10 Black Friday deal predictions
Tablets for less than $100, and big savings on flat-screen TVs are among the experts' expectations for the day after Thanksgiving.
This post comes from Jeanine Poggi at partner site The Street.
There's been conflicting data out there that Black Friday may not offer the best deals of the season, but expert bargain hunters dispelled these naysayers.
"There are great deals every day of the holiday season, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are legitimately the best days to shop," said Brad Wilson, online shopping expert and professional bargain hunter, who runs the sites Bradsdeals.com and BlackFriday2011.com.
In fact, Jon Vincent, who runs the deal site BlackFriday.info, said prices are typically higher after Black Friday. "There are not many pre-Christmas doorbusters."
One good piece of advice when shopping Black Friday weekend -- look for bundle deals, said Brent Shelton of deal site FatWallet.com. "If you need a printer, wait for the laptop/printer bundles. It will save a lot of money." Post continues below.
To prepare your gift-giving list, here's a look at some of the doorbusters you may find if you put down the fork and get out there early the day after Thanksgiving.
- Laptops. RadioShack is already featuring a $300 Toshiba laptop, which has been one of the most popular deals on FatWallet.com. As a result, Shelton is predicting some high-profile, 15-inch laptops will be available under $300 during Thanksgiving weekend.
- Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is already competitively priced at $199, but the device could go even lower. The newest tablet may pop up as a coveted "Gold Box" deal on Amazonand could be priced as low as $100, Vincent predicts. But Gold Box deals aren't easy to come by, and only a lucky few will probably be able to snag the device at this ultra-low price.
- Digital cameras. Demand for point-and-shoot digital cameras is essentially dead because of improved camera and video technology on the iPhone and other smartphones, Wilson said. This means there will be some great deals on premium cameras on Black Friday. Wilson expects to see Superzooms around $150 and Digital SLRs around $300. There were 350 different camera deals last year, Shelton said, and he expects to see even more than that for really high-quality cameras with 14 megapixels.
- Samsung and Motorola tablets. Amazon's Kindle Fire at $199 started a price war with everyone, making Samsung and Motorola no longer the alternatives to an iPad, Wilson said. As a result, he expects to see some steep discounts on these devices. "This will be the first Black Friday where tablets go mass market," he said. Wilson said to keep an eye out for the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy priced under $300 and Motorola's Xoom around $350, both down from about $500. Shelton predicts that some of the lesser-known tablet brands could even drop prices below $100.
- Flat-screen televisions. If you are in the market for a new flat-screen television, check out Wal-Mart and Targeton Black Friday weekend, Vincent advises. The big-box retailers will likely offer a 42-inch HDTV as a doorbuster special (which means limited quantities) for $300. Last year, the retailers had a similar deal, featuring a 40-inch TV for the same price. If you want a slightly smaller version, Vincent said the 32-inch will likely be priced around $200.
- Barnes & Noble's Nook. The idea of an e-reader being priced above $100 is quickly going away, and Wilson said that Thanksgiving weekend shoppers will be able to pick up a decent e-reader for under $50. With Amazon pricing its basic version of the Kindle at $79, the e-commerce giant is throwing other suppliers for a loop. Shelton even believes older Kindle models will sell for around $50. Barnes & Noble's Nook at $249, in particular, will find it difficult to compete with the Kindle Fire. "I am shocked it is still at $249, honestly," Wilson said. Shelton agreed, saying the Nook Color needs to match the Kindle Fire price.
- Video games. Video game bundles will be back this year, Vincent said. Consoles like Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft's Xbox will likely offer the hardware with three video games for just the price of the system. The games in the bundle could also be some big hits, like Modern Warfare 3or Battlefield 3, Shelton said.
- Apple's iPad. Apple practically never offers discounts and if you are looking for a bargain on the iPad at retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, you will be disappointed. But Vincent expects Apple to offer between 5% and 10% off the device online only on Thanksgiving Day.
- GPS. GPS navigators were huge last year, Shelton said, but with more smartphones equipped with their own satellite navigation capabilities, there will be some nice GPS devices retailing for under $100.
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Why do people need so many televisions in the house? Every damn black friday they push off more of that cheap China made crap off on America! Our kids get more addicted ,have no imaginations and mostly get no sunlight or excersise.We sit around watching television rather than visit with our wives or kids. We do not read books.Why if we are in a recession ,living pay check to pay check or on unemployment or welfare, would our greedy government push for this?
@RR in TN:
"I see nothing in this article CONFIRMING any of these deals - all speculation. Such a disappointment."
Did you not read the title of the article? It says, "10 Black Friday deal predictions" ..... so, while your comment is absolutely correct, it is completely invalid... They are giving predictions as to what they think will be a good buy this Black Friday, so as to help people start planning.
"If you need a printer, wait for the laptop/printer bundles. It will save a lot of money."
wow thats the dummest thing I ever heard. So your gonna drop about grand for the combo to get that 100 printe?
@ RR in TN......
RIF = Reading Is Fundamental
The title of article contains the word P - R - E - D - I - C - T - I - O - N - S
I'm writing this on the $200 laptop I got at Best Buy yesterday (love it, BTW), where I price matched Target's buy-2-get-1-free video game deal but with Best Buy's rewards program to earn a little off it, and bought a couple of 3DS games 2-for-$30 at Walmart.com...just an example, however, of how if I don't see something the price I want to pay, I just don't buy it, or I go where they'll beat the others prices. Forget Black Friday, it's my family time with my kids and husband, not planning to wake up pre-dawn to drive around in the cold to worry if I'm going to get into a car accident in the parking lot fighting for a space (which happens EVERY YEAR here). So, if the stores want me to spend my money on my giant family, the deals better be good and they better come before Thanksgiving, AND I BETTER NOT HAVE TO FIGHT FOR THEM. Because every year I sit here tabulating, and if I don't spend similar amounts for all my kids, then some of it goes back until it's even and fair...I DO NOT go out and buy more.
And I don't shop after Nov. 20th or so. No matter what...the holiday season is just that in my family, a holiday, not a season where I stress out shopping like I have to the rest of the year.
I so agree with the pathetic situation that buying all this "junk" for 8-year-old kids is thoroughly out of hand. Why in the world would any parent think it's a great idea to kill imagination and use gaming as a babysitter?? Don't they know that our nation is falling way behind in education? It's not because teachers aren't trying their hardest to fix the entitlement problem that exists because kids think they are, yes, entitled to everything they want for any holiday and get upset when they don't get their way. Heaven help this society.
@Another concerned American
Because the typical individual in America doesn't know how to prioritize how he/she spends his/her money, time, and life.
my family works@ wamart and they have lines in electronics and toys and other hot deals the worker gives the item to you there is no running or anything like that its totally safe. you wait in line get your item and keep shopping.
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