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5 Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals to Avoid

The Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals are public and you can start planning your shopping trip with the Walmart Black Friday 204 ad, and perusing early Black Friday deals. Walmart is the source of some of the Best Black Friday deals around, like an iPad mini for $199 plus a $30 gift card guaranteed from 6-7 PM on Thanksgiving in the specific area to shoppers who get a ticket and an incredible Xbox One deal, but there are some deals that shoppers should avoid altogether.

Doorbuster deals, even those that Walmart guarantees for Black Friday 2014 are designed to lure you in the door with deep discounts, but many times the deal is not as good as it seems.

After analyzing the Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad it’s clear that overall Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day deals are much better than in 2012 and 2013, but there are still many mediocre products with poor reviews.

Update: Clarified pricing and the 1 Hour Guarantee details. 

Looking through the Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad we discovered several bad buys. Traditionally CVS or a department store with no business selling tablets or gadgets takes the honor of the worst Black Friday deal, but there are still several deals in the ad that you should not wait in line for or even buy online.

Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals to Avoid

Check out the worst Walmart Black Friday 2014 Deals you can buy this year. Based on reviews, price and what they offer you should not skip Thanksgiving dinner for these deals.

RCA 7″ Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet

At first glance the Walmart RCA 7″ Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet looks like a good deal, but user reviews offer a lot of complaints and the screen is not up to par with competing tablets.

The good news about this tablet is that it is ready for Google Play so you can download apps just like any other Android tablets, and there is a Micro SD card slot to add storage and there is even Android 4.4 on the tablet. So far that’s good, but the quality starts to drop from there.

The Walmart RCA 7" Google Play WiFi tablet reviews are not promising.
The Walmart RCA 7″ Google Play WiFi tablet reviews are not promising.

The Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad doesn’t list a model number, but it is likely the RCA RCT6773W22 7-inch Google Certified tablet or a very similar configuration just for Black Friday.

You’re looking at a 1024 x 600 resolution screen, which is very low compared to most other tablets on the market. This means text and graphics won’t look as good as on your phone or HDTV. Specifically you’ll see pixels in the text and graphics.

Users also complain about touchscreen and WiFi problems. A user review for this tablet with a keyboard complains, “Does everything just about right. Touch screen is difficult and non responsive often. Stalls sometimes if WIFI signal is 50 or below”

Looking at other RCA 7-inch tablet reviews turn up complaints about battery life dropping to 30 minutes, from an advertised four hours.

There are also numerous complaints about the tablet breaking after two to three months and RCA asking users to pay for shipping to get it fixed or replaced.

McAfee Antivirus Protection Software

Walmart Offers McAfee Antivirus Protection for just $9.99 on Black Friday. This is a savings of $50 off the regular price, but you don’t need to pay for this service.

Don't waste time or money on this Walmart Black Friday deal.
Don’t waste time or money on this Walmart Black Friday deal.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 includes free antivirus protection built-in and integrated with your computer. This solution is free and it won’t try to sell you other services after the initial subscription runs out.

Other features that McAfee includes, to show if a search result is safe, are built in to most browsers right now. If you are using a Windows 7 computer you can download Windows Defender free.

Black Friday SD Card Deals

Walmart offers two SD card deals for $5 and $10 with 16GB and 32GB of storage. The value is good, but you shouldn’t waste time on Black Friday looking for these in the store when there are much bigger savings out there.

You can buy SD cards from Amazon for just a few dollars more, and we’ll see many online SD card deals. Black Friday deals are about finding big discounts that justify waiting in line and spending time away from the Thanksgiving tablet.

SD cards, USB drives and HDMI cables aren't worth your time on Black Friday.
SD cards, USB drives and HDMI cables aren’t worth your time on Black Friday.

Black Friday USB Deals

The Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad includes a $5 16GB USB drive, which is a good deal overall, but again you don’t need to spend time on Black Friday looking for deals that save you only a few dollars over buying online.

If you look on Amazon, you can find 16GB USB drives for as little as $8 without waiting in lines or dealing with crowds.

HDMI Cables

Forget buying an HDMI cable on Black Friday. You’ll pay more than if you buy online through Amazon and you’ll be wasting your time when you should be looking at bigger deals like a new HDTV that offers hundreds in savings or other items that are worth buying. Amazon offers a comparable HDMI cable for $6.

Walmart Black Friday Surprises

In a surprise, there are many more good and great Black Friday deals at Walmart. This includes the $249 HP touch screen notebook on Thanksgiving Day and the $159 15.6-inch HP notebook available at 8PM Thursday with Intel Celeron, 4GB RAM and a 500GB Hard drive. Even the 10-inch RCA Pro tablet reviews are overall positive.

Even though they may not be the best Black Friday deals, these surprises no longer warrant the caution that cheap Black Friday notebooks and tablets required for the last several years.

Black Friday 2014 Deals & Ads

Walmart Black Friday 2014 Ad

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Walmart Black Friday 2014 Ad

Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals start at 6PM on Thanksgiving and roll all the way through Cyber Monday. There are three specific events on Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2014, including nine 1 Hour Guarantee items that are in stock or you can get it by Christmas at the Black Friday price. 

This includes a 65-inch Vizio HDTV for $648, the Xbox One with Halo for $299 after gift card rebate and an iPad mini for $169 after gift card. 

You can check out more details on how the Walmart Black Friday 2014 1 Hour Guarantee will work. Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising officer at Walmart states, “We’ve taken significant steps to improve the 1-Hour Guarantee process from beginning to end. It’s simple and seamless.”

Walmart beat our Xbox One and PS4 Black Friday 2014 predictions with big savings on the Xbox One and the PS4 GTA 5 and The Last of US Remastered bundle for $399. Here's a look at the nine guaranteed in stock items for 2014. 

  • 50” Class LED HDTV for $218 ($180 savings)
  • Vizio 65” Class Smart LED HDTV for $648 ($350 savings)
  • Apple iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-Fi for $199 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card ($70 value)
  • Xbox One Halo “The Master Chief Collection” Bundle for $329 with a $30 Walmart Gift Card 
  • RCA 7” Google Play Wi-Fi Tablet for $29 (special buy)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace Style on Straight Talk Wireless for $29 ($100 savings)
  • LG Blu-ray Disc Player for $35 (special buy)
  • Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones for $149 ($130 savings)
  • HP Intel Celeron Touch Laptop for $249 (special buy)

You can see the full Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad and deals online now. Wlaamrt will post store maps on November 18th and share more detials as the event approaches. 

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7 Comments

  1. Scott

    11/13/2014 at 1:59 pm

    How can you trash the RCA tablet without having used it? It’s $29 dude! 1024 x 600 is the same resolution screen as last year’s Kindle Fire. It’s $29! The RCA tablet I bought last year is still working great and that had lower specs. This year the RCA tablet that Walmart’s offering has twice the processing power and newer version of Android.

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  2. missy

    11/18/2014 at 4:36 am

    I’m getting one for my 2year old to play games and music. This will limit my phone usafe

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  3. kim

    11/21/2014 at 9:20 am

    Thanks for the info Scott I will be buying one of the RCA tablets. $29 is an awesome deal.

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  4. Aubrey

    12/02/2014 at 7:43 am

    Very informative blog you’ve got here! I stumbled upon your page while looking for reviews for the 7″ RCA tablet. Although, I did notice many errors and mistakes in your spelling and grammar that made some sentences confusing! I am not here to criticize you, I am here to help. I’m an editor and proof reader. I offer my services for as little as five dollars, depending on the amount of text I’m given to edit. Payment is requested upon the completion and return of your “blog”, or writings. Payments are made as safe and documented as possible to ensure safety for both parties! Again, I read the whole article, you’re a true writer. If you wish to use my services, email me at any time. Aubreya.Bradley@yahoo.com

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  5. Stacie

    12/05/2014 at 3:17 pm

    The $29 RCA tablet is only $39 on a normal day. Or at least it was the week before Black Friday. I got the one hour guarantee and only had to stand in line for five minutes. My son Kindle Fire HD is almost shot. It only lasts for about 30 minutes. I was going to give him my Kindle Fire HDX so he won’t lose his paid for apps like Mine craft PE and just take the RCA one. I only use mine for Facebook, email and reading a few books.

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  6. john

    08/18/2015 at 4:26 pm

    I’m writing this reply on that very RCA, my kids love them, not expecting them to last, but its been months of use and only sign of use is light scratches, I hope next year they come with gorilla glass overlay.
    I repair tabs, and this type is a little hard to do, prying rather unscrewing, but at least top and bottom screens not glued like Samsung’s….
    I as an adult really like it, not heavy like apples, and fits nice in one hand.
    As a parent love them, for less than the cost of a junk dinner I got a handy full android tab, if it dies, my fault, and I fix it or keep for spare parts.
    Anyone with the cash should buy 3, believe me, you don’t want to wait 2 months for parts from China. I just bought out my Walmart for third time. Thank you RCA for making a great tab, and Walmart for selling them at a great price so those of us who can’t afford a Samsung or apple can still own a tab.

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  7. Daniel

    08/29/2015 at 8:26 pm

    The RCA Tablet is not as bad as this “review” makes it out to be. For a tablet that is normally around $70-$110, 1024×600 is a lot, some phones have less, or barely any higher. I bought mine on Black Friday 2014 at Walmart, to this day I still use it and it has not slowed down one bit, nor has the battery life decayed. It is a great budget tablet that does web browsing and light gaming just fine. In my opinion, this tablet is sturdier than an iPhone 6+….lets face it, everyone gets angry sometimes. I had this tablet on for several weeks before it started slowing down and I got angry at it..I gave it a headbutt, and now everything still works just fine, touchscreen is still on point, there are no cracks in the screen or body, everything runs just as it did when I purchased it. This is for someone on a budget, sure its not the greatest specs ever, its no 8 core snap dragon with 2-4gb RAM and 64gb+ of storage space, its just enough for web browsing, 720p60fps youtube videos, and light android gaming.

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