Another November has come, and with it, even more hype about Black Friday sales. The sales start earlier, the noise gets louder, but the deals themselves are often nothing to leave home for. That’s one reason why last year’s Black Friday retail event saw a substantial drop in sales numbers from the year previous, while online sales on Cyber Monday rose from 9 to 26 percent, depending on the source.
Even if, like me, you find most of these alleged deals a snooze, there are still some great bargains to be had with new tech. I’ve combed through all the circulars and ads and culled the best of the best —like the ability to save $350 on a 55-inch HDTV or more than $130 on a pair of Beats Headphones. Some are even worth the loss of family time and potential risk of bodily injury by venturing into the stores next week.
(Here’s a quick shopping tip: Be sure to wear your sneakers to Thanksgiving dinner, because some “Black Friday” sales actually begin on Thursday. As soon as your turkey and mash are digested, you’ll want to run out the door and get in line for the hot Black Friday sales items listed below.)
(Follow the links to each retailer for details on sales dates and times.)
Westinghouse 55″ 1080p LED HDTV – $250 ($350 savings)
HP 14-inch laptop, Windows 10, i3 Intel processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB hard drive – $299 ($300 savings)
Toshiba 49-inch 1080p LED HDTV – $149 ($280 savings)
Apple iPhone 6s/6s Plus – free $250 Target gift card with installment plan purchase
40-inch Samsung HDTV, Xbox One game console and “Lego Movie” game bundle – $500 ($230 savings)
Apple iPad Air 2, 16GB and 128GB storage – $349 and $549 ($150 savings)
Beats Studio headphones — $169 ($131 savings)
Lenovo Slimline desktop, Windows 10, AMD E1 processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive – $170 ($130 savings)
Inspiron Micro desktop, Intel processor – $99 ($100 savings)
iPad mini 4, 64GB and 128GB storage – $399 and $499 ($100 savings)
Sony Extra Bass bluetooth headphones – $99 ($99 savings)
Samsung Galaxy Tab A, 9.7-inch, 16GB storage – $230 ($70 savings)
JBL Flip bluetooth speaker – $59 ($41 savings)
Fitbit Flex fitness-tracking band – $59 ($40 savings)
Roku SE – $25 ($25 savings)
Happy (and safe) Black Friday shopping, everyone!
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