Best Black Friday deals on gadgets: laptops, cameras, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players

Deals for gadgets on Black Friday

Looking for the best deals on gadgets on Black Friday? I’ve found dealnews.com to have arguably the most thorough roundup of the absolute best deals to be had on Black Friday. The Fox News Tech Tuesday roundup is informative, as well. Here’s a look at what it has posted:

Cheap laptops: Wal-Mart is coming out with a laptop that’s incredibly affordable, at just $198. “A sub-200 dollar price … puts it in the consideration set for a lot of people,” says AOL consumer adviser Regina Willis.

My note: Remember that the best laptop prices usually come in April and September, and you could very well find prices to beat those currently being advertised. Still, the laptop sales are worth taking a look at this weekend. Also, Staples has confirmed the $300 price on the HP Intel Celeron 16-inch laptop.

Cheap Apple gear: The iPod-manufacturing technology giant has already sent Black Friday teasers to customers, advertising a “special Apple one-day shopping event” scheduled for Nov. 27. The circular doesn’t list specific deals, but Apple hints at better than ordinary prices. If you’ve been hankering for a new MacBook, the prices may not get any better.

My note: Last year’s discounts were in the 5 percent to 10 percent range, so don’t expect to see dramatically reduced prices. Still, any savings is good. Here’s a look at Apple’s 2008 sales: 13-inch MacBooks, $101 off; 20-inch iMac, $51 off; 8 GB iPod Nano, $11 off; 8 GB iPod Touch, $21 off; iPod Classic, $21 off.

Cheap digital cameras: Best Buy is advertising a 10-megapixel digital camera for the almost embarrassingly low price of just $49.95, and other stores such as Office Depot are matching that price with different models. Digital cameras will almost certainly be a huge seller on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Cheap Blu-Ray players: The price of high-definition Blu-Ray movie players has been dropping steadily since the products first debuted in June of 2006. Watch for sub-$100 players at Best Buy and other retailers. Wal-Mart is even advertising a $78 model, which is certain to sell out promptly.

Cheap HDTVs: The cost of high-definition televisions seems to plunge by the day, but which deals are worth your money? Keep an eye on Wal-Mart for a 40-inch Sony Bravia, which will be on sale for $598. And rival Target reportedly will sell a 32-inch Westinghouse set for just $246.

My note: As you’re shopping the national retailers, keep an eye on the deals offered by local stores like BrandsMart , hhgregg and Fry’s. I’ve not found any leaked ads by the three, but if history is any indication, there are certain to be outstanding deals at the three.

Wal-Mart vs. Amazon…and the winner is, YOU!

These two retailers are fighting it out in a price war comparable to prize fighters in a ring. Wal-Mart is the behemoth, a heavy weight in the bargain shopping arena. However, Amazon is on the fast-track and closing, according to this report by the New York Times.

Here’s an excerpt:

The tussle began last month as a relatively trivial but highly public back-and-forth over which company had the lowest prices on the most anticipated new books and DVDs this fall. By last week, it had spread to select video game consoles, mobile phones, even to the humble Easy-Bake Oven, a 45-year-old toy from Hasbro that usually heats up small cakes, not tensions between billion-dollar corporations.

Last Wednesday, Wal-Mart dropped the price of the oven to $17, from $28, as part of its “Black Friday” deals. Later the same day, Amazon cut its price, which had also been $28, to $18.

“It’s not about the prices of books and movies anymore. There is a bigger battle being fought,” said Fiona Dias, executive vice president at GSI Commerce, which manages the Web sites of large retailers. “The price-sniping by Wal-Mart is part of a greater strategic plan. They are just not going to cede their business to Amazon.”

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14 comments Add your comment

Greg

November 24th, 2009
3:39 pm

Watch out for values people…that westinghouse LCD at Target is a terrible tv. Take a look at it and grab the model number. Do a google search. Its very bad. Brandsmart is selling a Toshiba for $328. The Regza line of TV’s for Toshiba are very good. The differnce is 82 dollars but think about the headache you will not get! BM already had several 32 LCD’s under 400 months ago, and no I do not work for BM…I am a guy who is in the market for a 32 Inch LCD. Other better buys..Sony Bravia for $377 at Kmart and Sears.

Ken Swift

November 24th, 2009
4:21 pm

Brandsmart does rock! Those guys actually have what they advertise, not 5 per store like some of the other retailers. Thats where i’ll be there year!

I'm your huckleberry

November 24th, 2009
4:36 pm

I perused Target’s electronics dept. a few days ago looking for the 40″ Apex, and the Westinghouse 32″ LCD TV’s. Spent quite a few minutes making adjustments to the Apex, picture quality was still horrible( crossed off my list). I asked my daughter which LCD had the better picture (Westinghouse vs. Sony Bravia) she quickly pointed to the Sony, and I concurred. Then she decided to make some adjustments to the Westinghouse, (omg) the Westinghouse picture was stunning! For $246; come Black Friday (I’m your huckleberry). Furthermore, with a extended warranty ($49.99) the Westinghouse is truly value.

Uncle Tom

November 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

Sooooooooo, brand name or off-band?

Eric William

November 24th, 2009
5:09 pm

I believe Westinghouse is Sony’s factory “seconds”. I heard this from a random guy while working directv installs.

Hypo Critical

November 24th, 2009
5:31 pm

The AJC should fire Ms. Cash and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. Not only are you providing free advertisement for Wal-Mart, but you are also implying that this “price sniping” is good for the consumer. Wal-Mart and the hegemonic desires of the typical american consumer idiot is just as eval as the last eight years of the bush administration. Yet, you still not only contribute to the evil, but actually thrive in it.

J.

November 24th, 2009
6:11 pm

Retrevo has the objective information/reviews on the gadgets from major retailers this Black Friday. It’s not just a list, it’s the “low down” on the gadgets retailers are promoting, so you know if you’re getting a good deal, or just clearing stock. Check it out here: http://www.retrevo.com/content/page-full-width/2009/11/2009-black-friday-real-time-resource-center

Anna Stephens

November 24th, 2009
10:22 pm

In the spirit of Black Friday giveawaya I am giving away a FREE Christmas Tree on Black Friday at http://www.bargainsinbuckhead.com from Tradition Trees of Atlanta. Several locations in the Atlanta area for you to pick out your tree. Post a comment on my site before Friday to win the Tree.

tyler

November 24th, 2009
11:01 pm

Be sure to check online coupon sites if you do your shopping online. These sites work directly with the retailers to get coupons and deals that may not be available at your local stores. my favorite site is http://gopromocodes.com

Tom

November 25th, 2009
2:00 am

In the spirit of the season we are offering a free trial of Skin Whitening cream.

http://fade-cream.com

Chazs

November 25th, 2009
8:46 am

Make sure you check the reviews before you buy.
There is a big difference even within a brand on TVs, Phones and major appliances.
Best bet is to go to CNET.com

kc

November 25th, 2009
5:49 pm

I’ve seen a lot of online coupons for Black Friday (and Cyber monday) at http://www.lilideals.com and RetailMeNot. I can’t bear the idea of fighting the crowds, and when I’m in a store I never know if I’m getting the best deal or not. I like that online I get the ability to compare and to get the best discounts.

Jojomar

November 26th, 2009
12:01 pm

I agree with huckleberry; make sure you check the online reviews prior to purchasing. Check prices and reviews before you venture out, or, just save time and gas and shop online ;-)
Amazon has traditionally been the best in terms of price and service; they have some great deals going on today and Friday. Their free shipping offer adds the icing on the purchase cake. Today Amazon has Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for only $59.99 (as of this morning)! There are some nice Garmin GPS sales as well. See http://www.YS50.com for the links.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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