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Black Friday: Best Buy's ad bested by others

Doorbusters include extra games bundled with Xbox, PS3

By TracyC Nov 13, 2009 4:54PM

Holiday bargain shoppers are crying “Bah Humbug!” after seeing the leaked Black Friday ad from electronics giant Best Buy.

 

Many of its so-called hot deals on laptops, GPS devices and TVs have already been bested by pre-Turkey Day sales from Target, Sears, Wal-Mart and others, says Michael Brim, founder of BFads.net, which posted the ad.

 

However, there are some gaming doorbusters to be had. Consoles are regular price, but a number of hot game titles are thrown in to sweeten the deal. (Console makers don’t condone big discounts off their suggested retail price, so Best Buy and others use gift cards and free games to get shoppers to open their wallets.)

 

The 120 GB Sony Playstation 3, $299, is bundled with Little Big Planet and Ratchet & Clank.

 

The Xbox 360 Elite 1GB system is selling for $299 with the standard Lego Batman and Pure titles, as well as four extra games such as Ghost Recon 2 and Spiderman: Web of Shadows.

 

Other doorbuster deals on Xbox 360 and PS3 game titles include Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age, Brutal Legend and Madden 10 for $34.99 instead of $59.99.

 

And some people dissecting the ad on bargain sites were excited about the $200 Samsung BD-P1600 Blu-ray player or Sony BDP-S360 Blu-ray for $149.99 with a free movie. (Many of the recent Blu-ray movie releases, such as Monsters vs. Aliens, are also priced at $9.99).

 

Will this be enough to get people camping out before its 5 a.m. opening? We'll see. The chain is offering 18-month, no-interest financing for purchases over $249.

 

Still, most shoppers trolling online deals sites won’t budget for Best Buy -- unless it has another secret sale like last year, where the chain promoted some last-minute bargains online.

 

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