not match the opening times of Best Buy (details), Kohl’s, Macy’s and Target (details) who will all open at 5pm. Target moved to accommodate the popular 5pm opening time for the first time this year, but Walmart will not step in line.
Missing Gift Cards on Major Deals – Beware Walmart’s major deals – particularly its popular iPhone and Galaxy deals. Previously Walmart included free store gift cards when purchasing premium electronics on sale. Not so this year, and the difference is stark. For example, Target matches Walmart’s $199 Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Bundle (see ad scan deal) saving $100 but Target adds a $20 gift card (see ad scan deal) and Kohl’s adds $60
No PS4 Pro Deals – That’s right, Walmart is ducking out of deals on one of the year’s hottest consoles. While no other stores have announced PS4 Pro deals yet, many have a tradition of dropping Pro deals late last year. Notably, GameStop offered PS4 Pro consoles for $349.99 saving $50 (review last year’s deal). I expect GameStop, Amazon and potentially eBay to all have deals on the PS4 Pro for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Walmart.
To be clear, I’m not solely picking on Walmart (it has some great savings). Every store has deals you should treat with caution and I will be looking at Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and others. This is just the start of my guides to help you avoid making costly mistakes this holiday sales season.
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