Walmart Matches Competitors’ Black Friday Deals One Week Early

logo-walmartHoliday shoppers don’t have to wait until Black Friday to start shopping for deals at Walmart. At of 8 a.m. on November 22, Walmart has started a pre-Black Friday savings event in stores and online, lowering the prices on popular toys and electronics, to match select Black Friday offers from Target, Toys “R” Us, and Best Buy one week early.

The retailer also extends its Christmas Ad Match to customers. Customers who purchase an item on, and find a lower price in a local competitor, can email and receive the difference on a gift card. The same policy is in place for customers at Walmart stores for items purchased November 1 through December 24, excluding Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

Examples of toys and electronics that are part of Walmart’s pre-Black Friday saving event, while supplies last, include LeapPad 2, Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, Nerf Rebelle Crossbow, Monopoly Board Game, Hot Wheels Single Car, Skylanders and Disney Infinity Starter Packs, and select PS4 and Xbox One video games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, NBA 2K14 and Battlefield 4. [Read more...]

Hastings Hosts Midnight Release Party for Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV


Hastings Entertainment Inc. has announced its plans to host a midnight release party for both Battlefield 4 and Assassin’s Creed IV on October 28.  Battlefield 4 is a sequel to 2011′s Battlefield 3 and the 13th installment of the Battlefield first-person shooter video game. Assassin’s Creed IV is a sequel to Assassin’s Creed III and is expected to introduce a full cast of historical pirate characters.

Festivities for the night will begin at 9 p.m. local time and will end with the release of the games at midnight. Only select stores will participate in the midnight release party, so check with your local store to see if they are among those participating. All participating stores will also host a Pirates vs. Soldiers costume contest. The winner at each store location will win a Hastings $25 gift card.

While awaiting the release of the game, Hastings will also have a number of offers going on throughout the store. These offers will include 30 percent off all used video game accessories, video games, vinyl, books, and CDs; 20 percent off select headphones; and $10 off first party XBOX 360 and PS3 controllers.  In addition, all energy drinks during the midnight release party will be two for $4, fountain drinks will be $0.99, and candy will be “buy two and get the third free.”