Scope Out Black Friday Deals Early

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With Black Friday just a few weeks away, it’s already time to start thinking about which shopping spots you’ll attack the morning after Thanksgiving.

FatWallet rounds up the Black Friday deals as they begin to trickle out. The list is thin for now, but it’s a good idea to bookmark the page and check back regularly to see if there’s anything that makes you want to crawl out of bed at 3 a.m. to go wrestle with a crowd of overeager deal-seekers.

Black Friday Deals [FatWallet]

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  1. bombledmonk says:

    http://www.slickdeals.net also has a similar roundup.

  2. Kris says:

    BFAds.net

    Plus, TONS of retailers are rolling out better than Black Friday prices NOW. Walmart had an awesome electronics sale this weekend – picked up a 26-inch Vizio for $198 and a 32-inch Vizio LCD TV for $298. They also had $50 iTunes cards for $35.

    Amazon also has their Gold Box deals going now.

    • ellemdee says:

      I always mentally pronounce that site as “bee fads dot net” or “beef ads dot net”.

    • NotEd says:

      Agreed. I’m on their mailing list from last year and just started getting updates a little under a month ago, as I recall.

      Don’t need the info, as my current job does not allow us to take Black Friday off, but it still comes in handy overall to pass on to friends and family. Plus the online deals can still come in handy.

  3. Scuba Steve says:

    Thanks. I’m looking to pick up a moderately large Flat Screen TV around that time, and Appreciate any help I can get.

  4. StuffThingsObjects says:

    I want the new XBOX 250g and Kinect package. I really hope I can find this.

    • kingofmars says:

      I’m also looking for a xbox this season. I’d like to get some xbox slims to use as xbox extenders. Works great with netgears av wireless n router.

  5. suez says:

    STOP THE MADNESS!

  6. RyansChestHair says:

    Target is going to have some epic sales!

  7. Snowblind says:

    Sears has Monster Cables on sale!

    I am soooo there!

    • Costner says:

      Why not just head over to monoprice and order the same quality for about 60% less than even Monster sale prices?

    • webweazel says:

      Seriously? I thought it was pretty common knowledge by now that Monster cables are nothing more than $5 cables that you buy for upwards of $100. No matter what the package or the salestwit says otherwise (But it does give the salestwit a heftier commission!), a cable is a cable. Especially when it comes to a digital signal. It’s either OFF or ON. Period. Gold plated connectors and all that bunk is just a smokescreen to make you part with your hard-earned money.
      Go with what Costner said and head over to monoprice.com for a look at what you could save and get the same damn cable.

  8. Ragman says:

    Just pay attention to those “great” deals on TVs – a lot of them are only 720p capable, not the full 1080. The 1080s are at really good prices as well.

    And I’ll go ahead and shill for http://www.blackfriday.info/

    • Zowzers says:

      as someone who is in the video industry, 720P is more then enough resolution for all but the largest projection screen.

      AKA, if you are looking at under a 200 inch screen, 720p is perfectly fine.

  9. sven.kirk says:

    I’m going to hit up online sales first. I was able to get all the stuff I wanted last year after 10am.

    • humphrmi says:

      Yup same here, I was an avid Black Friday door-buster goer until two years ago, now I get everything online. You sometimes still have to sit up all night, to get a great deal that hits the web at 2 or 3 AM, but at least you’re in the comfort of your home.

    • TasteyCat says:

      Me as well. I even got some “doorbusters” online. No lines, no traffic, no people getting stampeded to death.

  10. Bob Lu says:

    dealnews.com also has a black friday section

  11. lifeat24fps says:

    None. It’s not worth it! I did it once and all the items I lined up for were sold out before I got in the door. Never, never, never again.

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      We did it exactly once, and it worked out like a charm. Of course, we were at Wally World at 2:00AM waiting for their sales at 6:00AM…and frankly if we’d gotten there a little after 5:00AM we’d have been fine. Then we went across the street and got what we wanted at Target when they opened at 7:00AM too.

      • lifeat24fps says:

        Glad it worked out for you. I can’t imagine standing out in that cold again! I did it at Best Buy, we lined up around 2am. A few minutes before opening they sent people to the line to pass out vouchers for whatever items you said you were waiting for. By the time they reached us they were out. Went home right after that.

  12. BrentS says:

    Thanks for the mention of FatWallet Phil. Black Friday shoppers will save a massive amount of time using the lightning fast Black Friday Deals filter to plan or just go purchase.

  13. joescratch says:

    “With Black Friday just a few weeks away, it’s already time to start thinking about which shopping spots you’ll attack the morning after Thanksgiving.”

    How about none? It’s also Buy Nothing Day.

  14. energynotsaved says:

    After dealing with the ‘stuff’ of dead parents, I urge you with older parents to only buy them things they’ll eat, take or consume. I found so many things I had given them… that they didn’t need, like or want.

    Pay a bill (gas, electric, water), or give them a gift card to their favorite food store or movie or something. If they can’t drive, give them taxi passes. Think. They don’t need more crap. (My former father-in-law loved lotto tickets.He was a happy camper with $25 worth!)

    I, on the other hand, would like airfare to someplace lovely and warm.

  15. Sparkstalker says:

    The only thing I’m crawling out of bed for at 3AM is the Pepto Bismol…

  16. mvillafana says:

    Um, go to the stores. Black friday’s already here.

    and isn’t it kinda weird, that most stores began their christmas decorations on 11/01?

    it’s getting pushed back each year…

  17. smirkette says:

    I don’t even bother anymore. The last time I went, it was so depressing–strangers pushing each other trying to get doorbusters, stores getting trashed, people being generally rude. This year I’m staying home and starting the baking instead.

  18. gman863 says:

    The hottest local deals I’ve found have been at Fry’s retail stores in Houston. This week, a 50″ “name brand” (either LG or Samsung) plasma TV at $499 and class 10 SDHC cards: 8GB @ 14.99; 16GB @ 24.99 (“class 10″ is the fastest – waaay better for fast action multiple DSLR shots than slower cards).

    When it comes to Black Friday itself, watch out for the usual gimmicks: Best Buy (and others) are infamous for running whacked out pricing on some items with the small print caveat of “at least two per store; no rainchecks”. Unless you get there Wednesday night and camp out for 36 hours, no deal for you.

    As a former retail employee at Fry’s, I have to give them credit for not pulling this stunt. The past two Black Fridays they had a decent stock (50-200 units per store) on their best deals. If you’re in line at opening time, you stand a good chance of getting most of the items you want. If an incredibly priced PC or larger TV is on your list, send a member of your shopping party to the department STAT: These items usually have to be written on “quote” tickets by a salesperson (you usually can’t just grab and run). If you have kids or others wanting an identical item, be sure to have them with you, have them get a second “quote” and bring cash or a second credit card: Fry’s is very strict about the “limit one” policy during the holidays. If this isn’t an issue, have the kids hunt and bring the “cash and carry” blowout items to your cart while waiting your turn for the bigger items.

    If they repeat last year’s strategy, there will be separate Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday newspaper ads; each with different one day only blowout deals. The Saturday and Sunday ads may have lower stock levels; check the newspaper bright and early; get there at or near opening time.

    This isn’t an ad for Fry’s; just the insight of a former employee. Personally, I’ll be sleeping in this year; my limited holiday shopping will be gift cards for places I know the recipients enjoy.

    Another tip: On many electronics and home items, Amazon kills big-box stores. I recently purchased a Canon T1i DLSR. Between lower prices on the camera, flash and bag, a free zoom lens ($179 at Fry’s) and no sales tax (a 8.25% savings) I saved almost $400 versus either Fry’s or Best Buy’s current “sale” pricing.

    Also consider Amazon Prime membership: You can get a free 30 day trial (if you don’t cancel within the 30 days it bills to your credit card at $79.99 per year). Amazon Prime upgrades you to free 2-day shipping or offers an upgrade to 1 day shipping at $3.99 per item. The guaranteed two or next day shipping eliminates the guesswork on when UPS or FedEx will deliver; you can place orders so they arrive on your day off (even Saturday). Even if you keep the Prime Membership and pay the $80, you have a full year of no pushy salespeople, lower prices, fast delivery, prepaid returns and tax free shopping.

  19. IT-Princess: I work in IT, you owe me $1 says:

    I have to work on Black Friday so won’t be getting any good deals. I prefer Cyber Monday anyway. I am less likely to punch my computer than I am another person. Plus I find I have less buyer’s remorse with buying stuff I didn’t really need, just in case, and because it was on sale.

  20. Gravitational Eddy says:

    Save yourself the time and irritation from going out on Black Friday, just to grab that “special” something that the family member wants.
    I’ve given up on Black Friday, you can have my spot in line.
    Here, take it.

    Bear in mind, this is all about people standing in line for hours, wasting a good amount of time just to BUY something at a lower price than the MSRP.
    And is it any wonder, after manufacturers fail to sell 25,000 units, they’ll cry at the news networks about lost revenue.
    Wake up people, we are a revenue source to them, and they cry when they cannot make us stand out in the rain waiting for them to sell something to us.

  21. damageinc says:

    I’ll “attack” amazon.com from the warmth and comfort of my home. Last year they price matched most door buster deals from all the major retailers. And not only is there no waiting in line in the cold, but most people don’t have to pay tax either. I can’t guarantee they’ll do it again this year, but they’ve already been matching some of the pre BF sales that have occurred so its a good sign.

  22. NumberSix says:

    Screw Black Friday.

    Seriously.

    Right in the ear.

    Haven’t learned our lesson about this kind of debt frenzy yet? Well, that and the tramplings…

  23. Hypercube says:

    I just bought a 42-inch 1080 Vizio at Costco for $530; two year warranty & 90 day return policy. Amazon it even cheaper, but I prefer dealing with Costco on big purchases.

    This weekend Amazon had a 55-inch 1080 Vizio for $898…same price as Wal-Mart.