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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.

By MSN Money Partner Nov 2, 2011 10:36AM

This post comes from Jeanine Poggi at partner site The Street.


The Street on MSN MoneyMost Black Friday ads haven't leaked yet, but we've talked to deal hunters to discover what items are likely to be heavily discounted Thanksgiving weekend.


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 and


In fact, Jon Vincent, who runs the deal site, 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 "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 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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Nov 2, 2011 12:04PM

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?

Nov 3, 2011 12:23PM
My friends and I love Black Friday.  We go as a huge group, stay up all night, meet other interesting people and generally have a great time.  We all shop for our pre-selected bargains and then go for breakfast.  We have been doing it for years.  I am so tired of all the doom and gloom sayers that are constantly out there.  And before you knock me about unemployed and blah blah blah.....husband was laid off three times in the last six years so been there done that.   We got thru it by living within our means.   Oh we also put two kids thru college during that time. 
Nov 2, 2011 3:58PM
You forgot the best for black friday, STAY HOME AND WATCH ALL THE CRAZIES BUY UP  ALL THE GOTTA HAVES Eye-rolling
Nov 2, 2011 9:31PM

I am staying home on Black Friday


Nov 2, 2011 6:10PM

@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.

Nov 2, 2011 4:14PM
i've worked in retail and alot of the door buster stuff is just junk anyways.
Nov 3, 2011 2:20PM
Im staying home and watching Ralphie wait for his Ovaltine decoder ring and numbnut lick the frozen flagpole AGAIN. Hot
Nov 3, 2011 12:56PM

"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?


Nov 3, 2011 11:51AM

@ 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



Nov 3, 2011 1:34PM
It's amazing how people can do this same song and dance EVERY year...Black Friday = good day to stay home. When you have people getting trampled to death because the latest iJunk or LCD TV is 75% off, you have to wonder what this world has come to. To put it into perspective, people are DYING so others can buy items that will be replaced one year later. Unbelievable.
Nov 5, 2011 11:27AM

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 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.


Nov 3, 2011 1:35PM
Didn't somebody die last year when they go trampled over at a Walmart in NYC on Black Friday? Oh well I guess if it's your time it's your time, but I would go out in many other ways then getting run over by someone trying to save some money buying a $ 3.00 DVD!
Nov 5, 2011 2:27PM
i will be sell hotdogs to the fatties waiting in line at wal-mart.
Nov 6, 2011 11:25PM

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.

Nov 5, 2011 1:35PM
I never shop on black friday. Too far to travel  and I am doing less shopping this holiday. Can't remembered when I brought a new tv. Take too much of one time to start, nothing worth watching anymore these days and I have better thing to do anyway. Happy holiday to everyone.

@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.

Oct 17, 2012 3:06AM
There are great deals every day of the holiday season at, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are legitimately the best days to shop.
Nov 3, 2011 12:48PM
I'll just shop for good priced DVD movies I want, but don't have. Nuthin' else.
Nov 24, 2011 3:57PM
Charlie Brown is right; Christmas was created by a big Eastern syndicate.  Now it is controlled by a large Far East syndicate.  Christmas, the China's most profitable season.
Nov 3, 2011 2:00PM

 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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