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Features Archives for November 2012

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in December

December is a month when you almost can't avoid shopping, but to help keep your spirits up, you'll want to shop wisely and read our December buying guide. We've pored over the extensive dealnews archives of sales, coupons, and daily deals from years past to guide you in your quest for December's most savvy purchases.

Black Friday Accounted for 70% of Cancelled Orders from the Past 2 Weeks

Although it was an excellent year for e-commerce growth on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we have heard many unpleasant stories from readers that had their orders cancelled. As it turns out, the majority of these cancellations stemmed from Black Friday week purchases, which speaks to the difference between the two shopping holidays.

Rumor Roundup: New Xbox Controller? Xbox Set-Top Box? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Microsoft, Google, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Did You Have a Black Friday or Cyber Monday Order Cancelled?

Black Friday was never meant to be a dark and dour affair, but several merchants have once again begun canceling already-placed Black Friday and Cyber Monday orders. While this reminds us of Best Buy's Christmas 2011 debacle, should shoppers come to accept this as part of the risk to the biggest shopping days of the year?

Google Nexus 4 Review: The Nexus Smartphone Gets an Improved Build and OS

The Nexus 4 is essentially the lovechild of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and an LG Optimus G, and it comes close to what we imagine Google wanted its original smartphone to be like all along. But how well does this 4.7" quad-core smartphone meet the public's needs?

dealnews Podcast - Episode 237: Black Friday Retrospective

The dealnews Podcast Episode 237 fondly looks back at this year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The panel talks about our experiences during on those days, how much the average American spent, what it means for the holiday season, who the best and worst merchants were, and other holiday shopping topics.

Windows 8 Review: New OS Welcomes Microsoft Back into the Modern World

Microsoft was once the ubiquitous face of personal computing, but has mostly shluffed through the mobile revolution of the past decade. Yet, in an effort to reclaim ground, the company has just issued the most radical reimagining of its flagship OS since the Clinton administration. Inside are some timidly glowing reviews that lay out whether you should upgrade to Windows 8.

5 Audio Deals: $10 Headphones, Discounts on Harmon Kardon, Klipsch, Haier

While we didn't see a whole lot of choice audio deals this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there have been a few standout deals. Fortunately those deals are still active and offer some of the lowest prices we've seen on headphones, receivers, and more.

Retailers Combat Holiday Discounting with Exclusive Merchandise

Bargain seekers who love to price check the items they purchase, beware: some of the season's hottest gifts this year will be exclusive to certain retailers, which will complicate price comparisons.

Black Friday 2012 Cheers & Jeers: Friday Surpasses Thanksgiving for Deals

Another Black Friday is in the books, and while you have another day of good deal-shopping ahead of you on this lovely Cyber Monday, it's time to assess the deals we've seen so far. Who served consumers well, and who stumbled? Read the sixth annual dealnews awards for the best and worst of Black Friday to find out!

Small Business Saturday: Shop Small & Save

Smack dab between Black Friday and Cyber Monday sits Small Business Saturday, a shopping day intended to help the independent retailers of the world. But what's in it for shoppers? As it turns out, Small Business Saturday offers consumers a unique shopping experience, deals with money-back savings, and a whole lot of good will.

Best Black Friday Apparel Deals: BOGO Sale at Ecko Unlimited, $3 Shirts at JCP

Before you resign yourself to buying fuzzy toe socks for everyone on your holiday list, take a look through the best Black Friday apparel deals. You'll find the best combo discount from Ecko Unlimited, shirts at JCPenney from $3, and more. But act fast, as these Editors' Choice deals won't be around for long!

Best Black Friday Smartphones: Cheapest Samsung Galaxy S III, more from 1¢

If you happen to be eligible for a new or renewed wireless contract, then you're in luck, as we've found some excellent Editors' Choice smartphone deals starting at just a penny. There's even a promotion that makes you a net profit of $30! Additionally, we found some prepaid and contract-free options, depending on your needs. Get the details and reviews on the best models inside.

The Best of the Black Friday Freebies: Free Food, Headphones, Tote, and more!

Beyond nabbing the last doorbusters, in-store shoppers can enjoy exclusive freebie offers from the likes of Starbucks, Victoria's Secret, Ace Hardware, and more! From gift cards and video games to coffee and pastries, these are some delicious and worthy incentives to leave the house today. But if you're still recovering from an heavy dose of tryptophan, there are a number of buy one, get one free deals available throughout the Black Friday weekend.

Watch Out for Black Friday Filler Deals

Although we often gush about Black Friday deals, it's important to note that some offers this week won't be worth your time. In fact, we might have seen some of them for cheaper in the months prior. We refer to these promotions as "filler deals," and here are some ways to avoid them.

The Final Black Friday Ads Roundup: Electronics, Toys, Appliances, Clothes

We're finally in the throes of Black Friday week, which means it's time for our final roundup of the best Black Friday ads. We've done our best to sort through the myriad offers that have flooded the internet over the last few weeks, putting all the projected promos through a rigorous dealnews screening. Read on for the best ads for electronics, appliances, apparel, video games, and toys.

Final Roundup of the Best Black Friday Laptop Ads

Laptops are among the hottest items of the holiday season, so we devoted an entire final ad roundup to the popular portable computing category. Thus far, we've seen Black Friday laptop deals that meet three out of four of our laptops predictions, including a dual-core budget system for $179.

Final Roundup of the Best Black Friday HDTV Ads

If you're on the prowl for a new HDTV, you've come to the right place. We've updated our roundup of the best Black Friday HDTV ads, with deals from retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Target. Unfortunately, 3D deals were scarce, but we found a 50" 1080p HDTV for $298, a 32" set for $97, and a brand-name 40" model for $180 to help you forget about it.

Updated: The Best of the Black Friday Electronics Ads So Far

By now we've seen the leaks, analyzed the circulars, and highlighted the best Black Friday laptops, HDTVs, and toys. But what about the small electronics, like tablets, smartphones, cameras, and MP3 players? Inside we've compiled a master list of the best Black Friday deals on electronics, which includes the hottest Android smartphone of the year for just a buck.

Updated: The Best of the Black Friday Gaming and Toy Ads So Far

No holiday shopping list is complete without the season's hottest toys and video games. And while Black Friday doesn't always offer the best prices on toys, there are still a handful of Editors' Choice deals to be had. We've rounded up the toy and video game highlights thus far, including best-of-the-year sales for Fisher-Price, Thomas the Tank Engine, Hot Wheels, and more.

A Q&A with Kyle Wiens of iFixit: "The MacBook Pro Retina Is Designed to Fail"

While most folks go to great lengths to not break their prized electronics, the folks at iFixit have made a name for themselves doing exactly that. Yet Kyle Wiens and his geeky team of semiconductor surgeons have more in mind than simply exploring the innards of smartphones and computers.

If AMD Collapses, Consumers Might Have Fewer Budget Computer Options

Last week, news began to spread that AMD might have to shutter its doors, as it has been failing to effectively compete with its main rival, Intel. If AMD folds, it could have a big impact on the prices that consumers will pay for computers, especially laptops.

More People Check-in to Black Friday Sales at 2 pm Than Early in the Morning

Ever wonder when you'll encounter the biggest crowds at stores on Black Friday? According to Foursquare data, more people visit stores in the early afternoon than they do in the morning. But will that hold true for 2012, since many retailers will open around 8 pm on Thanksgiving?

Are Google's New Indoor Maps Good for Black Friday Shopping?

Google has updated its Maps app for Android to include indoor maps of select malls, stores, and other locations. Will this extra layer of information help during your Black Friday and holiday shopping trips? You bet!

Price Matching Policies for Black Friday 2012

One of the most underutilized ways consumers can save money is by taking advantage of stores' price matching policies, and in an age when every penny counts there's no excuse for ignoring this valuable tool. It's important to know exactly which retailers offers what and equally important to know which merchants don't offer anything at all.

How Donald Trump May Ruin Macy's Black Friday Sale

A few weeks ago, 32% of our readers said they wouldn't shop at Macy's this year for Black Friday, based on past experiences. This week, a petition is circulating that demands Macy's cease its relationship with Donald Trump, after the real estate developer criticized Barack Obama via Twitter. Could the Trump association be the final straw for those who are hesitant to give their business to Macy's? And will the retailer's Black Friday sales suffer?

The Best of the Black Friday Apparel Ads So Far

Black Friday isn't just about deals on high-tech gadgets. There's a plethora of bargains on men's and women's apparel as well. If you're looking to update your wardrobe this holiday season, be sure to be on the lookout for the very best Black Friday apparel deals.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 236: A Little More Black Friday

The dealnews Podcast Episode 236 is here to dole out just a bit more Black Friday knowledge. In this doorbusting episode, the panel talks about what not to buy on Black Friday, Walmart guaranteeing certain items in stock for Black Friday, results of our Black Friday reader survey, Amazon Prime monthly subscriptions, Ikea's interactive "catalog", and more!

Retailer Apps Locate In-Store Black Friday Deals via Interactive Maps

Macy's and Walmart are bringing something new to the Black Friday party that we've never seen before: In-store mapping via their mobile apps. The service is akin to what you'd find at an information booth, but now that time-saving data is available in the palm of your hand — and it could make your Black Friday excursion much more efficient.

Will You Purchase a Best Buy Black Friday Deal This Year?

This year, Best Buy's Black Friday ad promises quite a few doorbusters that will likely draw in consumers both in-store and online. But will the debacle of the retailer's cancelled Christmas orders stop consumers from shopping again this year?

What to Buy on Cyber Monday: Deals on Soft Goods Increase 27%

By now, most savvy shoppers realize that there's no truth to the misconception that you should shop in-store on Black Friday and wait until Cyber Monday for online deals. But if online offers are available throughout the entire weekend, what makes Cyber Monday different? Are there certain items that see better deals if you wait? We rummaged through our archives from last year to find out.

Smoke, Fry, Roast, or Grill: Different Ways to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Every Thanksgiving, families nationwide assemble around the table waiting for the most honored guest: the turkey. And every year it's a delicious meal, albeit not exactly the same; there are, after all, several ways to cook a turkey! Inside are our favorite methods to prepare and cook the Thanksgiving Day bird, and the tools required to do so. And with the big day just over a week away, now's the time to test out a new technique or two.

Retailers Are Already Warning Shoppers About Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Think the Black Friday hype started way too early this year? Consider the fact that Christmas, still six weeks away, has been marketed to consumers since mid-October. And while we're used to the usual premature Christmas ads, many stores have already begun mentioning shipping deadlines in your shopping cart "Christmas creep," it seems, has infiltrated checkout.

Analyzing the Black Friday Ads: Target Offers TVs, Apple Products, Electronics

The entirety of Target's Black Friday ad has leaked. Inside, we dissect some of the more notable deals that you might see if you choose to wait in line early in the morning.

10 Ways to Make the Most of Black Friday

While every day is like Black Friday here at dealnews, when the real thing comes around, we get extra bargain-happy. However, the entire weekend may seem stressful to some shoppers, so we suggest you arm yourself with these 10 tips to make the most of Black Friday.

Stores Offer Black Friday Previews and Early Access in Exchange for Loyalty

A new trend has emerged for this year's shopping season: stores will dangle early access to Black Friday sales, in exchange for loyalty program registration. Already, Lowe's, Sears, and Target have pushed "sneak peeks," promising either a preview of the store's Black Friday ad, or actual advance access to the deals themselves. But are any of these promotions worth it?

California Dreaming: Indulge in Travel Deals for L.A., San Francisco, and Napa

Between preparing for the onslaught of the holiday season, and the snow that arrived in New York this week, California beckons like a glass of wine after a long day. Take your mind off it all by having a look through these great deals we found for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and, of course, the Napa Valley.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Walmart Promises You'll Get a Doorbuster

Among the more anticipated Black Friday ads is the one from Walmart, and it just hit the Internet. For a rundown on which deals are noteworthy (or notorious), as well as details on Walmart's unusual doorbuster guarantee, read on!

Economic Experts Are Optimistic About Black Friday 2012

Although conflicting accounts of economic recovery abound, most retail experts are optimistic about the prospects of upcoming Black Friday sales and the holiday shopping season. From a potential spike in high-quality electronics discounts to longer store hours and early sales, here's what you can expect in the coming weeks.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Best Buy Offers First Great Doorbuster

Best Buy is synonymous with Black Friday, so many are likely hoping that its leaked Black Friday ad will finally deliver some solid electronics deals to the table. In total, Best Buy has more than 77 devices on sale, including a can't miss deal on a 40" LCD HDTV and a budget laptop that hits our all-time low prediction, among others.

Video: Do You Need to Shop In-Store on Black Friday?

While dealnews readers know that many of the greatest deals year-round can be found online, some dedicated shoppers may wonder if it's necessary to endure the in-store rush to get the best deals on Black Friday. But unless you really need to get out of the house, you might want to consider putting those PJs back on. Here's why.

dealnews Podcast - Episode 235: Black Friday Preparedness Guide

The dealnews Podcast Episode 235 is here to tell you everything you need to know about Black Friday. In this doorbusting episode, the panel talks about how Black Friday will be different; Black Friday 2012 price predictions; store hours; how stores are leveraging mobile devices; historically awesome/bad deals, and more!

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: RadioShack Offers Inflated Prices

If you're like us, chances are you have more than one gadget on your Black Friday shopping list. Today, we're adding RadioShack to our list of analyzed Black Friday ads. But as it turns out, only one of RadioShack's promotions can be considered an actual deal. Here are some of the ad's highlights disappointments.

Black Friday Infographic: 50% of Readers Will Shop on a Smartphone or Tablet

There are many times throughout the year in which consumers nationwide are compelled to shop, but Black Friday is specifically an event for the budget-minded and deal-savvy. For this reason, dealnews readers have particularly good insight about how to approach the holiday and make the most of the deals. Here's how you all are planning on spending Black Friday 2012.

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Pep Boys and Ace Hardware

Today, we analyze the Black Friday ad leaks from Pep Boys and Ace Hardware. We scrutinize how do they stack up to each other and, more importantly, to historical price trends. Is it worth getting out of bed to get down to either of these stores on Black Friday?

Be Like Bond: Spy Cameras, Disguises, Gadgets, and more

Who hasn't daydreamed about being an international super spy? The adventure! The action! The dubious morals! The getting shot at, being disavowed by your government, and left for dead in a foreign prison! Hmmm ... OK, it doesn't all sound so great. But that doesn't mean you can't pretend to be James Bond in the safety of your own home by picking up one of these spy gadget deals we've rounded up for you!

PayPal Will Price-Match Holiday Purchases and Comp Return Shipping Costs

PayPal announced that it will price-match your holiday purchases this year, as well as offer free return shipping when the store you ordered from doesn't cover the cost. It sounds great on paper, but make sure you pay attention to the fine print.

A 7" Tablet Comparison: The Nexus 7, iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD, and NOOK HD

The small tablet market is bustling these days, with many great devices competing for consumers' attention. The Apple iPad mini, Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD, and Barnes & Noble NOOK HD each offer something slightly different. To help you decide which tablet is right for you, here's a rundown on the pros and cons of each.

A Great Gaming Site Takes Shape: The Verge's Marty Moe Talks Polygon

Marty Moe has gone from AOL to The Verge and is now on to his latest endeavor, Polygon, which hopes to do what The Verge did for tech for coverage, but for the $25 billion gaming industry. To find out more about the launch, we sat down with Marty Moe just hours after Polygon went live to talk about his plans for the site, and how he hopes it will stand out among the countless portals covering the gaming universe.

Rumor Roundup: Older Luke Skywalker? #firstworldproblems? More?!

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane rumors about Star Wars, Apple, Netflix, and more? Well, neither are we! Hooray! That's why we put all the latest biz-buzz from the Internet into one place, the Rumor Roundup!

Analyzing the 2012 Black Friday Ads: Dell Offers First Look at Electronics Deals

Black Friday ads continue to get leaked left and right. We got our hands on the leaked Dell Home Black Friday ad, which offers our first look at the electronics deals this year. Here's our analysis on whether the deals on HDTVs, laptops, cameras, and more are doorbusters or duds.

The Top 5 Online Merchants for the Best Deals on Black Friday Weekend

Not sure where to look for deals this Black Friday weekend? We checked our archives for the top five online stores that offered the largest number of Editors' Choice-caliber deals during the shopping holiday, and Amazon came out on top. However, the online superstore has some fierce competition.

The Best and Worst Things to Buy in November

Well dealnews readers, we finally made it to November, one of the happiest months for budget-conscious shopping. Not surprisingly, many items hit their lowest price points this month around Black Friday. But let's not forget that there are deals to be had all month long! Here's your guide to the best and worst things to buy in November.