Black Friday is known for deals – big deals. You're not waking up before the crack of dawn and standing in long lines merely for paltry discounts on second-rate products. You want to get the best deal possible to justify subjecting yourself to the mayhem of Black Friday.
To pinpoint your Black Friday shopping targets, visit deal-monitoring sites such as dealnews.com and BFAds.net, both of which publish leaked Black Friday ads that identify items that retailers will mark down the day after Thanksgiving (or, in some cases, on Thanksgiving day).
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BFAds.net founder Michael Brim says the prices on all the items on his list are confirmed and will be available in stores, but he can't confirm whether the same deals will be available online. Brim cautions that the prices may be higher in Wisconsin and Oklahoma, which have laws that prevent retailers from selling items at prices below what they paid for them.
Here are 10 of the biggest Black Friday bargains available at popular big-box retailers across the country:
1.Toshiba 40-inch 1080p LCD HDTV -- $179.99 at Best Buy
The price on this TV is usually about $350. You won't find another 40-inch name-brand TV with similar specs for such a low price, Brim says. The closest deal he's seen is $200 for an off-brand 40-inch TV. (Note: Online shoppers will find the Toshiba at this low price on Amazon.com on Black Friday.)
2. Compaq Presario CQ58 15.6-inch laptop -- $179 at Walmart
This sale price, as reported by dealnews.com, is 50% off the current price of $359 on Walmart.com. Another good laptop deal is the Lenovo G585 15.6-inch model for $188 at Best Buy; it usually retails closer to $300, Brim says.
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3. Canon PowerShot A3400 IS 16-megapixel digital camera bundled with an SD card and case -- $90 at Target
This price is $29 lower than any other deal advertised for this camera this year, reports dealnews.com. Target will also mark down the Nikon Coolpix L310 14.1MP digital camera to $100 from $200.
4. Proscan 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV -- $100 at Kmart
Sure, it's not a name brand, but you won't find a cheaper 32-inch TV.
5. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch 8GB tablet with a $20 gift card -- $179.99 at Best Buy
The price on this tablet is at an all-time low. What makes the Best Buy deal stand out is the $20 gift card that comes with the tablet.
6. Xbox 360 with Skylanders game -- $150 at Walmart
Brim says this console-and-game bundle is cheaper than the console alone, and the game usually costs $65. Dealnews.com says it hasn't seen the Xbox 360 this cheap since last Black Friday.
7. Dyson DC33 vacuum -- $250 at Sam's Club
This same model is currently listed for $390 on Amazon.com. Brim says he's only seen a price this low on a refurbished Dyson DC33 -- not a new one.
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8. Samsung Galaxy S3 smart phone -- 96 cents at Sam's Club
You have to buy this in-store and commit to a two-year contract to take advantage of this deal.
9. Apple iPad2 16GB WiFi with $100 gift card -- $399 at Meijer
The $100 gift card makes this the best iPad2 deal Brim has seen. The next-best deal is from Walmart for $399 with a $75 gift card. Walmart is guaranteeing this price for shoppers who visit from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thanksgiving day; you'll get a voucher if they sell out that night.
10. Leap Frog LeapPad Explorer -- $65 at Walmart
This is the best price ever on this popular children's learning and game device. The previous low was $89.
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