What We Expect in 2015!

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to take a look at what we’ll see in the new year. It’s 2015, and because we like to share what we know (or guess) with our shoppers, we figured we’d take a shot at predicting some of the shopping trends we’re expecting this year.

What we’re (relatively) sure of:

Knowing What You Want – In our opinion, this is a trend started by Amazon. Well, other retailers and now starting to follow. Instead of just a search that everyone can use, more shopping sites are starting to tailor the experience to the individual customer. What does that mean to you? The more often you visit a site, the closer it will come to knowing exactly what you’re looking for, as well as how much you’re likely to spend to get it.

More Social Media Advertising – Have you noticed that many of the big retailers have been hitting you from all angles on Facebook, Twitter and the like? Well, the big ones are going to do more of that, and the littler ones are already joining in. How do we know this? Because they’re telling us so. Expect more of the same in 2015.

Going Mobile – This one is a necessity for retailers. With the number of purchases made via a mobile device like a cell phone or tablet, businesses are pretty much forced to ensure that their sites are mobile optimized and easy to use. We’re very likely to see an absolute explosion of this in 2015.

Stay tuned for our own predictions for what this year will bring in the world of online shopping!

What is a Great Laptop Deal?

Is it for you?

One of the most common questions we get from shoppers is “what are the best laptop deals you’ve seen?” If ever a difficult question existed, that one fits the bill. Apart from the fact that there are a dozen well-known laptop manufacturers, making hundreds of different models, available in thousands of different configurations…well, you get the picture.

When we hear that question, we typically ask the customer what KIND of laptop they’re talking about. After all, a popular gaming laptop at 10% off the MSRP isn’t a great deal right? That is, unless the laptop in question is a sought-after, highly-rated machine that is on sale for the first time. Can you see where we’re going with this?

The answer to the question “what are the best laptop deals you’ve seen?” depends on the asker. My wife’s grandmother checks e-mail on hers a few times a week, and occasionally hops on to facebook to post a photograph or two. Her needs are therefore markedly different than someone looking to play a demanding game like Watch Dogs on their laptop .

Apples and oranges, folks. Believe it or not, even in 2014, plenty of folks can get everything they need from a laptop or desktop with a Celeron processor, 2 GB of memory, and no hard disk drive. More demanding users might need an i7 processor (the new Haswell version) running at 2.8GHz or more just to start their favorite game.

So what’s the difference between all of these machines? Actually, it’s simple enough. The less you do on your laptop, the less power, speed and space you’ll need. Conversely, of course, the more you ask your laptop to do, the more you’ll need in those departments. Those three things will determine whether your machine will do what you need it to, and also be the number one factor in it’s price.

Once you learn how power, speed and space mean in computer terms, you’ll have a better idea of what you should be paying for those specifications. In turn, once you know that, you’ll know whether a price is truly low or not.

Having been at this “deal finding” crusade for more than ten years, we already have a pretty good idea of what a great laptop deal looks like. We’ve spent years online, collectively owned and punished almost a dozen laptops, and we know what we need to be able to smoothly and quickly find and deliver to our shoppers as many great deals as we can, every single day of the year.

Even more importantly, we’ve seen thousands (seriously) of laptop deals over the years. I can probably give you the price range for a brand name laptop with just about any specifications without having to wake up to tell you.

While we post here at BFC and on our sister site CTD, we’ll give you hints on what you need from your laptop. We’ll tell you if it’s suitable for basic computer users, or fast and powerful enough for more serious applications. It’s what we do.

So if you’re looking for great laptop deals, and an informed perspective on why you should spend your hard earned money on a particular model, stick around.

Black Friday Every Day!

Black Friday Every Day!

Yes, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in our rear view mirror. We saw some of the best deals ever this year, with all time price lows and sometimes shocking discounts on everything from game consoles to patio furniture. It was fun while it lasted, and we hope you saved some serious money by stopping by our site before you pulled out your wallet. But as they say, “all good things…”

But what about your nephew’s birthday in March, and your anniversary in June? Hey, who says you can only save money in November and December? Certainly not us. We’re here all year long, posting the best deals we can find 365 days a year. We’ll post some of the best here at BFC, of course, and many more at our sister site crazytowndeals.

For more than ten years, we’ve scoured the web looking for just about anything we can find at an unusually low price. From the most popular toys on Earth to the best brand name apparel and much, much more, we’re betting we can save you money on just about anything you can possibly purchase online.

So stick around, because we certainly aren’t going anywhere. Because every day is Black Friday here!

Happy New Year!

The staff at Black Friday Central.

Amazon.com – Up to 70% off Toys

hot toy deals

Still lots of great deals to be had out there folks! For all the best individual deals update throughout the day, head to our sister site crazytowndeals.com!

Amazon.comUp to 70% off Toys. Free shipping with Prime or $35+ orders.

There are some pretty hot deals there right now, a shame they waited this close to Christmas to drop prices. Few good examples below.

  • Fisher-Price Octonauts Deep Sea Octo Lab $11
  • LeapFrog Learning Friends Play and Discover School Set $8.57
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Singing Pinkie Pie Doll $8.26
  • Disney Planes Fire and Rescue Leadbottom Die-cast Vehicle $2
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“Watch” This, Jewelry Stores!

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“Watch” This, Jewelry Stores!
(Why you should buy your timepiece online)

Somewhere, a man is walking into a jewelry store. Assuming ________ Jewelers is open, that is. I suppose it depends on the operating hours at the mall or strip shopping center in which said jeweler is located. So anyway, a gentleman is walking into a jeweler…

After working for years, or otherwise coming into a fair amount of money, this shopper is looking for a watch. Not just any watch, but a timepiece that will serve as a reward for such hard work, or just a reminder that some things in life are worth paying a luxury price for, a symbol of the good life, perhaps.

Said shopper will walk in and be immediately accosted by an attractive young lady in a skirt and ruffled blouse, who will chirp “Good morning/afternoon/evening! Can I help you find something special?” Surrounded by this pretty girl, his ears filled with the sound of violins from the store’s sound system, the shopper chooses a model described as “perfect for you” by the lovely sales lady, which, luckily for him, is “on sale” on this particular day.

They all live happily ever after. Until, one day, our shopper friend runs into an old pal, and realizes that they are wearing the same watch. Much to our tragic hero’s surprise, this pal divulges that he purchased his watch at Amazon, and for a significant percentage less than the protagonist of this story. Our hero is crestfallen.

Yes folks, you’ll pay more for your luxury watch at the jewelry store, often considerably more. And Amazon, our favorite retailer can save you a big chunk of your money, whether was “hard-earned” or “found money.” Their prices are sometimes hundreds, occasionally even thousands less than not only jewelry stores, but other online only merchants as well.

Look folks, we’re not suggesting that there’s anything wrong with jewelry stores. Some folks love the attention they receive when shopping for a watch at a jewelry store, and don’t mind paying more (gasp!) to be treated like a long lost friend in a sparkly environment filled with almost unbelievable mirth. But if, like us you are not among them, take a look at how much you can save by getting yours at Amazon. Oh, and let’s not forget Amazon’s legendary customer service while we’re at it.

And Amazon isn’t alone in featuring great watches at better than the jewelry store prices.

Here’s a look at a just a few watches, all high-quality, and with significant “wow factor” built-in, that are available at Amazon and a few other great sites, for less than we can find them anywhere else. We’ve compared the best price we found on the web with the lowest price at Google Shopping to give you an idea of how much you can save by snagging your new watch online.

*Update 12/21 – For more great deals on watches, check out this great offer from Amazon!
Take 30% off select watches (Luxury, Sports, Fashion) shipped from and sold by Amazon.com when you spend $100. Enter code WATCHES30 at checkout.*

Invicta Men’s 16163 Russian Diver Analog Display Mechanical Hand Wind Brown Watch $1,071.30 at Amazon.
Next best is $1,205. Whether you’re looking for a “Diver” or not, we highly recommend you at least take a look. It features one of the coolest nautical designs we’ve ever seen plus precise 17 jewels mechanical Swiss movement. Oh, and it’s Water Resistant To 3280 Feet.

Zenith Men’s Captain Central Second Boutique Edition Watch Model 18-2021-670-38-C498 at Ashford for $5,188.00 after coupon AFFWEEKEND with free shipping.
The savings on this watch can only be described as “BIG”. It sells for between $9,000 and $14,000 at the other sellers. It’s truly a high-end watch with features like 18K Rose Gold Case, Leather Alligator Over Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding), and a simple but elegant look. Also valid until 12/23/14.

Rado R30940132 Women’s Centrix Watch at Ashford for $640.00 after coupon AFFCENTRIX640 (expires 12/22.)
Next best is a whopping $1,088. This one says “Elegance” with a capital “E.” The clean, sharp looking titanium double folding clasp with push button, ceramic with plasma treatment and stainless steel case make for one “important” looking timepiece.

Invicta Men’s 15923 Subaqua Quartz Chronograph Black Dial Watch at Amazon for $504.92.
It’s another great looking “Diver Watch” that sells for at least $640 anywhere but Amazon. It features Swiss Quartz Movement (of course) and is water resistant to 1640 Feet. Most of all though, it looks the part of an awesome watch for boating, diving, fishing, and all water related fun.

Movado 0605973 Men’s Corporate Exclusive Watch at Ashford for $286.00 after coupon AFFCORP286 with free shipping.
It has that always familiar black face we know and love that announces that it’s a Movado. This one is a “corporate” watch and perfect for the business world, but we just think it’s a great looking watch that displays everything we love about Movado’s classic look. Period. The next best we found is $450.

Armand Nicolet Men’s S05 Watch Model T610AGN-AG-G9610 for $1,088.00 after coupon AFFWEEKEND with free shipping at Ashford.
Most folks sell it for about $4,000. We love the style of this watch, because it’s a combination of black and silver elegance with plenty of rugged looking design touches. It also features Titanium Case, Rubber Strap, Swiss Mechanical Automatic (Self-Winding). Valid until 12/23/14.

For more great deals on some very nice watches, check out the 70% off or more section at Amazon.

These are $1000-$5000+ watches!

More Best Buy Hot Prices!

Things have hardly let up even a little this shopping season, and Best Buy is among those keeping it going. We woke up this morning to a seven day sale from them with some of the very best deals we’ve seen and some prices that match the best we saw on Black Friday! They’ve even added FREE 2 Day Shipping on most orders over $35. Go see for yourself…

Best Buy Sale!

Save $100 on iPad Air 2
Save $50 on iPad mini 3
Save $10 on Apple TV, Sale $89.99
Belkin Dual-Band Wireless Range Extender, $69.99
Save up to $100 on Select Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 Laptops
Buy 2, Get a 3rd Free on All Xbox, PlayStation and PC Games
Free $15–$30 Best Buy Gift Card with Select Small Appliances
Save $30 on Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones, Sale $149.99
Save $70 on Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB Tablet, Sale $229.99
Save $20 on Philips hue Lux Smart Lighting System Starter Kit, Sale $79.99
Toshiba Satellite 15.6″ Laptop with 4GB Memory and 500GB Hard Drive, $229.99
Belkin AC750 Dual-Band Wireless-AC Router with 4-Port Ethernet Switch, $79.99
Save $100 on Samsung Galaxy S 5 Cell Phone, $99.99 with 2-Year Agreement
Free $50 Best Buy Gift Card with 2 or More Beats by Dr. Dre Products Totaling $398 or More
HP 15.6″ Laptop with AMD A6-Series Processor, 4GB Memory and 1TB Hard Drive, $329.99
HP 17.3″ Laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor, 6GB Memory and 750GB Hard Drive, $499.99
HP 15.6″ Laptop with Intel Core i3 Processor, 6GB Memory and 750GB Hard Drive, $399.99
Save $30 on ASUS 13.3″ Chromebook with 2GB Memory and 16GB Flash Storage, Sale $219
Free $100 Best Buy Gift Card with HTC One (M7) Cell Phone, Only $1 with 2-Year Agreement

Top 5 Camera Deals!

For us, one of the most surprising things about this holiday shopping season is that so many of the deals have been on some of the very best products. And one of the hottest categories has been cameras. Especially the good ones. And so, in no particular order, we bring you five of the very best deals on cameras (OK, one is a camcorder but it’s very hot) that we’ve seen not just this season, but in our 10 years of finding deals.

All of these are highly-rated, and sold by more than reputable vendors we’ve known for a long time. If you have any interest in photography, these are highly recommended not just by us, but by folks who own them. As is always true this time of year, how long they last is anyone’s guess…

Top 5 Camera Deals of the 2014 Holiday Season!

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Bundle $599 at Adorama.
(There are still folks who give you just the camera body at this price. It’s a superior camera with a ton of great features plus a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens included.)

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera w/18-55mm VR Lens $534 after coupon Loyalty15 at Abe’s of Maine.
(A mid range camera with upper range features at the lowest price we’ve ever seen.)

Sony Alpha a6000 Camera Bundle $758 at Amazon via Focus Camera.
(Big Bundle with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses, but you also get a 32GB SD Card, filters and an extra battery at less than the price most folks sell the camera alone for.)

Pentax K-50 Camera Bundle w/Lenses $565.41 at Amazon.
(It’s a $900 bundle. This ultra-popular camera is spectacular, and DA L 18-55mm WR f3.5-5.6 and 50-200mm WR Lenses are included.)

Sony HXR-NX70U Professional Digital Camcorder $1821 after coupon Loyalty15 at Abe’s of Maine.
(This highly-rated, spectacular camcorder sells for at least $2,400 everywhere else we found it. It has so many incredible features, we recommend you go take a look yourself.)

Cyber Monday Sales Part 1!

Just as we saw with Black Friday, some of the very best deals we’re in the “Pre-Sales” that happened just before the bigger known shopping day. So without further playing around, here are some of the best early Cyber Monday Sales that are popping up all over the web, along with a small taste of what you’ll find at each of them…

Best Buy

HP Stream 11.6″ Laptop $199.99
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack $49.99
HP Pavilion 17.3″ i5 Laptop $399.99
Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack $49.99
Apple MacBook Air (Latest Model) 13.3″ $799.99
Asus 13.3″ Chromebook w/Wi-Fi + 4G LTE $149.00
Free Wireless Controller with Xbox One Console Bundle

Walmart

2014 Holiday Barbie Doll $33.99
iPod Touch 16GB (Assorted Colors) $187.99
Sceptre X505BV-FMQR 50″ 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV $349.00
Samsung UN50H5203AFXZA 50″ 1080p LED Smart HDTV $497.99
Disney Frozen Convertible Car 6-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-On $99.00
Lifetime 44″ Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball Hoop $99.00
Character Corner Toddler/Kids’ Playroom Multi-Bin Toy Organizer $25 – $30

Amazon

Tablets 20% off or more.
Video Games 40% off or more.
Up to 50% Off Select Logitech Products.
Deals in Desktops and Monitors from Dell.
Up to 50% off top-rated portable speakers.
Thousands of Lightning Deals in every category!
Up to 20% Off Select Intel-Powered Laptops & 2 in 1s.