While browsing the Walmart Black Friday 2014 ad it’s impossible to miss the nine 1 Hour Guarantee deals that offer more than just a chance at buying a doorbuster. Most Black Friday deals are sold in very limited quantities that leave many shopper without an item after waiting in line for hours.
This year there are a smaller number of Walmart Black Friday 2014 guaranteed deals, but they are still there. Although Walmart no longer advertises them as in-stock because there is a chance you’ll need to wait until sometime before Christmas, their website boasts, “an exciting 1-hour in-stock guarantee.”
Like any other deal, there are rules you need to follow and gotchas that can spoil the deals if you don’t follow the rules that Walmart lays out. Walmart even reached out to let us know that our explanations of how this works didn’t include enough details, so here’s everything you need to know about the Walmart Black Friday 2014 Guaranteed deal details and gotchas.
Here’s how the Walmart Black Friday 2014 1 Hour Guarantee deals work and the gotchas you need to know about before you head to Walmart on Thanksgiving day.
Walmart Black Friday Guaranteed Deals Details
On the Walmart Black Friday 2014 website the company offers an overview of the Walmart Black Friday 2014 1 Hour Guarantee deals and they even offer a video that outlines the process and ticket you’ll get if they sell out.
“We’re offering an exciting 1-hour in-stock guarantee on top holiday gifts during our Black Friday in-stores event. Between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll be able to score great deals on the hottest items at your local Walmart. If we run out of inventory before 7 p.m., you’ll still have the option to pay for the gift you want.”
Here are the nine items that Walmart includes as part of the 1 Hour Guarantee deals for Black Friday 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)
Keep reading to learn about the Walmart Black Friday 2014 Guaranteed deals gotchas that you’ll want to know about and a close look at if they are worth buying.
Must Follow the Rules Exactly
Here’s the full breakdown of how these work. If you skip a step or are not in the right place at the right time, you might miss out on your deal.
- Line up starting at 6PM Thanksgiving Day at Walmart
- Be in the line within an hour of the event start.
- If the item is in stock you’ll take it home, if not you’ll get a ticket to purchase the item.
- Register the item on Walmart’s website and pick the store you want it delivered to.
- Get alerts and then pick up the item by December 24th.
You’ll find store maps that show the location of each deal online and in the Walmart app. Just because an item is a gadget doesn’t mean that it is in the Electronics section of the store, so study up and get in line.
Keep in mind you may need to check out by a specific time, so don’t hold on to the ticket for hours and then try to check out.
Must Claim Deals By December 1st
If Walmart is out of the item and you buy one of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Tickets, you need to go online and register before the end of the day on December 1st. This is Monday, so you do have some time, which is important because last year issues prevented some shoppers from registering in a timely manner.
Thankfully there is a little more time and Walmart had a year to learn from those issues. Still, you should register on Friday instead of waiting until the last minute on Monday.
One of Each Item Per Customer
Unless you happen to live in a state that doesn’t allow limitations, you can only buy one of each item. That means you’ll need to drag a family member along if you want to buy an iPad mini for two people in your family.
You can buy multiple items on this list, as long as you can get to each line in time, but on Black Friday that may be a challenge you can’t accomplish.
You Can’t Lose the Credit
Even if you fail to register for the Walmart Black Friday 2014 guaranteed deals in time, or if you change your mind, you don’t lose your money. You basically end up with a gift card for the amount of the item you chose. You can use this gift card online or in store just like any other gift card.
In Store Pickup Only
This is in store pickup only, so you cannot ask for delivery to you or to the person you are buying this for as a gift. You must select the store you want to pick it up and then bring your receipt, online order info and gift card when you learn that it is available for pickup. Last year Walmart allowed for an alternate pickup person, if that helps simplify the whole process.
Are the Walmart Black Friday 2014 Guaranteed Deals Worth Buying?
Not all of these Walmart Black Friday 2014 deals are exciting enough to get in line for, even if they are guaranteed for one hour on Thanksgiving Day. Check out the slides below to find out which deals are great and which you should skip this year.
iPad Mini Black Friday Deal at Walmart
The Walmart iPad mini deal may not be the deepest discount, but it is tied with Target for the best iPad mini Black Friday deal of the year. Walmart chops $50 off the price of the iPad mini and includes a $30 gift card that you can use on a future purchase. This combines for $80 in savings and essentially means you'll get an iPad mini for $169 after you factor in all the savings. That's a steal, even for the older version of the iPad without a Retina display.
Check out our Best iPad Black Friday deal breakdown to see how this compares to an iPad mini 2 and other iPads.