Macy's Black Friday Ad Analysis: Best Price for a Dyson Since 2014

Also be on the look out for a rare Melissa & Doug toy sale.
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Last week, Macy's released its Black Friday preview, with a handful of doorbuster deals on clothes, accessories, and home goods. Our initial assessment of that release, however, was lukewarm. Then, on Friday, the store's complete ad leaked, unleashing promotions for around 500 items to the internet.

We pored over the new selection, and while there were many sales we've seen before, we found a few noteworthy items. But, before we discuss the pros and cons to these new rumored deals, let's first talk about store hours.

The Weird Store Hours Are Here

Along with its ad, Macy's has delivered unto us its doorbuster sale times, a.k.a. the windows in which you can expect to find these prices in-store. Starting on November 16, shoppers can go to the Macy's website to "preview" the deals and create a Black Friday shopping list. Stores will open at 6pm local time on Thanksgiving (November 26), with doorbuster deals live from then until 1pm on Black Friday. The doorbusters will be back again from 8am to 1pm local time on Saturday, November 28. Alternatively, you can also shop all the doorbusters online at these times.

Now that you're thoroughly confused, let's look at the ads!

Best Deals

  • Dyson DC39 Multifloor Pro Vacuum for $250
    Let's give credit where credit is due: this Dyson doorbuster is legitimately great. We haven't seen any model of a brand-new Dyson DC39 at this price point since the summer of 2014! This is gonna be a tough deal to beat on Black Friday.

  • Extra 25% Off Designer Handbags
    There's not a lot to go on with this listing (like what labels are included), but there's no denying the potential. So far this year, Macy's has only taken up to an extra 20% off designer bags in general; we saw an additional 25% off Michael Kors in particular last spring. Assuming this offer doesn't get downgraded to a single brand, this could be the best such discount we've seen from Macy's in 2015.

  • Charter Club Women's Cashmere Sweater for $40
    There's a reason Macy's listed this offer first in its ad — $40 is an all-around great price for cashmere in the winter. Although we've seen similar sweaters at just a few bucks above this price recently, you really have to be shopping in the dead of summer to score a significantly better deal.

  • Buy one, get second for free Melissa & Doug Toys
    Perennially popular Melissa & Doug toys rarely go on sale, so this BOGO is definitely worth keeping an eye on. For further comparison, the last deal we saw on this brand specifically was from Toys "R" Us over the summer, and it was a buy one item, get 50% off the second item sale.

  • Pyrex 18-Piece Storage Set for $18
    Although we've predicted that Pyrex sets will start at $10 this year, this after-rebate deal isn't bad for an 18-piece collection. It ties a similar set that Target offered last Black Friday, although you should opt for in-store pickup to dodge the notoriously high Macy's shipping fees.

Worst Deals

  • 3/8-TCW Diamond 14K White Gold Earrings for $149
    With the year's major gift-giving season on the horizon, jewelry prices typically soar in the fall. Even so, we've seen similar pairs of earrings at better prices than this recently. For instance, we saw a pair of 1/4-total carat weight diamond studs in 14k white gold for just $75 in early October. Consider this doorbuster busted.

  • Free Glitter Tote with $95 fragrance purchase
    We're big fans of Black Friday beauty totebags here at DealNews, which is why this Macy's doorbuster got us all excited — for a moment. Unfortunately, this tote leaves a lot to be desired. Not only does it require a ludicrously high $95 minimum purchase, but it's not even filled with products, as far as we can tell. Pass!

  • Small Kitchen Appliances for $10 after rebate
    Kitchen appliance doorbusters are a Black Friday staple, but again Macy's is certain to be beaten elsewhere. Last year, Sears, Kmart, and Kohl's all boasted their own rebates on kitchen electrics that knocked prices down to $4 or $5 a piece. Of course, it just depends what items Macy's ends up offering in this sale.

  • Women's Boots for $20
    Here's another deal that sounds good at first. Although the brands on offer are all entry-level labels — Rampage, Style&Co. and Seven Dial — paying $20 for boots is still pretty great. We've seen tons of deals on Rampage boots this year though, and $20 is about average. We even saw a couple pairs for $13 in March.

  • 50% Off Juniors' Apparel
    A straight 50% off discount on young women's clothing is another red herring in this ad. Over the summer, Macy's cut up to 80% off junior apparel, plus an extra 25% off with a stacking coupon.

  • $10 off $25 or More in sale items, or $20 off $50
    Dollar-off discounts are somewhat rare from Macy's, but they're not that rare. We saw this same $20 off $50 coupon in late October, and a $10 off $25 coupon just a week before that. What's worse about this particular printable is that it explicitly cannot be used on doorbusters or deals of the day.

  • KitchenAid Classic 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer for $200
    There's no need to wait for Black Friday to get this "doorbuster" price — Amazon is selling this exact stand mixer for $200 in-cart right now. Of course, we also saw this model bundled with a $52 credit for $200 over the summer. We've predicted that you'll see KitchenAid stand mixers fall to $141 during Black Friday, but you definitely won't find that price at Macy's.

  • 50% off Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lauren Men's Suit Separates
    Even though select suit purchases from this sale will bag a free overcoat or raincoat, we've still seen far better discounts from Macy's recently. The site hosted a suit closeout event in mid-October that took up to 80% off select suits, with a stacking coupon that knocked an extra 25% off your order.

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Michael Bonebright
Former Senior Blog Editor

Michael added the finishing touches to most of the Blog articles on DealNews. His work has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. See him rant about video games by following him on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
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