Switched Black Friday 2010 Guide
Read on after the break for the best deals, the best places to find deals, and the best tools for finding the best deals.
Where to Browse
If you want to make sure you're getting the best deal online, you can grab a browser extension like Window Shopper, Price Blink or Invisible Hand, which automatically check the Web for better prices.
Early DealsAlthough Newegg has been running an orgy of retail discounts all month, the site kicked off its deepest Black Friday discounts earlier today. On sale for $699, this Gateway desktop PC features a 6-core CPU from AMD, eight gigabytes of RAM, a 1.5 terabyte hard drive and an ATI Radeon graphics card with one gig of dedicated memory. Available for $1,520 when used with the coupon code EMCZZNN54, this package includes a 46-inch Samsung 3-D TV, a Blu-Ray player and the Shrek 3-D Starter Kit (plus two pair of 3-D glasses).
Amazon has been offering deals on hundreds of items all week, including the 64 GB iPod touch for $369. The most notable, though, is the inventory-clearing deal on the Kindle 2, for an almost-insane $89 (starts at 9am PT on Friday). These models include 3G connectivity, beating out Best Buy's $99 deal for the Wi-Fi-enabled NOOK. (Best Buy is offering a number of deals, but its best package -- a 32-inch Samsung HD TV and a Wii for $399 -- is, sadly, in-store only.)
Sales ResourcesTomorrow, though, log onto major retailers' sites before you sit down to your turkey and football, and you'll find plenty of deals to be had. Kohl's, Radio Shack, Best Buy, Macy's, Target and Walmart are all starting their Black Friday online deals tomorrow. Most retailers are also offering more sales than they have in the past, casting the widest net possible for your consumer dollar. Apple will also be offering exclusive Black Friday deals, but the company's discounts are often underwhelming. (You're better off with third-party retailers like MacMall, which is offering up to $400 off select Mac computers.) Even Microsoft is getting in on the action, with some big discounts on Xbox 360 titles.
But, with all this shopping madness, don't forget what the holidays are really about: stuffing your face until you fall into a food coma, and are excused from having any kind of conversation with the hillbilly side of the family. Happy Holidays!
Hot Deals (updated regularly)
- Kmart and Sears are offering the Canon Rebel XS DLSR (with 18-55mm kit lens) and the EF 75-300mm telephoto for $479.98. [Yahoo Shopping]
- Sony's BDP-S370 Blu-ray player is going for $99 at Target and Kmart stores. [From Yahoo Shopping]
- Western Digital's 1.5 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive is up for $69.99 from Newegg. [From: TechDealDigger]
- Wester Digital's 2TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive is only $89.99 from Amazon.
- Grab a 52-inch 1080p Sharp AQUOS LC-52D78UN from Dell Home & Office for $999.99. [From: Dell Home Office]
- T-Mobile is offering the Windows Phone 7-powered HTC HD7 up as a Buy One Get One Free deal. [From Engadget]
- Newegg is selling a 23-inch 1080p monitor from eMachines for only $119.99.
- Upgrade your RAM to a whopping 8GB for only $89.99 with these kits from Newegg, in both desktop and laptop varieties.
- Amazon is offering 50-percent off on many power drills, including this 18-volt model for only $168.20.
- The iOS versions of 'NFL 2011' and 'Need for Speed Shift' are on sale for $0.99.
- The Roku XD is being offered for 20-percent off, or $64. Just $4 more than the bargain Roku HD.
- Apple is offering $101 off the iMac, MacBook Pro and Macbook Air, as well as $41 off the iPad and iPod touch.
- Verizon has a small selection of deeply discounted handsets, including a half-price Samsung Continuum and a free mid-rang Android device in the LG Vortex.