It's the thrill of getting what you didn't know you ever wanted (or knew existed) at the lowest possible price.
What are you hoping to score a stellar deal on this Black Friday weekend? A super-cheap 60" HDTV? A serviceable laptop? Whatever insane Amazon Lightning Deal you're able to snag before you blink your eyes?
Sure, those are the typical answers. But what if you're a frugal consumer with atypical tastes? Don't fret, dear niche shopper, as Black Friday has been known to also feature discounts on items that are oft overlooked by the mainstream.
Behold our slideshow of the oddest Black Friday weekend deals to ever grace DealNews!
Star Wars Wampa Rug
Here's a real Hoth ticket item from 2014, courtesy of ThinkGeek. This exquisite piece of Star Wars decor dipped to an all-time price low of $91 with free shipping. If you're worried about its claws, don't worry — they're made of vinyl.
iPotty iPad Holder
How's this for convergence? What better way to toilet train your tech-enthusiast toddler than with an iPotty? (Please reserve your much better suggestions until after the slide.) This 2014 Amazon Black Friday Lightning Deal dipped to a mere $10 with free shipping for Prime members, which made it a $19 price low and the best offer we've seen for this "activity seat."
LA Police Gear Ugly Christmas Sweaters
For those who were seeking discounts on ugly-yet-edgy holiday sweaters — you wouldn't wear them to your kids' school Christmas play — LA Police Gear delivered in 2014 with a selection of suggestive styles for $27 shipped. Prices have been dropping for these sweaters since; we saw this Dive Bomber Sweater for $19 plus $6 for shipping recently.
Necomimi Brainwave-Controlled Cat Ears
For anyone who had hoped for prosthetic cat ears to be discounted during Black Friday (ahem), ThinkGeek delivered in 2013. At $56 shipped, it was a $13 low and the best price we had seen (at the time) for Japanese-imported electronic mood ears.
Gerald Genta Men's Arena Tourbillon Watch
Oh, hey, it's just a watch. Yeah, a $42,480 watch! In November 2013, Ashford cut One-Percenters a break by slashing 70% off this pricey piece of wrist candy. Thank goodness shipping was free.
Portal 2 PotatOS Science Kit
You can do a lot with potatoes: mash them, bake them, even turn them into insult machines. ThinkGeek offered this piece of Portal paraphernalia for just 10 bucks (a $9 price low) in November 2012. When the potato completes the circuit, the device emits insults, just like PotatOS in the video game.
My First Bacon Talking Plush Doll
Fact: The Internet loves bacon. Fact: Kids are impressionable. ThinkGeek (again!) cooked up this delicious deal for plush talking bacon in 2011. One doll was $20 shipped (still a $17 low), so buying four at $12 apiece was the best bacon bang for your buck (and an easy way to cross some names off your shopping list).
Hug Me Pillow
Why pay full price for a partial pillow person, especially on Black Friday? We saw this dressed-up severed arm from Overstock.com in 2010 for $25 with free shipping, a $7 savings.
Arkeg Drink n' Game (Arcade Cabinet and Keg)
You know Tapper? This takes it to a whole new level. In 2009, Arkeg knocked $500 off its hybrid arcade cabinet. For $3,500 (plus $300 for shipping), you could have been the proud owner of your own personal bar-arcade, complete with 69 preloaded games and a sixtel keg. Cheers to that!
Reindeer Auto Outfit
On Honda, on Mazda, on Hyundai and Ford! In 2013, Walmart offered this Reindeer Auto Outfit for $7 via pickup, a $2 savings for those who wanted to put their Christmas spirit on wheels. Believe it or not, it wasn't the only odd reindeer-themed deal we saw that Black Friday season...
A Free Pile of Genuine Reindeer Poop
This is (still) the crappiest Black Friday deal we've ever seen, courtesy of Tanga. Granted this offer actually dropped shortly after Cyber Monday 2013, but it'd stink if we didn't stretch the rules a little bit for this one, right? (Okay, no more puns. I'm pooped.)
What say you, readers? What are some of your wackiest Black Friday findings? Do you think we'll see many unusual offers this year? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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