With all of the crazy crowds, the enduring appeal of Black Friday is the sheer number of excellent deals that can be found for all sorts of gadgets and tech items. Whether you’re looking to make a purchase for yourself or you’ve been waiting to buy the perfect holiday gift, here are some of the best deals you can find on Black Friday.
Quip Electric Toothbrush
The Quip electric toothbrush has been making waves, not only for its beautifully sleek design, but also for the way that it’s innovated electric toothbrushes by doing away with pesky power cords. On Black Friday, you can get it for almost half price.
It might look a little bit like a refrigerator for clothes, but the LG Styler is the key to easing your load when it comes to laundry. For those who seem to attract wrinkles like a magnet, the LG Styler is a steam closet that makes it easy to release any fabric creases without having to spend the time ironing.
Lenovo Smart Display
Building up a smart home can take up a lot of capital, even for all of the time and energy it can save in the long run. Not only is the Lenovo Smart Display useful, on Black Friday it’s both on sale and will include smart plugs and smart light bulbs for less than a dollar each.
Spotify Family Plan With Google Home Mini
This deal is less of a discount and more just an incredible deal. While it won’t only be available on Black Friday, it will be a limited time offer. Anyone who signs up for a Spotify Premium Family plan in the next few weeks will receive a free Google Home Mini. If that isn’t the best deal of the holiday season, then we don’t know what is.
Tests, races, contests, promotions, none are even close to bulletproof, and clever, observant people can take quite a great advantage of them. From free food, free merchandise, cash rewards, traveling on the cheap, and much more, here are 35 clever loopholes that people have discovered.
The $25 Trip
A while back, I encountered an online store that had a promotion. This promotion consisted of offering free round-trip plane tickets to the customers who spent the most money on their site in a given month. The trip was not restricted either, offering the chance to visit any city or country on the face of the Earth. My friend, who could most likely outsmart Albert Einstein, noticed that the site also offered gift certificates for sale. These were worth $25. So he proceeded to buy one gift certificate, and then buy another gift certificate with the previous gift certificate. This racked up the apparent spending on the site, and thus, winning the contest and visiting Australia for only $25.
The Upsize Loophole
Papa John’s Pizza had a contest a few years ago, which applied only to employees. The prize was movie tickets, and you could win by earning points. These points, however, were earned by convincing customers to upsize their pizza. This costs only $2 from a medium to a large pizza. An employee found out that each time a customer chose a large one, he could put in a medium pizza which was upsized. This little trick went above his co-worker’s heads, and he ended up winning the tickets every week.
Wendy’s had a promotion that was also biased. A few years back, they had a promotion that offered a free burger if you were willing to complete a quick survey on the receipt. These surveys were on every single receipt. Naturally, after buying one burger, and completing the survey, you would get another burger. For that burger, you would also get another receipt with another survey, and so on. This was a gold mine for a few students that bought one burger and then proceeded to complete four surveys and get four burgers for free. Of course, a few days later, Wendy’s noticed their loophole and stopped accepting surveys from the free burger’s receipts.
The Lazy Double Agent
I worked at a company not long ago, and there, I had two bosses. These guys didn’t interact with each other at all. However, they had the same level of authority over me. On some days, neither of the bosses told me what to do, and because they didn’t interact with each other, they didn’t know if I had work assigned by the other boss or not. This resulted in me staying home for numerous days and getting paid for it. The best part was that each boss thought I was working for the other boss.
Sea of Tea
This is also a relatively old loophole. I’m not sure which company did it, but a certain canned tea provider had a promotion. Each case of tea came with a coupon that offered another free case of canned tea. This did not seem peculiar at first, except for the fact that each and every case came with a coupon, meaning that after buying one case and getting the initial coupon, all the future cases were practically free.
Free Computer for Christmas
During the time I was working at McDonald’s, Best Buy was currently having a promotion. Large sodas and fries had scratch-offs, which you could collect for a minimum of $1 only at Best Buy. I searched the trash for discarded scratch-offs. Needless to say, I bought myself a new computer which was actually free for Christmas.
Make Money Drinking Juice
Back in college, we had plenty of machines on campus, but one particular juice machine was my favorite. The juice in that machine cost $0.75, but it had a little malfunction. Whenever someone wanted to buy juice with a dollar, the machine would give you back five quarters in change, or one dollar and a quarter. It took them months to figure out the issue. No use in mentioning that I bought a juice each and every day of those months.
Premium Cable on the House
This loophole worked wonders in the 80s. In those times, cable providers were offering a free trial that lasted a weekend for their premium channels in the hope that you would keep the subscription and continue paying for it. However, the process of unlocking the channels was with a signal sent to your cable box, and the same method was used to lock them in case you didn’t want to sign up. So, if you just unplugged the cable box, the signal would never come through, thus giving you premium channels for free, that is until the cable company figured it out.
Outsmarted the Teacher
At some point, when I was in third grade, there was an emergency, and our teacher had to leave the classroom. She assigned a student to be in charge of the classroom, saying that we were not allowed to talk. And if we talked, we needed to write down 100 times “I will not talk in class when instructed not to.” She didn’t mention anything after this, so we just wrote down the phrase 100 times, after which we just continued talking until the teacher came back.
There was a software that was used back in the day that allowed people to download services illegally. Many used that same software to download the premium version of the same software, also illegally, and totally free.
Steps Towards a Hoodie
At our university, a contest was put in place to encourage students to walk more. A health tracker connected to the school account was put in place. It automatically converted our steps into points. The points, in turn, could be converted into free mugs, coffee, and a £30 hoodie. I discovered that by connecting the health app with a different health app I could input my steps manually, allowed me to win a few hoodies. I was clever, but my friend even more so, changing his height, because height determines how many steps you need to make to cover a certain distance. He probably claimed a dozen of those hoodies.
Papa John’s Strikes Again
Another loophole from Papa John’s Pizza that consisted of a promotion for the Super Bowl. There was a coin toss, and if you could guess the side correctly, you would get a voucher for a free pizza. You could enter the contest only once per email. So I took my time and entered the contest from 60 different email addresses I created. Half of the email addresses called tails, and the other half called heads. And needless to say, my diet was not so great for six weeks straight.
We went to Santa Monica with a rental car and parked in a parking lot for the weekend. They charged $25 for a full day. But weirdly enough, there was also an additional option that cost $10 in case you lost your ticket. Well, clumsy me, I don’t know how it happened, but apparently, I lost the ticket every day.
I have a local parking garage near where I live, and I usually park there for one simple reason. This parking garage works by giving you a ticket when you enter, and when you leave you must go to another machine to pay for the ticket. Depending on how long you stay, you get charged accordingly, and of course, the entrance gate lifts up only when it reads a paid ticket. Now I found that if I get a ticket and immediately go to pay for it, it’ll charge me for a couple of minutes, but it would let me stay there for eight hours straight, free of charge.
Who’s in Charge of the Prices?
Some time ago, I noticed something peculiar at Burger King. It seemed that buying two five-piece chicken nugget meals was cheaper than a meal consisting of eight chicken nuggets. Some say that free food is more delicious than when you have to pay for it, and I surely agree.
Extra Help, Anyone?
I had a job back in the day where our time was precisely scheduled, at least that’s how it seemed. At some point, I discovered a loophole regarding the schedule. If, for example, you started your shift at a particular hour, you had an additional 7 minutes to arrive without any penalization. But if you arrived past the 7-minute mark, it would automatically consider that you came 15 minutes late. This also worked at the end of the shift. If you stayed for more than 7 minutes past your end of the shift, it would consider that you stayed an extra 15 minutes. I frequently asked my co-workers if they needed any help so that I could reach that 7-minute mark. And I think at the end of the year, I had almost an entire extra payday.
My family and I used to go to an Italian restaurant, and there was a candy claw machine that we would always play. I don’t know how other candy claw machines work. But this one didn’t register that you picked something up if the claw closed all the way. We noticed that and proceeded to pick smaller candy, and the claw wouldn’t register that we picked anything. This went on for some time, and free candy is free candy. I think they removed the machine.
Two Birds With One Suspension
When I was in high school, they had a rule that said it is forbidden for someone to attend prom if they, at any point in the current semester, had a Saturday detention. Of course, I did something stupid, and the teacher assigned me for detention. My girlfriend desperately wanted me to come to the prom. So I just kept dodging the detention, and they kept adding more until it transformed into a day of suspension. My high school didn’t have any rules against students that were in suspension. So I got to go to the prom, and I also got a day off from school. I see it as a total win.
I Was Reborn, Repeatedly
In my teen years, I got an idea. Every year, on my birthday, I got a free promotional ice cream cone. So, naturally, I made one email for each month of the year; thus, I got free birthday ice cream each month. I can say those were some delicious years.
At some point in the past, parking meters had the capacity to accept credit cards without actually being connected. The process was that when reading a card, they checked it for banned numbers from a locally stored list, a process that took place once a month. In the end, the transactions would be downloaded, processed, and the blacklist updated. This, however, could be bypassed via a gift card backed by MasterCard or Visa. The gift card could be used on anything, then, with the balance depleted, used for the entire month on parking. When the data was extracted and processed, and the number was put on the blacklist. You just had to use another cheap gift card, the end, free parking.
The Slowest One Wins
In the town where I grew up there was a tournament that consisted of a bike race. The catch was that the slowest one wins, meaning that the one who crosses the finish line last wins. There was a rule that when you touch the ground, there would be a five-second subtraction from your time, but it didn’t specifically say anything about just staying in one place. I proceeded to plant my feet on the ground and watch the rest of the racers go past the finish line, after which I would wait an additional 5 seconds and then cross it last. Unfortunately, I didn’t win because they considered it cheating.
In Toronto, the Presto card was a new thing, allowing you to use it on public transit with just a swipe. When I got myself one, directly out of the box, it was broken. It would work only about 10% of the time. So when I was in public transit, I would try to scan it, get frustrated in such an obvious way that, when the transit operators saw me, they would just let me through. This was a handy trick to save some money on public transit, but eventually I got a new, working one.
Unfair but Effective
I had a job a while back, and the bosses told us every single Monday that we must work overtime on the next Saturday, just to cancel it Friday. They did this for a couple of reasons. One, they bypassed the need to give the mandatory 24-hour overtime notice, as well as taking their time in figuring if they actually needed the workers. Plus it seemed that they did a good deed offering us our weekend.
The usual thing to do in winter when you have a pick-up truck is to buy sandbags to weigh it down, so it doesn’t get stuck that easily. However, I didn’t see it as a rule. So I just weighed it down with snow. And the best part is that when the warmth comes, it just melts right off.
This worked pretty well back in the day, but I’m not sure it still works today. When my friends and I wanted to go to the movies, we would simply buy two tickets, and enter into the cinema. Then one of us would go back out for a cigarette, carrying both the tickets and then come in with an additional friend, rinse and repeat until everybody was inside.
I Plead Guilty
In my home state of Michigan, a law existed which stated that no minor could plead guilty for a crime if they didn’t have a lawyer. I used this a couple of times, myself. When I got in trouble, I plead guilty, and they would simply give me a sentencing date, after which they would let me leave. And approximately a week later, a letter would come in, stating that my case was dismissed or thrown out because it’s not legal to plead guilty without a lawyer while being a minor.
Ah, Yes, the Hygiene
I found some in-ear headphones that I liked in a large electronics store. Unfortunately, while they looked nice, they sounded terrible and were uncomfortable, so I wanted to return them. The store told me that they couldn’t be returned due to hygiene reasons. I checked the return policy rules to see if there was some loophole that I could exploit without any luck, except having a two-year guarantee. Obviously, I proceeded to wreck those headphones. I then went back to the store to request a refund, which they gladly gave me.
I attended a Catholic school in which a uniform was mandatory. However, there was a jeans day pass which came in different colors and allowed us to wear something else besides the uniform. There was a white color, so I went on and copied a bunch of them, and then proceeded to sell them throughout my school.
It Might Rain
My school has a parking lot, and for a parking permit for a car, you must pay $220, but for a motorcycle, only $30. The weird thing is that our motorcycle permits allowed us to add a second vehicle, such as a car, because it might rain.
Oops, Sorry Bro
When we were kids, my brother and I used to go to the pool, and I remember him yelling once, “Last one in the pool is a rotten egg”, after which, he jumped in the pool. Shortly after, it came to me that if I don’t jump in the pool, technically, he is the last one in the pool. Thus he was the rotten egg.
At my school, they encouraged the students to improve scores on standardized tests, offering nice incentives. I proceeded to fail the first year, on purpose, of course, and then worked hard in the second year. The school offered me a card with which I can exit the campus at lunch whenever I want, as well as a free, exclusive parking spot.
In high school, I wanted a job, so I applied for a summer position with the county. An intelligence test was mandatory. The tests were not easy. But at some point, I noticed that the answers were actually on a sheet attached to the back, and separated by a carbon paper sheet. Of course, I peeled it off and used the answers.
Clever Little Fellow
In seventh grade, I had a keyboarding class. In this class we needed to type, create large tables, and complete math problems. I proceeded to use Excel, imputing the formulas, and copy-pasting the table sheet. I did the task in a fraction of the time. Our teacher got angry and said I manipulated the rules.
American education and colleges do not fully understand either European or British education systems. So this is how many people from Europe get into college at young ages in America.
In other countries, you can’t access American Netflix, and there is sometimes an annoying notification that blocks you from using a VPN. However, I found that when I click the free VPN button multiple times and then enter into Netflix, it works. If the notification pops up, I simply exit Netflix, click the VPN a couple more times, and there we go.