Tag Archives: Black Friday

Why Are Some Dealers Just Really Bad At Selling Cars?

As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we’re talking about salespeople who are bad at selling, why a nice car would not be certified, and test driving cars on Black Friday.

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Saturday’s Best Deals: Black Friday Leftovers, Refurb iPhones, Ticket to Ride, and More

The best remaining deals from Black Friday, Ticket To Ride, and refurbished iPhones lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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Get An Early Start On Your New Year’s Resolutions With Black Friday Fitbit Discounts

Fitbit Flex 2, $69 | Fitbit Charge 2, $129 | Fitbit Alta, $99 | Fitbit Blaze, $150

Fitbit’s annual Black Friday discounts just went live, with all-time low prices (save for a brief preorder price mistake) on the entire wrist-based lineup, including the svelte Flex 2, the powerful Charge 2, the fashionable Alta, and the Blaze smart watch.


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Get An Early Start On Your New Year’s Resolutions With Black Friday Fitbit Discounts

Fitbit Flex 2, $69 | Fitbit Charge 2, $129 | Fitbit Alta, $99 | Fitbit Blaze, $150

Fitbit’s annual Black Friday discounts just went live, with all-time low prices (save for a brief preorder price mistake) on the entire wrist-based lineup, including the svelte Flex 2, the powerful Charge 2, the fashionable Alta, and the Blaze smart watch.


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The Lifehacker Guide to Surviving Black Friday

The Friday after Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year to score deals on everything from TVs to gadgets, but braving the swarming mass of shoppers is a challenge. These tips will keep you on your toes and ready to snag the deals you have your eye on.

Last year, 60% of Americans went shopping on Black Friday and spent about $67 billion. If you want to get in on the deal hunting action, here’s what you need to know:

  • Get in line early: Some stores will open as early as Thursday afternoon, and many steadfast shoppers will start getting in line for other stores six to eight hours before they open. It might seem like long hours, but you could net savings of up to $70 per hour.
  • Do your research: Know what deals you want and know where they’ll be inside the store. That way you can get in, grab the goods, and get out.
  • Dress appropriately: The more layers you can put on the better. It’ll be cold while you wait in line, and a little extra padding can help you fend off feisty shoppers.
  • Stay calm, comfortable, and humble: Tensions will be running high, so it’s important to keep a level head as products go flying off the shelves. Stay hydrated and bring a snack so you don’t get hangry. And if you manage to grab an awesome deal on a limited product, avoid gloating to other shoppers. You never know what they might do.

Of course, the best way to take on Black Friday is from the comfort of your own home. There will be tons of Cyber Monday deals, so skip the crowds and shop in your pajamas. You save yourself a bunch of money and a whole lot of stress.

Give Your Car a Brain With Automatic Pro, Now $20 Off For Black Friday

No matter how long you’ve been driving, it’s never too late to learn better habits. Automatic is a little Bluetooth dongle that plugs into your car’s OBD-II port (found on almost any car made since 1996) and communicates with your smartphone to track driving habits, mileage, and engine problems. It can even trigger

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How To Not Be A Jerk On Black Friday

Dead Rising

Black Friday is the Armageddon of retail, and even has the name to fit. On that unholy day, armed soldiers of capitalism move on local games outlets with just one thing on their minds: new shit for less money.

Gaming equipment is expensive. We get it. But games retail employees don’t need to suffer for our thriftiness. Every year, they do. This year, in our urgent fury to grab a new, discounted, PS4 Pro (or in your dad’s confused journey to find you the perfect Christmas stocking stuffer), consider the store employees’ side of things.

They are experiencing the retail equivalent of Dynasty Warriors.

To help advocate for the brave men and women behind your local GameStop, Best Buy or Toys ‘R’ Us counters and in the stacks, we spoke with a few current and former employees who’ve sold games and consoles on Black Friday. They’ve kindly provided Kotaku readers with tips on how to make their Black Friday shifts less miserable:

  • Figure out what you want before going into the store. Call ahead a few days beforehand. Don’t wait in line for an hour, get to the counter and ask a retail employee what’s hot in gaming when there are dozens of people behind you
  • Prioritize. It’s unlikely that you’ll get a console deal, deals on three popular games and every accessory you want at the perfect price. Think about what you’d be okay going without and consider that, often, the console deals are better than the deals for individual games
  • Retail employees are working as quickly as they can. Seriously
  • Research promotions before you head to your local games outlet. All the information you’ll need is online and it’ll take a load off in-store employees if they don’t have to explain the deals to you
  • If you’re being helped by a new employee who doesn’t know the ropes yet, instead of getting upset, just thank them and move on to another employee
  • Know when the sales start. Sometimes, they start Thanksgiving night
  • If you are nice to a retail employee on Black Friday, they will be more likely to help you. Weird, but true!
  • Know the return policy for items you purchase. Also, don’t argue with retail employees about the return policy or cut them off when they’re telling it to you
  • Games retail outlets don’t have an infinite stock (See: NES Classic). That’s not the sales rep’s fault. It’s first come, first serve—especially for the latest console at the lowest price. Don’t get mad if the outlet runs out of something. You can probably buy it online at the same price
  • Don’t get violent! Don’t yell! Calm down. It will be fine. Everything will be okay

Finally—and this is my tip—buy a few things for friends and family! Now’s a great (and affordable) time to get your loved ones into your favorite hobby.

Give Thanks For Dozens of Promo Codes on Your Favorite Anker Gear

Anker makes your favorite battery packs, charging cables, Bluetooth speakers, and more, and practically everything they sell has a special Black Friday promo code available right now.

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Even Bigger Discounts Are Coming This Black Friday As Carmakers Need To Make The Sales

Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.

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The Used Cars With the Best Deals on Black Friday

Okay, maybe Black Friday isn’t completely dead. It might be a good day to get a discount on a used car, for example. A recent report found that Black Friday had 33% more deals than on an average day. In fact, that percentage was higher than any other holiday.

Car shopping site iSeeCars analyzed the pricing history of over 40 million used cars from 2013-2015. Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, and Thanksgiving were all decent days to find used car deals, but Black Friday topped the list. You can see their full list of best days to buy in the infographic below, and the following list shows the 10 best used cars to buy on Black Friday, according to the percentage of better than average prices.

  1. Hyundai Elantra: 230.6% more deals than average day
  2. Hyundai Sonata: 158.9%
  3. Ford F-150: 156.3%
  4. VW Jetta: 115.6%
  5. Chevrolet Silverado 1500: 115.4%
  6. GMC Sierra 1500: 84.7%
  7. Chevrolet Camaro: 74.8%
  8. Honda CR-V: 69.8%
  9. Chrysler Town and Country: 63.5%
  10. Honda Accord: 62.0%

In an email, they explained a bit more about their methodology:

For the Top 10 Best Cars to Buy on Black Friday, cars for the last 5 model years (2011–2015), with at least 750 vehicles sold on that day were included. For each model, the percent of cars sold with at least a five percent discount on Black Friday was compared to the same metric averaged across the 2013-2015 period. Models were ranked by the percent difference between the Black Friday percentage and the average percentage.

Interestingly, they also found that, in general, dealerships offer even better discounts on the first day of the month than the last. Prices were 8.5% better than average on the first day compared with 5.6% on the last day. The site’s CEO, Phong Ly, explained:

“A dealership’s sales month usually ends a few days into the next calendar month. So sales made on the first of the month can be included in the previous month’s sales…Much like with the end of the year, dealers are probably trying to make some last-minute sales to meet their monthly goals.” Similarly, the fifth day of the month was the worst day for deals, most likely because it is always at the beginning of the new sales period.

Of course, your own experience may vary, but it’s interesting to see how these findings stack up. For more detail, check out the infographic below or head to the link.

Best Car Deals For Black Friday And Thanksgiving | iSeeCars