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Below are our archived articles from 2016:

Black Friday 2016 Tools and Hardware Buying Guide

Whether your toolbox needs new friends or you're shopping for a gearhead, look no further for the best Black Friday deals on tools and hardware. Read More


Black Friday 2016 Appliance Buying Guide

If you're shopping for appliances, there are definitely some Black Friday deals to be had! We picked out the best Black Friday appliance deals and put them together in this handy roundup for you. Read More


Black Friday 2016 Tablet Buying Guide

Tablets are trendy and at the top of wish lists for all ages this year, and luckily since they are so popular, the prices are getting lower and lower. If you're in the market, we've got you covered with our list of the best Black Friday 2016 tablet deals! Read More


Black Friday 2016 Top Five Gifts Under $50

Whether you're shopping for the boss, the in-laws, or the BFAds team, read on to find our top picks for Black Friday gifts under $50! Read More


Black Friday 2016 Smart Phones Buying Guide

Do you need a new phone this holiday season? Look no further for the best Smart Phone deals you'll find on Black Friday. Read More


Black Friday Video Games 2016

Everyone and their grandma wants video games this year, and Black Friday has some fantastic deals to offer. Here we'll tell you all about the best of the best deals on Xbox One S Bundles, PlayStation 4 Slim Bundles, and the New Nintendo 3DS. Read More


Top 10 Black Friday 2016 Deals

Here they are! Our top 10 picks for the overall best, hottest, most doorbuster-worthy Black Friday deals. Let us know what your picks are in the comments section! Read More


Worst Black Friday Deals 2016

There are doorbusters, and then there are "door-runners" -- AKA deals you should run from and never look back. If you want to waste your money and your time this year, or just get a good laugh, check out our list of the worst Black Friday 2016 "deals". Read More


Black Friday 2016 Laptop Buying Guide

If you're looking for a laptop this Black Friday, you're in luck! We combed through every single offer available and found you all the best picks. Whether you have $100 or $1000 to spend, read on to hear about the best Black Friday 2016 Laptop deals. Read More


Black Friday 2016 HDTV Buying Guide

It may sound silly to say, but with 4K quickly gaining popularity, the time has never been better to buy a plain ol' HDTV. This may sound like madness, but with a severe lack of content in 4K and some very restrictive copy protection that would force many customers to upgrade almost their entire home theater, 4K just isn't ready for prime time in the eyes of many shoppers. The writing may be on the wall for HDTV, and the day will come that there are no more HDTVs on store shelves on Black Friday, but it is not this day! Read More


Black Friday 2016 4K UHDTV Buying Guide

Are you in the market for a 4K TV? You're in luck! This Black Friday we've seen dozens of 4K TV offers, and here we've narrowed down our favorites for every budget and screen size. Read More


Top 10 Best Buy Black Friday 2016 Deals

Best Buy is the undisputed king of Black Friday electronics deals, and this year is no exception. We sifted through all of their offers and are happy to present you with our top 10 Best Buy Black Friday deals. Read More


Top 10 Kohl's Black Friday 2016 Deals

Kohl's has become a favorite among Black Friday shoppers over the years because of Kohl's Cash. Every year they not only compete with other stores for the best price, but they add in $15 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent, making them one of the best places to find the hottest deals. Read More


Top 10 Target Black Friday 2016 Deals

So you've got your REDcard and you're ready to shop the Target Black Friday sale? Make your list with BFAds -- here are the top 10 Target Black Friday deals this year. Read More


Top 10 Walmart Black Friday 2016 Deals

We combed through dozens and dozens of doorbusters to bring you Walmart's Top 10 Best Black Friday 2016 deals! Read More


A Guide to 4K Streaming

So you've read our 4K buying guide and you're all set up with a fancy 4K-capable display. Now what? We'll help you find the best ways to stream your HD favorites. Read More


A Look at Google Pixel and Pixel XL

A household name has a brand-new venture: Google's first smartphone. How does it stack up to the competition? Read on to find out. Read More


Dark Horse Deals 2016

Everyone knows to look for hot TV doorbusters and great deals on toys for Black Friday. What about some lesser-known categories? Don't sleep on some of our favorite underrated Black Friday deals. Read More


Off Contract Flagship Smart Phones

Thinking of kissing your carrier goodbye and buying an off-contract flagship phone? Here, we'll cover two of the most prominent devices and see how they compare to the latest offerings from popular phone makers, while also covering some of the benefits and drawbacks. Read More


2016 VR Smackdown

VR is the future of video gaming, but is it right for you? Which gear should you purchase? What system has the best titles? We'll break it all down for you. Read More


2016 Holiday Toys

BFAds breaks down what toys are sure to be included in every letter to Santa this holiday season. Read More


4K UHD TV Buying Guide 2016

Wondering what all the fuss is about? Is your spouse talking about 4K as if they learned a new foreign language? Keep on reading to learn the ins and outs of 2016's hottest tech. Read More


A Look at the Samsung Galaxy S7

Wondering whether you should upgrade to the new Samsung Galaxy S7? Look no further; we're here to help. Read More


A Look at the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

From the headphone jack debate to the new-and-improved camera, we take a look at all of the best (and worst) features that the new iPhone 7 has to offer. Read More


A Look at the PlayStation 4 Pro

From peripherals to under-the-hood changes, here's an in-depth analysis on the new Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. Read More


A Look at the Xbox One S

An in-depth look at everything you ever needed to know about Microsoft's newest gaming system. Read More


2016 Video Game Buying Guide

From first-person shooters to indie side-scrolling fun, we cover the best games of Summer ’16. Read More


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Below are our archived articles from 2015:

Black Friday 2015 Appliances

Are you in need of a new fridge? How about a dishwasher or a washer/dryer set? We've got you covered with the best appliance deals Black Friday 2015 has to offer. Read More


Top 10 Black Friday Deals 2015

With over 140 Black Friday ads and counting on our site, there is a lot of information to process. We did the work for you and pared all of the deals down into the Top 10 Deals of Black Friday! Read More


Worst Deals of Black Friday 2015

Despite every amazing doorbuster and jaw-dropping price cut, we see some anomalies every year. You've seen the lists of some of our favorite deals, but here we bring you the hands-down worst deals of Black Friday 2015. Read More


Black Friday 2015 Digital Camera Buying Guide

Cell phone cameras are cool and all, but they just can't compare to a dedicated device. Are you on the hunt for a camera? We've got our favorites from this Black Friday season laid out for you! Read More


Black Friday 2015 Tablet Buying Guide

Are you shopping for a tablet this holiday season? There are dozens of tempting offers, so we went through them all and picked out the best of the best. Read on to see our top ten picks! Read More


Black Friday 2015 Video Game Buying Guide

Black Friday 2015 has been chock-full of video game deals. Here, we take our deal expertise and apply it to the dozens of doorbusters and present you with our top picks. Read More


Black Friday 2015 Laptop Buying Guide

Are you shopping for a laptop this holiday season? You're at the right place. Read on to find our favorite laptop deals for the Black Friday 2015 season. Read More


Black Friday 2015 4K HDTV Buying Guide

Do 4K TVs have you confused? Fear not! We break down the best of their Black Friday offerings. Read More


Black Friday 2015 HDTV Buying Guide

Are you looking to get a TV for Black Friday, but you are confused on where to start? Look no more! We've got you covered with our Black Friday HDTV Buying Guide. Read More


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Top 10 Walmart Black Friday Deals

We're back with another top 10 deals list! We analyzed the entirety of Walmart's Black Friday ad to share our picks with you. Read More


Top 10 Best Buy Black Friday Deals

We analyzed all 20 pages and over 300 items to bring you our top 10 picks from the Best Buy Black Friday ad! Read on to see what we chose and why these deals are so special. Read More


Top 10 Target Black Friday Deals

The 2015 Target Black Friday Ad features over 470 items, and we sorted through them all. Read on to see our top 10 picks from this year's ad! Read More


Black Friday Dark Horse Deals

While doorbusters can be enticing, you shouldn't disregard the middle pages of Black Friday ads. Read on to discover all that "Dark Horse Deals" have to offer. Read More


2015 Desktop PC Buying Guide

Every time a new piece of technology catches fire and becomes the latest and greatest trend, inevitably someone tolls the bell and calls it the death of the desktop PC...and yet, it's still here. Time and time again, new tech brings new productivity and entertainment possibilities, heralding the end of days for the desktop PC. But, just like the metal, you can't kill the PC. Read More


2015 Kids Tablets Buying Guide

It seems like everyone wants a tablet these days - children included. Read our Kids Tablets Buying Guide to learn all about how to make sure your child receives a tablet that meets their required durability, screen size, app selection, and performance - all while meeting your required parental controls. Read More


A Look at the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Apple's newest iPhone releases every fall, with one year focusing on the hardware and the next year revamping the software. This year brought us the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Should you wait until fall 2016 for another form factor update? Read on to find out if the investment is worthwhile. Read More


10 Hottest Games of 2015

From Fallout 4 to Halo 5, we cover the top 10 hottest games of the Black Friday 2015 season. Read on to see what all the fuss is about. Read More


GPS vs Smartphones

Is it worth buying a dedicated GPS when you have a location-enabled smartphone? Maybe. Read on to find out if the investment is worth it. Read More


Hot Holiday Toys of 2015

Do you have a few wish lists to interpret this holiday season? Fear not! Read our list of hot holiday toys to see what's cool with the kids these days. Read More


2015 Video Game Consoles

It seems like everyone has a video game console under their TV or on their holiday wish list, but which is the best for your household? We've taken the best consoles of 2015 and highlighted their pros and cons. Read More


2015 Smart Watches

Smart watches are growing more and more popular as the months go by. Every time a smartphone is released, it seems like there is another addition to the mix of watches vying for your attention. If you're interested in a smart watch, but aren't quite sure where to start, read on to find out which one is best for your needs. Read More


2015 Streaming Media Device Guide

Streaming media is nothing short of an online content revolution. Netflix's initial offerings in 2007 planted a seed that has grown into a full-blown jungle, with every media powerhouse trying to get into the game - fighting cable providers each step of the way. Read More


2015 Laptop Buying Guide

Technology changes by the minute these days, and there's always a laptop sale going on somewhere. With all the new features being offered on new products, it's helpful to read up on your options before you buy. Here are our current recommendations on the best laptops for your money.

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2015 Appliance Buying Guide

Choosing a new appliance for your home is rarely an easy task. When you add up the base price, delivery fees, and all of the bells and whistles, you may end up dropping a pretty penny on your new refrigerator or washing machine. Read on to make sure your investment goes a long way. Read More


2015 Guide to Home Networking

Does home networking have you confused? It's easier than you think. Read on and you'll be an expert in no time. Read More


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Smart watches are growing more and more popular as the months go by. Every time a smartphone is released, it seems like there is another addition to the mix of watches vying for your attention. If you're interested in a smart watch, but aren't quite sure where to start, read on to find out which one is best for your needs. Read More


Cutting the Cable Guide

Cable packages can be enticing when you first sign up, but that rate rarely lasts past your first year. Between extra upgrades, random cable box changes, and service fees, your cable bill can increase exponentially without giving you any real benefits. Read on to find out how to unplug from your cable provider and save yourself some money, all while keeping the channels and services that you love. Read More


Video Game Buying Guide for 2015

Dedicated gamers always have room for one or two more titles in their arsenal. Whether you're stuck on a level in Candy Crush, bored with Call of Duty, or overwhelmed by your 200 side quests in The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, we've got your new video game suggestions covered. Read More


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2015 Smart Phone Buying Guide

Whether you are searching for a new carrier because Industry trends away from contracts, or are just looking to replace an older device, our Cell Phone Buying Guide has you covered. We take a a look at the two powerhouse smart phone types to help you choose a cell phone that is right for you. We cover our picks for the best Android phones and phablets, as well as the top iOS devices. If you are looking for help with tablets, we have Buying Guide for that, too. Read More


2015 Digital Camera Buying Guide

Getting a deal on a digital camera and understanding all the different features can be overwhelming. Whether you are looking for Canon cameras, Nikon cameras, SLR cameras, or just a point and shoot digital camera, our Camera Buying Guide explains some of the common terms you'll need to know to make an informed camera purchase. To make choosing the right digital camera easy, we also included our picks of the top cameras in every price range. Here are our recommendations on the best digital cameras for your money. Read More


2015 Tablet Buying Guide

As we get closer and closer to the Black Friday 2015, we expect tablets to be a popular item again in 2015. Given Google's emphasis on mobile friendliness for its search engine, we expect mobile and tablet searches to surpass desktop searches any day now. We feel that tablets are only going to get more popular, and we hope that they will be among the best Cyber Monday deals, and Black Friday door busters. If you have decided to buy a tablet, the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Should I get an Apple iPad? Apple iPad Air? Samsung Galaxy Tab? What is Retina Display? If you are ready to get serious about buying a tablet this Black Friday or Cyber Monday, then this guide is for you. We are going to provide you with some tablet reviews for popular products, and let you know what to look for in a tablet. Read More


2015 HDTV Buying Guide

The HDTV is the centerpiece of most living rooms, and is one of the most exciting big-ticket items you can purchase these days. But with hundreds of options, and prices ranging from the hundreds into the thousands, choosing the right HDTV can be as confusing as it is exciting.

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Apple Watch vs. Google Store

There's always plenty of exciting tech news on the web in the Spring, but this week has already seen huge announcements and epic fails from the biggest names in computing.

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2015 Laptop Buying Guide

Technology changes by the minute these days, and there's always a laptop sale going on somewhere. With all the new features being offered on new products, it's helpful to read up on your options before you buy. Here are our current recommendations on the best laptops for your money.

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Below are our archived articles from 2014:

Black Friday 2014 Tablet Buying Guide

As mobile devices become more powerful, and online shopping gains popularity every year, tablets are a must-have item for techies everywhere. But how much tablet do you need, and what will you use it for most often? If you're not sure what to look for, or how much to spend on a tablet during the Black Friday 2014 sales events, we're here to help! Read More


Black Friday 2014 Laptop Buying Guide

Every year the technology gets better, smaller, faster, and more confusing -but we're here to help! We've got the best deals we could find represented in this handy buying guide, organized by price-point, with the specs listed out in an easy-to-read format. Read More


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Top 10 Black Friday Deals of 2014

We have pored over 100+ ads, cut through the clever language, and crunched the numbers to find you the best deals available. We had quite a few to choose from, and there were some that were almost too close to call, but here it is.

We present to you the Top 10 Black Friday Deals of 2014. Read More


Mobile Phone Black Friday Buying Guide

Cell phones, especially smartphones, have gone from being a luxury to being an every day item for millions of people. Black Friday 2014 has a lot to offer for those in the market for a new way to stay connected. In this Buying Guide, we give you the scoop on this year's hottest Android Smartphones and iPhones, as well as no-contract options and feature phones. Read More


Top 10 Walmart Black Friday Deals

Walmart is synonymous with Black Friday shopping. The retail giant is convenient as well as competitive. This year, they have proved to be nothing but cutthroat as they ramped up the deals, drove down prices, and matched even their online competition.

It was a difficult task, but we have narrowed Walmart's Black Friday deals down to the top 10. Read on to see our staff picks. Read More


Top 10 Best Buy Black Friday Deals

One of the hottest stores to shop Black Friday technology deals has always been Best Buy. We've selected the 10 best deals in their ads for this year and listed them out for your convenience. Get the scoop on what's worth waiting for in this guide, artfully prepared by the BFAds deal-hunting team. Read More


Top 10 Laptops for Black Friday 2014

Each year we get hundreds of emails, messages, and social comments asking us for the best deals on laptops in the overwhelming list of Black Friday deals. This guide is a more manageable list of the 10 best Laptops for 2014 we can find in-store and online, and why we chose them. Read More


Top 10 HDTVs for Black Friday 2014

Possibly the most sought after items every Black Friday, greatly discounted HDTVs have time-and-time again proven to be a sure-fire way to drive shoppers to stores. And while laptops and digital cameras are now Black Friday afterthoughts (largely replaced by tablets and cellphones), HDTVs have consistently remained a highly in-demand item.

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Black Friday 2014 HDTV Buying Guide

This year, we've encountered more television deals than ever before. No matter the size you’re in the market for, there are plenty of quality sets available at great prices. Read on to see our choices for the best television deals available this Black Friday. Read More


Top 10 Black Friday 2014 Video Game Deals

In this guide, we have compiled what we consider to be the 10 hottest video games of the holiday season and have broken down their best pricing options by console. Read More


Hottest Toys of Black Friday 2014

If you aren't sure what to buy for the kids on your holiday shopping list, we're here to help! Visit our Adscans page to see all the Toy Catalogs we've posted so far, and read on to find out which gifts are predicted to be the best picks to go under your tree in 2014.

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Below are our archived articles from 2013:

2013 Appliance Black Friday Buying Guide

Though electronics may get most of the attention on Black Friday, that doesn’t mean you can’t also find a great price on a refrigerator or dishwasher. Here, we provide our picks for the best Black Friday deals on ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, and washers/dryers. Read More


5 Best Tool Deals on Black Friday

Looking for a deal, but aren’t really interested in any of the hefty discounts on electronics? If you prefer to build things from the ground up, you may be interested in our choices for the five best Black Friday tool deals. Each offers real savings to those looking to secure a great price on handy items to keep around the house. Read More


Mobile Phone Black Friday Buying Guide

Mobile phone deals continue to grow in popularity on Black Friday, and this year, there are more carrier options on this season's most popular phones than ever before. In this guide, we pick out the best deals on the most popular smart phones this season while offering some additional options for no contract and feature phones. Read More


Black Friday Digital Camera Buying Guide

In this guide, we offer our picks for the best available camera values on Black Friday, which covers everything from budget point-and-shoots to dSLR bundles. Read More


Black Friday Video Game Buying Guide

There are plenty of great deals available for gamers of all sizes this Black Friday. In this guide, we break down the best available deals by plat form and offer our picks for the best multiplatform deals at a number of price points. Read More


Top 10 Best Buy Black Friday Deals

Already a fan favorite, Best Buy's ability to solely focus on consumer electronics and tech goods always make their Black Friday ad one of the best! Read More


Black Friday 2013 Laptop Buying Guide

Laptops are as affordable as they've ever been. When you add Black Friday into the mix, you're sure to find a plenty of quality systems offered at a steep discount. In this article, we offer our picks at a number of price points so you're sure to secure a deal that fits your budget. Read More


Black Friday 2013 Tablet Buying Guide

Are you in the market for a tablet this Black Friday? In this guide, we run down our picks for the best tablet values at a number of price points. For those interested in kid's tablets, read on as well – we offer our highlights. Read More


Top 10 Walmart Black Friday Deals

Easily the most popular Black Friday ad year-in and year-out, the Walmart Black Friday ad serves as a benchmark to compare all other ads to. Walmart's size and extraordinary purchasing power often puts them in a position to offer products at unrivaled price points.

This year is no exception, as it was very difficult choosing just ten options for their Black Friday 2013 ad. Read More


Top 10 Target Black Friday Deals

Often overlooked in favor of Walmart and Best Buy, the Target Black Friday ad has traditionally been one of the best. And with the top Black Friday HDTV and Apple iPad deals, Target's Black Friday 2013 is no slouch. Read More


Top 10 Black Friday 2013 Video Game Deals

The 2013 holiday season is set to be one of the busiest in a while. In addition to the debuts of the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft Xbox One consoles, this Black Friday marks the release of many future blockbuster titles including the newest offerings from the Call of Duty, Battlefield, Pokémon and Assassin's Creed series.

In this guide, we have compiled what we consider to be the 10 hottest video games of the holiday season and have broken out their best pricing options by console. Read More


Top 10 TVs for Black Friday 2013

Possibly the most sought after items every Black Friday, greatly discounted HDTVs have time-and-time again proven to be a sure-fire way to drive shoppers to stores. And while laptops and digital cameras are now Black Friday afterthoughts (largely replaced by tablets and cellphones), HDTVs have consistently remained a highly in-demand item.

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Black Friday 2013 HDTV Buying Guide

This year, we've encountered more television deals than ever before. No matter the size you’re in the market for, there are plenty of quality sets available at great prices. Read on to see our choices for the best television deals available this Black Friday. Read More


Hot Holiday Toys for Black Friday 2013

Parents in need of a little inspiration for their Black Friday shopping will find plenty of great toy options to choose from this season. The most popular toys for 2013 feature classic characters like the Disney Princesses and Batman as well as exciting new high tech gadgets the whole family can enjoy.

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Below are our archived articles from 2012:

2012 Appliance Black Friday Buying Guide

Appliances deals are among the best kept secrets on Black Friday. Annually outshined by massive television, video game and laptop deals, great sale prices on washers and dryers, ranges and refrigerators often go unnoticed by the multitudes that brave cold weather and early morning hours to score great savings. If you’re looking to pick up a new appliance this holiday season, don’t skip the massive deals available on Black Friday. Read on to see our picks. Read More


2012 Digital Camera Black Friday Buying Guide

The good news this year: if you’re hoping to pick up a point and shoot stocking stuffer for under $100, there are plenty of great options to choose from. There are also some wonderful bundle packages for those looking to dive into SLR photography. Read on to see our choice picks, which cover value cameras all the way through introductory high-end digital SLR models. Read More


2012 Tablet Black Friday Buying Guide

The rise of the Android tablet, coupled with the Kindle Fire's competitive $199 price point last year, has made this the most exciting year yet for tablet deals. Not only are the prices lower but the overall quality from top to bottom is the best we've seen. Read on to see our recommended tablet choices on Black Friday. Read More


2012 Camcorder Black Friday Buying Guide

No family holiday or vacation would be complete without taking home-videos to torture the kids with later and to make your extended relatives jealous. This year's camcorder deals offer everything from durable kids items that take real video but don't break the bank, to purse-sized handhelds that can travel with you to where ever the great shots happen to be. Read More


2012 GPS Black Friday Buying Guide

With GPS and turn by turn directions becoming a common feature on many smartphones this season, demand for a traditional GPS unit is down. That means this Black Friday is the perfect time to snag a name brand GPS unit on the cheap. Prices are better than ever for these devices that'll get you where you're going without having to subscribe to a service or sign a long-term contract. Read More


2012 TV Black Friday Buying Guide

Earlier this season, the media (and our avid forum posters) were speculating about the possibility of a 40" HDTV retailing on Black Friday for under $200. As we now know, those wishes have come true. Securing these unbelievably low-priced televisions, on the other hand, will require some serious commitment, as these will likely be among the hottest Black Friday deals of 2012. This guide offers our picks for the best TV deals in several size ranges. The offerings are the most competitive we've ever seen – enough for us to even include a section dedicated to super-sized models measuring 60” and above. Read More


2012 Laptop Black Friday Buying Guide

Laptops have become synonymous with Black Friday. When one thinks of Black Friday, they think of consumer electronics – primarily laptops and televisions. And while many new tech products have come and gone, laptops have consistently reigned supreme. This buying guide picks out the best of the best in one of the most competitive Black Friday categories. Read More


5 Deals to Avoid This Black Friday

Black Friday is advertised as the best shopping day of the season by retailers. While that may be the case with plenty of items, stores have started to bank on that fact that some consumers won’t double check just how good their advertised savings will actually be. Remember: just because it’s in an ad doesn’t mean it’s worth buying. This guide highlights five items and trends that should definitely be avoided if possible. Read More


Apple vs. The Competition

iPads, iPhones and iPods regularly pop up when we ask for holiday wish list items, but does Apple really deserve the praise it receives? Over the past five years, Apple has positioned itself as the leader in tech cool. However, are their beloved gadgets really a cut above the competition? To help you answer that question, we decided to compare Apple products head-to-head with their closest competition. Read More


Kids Tablets Buying Tips

The kids tablet market has exploded in 2012, with its offerings more numerous and varied than ever before. If you've already started looking into what tablet will work best for your child, you've probably noticed that these can often have far less in common than adult-focused tablets. This guide will break down some of the key differences among this new crop of kids tablets and offer some details on some key models to watch out for this holiday season. Read More


Tips for Buying a Tablet

It’s been a few years since Apple’s iPad signaled the start of the tablet revolution. 2012 marks the movement’s largest, most competitive year yet. Now is a great time to pick up a tablet, but with several models and sizes available, which one will work best for you? The following guide will walk you through some general questions to consider if you’re in the market for a tablet this holiday season. Read More


Mobile Phone Buying Guide

Mobile phone deals have slowly been creeping into Black Friday ads the last few years, and 2012 looks to be this category's watershed moment. There are 40 mobile options to choose from and nearly every section we break down is incredibly competitive. In fact, some deals are so similar that we've offered two options, allowing you to tailor your purchase according to your overall Black Friday sales plan. Read on for our picks, from smartphones through feature phones. Read More


Tips for Buying a Laptop

There are several great laptop deals available to Black Friday shoppers this year, but where should you start given the different prices and specs? If you aren’t exactly sure where to begin your search, this guide will help narrow your focus so you can find a quality laptop at a great price this Black Friday. Read More


2012 Video Game Black Friday Buying Guide

2012 likely boasts the largest offering of video game deals we've ever seen. Though this year marks the PS Vita's first Black Friday (and likely the Wii's last), practically every console is available at a great price. We've sorted through both the bundle deals and individual game sales to offer our extensive list of choice picks among this year's massive batch of deals. Read More


An Introduction to the Wii U

The newest Nintendo console comes out this Sunday, November 18, yet has received little attention from the main-stream audience. What is the Wii U and will it be nearly as popular as its predecessor that was sold out for 6 months after its launch? Find out inside. Read More


Tips for Buying Home Appliances

Sure, a brand new washer may not be as glamorous as a flat screen TV, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the many appliance deals available on Black Friday. Just like with televisions, appliances will sport some pretty hefty markdowns, so make sure to take a second look at the ads if you’re thinking about picking up a new refrigerator or range this holiday season. Our helpful tips offer general pointers to keep in mind when shopping for washers and dryers, dishwashers and more. Read More


What to look for in an HDTV

A refresh from our 2010 article, we cover the advances made in HDTV technology and how this should affect your purchasing decisions this holiday season. Read More


5 Educational Toys for the Holidays

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably already sifted through a few toy books this season trying to find the elusive item that your child will love. Your children may have even circled their favorites, but if you’re looking for an item that will keep their interest and develop cognitive ability, the choices can often be slim. Our latest guide offers five great educational toy choices, organized in age from toddlers to teens. Read More


Sorting through Smart Phones

With great new smartphones – and even iPhones – now being offered for free by certain mobile providers with two-year activation, the time seems perfect to upgrade to a fully-functioning, Internet capable phone and data plan. Before you commit, though, there are a few things you should know before signing that fresh new contract. This guide covers points to keep in mind if you’re considering upgrading, including cost and projected data use. Read More


Kindle vs. Nook - 2012 Rematch

In this guide, we profile the upgrades you'll find with the new batch of eReaders and tablets from the Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook lines. Is now a good time to finally pick one up for yourself? If you already own one, are these latest generation products enough to trade in last year's model? Read on to find out. Read More


A Guide to Ultrabooks

Ultrabooks are being rolled out as a new branch in the next wave of mobile computing. These small, speedy units are sleeker, lighter and faster than ever before. While they’re impressive, they certainly aren’t for everyone, as their ultra-portability sacrifices some specs computer users may not want to part with. Our informative guide will get you caught up with just what an ultrabook is and whether or not they’ll fit your given computer needs. Read More


Digital Camera Buying Tips

If you feel like it’s finally time to upgrade your old camera or you would simply like to be a bit more versed in camera terminology, check out our general digital camera guide to learn about a few things to look for when buying. Whether you’re picking up another point-and-shoot or want to get serious with photography and upgrade to an SLR, this guide will cover all levels of photo interest. Read More


Layaway Plans for Holiday 2012

Find out who is offering layaway this holiday season, how much you'll be paying upfront, and just how long you'll have to pay off your item. Also, find out where signing up for a store credit card may actually be worth it. Read More


Toy Reboots of 2012

Everything these days seems to be remade, and toys are no exception. Like anything else, some are reboots that bring something new to the table, while some just rehash old ideas to sell to a new generation of kids. Here's a look at some toys that may invoke a sense of deja vu when you're out shopping this winter. Read More


Hot Holiday Toys of 2012

As we excitedly wait for the major Black Friday ads to come out, parents can begin to get started on trying to decipher just what their child may want by looking through this year's toy catalogs. But, with so many options to choose from, where should one start? In this article, you’ll find a 2012 take on Jenga, a much-hyped reboot of a Christmas classic and new chapter in the legacy of a classic toy manufacturer. From 9-months to teenagers, there's recommendations for kids of all ages. Read More


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The Hottest Holiday Video Games of 2012

Shopping for a gamer is an already difficult task, so it doesn't help that the holiday season is the prime time publishers choose to release their blockbuster games. With so many quality titles coming out week after week in the fall and early winter, it can be hard to choose exactly what game to pick up for the avid gamer on your shopping list. To ease your stress, we at BF Ads have compiled a list of the hottest games this holiday season. Read More


High Tech Toys of the 2012 Holiday Season

With every passing week, there seems to be another gadget hitting the market that brings a new way to keep your lifestyle as wired as possible. It's only natural that this notion would expand into the world of toys, bringing the exciting world of technology to kids of all ages. If you've got a youngster that can't put down your iPad, these gifts will be sure to please. Read More


Below are our archived articles from 2011:

2011 Tablet Buying Guide

Tablets are set to become one of the hottest items this holiday season, so we couldn't pass up on doing a buying guide specifically for them. Sadly, you won't find any iPads on here, but we highlight some deals to consider from worthwhile competitors. Read More


2011 Camcorder Buying Guide

As we all know, technology changes fast, and camcorders are one of the key areas where we can see this change in full effect. Camcorders, previously too expensive for most, can now be found for under 50 dollars. Our 2011 Camcorder Black Friday Buying Guide showcases the best deals at several price points, from budget to full-feature camcorders. Read More


Why Black Friday Is Still a Great Time to Shop

As retailers start the push for holiday shopping earlier in the year, it can seem like Black Friday is practically last-minute shopping. Plus, with more retailers offering deals in the weeks running up to Thanksgiving, are Black Friday deals still significant? Read More


2011 Appliance Buying Guide

If you’re looking to replace or upgrade an appliance this holiday season, don’t overlook Black Friday. Don’t sleep on these deals, because some of our picks offer several hundred dollars of total savings. We offer our picks on washers and dryers, microwaves, ranges, dishwashers, and more. Read More


2011 Digital Camera Buying Guide

One of the hot electronics that people still clamor for on Black Friday is digital cameras. Whether you’re looking for a simple point-and-shoot or hope to upgrade to a digital SLR, we have recommendations for all price ranges. Read on for our picks. Read More


The 5 Worst Deals of Black Friday 2011

Since Black Friday is widely known as one of the best single days to shop, some may be quick put on the blinders and believe everything advertised is available at a great place. Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that this isn’t true, as retailers can offer more than a few deals in their ads that are far from great. To cover some of the biggest deals to avoid, we offer you five “deals” that you should surely pass on this year. While they may seem good at first, our article will explain why none of these deals are worth buying. Read More


2011 Top Black Friday Tool Bargains

We’ve taken a look at all the tool deals available this Black Friday and have compiled a list of our highlights. From hammers to ladders and vacuums to tool sets, we have a set of deals that cover a wide price range, so you’ll be equally satisified if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or hope to find a big box deal. Also, this may just be the start of your total savings, as certain charge/store credit cards or coupons could add to these savings. Read More


Top 5 Black Friday Deals of 2011

We’ve offered you the best deals at different price points on some of the most popular items this Black Friday, but we felt like that wasn’t enough. We felt it necessary to list the cream of the crop, the best of the best. So we did it. Here are the five best deals, the five that are getting the most hype this Black Friday. Read More


3DTV Black Friday Buying Guide

To meet popular demand, we decided to add a bit of an addendum to our television buying guide. For those looking to bring the theatre fun of 3D to the home, here are our recommendations for the best deals available on 3D televisions this Black Friday. Read on for deals that are sure to pop right out of the screen! Read More


2011 Video Game Buying Guide

In our 2011 Video Game Black Friday Buying Guide, we highlight our picks for the best deals on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii consoles available this Black Friday. We also pick a few of the best deals on console-specific and multi-platform video game titles. Read More


2011 Laptop Buying Guide

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: our picks for the best laptop deals available this Black Friday. We offer you picks and runners-up in four categories, from the sub $200 range to the best high-end deal available for under $700. Chances are these will go fast, so if you plan to pick one up, you may want to plan accordingly. Read More


2011 Mobile Phone Buying Guide

People are more connected than ever, and that’s no secret. It was hilarious in the movie Clueless when a phone rang, prompting everyone to whip out a mobile phone and answer. That scene has become a reality of sorts, and now there’s dozens of options to choose from if you’re looking to snag a mobile phone this Black Friday. Read More


2011 Television Buying Guide

Televisions are among the most sought after deals on Black Friday, and these picks will be sure to have several people lining up hours before stores open. However, despite the low prices, not all deals are created equal. We present to you our 2011 Television Buying Guide, with our personal picks for the best deals available in four different size ranges this Black Friday. Read More


2011 GPS Buying Guide

If you're still looking to pick up a GPS, Black Friday looks like the perfect time to purchase one this year. With several available and some prices lower than they've ever been, read on for our recommendations in the sub $100 and sub $200 categories. Read More


Using Store Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

Is utilizing a store credit card a good method of holiday shopping? There are both positive and negative aspects, and it's important to weigh them carefully. Here, we offer you 5 benefits, and five consequences, of using a store credit card this holiday season. Read More


A Guide to Price Matching

If you're a seasoned Black Friday shopper, you'll pick out your favorite items ahead of time, find the cheapest retailers, utilize some of the best Black Friday shopping apps and grab the deals before they run out. But some experienced shoppers will take it one step further and use the Black Friday circulars to price match items at other retailers. Read More


A Guide to Streaming Media Services

With countless movies and TV shows now available at the click of a button, it’s the perfect time to look into subscribing to a streaming media provider, especially if you’re sick of dealing with late fees. If you’re already a subscriber, you may still want to read through to see if another service may better suit your needs. In this guide, we cover streaming media and how to set it up then offer an introduction to three streaming services: Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. Read More


An Overview of Digital Media Players

Last year marked our first time covering digital media players, and as is the case with most technology nowadays, a new year brings with it a new generation of set-top boxes. In this article, we update you on the features of the new crop of popular digital media players. This is a must-read for those who would like to access programs like Netflix and Hulu Plus from their television or would like to enjoy sites like Pandora and YouTube from more than just their computer. Read More


Layaway Plans for Holiday 2011

A 2011 update of our layaway piece from last year, contributed by our friends at Money Crashers. Find out who is offering layaway this holiday season, how much you'll be paying upfront, and just how long you'll have to pay off your item. Also, find out where signing up for a store credit card may actually be worth it. Read More


What To Look For in a Tablet

Apple’s iPad ushered in the mainstream start to the tablet era last year, and in the months since, tablets have become the hot new item on the electronics market. With plenty to choose from -- and many now able to compete with the iPad -- now’s a great time to think about picking one up. If you aren’t quite sure where to start, let our buying guide give you a few key tips on what to look for. Read More


What to Look For in a Digital Camera

If you feel like it’s finally time to upgrade your old camera or you would simply like to be a bit more versed in camera terminology, check out our general digital camera guide to learn about a few things to look for when buying. Whether you’re picking up another point-and-shoot or want to get serious with photography and upgrade to an SLR, this guide will cover all levels of photo interest. Read More


Ten Hottest Video Games for the Holiday Season

Interested in picking up a game or two for loved ones over the holidays? This guide will give you an idea of what will be in demand this year. Just like last year, you'll find something for everyone – family titles and first person shooters, plenty of anticipated sequels, and even a reboot of a groundbreaking franchise. Read More


Hot Holiday Toys of 2011

Interested in what toy has the best shot of becoming the must-have item of the year? Take a look at our hot holiday toys list to see our picks.
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3DTVs: Key Buying Tips

3D has a lot of momentum behind it, and if you’ve decided you would like to dip your toe into the pool of 3D TVs available this holiday season, here are some key tips you should be aware of before you dive in. Read More


eReader Overview: 2011 Redux

This year, with new releases from both the Kindle and Nook, the second round of the eReader wars is ready to begin. In the coming weeks, expect several ads to include great deals on eReaders for Black Friday. But with so many to choose form, how do you decide which one is right for you? We're here to help you with just that. Read More


Below are our archived articles from 2010:

Tips for Buying an eReader

Are you considering going paperless this year? Read our guide for some tips on what to look for as well as a few of our picks this Black Friday season. Read More


5 Bad Black Friday Deals

While Black Friday can be a time for great bargains, this is not the case with all items you’ll see advertised. Be sure to avoid those listed in this article, as they are nowhere near the deals that they may seem. Read More


Digital Camera Buying Guide

If you’re looking to pick up a digital camera on Black Friday, take a look at this year’s buying guide to see our picks for the best deals you’ll find. Read More


Is Now the Right Time to Upgrade to Blu-ray?

Are you thinking about upgrading to Blu-ray this year but aren’t sure what it will cost, or curious about the difference between standard DVD and Blu-ray and what all the talk is about? If so, read further to see if now is a good time for you to make the switch. Read More


HDTV Buying Tips

If you aren't sure of the finer points regarding HDTV, or would like a quick brush-up, consult this guide to find out more about resolution, plasma vs. LCD, LED and 3D technology, and more. Read More


2010 Television Buying Guide

With so many televisions on sale on Black Friday, it can be hard to discern which are truly the best deals. In this article, we break down our picks according to size, one of which may be among the best deals on Black Friday. Read More


2010 Video Game Buying Guide

If you’re looking into buying a gaming console, you’ll find competitive pricing, and surprising choices at several retailers this Black Friday. Read on to see our bundle picks for home, and portable, systems. Read More


GPS Buying Guide

GPS devices are once again in high demand, and with many of those on sale on Black Friday offering plenty of features for great prices, now may be the time to finally pick one up or upgrade a dated model. Take a look at our buying guide for the best deals available as well as our personal picks at each price point. Read More


Laptop Buying Guide

Laptops are one of the most popular items for purchase on Black Friday. Year in and year out, stores like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Staples offer some of the best laptop deals of the year. As we have done in years past, we will take a look at the deals available at the major retailers and let you know just what you should grab and why. Read More


HD Pocket Camcorders

In this article, we take a look at the features of HD pocket camcorders and compare popular choices. Read More


Apple TV, Google TV, and Other Digital Media Players

Heard of Apple TV or Google TV but aren’t quite sure what they are? Our guide should help you become better acquainted with these two devices, as well as a few others you may not have heard about. Read More


[Will not use]Are Apple Products Worth The Price?

Ever thought about buying an Apple product but been stopped by its price tag? In this article, an Apple fan offers a case for taking the plunge. Read More


Hot Toys of 2010

Not sure what toys are getting kids excited this year? Check out this guide for a start. It features new items as well as a few toys that look to be just as popular as they were last year. Read More


Sears Black Friday Vs. Family & Friends 2010

Our new article offers a comparison between the Sears Black Friday ad and its Family and Friends Sales Event. Which items are worth waiting for and which ones should you consider picking up this weekend? The results may surprise you. Read More


The iPad: A Look at Apple's Newest Product

The long awaited iPad is finally here, but was the hype really worth the wait? In this article, we take a look at some features and weigh the pros and cons of Apple's latest product. Read More


Xbox Kinect vs PlayStation Move vs Nintendo Wii

The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii all look to be popular gifts once more this holiday season. However, interest this year lies in an innovative new addition: motion-sensor accessories, designed to compete with the highly popular feature already found on the Wii. This looks to be Microsoft and Sony’s attempt to tap into the family-friendly market the Wii has had so much success with. Our guide will cover the Xbox Kinect, PlayStation Move, and Nintendo Wii, as well as a handful of motion-sensor games offered by each console. Read More


10 Hottest Video Games of 2010

This guide will give you a general overview of the 10 most anticipated video game titles this holiday season as well as a top 6 breakdown by platform. These include action games, family games, anticipated sequels, and buzz-worthy originals – truly a little something for everyone. Take a look to see what fits your interest! Read More


The Return of Layaway: An Overview of Layaway Programs

Want to skip the holiday crowds this year? Get your shopping done early in the year and the paying done later with layaway programs available at some of the country's biggest retailers. With layaway, you pick out your items, pay a down payment, and then make biweekly payments on the remaining balance usually for 8 to 12 weeks. Then, when the balance is gone, you simply stop in and pick up your items. To help prep you for all of the layaway options out there, I've researched seven of the biggest retailers to find out the details on their layaway programs. Read More


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Below are our archived articles from 2009:

Washer and Dryer Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

Chances are it has been a while since you last purchased a washing machine or dyer. This buying guide will ease you into understanding the basics in the latest technology, with looking into some of the best deals offered this Black Friday. Read More


Digital Camera Buying Guide for 2009

Looking to buy a camera on Black Friday? In this guide, we explore the large variety of cameras on sale and makes some recommendations. Read More


Blu-Ray Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

Blu-ray has been growing in popularity since around 2007, as both Blu-ray players and discs have substantially dropped in price over time. This Black Friday will be the first time that a lot stores will be offering deals on Blu-Ray Players, and the first time we will see a Blu-ray player well under $100. Read More


GPS Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

If you are planning on purchasing a GPS device this year, you have quite a few options available. This article will make a few recommendations towards specific units to select while bargain hunting. If you missed our basic introduction to a GPS article, we recommend you read that over to introduce yourself to the ins-and-outs of GPS. Read More


Video Game Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

Interested in purchasing a video game console this year but not sure which one is right for you? Our article can help you decide which one is the best fit for you and your household. Read More


Top 10 Toy Deals for Black Friday 2009

A quick and simple drill-down of the top ten can't miss toy deals for Black Friday 2009. Read More


Television Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

One of the most sought after items this Black Friday is high-definition televisions. Purchasing the center-piece of your home theatre is not, and should not, be a quick and easy decision. There are many factors to consider before purchasing a HDTV and this guide should answer a majority of your questions along with a detailed list of our favorite HDTVs on sale. Updated for Black Friday 2009! Read More


Laptop Buying Guide for Black Friday 2009

Laptops are always a hot item on Black Friday and unfortunately, most models available during Black Friday are manufactured almost exclusively for one sale. There are currently over 25 different laptops being offered and we have narrowed down our 6 overall favorite laptops, spanning three different price tiers. Read More


An Overview of the GPS

GPS devices have come a long way the past couple of years and with prices dropping, features rising, and more people hopping aboard the GPS bandwagon, you might be wondering if it's time to throw out your old paper maps and make your travel plans easier. If so, you've come to the right place. Let this guide help you in your search for the perfect digital navigator! We'll be providing an overview of the most useful GPS features inside. Read More


Hot Holiday Toys for 2009

The market for toys is huge and always changing. By the time you're done sorting through all of your options, odds are that what was hot will be old news and the next big thing will be sweeping into the market, putting you back at square one in your search for the perfect gift. This guide highlights the hottest toys for the 2009 Holiday Season. Read More


What to Look for in a Laptop

The variety in laptop capabilities can make the buying process seem overwhelming. separates a good laptop from a bad laptop? What is the importance of the processor, RAM, hard-drive? Are the commercials with the cool, laidback young Macintosh and the dorky, uptight, and old PC are being candid or deceitful. We here at BFAds want to make your buying process as smooth as possible, so we've constructed a buying guide to bring you up to speed on the ins and outs of laptops. Note that much of the information below is applicable to desktop computers as well. Read More


Helpful HDTV Buying Tips

High-Definition televisions are often on the list of big-ticket sales at many Black Friday retailers. A good television should hopefully last you for several years, so this is not a decision to rush into! Big discounts on these expensive sets can tempt you into a quick purchase, but do your homework beforehand and you'll wind up with a great TV for a great price. Read More


Should I Purchase a Blu-Ray Player?

Blu-Ray discs have been out for two full years, is it time to make the jump from DVD to Blu-Ray? Will the upgrade benefit me? How much of a quality difference is there between DVD and Blu-Ray? All these questions and more answered inside. Read More


Netbook vs. Notebook Differences Explained

Black Friday deals on laptops are usually among the best values a shopper is likely to find. If you're in the market for a laptop this year, you'll probably see a lot of great offers on netbooks in particular. Not entirely sure what a netbook is? Confused on how they compare to a regular notebook/laptop? This article addresses the key differences between the two products. Read More


Below are our archived articles from 2008:

Laptop Buying Guide for Black Friday 2008

Laptops are always a hot item on Black Friday and unfortunately, most models available during Black Friday are manufactured almost exclusively for one sale. As of November 24th, there are currently 30 different laptops being offered and we have narrowed down our 7 overall favorite laptops, spanning five different price tiers. Read More


Television Buying Guide for Black Friday 2008

One of the most sought after items this Black Friday is high-definition televisions. Purchasing the center-piece of your home theatre is not, and should not, be a quick and easy decision. There are many factors to consider before purchasing a HDTV and this guide should answer a majority of your questions along with a detailed list of our favorite HDTVs on sale this Black Friday. Read More


GPS Buying Guide for Black Friday 2008

This holiday season we have received many questions about GPS devices. There are quite a few GPS devices available on Black Friday in the $100 to $200 range. What are some things to look for when choosing a GPS? Read More


2008 Video Game Console Comparison

Interested in purchasing a video game console this year but not sure which one is right for you? Our article can help you decide which one is the best fit for you and your household. Read More


Top 10 Video Games for the 2008 Holiday Season

We have hand-picked our Top 10 Video Games for the 2008 Holiday Season along with our personal Top 5 Favorite Games for each console. Read More



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