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Features Archives for September 2013

Black Friday Predictions 2013: What to Expect from Black Friday Sales

The best way to make the most of Black Friday savings is to be prepared. So we're kicking off the holidays early at dealnews with our sixth annual Black Friday deal predictions, compiled by our expert staff. If you're wondering how low big-screen HDTVs can go, how much you'll have to spend on a decent laptop, or whether you'll actually see a discount on an iPad, then you've come to the right place.

Black Friday Clothing and Shoes 2013: Best Coupons of the Year

One of the best trends we've seen in recent years is the growing prominence of Black Friday clothing sales. Apparel merchants at all ends of the fashion spectrum, from department stores to luxury boutiques, have begun to offer some of their best discounts of the year during shopping's biggest holiday.

Black Friday Video Games & Toys 2013: 50% to 83% off Games

While we're not predicting any write-home-about-it deals on the two new major video game consoles, shoppers can still score solid deals on previous generation gaming: Holiday console bundles will be marked up to 25% off and popular, recently-released video game titles will sell for as low as $10!

Black Friday Streaming Media Player and Blu-ray Deals 2013

Even though Roku and Apple TV can't compete with the price of Google's Chromecast, that doesn't mean there won't be some excellent sales on streaming devices this Black Friday. In fact, expect those top-of-the-line streamers to see discounts of up to 25% off. And if you're more of an old school media consumer, Blu-ray disc movies will again drop to as low as $4 this year.

Black Friday Tablets 2013: The Surface Will See the Best Deals

Tablets are once again the "it" item for the holidays, and new Android devices have flooded the market and chipped away at Apple's dominance. All this cutthroat competition has translated into better and faster deals for consumers. As such, there's bound to be some eye-catching Black Friday tablet deals this year.

Black Friday Phones 2013: Deals on Android and iPhone

Black Friday smartphone deals are calling! Will you answer the deal if it's 1 cent or free? How about for profit?! This year we are expecting to see an abundance of deals on Android smartphones, and maybe even a discount on the new Apple iPhone 5S.

Apple Black Friday 2013: Resellers Do it Better

You may think that the Apple Black Friday sale is the best time to purchase all things Apple, but the truth is that it's extremely mediocre. Year after year Apple offers the same predictable 5% to 10% off, which resellers handily beat. So where should you shop for your Apple gifts this year? As it turns out, anywhere but Apple.

Black Friday Laptops 2013: Doorbuster Deals for $170

2013 was a roller-coaster year for the laptop industry. While we saw the introduction of a new, energy-efficient processor from Intel, much of the year was overshadowed by weak laptop sales. And although many analysts are predicting the death of the laptop, we know that when it comes to productivity, the laptop is still king. And with laptop prices lower than they've ever been before, it's a buyer's market. But how far will your money and which systems will see the best laptop deals this Black Friday?

Black Friday TVs 2013: Big-Screen TV Deals Offer the Best Value

HDTVs are the highlight of most Black Friday sales, often causing deal-giddy shoppers to wake up at the crack of dawn for a chance to purchase one on the cheap. But this year, you can say goodbye to waiting in line for a Black Friday TV deal; they'll be available at price lows no matter where you shop. And with analysts predicting a resurgence in big-screen TV sales, this Black Friday is poised to be one of the best weeks for making the jump to a 55"+ HDTV.

10 Celebrity Pennypinchers: "I Only Have One Car, and It's a Toyota Prius"

The celebrity exploits, rumored or real, that most often make the tabloids involve excess. But by contrast, the stars who pinch pennies and drive beaters break the lavish Hollywood lifestyle stereotype, and their stories are just as much fun to read. Here we gather 10 celebs who are rich and frugal, practicing the kind of financial restraint and budgetary austerity you'd sooner expect from your sock-darning, fruit-canning granny.

Rumor Roundup: Wonder Woman Movie? Metal Octopus? More?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Google, Microsoft, William Shatner, 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!

How to Overcome Your Fears About Buying Clothes Online

Despite the convenience of buying clothes online, many people still shy away from doing so, and for perfectly valid reasons. We're here to quell those concerns about fit, return policies, and fabric quality so you can trade fears for clothing deals.

Show Your Team Spirit with Football Game Day Party Must-Haves

Whether you don a cheese hat, wave a Terrible Towel, or hoist a foam finger, there are plenty of ways to show your team spirit at the stadium. Fortunately there are also other ways to root for your team at home, when you've got friends over watching the big game.

LCD TV Buying Guide: What You Need to Know to Buy the Best TV

Are you in the market for a new HDTV? Be sure to brush up on the latest LCD television technologies before you score a deal. Read our crash course on the features you need to know before you buy your next LCD TV.

Automated Customer Service Messages Got Ya Down? It's Time to GetHuman

We all know how frustrating it is to call up a company and be passed along from one machine to another just have a simple question addressed. To alleviate this frustration, the team at GetHuman has put together thousands of cheat sheets to circumvent the automated customer service lines of more than 10,000 companies.

Rumor Roundup: Space Grey iPad mini 2? Peggy Carter? Sequels?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Google, Marvel, 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!

This Week in Consumer News: Would You Like a Cocktail with Your Jeans?

Keeping up to date with the latest price and shopping trends involves the often arduous trek through business gibberish and nonsensical numbers. But instead, we've cut through the jargon to put together a roundup of this week's consumer news that you actually need to know about, including the much-publicized depreciation of Apple's shares, McDonald's mobile payments, and stores that will serve you drinks while you shop.

Hollywood Has Found a New Way to Make Film Buffs Spend Even More Money

The last few years have seen an increase in retailer exclusives in a variety of categories, from media to clothing lines, and beyond. But despite its presence in the marketplace, consumers planning to buy Star Trek Into Darkness on Blu-ray should be prepared for a surprise.

VIDEO: How Much Do You Access the Internet via Your Phone?

According to a recent survey, 21% of cell phone owners use their phone — and only their phone — to connect to the Internet. This is a strikingly high number, even if you factor in those people who only have a phone and not a computer. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss how they access the Internet through their phones, even if they're not part of that exclusive 21%.

How to Choose the Best Motor Oil for Your Car

Walk into the oil section of your local auto shop and chances are you'll face a mind-numbing selection of motor oils in a variety of grades from a plethora of manufacturers. It can be difficult to tell each apart, but we've set out to help you determine the best motor oil for your beloved auto.

9 Devices That Might Be a Waste of Your Money

Before spending a tidy sum on another electronic device, think long and hard about whether you already own a gadget that does the same thing for less. Here's how to avoid wasteful, redundant electronics.

Consignment Stores Go Online: Save Up to 70% on Designer Duds Every Day

While fans of high-end fashion have long been privy to buying secondhand designer goods at a discount, the fashion consignment industry has gotten a big boost recently with an influx of specialized online marketplaces for vintage luxury goods. Not only does this trend offer greater opportunities for budget fashionistas to save money, but it ultimately exposes a greater audience to the potential for savings.

The iPhone 5s Breaks Deal Records: Sprint Already Knocked $100 off!

When Apple announced the new iPhone 5s last week, you might have wondered when we might actually find a deal on the latest iDevice. As it turns out, the iPhone 5s is already on sale — and on track to break all sorts of deal records.

The Weirdest Celebrity Endorsements: Snoop Dogg Loves Minivans?

While some celebrity endorsements rank as classic and classy (think of Ray Charles singing the praises of Diet Pepsi), there are a host of off-beat ads and pitches that seemingly defy reason. Inside are our favorite, nonsensical celeb endorsements, from Method Man rapping about Sour Patch Kids to Ozzy Osborne shilling for I Can't Believe It's Not Butter.

Rumor Roundup: Death to the iPod Classic? Star Wars Cameo?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Grand Theft Auto V, Star Wars, 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!

A Curved TV Costs $4,000... And Only One Person Can Watch at a Time

The buzz around 4K TV has tapered off, but a new "hot" technology has emerged for consumers to consider — curved TVs. But despite all the fuss and flashy announcements, is there really a point to the curve?

Why Are Stores Still Charging $200 for the Now-Dead iPhone 5?

If you read our site, you're probably more of a "tech person" than most people, but there's still a chance that you may have missed the news: Apple has announced two new iPhones. So why are some stores still charging a full $200 for the old one?

VIDEO: What Do You Think About the New iPhones?

Since Apple has introduced the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, our deal experts thought they'd take a moment to briefly talk about the wow-worthy features (if any) of these latest handsets.

The iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5C: Which Model Should You Buy?

Apple's new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, made its debut today, but for the first time in the company's history, there was more than one smartphone announcement. Thus, shoppers looking for a new smartphone may be wondering which model is right for them; is the iPhone 5S worth the $100 premium, or can the iPhone 5C satisfy even power users? We compared both phones to find out.

Tiered Loyalty Programs Offer Early Access to Sales

Tiered loyalty programs, in which there are various levels of membership depending on how much a shopper spends, are all the rage amongst retailers. And while they offer some truly great perks, they could potentially be a costly endeavor for most consumers.

How to Buy Suits Online: Get the Perfect Style and Best Quality

Did you know that you can save between 20% and 50% on a suit when you buy it online? Such a discount may be tempting enough to most shoppers, but before you opt into a BOGO suit sale, there are some things you need to know about buying suits online.

Early H&M Report Card: Online Orders Take Up to 2 Weeks to Arrive

The hotly-anticipated e-commerce home for H&M took almost two years to arrive, and now it looks like shoppers may have to do even more waiting — to the tune of 2-week delivery times for their orders. Combined with some site design hiccups and unfavorable return policies, there may be reason to skip and just shop in-store at H&M instead.

We Hope You Didn't Pay Money to See These Box Office Bombs

The summer blockbuster season has come to an end, and while there were some notable success stories, there were also a handful of box office bombs that laid waste to Hollywood studio budgets — namely, Disney's The Lone Ranger. We decided to look at some other costly cinematic failures that put the tin in Tinsel Town, and make our own blown budgets seem trivial.

Rumor Roundup: Naked iPhone 5S Button? Cumberbatch in Star Wars VII?

Are you tired of reading rumors about the latest technology? Sick of hearing insane hearsay about Apple, Benedict Cumberbatch, Virtual Reality, 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!

This Week in Consumer News: Android KitKat, Chinese Delivery Drones, more

Sick of hearing about Miley Cyrus' demise? Rather stay informed with news that might save you time and money? Here then is our consumer news roundup! Inside: One man uses Promoted Tweets as a platform to solve his grievances with British Airways.

VIDEO: What Do You Think About Amazon's eBook Matching Service?

Amazon unveiled its Kindle Matchbook service this week, which will allow shoppers to download eBook copies of hard copy books they already own, either for a small fee or for completely free. It'll even retroactively apply to books that were purchased as far back as 1995 — when Amazon first started selling books.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite May Go on Sale for the First Time Ever

Amazon announced its new Kindle Paperwhite eBook Reader yesterday, which offers improved performance in many ways. But given the fact that many resellers still currently have the original model in-stock, could it be that we will finally see a deal on the Paperwhite?

The Pros and Cons of a Tempur-Pedic or Memory Foam Mattress

There's nothing quite like a good night's rest that leaves you energized in the morning. Unfortunately this level of beauty sleep often comes with a price; Tempur-Pedic mattresses have a reputation for being among the priciest solutions to a good night's sleep, but many people swear by them. Is it worth the money?

Whole Foods Changes Tactics, Starts Offering Flash Sales and Discounts

Whole Foods generally takes the (gluten-free and locally sourced) cake for pricey organics. But now, in order to appeal to more than just the average wealthy foodie, the grocer is holding flash sales and offering "buy one, get one" deals to draw in customers and make eating healthy more economical.

Help Yourself to Free Self-Help on Amazon

The self-help book market is a billion dollar industry, so why can you get so many of them for free on Amazon? No matter the answer, we've put together a hilarious selection of free self-help books that purport to help you help yourself in unique ways!

10 Essential Paid Apps Worth The Money

The average smartphone user now has 41 apps on his or her phone. And while we're all a fan of free and cheap apps, there are some paid apps that are worth the money. We turned to the experts to find out which iOS apps meet customer expectations and won't break the bank ... in most cases!