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So many ad scans... and so little time until the big event. Sears has officially released its 54-page Black Friday ad, and it's filled with some one-of-a-kind deals and unique rewards opportunities that lots of shoppers will enjoy.
Shop Your Way Rewards
The store will open its doors at 6 p.m. Thursday with doorbuster deals lasting until 1 p.m. Friday. Shop Your Way rewards members will definitely want to browse these promotions, because the store is offering up to 100% in points rewards on select doorbusters, as well as an automatic 10% in point rewards when customers use their Sears card. That means you'll get $1 in Shop Your Way rewards for every $1 you spend on select items, which is a pretty nice incentive.
Items with the best point returns include Bongo juniors' jeans, Roebuck & Co. men's and boy's jeans, iCoffee express coffeemakers and DieHard industrial boots, which all earn you rewards dollar for dollar. Unfortunately, the store caps these rewards to $50 per member, so keep this in mind before stockpiling coffee brewers.
As with all of these ad scans, it's easy to get a little overwhelmed by the abundance of deals. That's why we've broken it down into the good, the bad and the iffy.
Sears is slashing 40% off or more on its assortment of Kenmore appliances, which is competitive, but doesn't necessarily mean the best prices you'll find this holiday season. That being said, the ad's front page features a washer and dryer set for $274.99 each, which brings the total to $549.98. You'll also earn $5o in Shop Your Way rewards to bring the net cost under $500, and you'll get free delivery when you use your Sears card.
Another pretty good deal is the $99.99 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. We've seen lower prices on this item, but Sears is throwing $20 worth of Shop Your Way rewards points into the mix to sweeten the final price.
These under-$10 deals are all priced right, as well:
- $3.99 toolbox with tray or 13" tool bag (save $6)
- $8.99 Craftsman 11-piece socket wrench set (regular price $19.99)
- $8.99 Craftsman utility gloves (save $6)
- $7.99 88-pc. food storage set (regular price $14.99)
- $9.99 Hamilton Beach 4-qt. slow cooker (regularly $21.99)
- $5.99 Cannon velvet plush throw (save $14)
Sears is known for its selection of tools, so it's not surprising the store has lots of handyman-approved deals. Check out its $89.99 230-pc. Craftsman mechanic's tool set, as well as the $129.99 Craftsman 5-drawer tool center, which is especially great considering that it includes a 108-pc. tool set. Plus, Sears has started sales early and these prices are actually available right now online. But one of the biggest markdowns is on the store's 13-drawer heavy-duty ball-bearing tool chest, which will be $299.97 (it's reg. $649.97).
Customers can also use the store's 30%-off doorbuster clothing coupon on top of Black Friday apparel deals, which include 60% off sleepwear and robes for the entire family. This coupon will be good in-stores and online.
Drive a Hard Bargain
Another really great deal that caught my eye is on tires, oddly enough. As part of the store's Black Friday sale, customers can buy three tires and get one free with the purchase of alignment and installation (up to a $250 value). Sears is even throwing in $100 in Shop Your Way rewards points plus a $100 Sears award card that you can use immediately throughout the store when you buy RoadHandler or DieHard tires. That means that customers can ultimately get $450 in total savings with the purchase of four tires. The store is offering $16.99 oil changes, too, so you can get your vehicle fully maintained while you shop.
Take a Pass
The KitchenAid 5-qt. stand mixer may seem like a good find at $199.99 with $50 in rewards points, but you're actually better off getting this mixer right now at Kohl's if you're a store cardholder. After coupon codes, the cost is $210.49, but you'll get a $50 prepaid Visa card rebate, $40 in Kohl's Cash and $10 in Yes2You rewards. Also, that 35%-off promotion on name-brand watches like Seiko and Citizen takes a backseat to Kohl's prices when you add Kohl's Cash and coupons.
And while that $1,599.99 price tag on the Samsung 65" class LED Curved Smart 4K SUHD TV may seem like a good deal when it's listed as $1,100 off, it's actually considerably higher than previous prices we've seen on our forums. Other retailers have offered the same general specs for $1,200 plus $300 gift cards, so you can likely score a better deal elsewhere. Just set up a Deal Alert on the brand and model you prefer.
What's the verdict, Slickdealers? Are you planning to include Sears in your Black Friday shopping, and if so, which deals are you after? Browse the complete ad scan here, and share your top picks in the comments.
Images courtesy of Sears.
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