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Walmart Black Friday: Are 1 Hour Guarantee Items Worth Buying?



Walmart is going full-bore with Black Friday deals including a huge ad campaign with Melissa Joan Hart and Anthony Anderson discussing the new Walmart Black Friday 1 Hour Guarantee. You’ll see Walmart Black Friday ads boasting that nine of their top ads come with a 1 Hour Guarantee for Black Friday 2014.

Walmart no longer advertises the 1 Hour In Stock Guarantee like it did last year, which led to some confusion over the use of In Stock, so the retailer shortened it up to offer nine 1 Hour Guarantee items. There are definitely some catches, but if you want to stand in line on Thanksgiving Day, Walmart offers the best chance at getting what you want even if the store sells out.

Retailers used to brag about opening at 5 AM on Black Friday, but now the deals start on Thanksgiving Day, and this year the Walmart Black Friday deals are available starting at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day. This is an hour after Best Buy starts the official Black Friday sales.

Here's a breakdown of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Black Friday deals.

Here’s a breakdown of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Black Friday deals.

Are Walmart’s guaranteed deals actually worth skipping Thanksgiving dinner for? We take a look at each of the Walmart Black Friday deals that are part of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee to see it you should skip the turkey or if waiting in line will make you a turkey.

This is a mixed bag of deals, but overall it is better than in 2013 with a more focused approach and a wider range of deals. There are no small deals to inflate the number of items covered under this guarantee, so we’re left with nine deals that fall under this promise.

Walmart no longer calls these Black Friday deals a, “1 Hour In Stock Guarantee.” The new name more closely matches how this deal works. There is a chance that your store will sell out of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee Black Friday deals, but if that happens you can still buy one if you are in line at the right time.

To get in on this promise, you need to be in the right line before 7 PM local time. If the item sells out you get a 1 Hour Guarantee Ticket that you can use at checkout to pay for the item, even through you won’t have your actual deal. Then you take the ticket and receipt online to register and choose the store you want to pick it up from. Then, Walmart will ship it to that store in time for a Christmas pickup.

You can buy more than one 1 Hour Guarantee item, if you can get through lines fast enough. But, you can only buy one of each of the deals listed and it’s going to be tough to move from one line to the next in just 60 minutes. If you want to score multiple deals, your best bet is to plan out your trip with a Walmart Black Friday store map and to bring friends or family.

Here’s a breakdown of the Walmart 1 Hour Guarantee deals so you can decide if they are worth buying.

Walmart Black Friday: Are 1 Hour Guarantee Items Worth Buying?

iPad Mini Black Friday Deal at Walmart

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. 



  1. Steve M

    11/27/2014 at 9:50 am

    I thought this was a new model (quad core ver.) the old one had a dual core. There are almost no reviews on this quad core table at all, the reviews are for the old model, but I don’t know if it’s any better.

  2. Kathy Phelps

    11/28/2014 at 7:40 am

    This would be a great deal if you can register it! However low and behold you can not! Constant error page….extremely frustrating!

  3. nez

    11/28/2014 at 8:14 am

    my walmart (st augustine fl) was awesome! stood in line a little bit with a few whiners, but the staff was great, they knew everything and had a smile. i get the registration error also. i have till dec 1 to get it fixed. i’m sure its a server of web problem and nothing to worry about. if you feel the need to panic, and cry because some retailer offers a pretty good deal, go get your money back.

    • vicente cabanillas

      11/28/2014 at 11:18 am

      look if you got time to stand in line after line trying to get this resolved then fine ,get back in line for hours and shut your stupid face.Meanwhile those of us that actually have lives and would like to get back to them ,will complain because these deals dwindle every time you gotta go back.QUIT WASTING OUR TIME WALMART.WASTE NEZ TIME ,STANDING IN LINE AND STAYING SHUT IS WHAT NEZ LIVES FOR.

  4. Melissa

    11/28/2014 at 8:31 am

    nez, The problem with your argument is that Walmart should have been prepared for this. Customers are told, “All you have to do is put in a code online and it’ll be shipped to your store!” and then when you try to go register it, they cant even get their website to work. That’s unacceptable, so yes, customers have the right to complain. This is a decent deal, but its not like this is a Samsung or a Vizio TV. My receipt didnt even come with the code needed to redeem the deal online, so now I have to drive BACK to the store, which is an hour away, to get the problem fixed. NEVER AGAIN will I do Black Friday at Walmart…THIS HAS BEEN A TOTAL JOKE!

    • Penny

      11/28/2014 at 9:10 pm

      There is a number above the barcode and that is what you need. Every receipt has one.

  5. Theressa

    11/28/2014 at 3:30 pm

    WTH??? It was simple for me to register as 1,2,3! Must be a server problem but it’s certainly not a Walmart problem. Just be patient & try again later. ALSO the code is listed under ITEMS SOLD…you can’t miss it! It’s the TC# Happy Holidays Everyone! :)

  6. mark garza

    11/28/2014 at 5:36 pm

    It wont let me register my receipt

  7. Deborah

    11/28/2014 at 5:42 pm

    Don’t worry. .I tried to register. .but the first two time’s it wouldn’t go through. .but on the third try it went through. .just try to have a little patience. .it’s been a lot going on in these part’s. .so i would like to say to everyone. .Happy holidays. .may it continue to be Blessed. .and remember to pray for our community. .that are going through. Blessed everyone

  8. Penny

    11/28/2014 at 9:12 pm

    I was able to register mine Thanksgiving night with no problems.

  9. Julia

    11/29/2014 at 5:20 pm

    This is crazy they should have a number to call and do it that way because they knew everyone was going online to register

  10. Justin

    11/29/2014 at 11:19 pm

    Do we still get our gift card?

  11. Sandra Roberts

    11/30/2014 at 4:41 pm

    I bought the 50 “TV and the walmart sight keeps saying my TR# invalid . They sure didn’t have any problems taking my money. I have Tried since Friday. I am at a loss

  12. Cherie

    11/30/2014 at 10:42 pm

    how do I register it online to get the tv.. I don’t want to lose it..

  13. Eileen Carsten

    12/01/2014 at 6:18 pm

    I have a voucher for the 50″ tv and paid receipt. I bought it in Jefferson City, Tn and want to pick it up in Jacksonville, fl, at store number 5054. I went into your store #5054 and no would help me. I don’t have a computer and am using a friends which brought a whole new set of problems. my receipt # is 274104202004115224689. My phone number is 561 704 0193. anything you can do to help me resolve this problem would be greatly appreciated. thank you for any assistance you can give. Eileen Carsten.

  14. Vanessa

    12/02/2014 at 8:56 am

    Has anyone received their tv yet?

  15. Derrick Robinette

    12/03/2014 at 10:30 pm

    Please post when you get you tv, that would be great!

  16. Tammy

    12/07/2014 at 4:05 pm

    I had no problem with registering the hp notebook Thanksgiving night. However it is taking forever to come in and I had some unexpected medical necessities come up this week that left me broke. I figured I would just go and get a refund. I called 1-800-Wal-Mart and was told I could do that and the store manager needs to do it. I went to the store and they said no I had to wait. I called the 800 number then as the associate was calling the manager, the 800 lady told me I was told wrong. I did have to wait until Dec 24th. The store manager never came to speak to me. So long story short (haha), don’t ask for your money back. Even though we HAVE to pay for it right then!! SMH

  17. Brian

    12/09/2014 at 8:46 am

    I got a message Monday saying that the TV is being ready to be shipped. That would make it roughly a week after registering on Black Friday.

    I had no issues doing the registration and the clerks didn’t mess up the recept. Let’s see how long til its dropped off

  18. Lisa Cummins

    12/12/2014 at 5:44 am

    I stood in line from 3 til 6 on Thanksgiving day and was number 44 in line for the 50 inch tv. Got my ticket paid for the tv by 6:30 stood in another line for an hour only to be told that I had to register online to recieve it. I had family that arrived at 5:30 and got tvs. Never again will I deal with my local Walmart. I still don’t have my tv and truly doubt I will ever get it

  19. Allison

    12/16/2014 at 1:52 pm

    My issue with my one hour guarantee was that the cashier marked the item as i had received it in store on BF ( I did not). My local stores ( Orlando, Fl) “fix” was to keep the money and give me a rain check for IF the item comes back in as regular inventory… NOT happy.. the only reason i deal with it is the 65 inch was a GOOD deal.. if i ever get it..

    • Lisa

      12/18/2014 at 4:12 am

      Well I still do not have a tv. Has anyone reecieved an email yet?

      • Penny

        12/18/2014 at 5:44 am

        I have not but my best friend received an email yesterday saying her TV was ready.

  20. kim

    12/29/2014 at 3:50 pm

    After finally getting the tablet l purchased as l open the box low and behold the screen is broken!! I returned it to Walmart and was told l could not get it replaced AND although l paid cash with the receipt l was told l would get store credit…and of course all management is on vacation!! NEVER AGAIN WILL I GO TO WALMART!!!!!!!!!…THEY CAN HAND OUT $1000 BILLS AS YOU ENTER AND I STILL WOULD NOT GO!!!!! BUYER BEWARE!!!!!!

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