The leaked Walmart Black Friday 2015 ads have been released online, and already it looks like Christmas shoppers will be getting quite a good deal based upon the Black Friday preview. We expect the full ads to be launching soon, but so far we have access to two pages.
[UPDATE] The fully leaked Walmarts ads are now online! In addition, Walmart has announced a major change to their Black Friday sales strategy that is a game changer. Also, check out our comparison guide for the Walmart, Best Buy, and Target deals by clicking this link.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the official Sam’s Club Black Friday ads have been released online. In addition, Best Buy released its ads and we compared the deals on the Samsung 4K TV deals. Sears’ Black Friday ads also leaked recently, but their doorbusters focused on appliances instead of electronics.
Walmart’s 2015 Black Friday ads pretty much define the holiday shopping season. While it’s possible that other companies may offer better deals on certain items, Yahoo Tech notes that their market dominance is the largest factor in their success.
“Sure, all the big retailers – Costco, Target, Best Buy, Kohls, etc – compete to siphon more dollars from your pocket while you’re still recovering from a tryptophan coma. But none have the reach of Walmart, the world’s largest corporation,” Yahoo wrote. “Last year, the company hauled in more than $480 billion in revenue. To put that in perspective, Walmart is the equivalent of around five Amazons, nearly seven Googles — err, Alphabets — and more than 38 Facebooks.”
Due to this overwhelming power, they also define when, how, and where American shoppers will be forced to go for the best deals.
Walmart’s Black Friday Hours Begin On Thanksgiving Day
Based upon the leaked press release (which apparently has already been taken down), Walmart’s Black Friday sales start at 12:01 a.m. PST on Thanksgiving morning online and at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day in-stores. The company also says they will feature their One-Hour Guarantee on select items from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 26.
The day before Black Friday is supposed to be focused on family and giving thanks, but retailer executives believe some customers will thank them for moving up the hours for the doorbusters. For example, Rosalind Brewer, president and CEO of Sam’s Club, believes that starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving evening will actually reduce stress, not increase it to maddening levels.
“Our members have told us that the holidays leave them feeling time-strapped. The new Pre-Black Friday Event is designed to help alleviate some of the stress that comes with preparing for a big meal and having a gift list to fulfill,” she said. “We want members to come explore our new holiday items, take advantage of the special savings, and enjoy getting their shopping done without feeling rushed.”
According to a Black Friday survey released by FatWallet.com, 42 percent of Americans said they do not like stores opening on Thanksgiving, yet we are still likely to see some of these same people waiting in line for the Black Friday doorbusters.
“Despite ever early Black Friday creep and some disdain for stores opening on Thanksgiving, consumers still expect the deepest savings during the main holiday weekend,” said Brent Shelton, FatWallet’s online shopping expert. “They know their best opportunity to make smarter purchases happen when they can compare all the deals from all the Black Friday ads versus settling for what retailers offer in select early sales.”
Shelton also said that Walmart is implementing some new changes in order to ensure safety.
“Walmart is bringing back their store maps as well as implementing crowd management and safety plans, which will hopefully cut down on the amount of Black Friday injuries that consumers incur,” he said. “Wristbands will be handed out for in-demand products, allowing you to know when an item has sold out.”
Walmart’s Black Friday Doorbusters
Doorbusters are almost always the best Black Friday deals. As per usual, most of the better deals are in the electronics department, including 10 Black Friday TV deals. According to FatWallet.com, here is just a sample of five.
- Roku 32″ Class Smart HDTV for $125
- 40″ Class LED HDTV for $149 (brands vary by store)
- 55″ Class LED HDTV for $269 (brands vary by store)
- LG 55″ 4K Ultra HD TV For $698 ($300 savings)
- Samsung 55″ Class Curved Smart 4K Ultra HD TV for $998 ($200 savings)
The electronics savings can also make you healthy. Fitness Wearables like the Fitbit Flex Wristband are dropping down to $59, a $40 savings. The Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate + Activity Wristband is being sold for $119 ($30 savings).
But if you are into relaxing, then there will be more than 800 DVD and Blu-ray movies starting at $1.96. You can also watch a movie using a new Beats Studio headphones, which are on sale for $169 (normally $299.95).
Shoppers looking for tablets and laptops may be pleased. Walmart is offering an RCA 7″ Voyager II Android tablet for only $28.88, a savings of $20.99. You will save $100 on the $399 Apple iPad Air 2 Gold 16GB with Wi-Fi. There is also an HP Touch Laptop with a 15.6″ screen, Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of memory, and a 500GB hard drive.
Walmart PS4 And Xbox One Bundle Deals For Black Friday
Sony has officially dropped the PS4 price down to $349.99 ahead of the Black Friday deals.
“Since the launch of PS4, we have been thrilled with the amount of gamers jumping into the world of PlayStation for the first time,” the company said. “Our goal at PlayStation has always been to provide the best gameplay experiences at the best value, and we feel this new compelling price will open the doors to even more gamers that have yet to purchase a system.”
Video game bundle deals are now hovering around $299 with most retailers’ leaked Black Friday ads, with the only major difference being the game that comes with the console. As predicted, Walmart’s PS4 bundle deal is $299 and includes Uncharted. Walmart’s Xbox One bundle with Gears Of War is also $299. There are also more than 100 video games many starting at $8, while NBA2K16, Madden ’16, and FIFA ’16 for Xbox One come at $27 each ($32.88 savings).
How Do Walmart’s 2015 Black Friday Deals Compare To Predictions?
Now, these deals are only the tip of the iceberg. We expect the full length Blacks Friday ads from Walmart to be released within a few days. In the meantime, FatWallet.com has also provided a guide for Black Friday 2015 predictions so you can know if you are getting a good deal.
- 40-inch LED TVs under $100
- 50-inch LED TVs under $200
- 50-inch 4K TVs under $300
- 60-inch LED TVs under $400
- Doorbuster laptops under $100
- Touchscreen laptops under $200
- Two-in-one hybrid laptops under $300
- Macbook Pro under $700
- Amazon Fire HD 7 under $100
- 50 tablet deals under $50
- $100 off new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
- $100 off all iPad Air, Mini and new iPad Pro models
- 25 percent off new releases
- Wii U bundles under $200
- Xbox One bundles under $275
- PS4 bundles under $350
- T-Mobile Family Plans under $100/month
- Sprint Forever plans for $5/month
- $100 gift cards from big-box stores with iPhone 6S purchase
- $100 gift cards from big-box stores with Galaxy S6 purchase
Discounts of up to 60 percent on refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges and laundry pairs
- Beats Solo 2 under $100 ($149)
- New 4K streaming media devices 25 percent off
- $100 gift cards with Apple Watch purchase
- Nano Drones w/HD cameras under $25 ($49)
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