Wal-Mart's best 2013 Black Friday tech deals

The retailer is offering timed sales of HDTVs, video game consoles and gadgets. But you may have to shop on Thanksgiving Day for the best bargains.

By Benzinga Nov 27, 2013 2:00PM

Shoppers browse TVs at a Walmart pre-Black Friday event in 2012 © Damian Dovarganes/APBy Louis Bedigian

Wal-Mart (WMT) is continuing the trend of timed Black Friday sales, with the first discount session beginning on Thursday, Nov. 28 -- yes, that would be Thanksgiving Day -- at 6:00 p.m.

The second sale "event" begins at 8:00 p.m., followed by another event at 8:00 a.m. the next morning (Black Friday, Nov. 29).

With three big sales, when should consumers head to the store? Should they skip Thanksgiving dinner and get in line immediately? Or sit back, relax and enjoy the feast at home?

Read on to find out.

6:00 p.m. Thursday

Those who are first through the door will have the chance to get a 60-inch HDTV from Vizio for $688. According to Walmart.com, this is a savings of more than $300.

Apple's (AAPL) first-generation iPad Mini is not on sale, but customers will receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card if they buy one.

Old-school gamers can get a bare-bones Sony (SNE) PlayStation 3 for $149, or a bundle with two games (including "The Last of Us") for $199.

The 4GB Xbox 360 is getting an $80 discount and will sell for $99 -- while supplies last, of course.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be back in stock, but neither console received a discount.

Beyond that, the retailer will sell the Disney (DIS) Infinity Starter Pack for $38.96 -- roughly a 50 percent savings.

Consumers can also pick up a Nintendo 2DS for $99.

Last but not least, "Grand Theft Auto V" has a one-hour price guarantee at $34, while the current-generation version of Call of Duty: Ghosts will retail for $39.96.

8:00 p.m. Thursday

Wal-Mart is offering a one-hour in-store guarantee for a few of its hottest items, including Beats by Dre Solo Headphones ($114.95 -- an $85 savings) and a 50-inch LED HDTV from Emerson ($288 -- nearly half off the MSRP).

RCA is also offering a generically named Dual Core Tablet for the "special buy" price of $49. Special or not, the device made it onto Gotta Be Mobile's list of Black Friday deals to avoid.

Samsung (SSNLF) has a cornucopia of TVs that are on sale, including a few Smart TVs between 40 and 55 inches. Prices range from $397 for a 40-inch TV to $727 for a 55-inch model.

Wal-Mart will also sell a $178 notebook from Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), but that item appeared on Gotta Be Mobile's "avoid" list as well. According to its report, the laptop (HP 2000-SD09WM) was made specifically for Wal-Mart's Black Friday sale. Thus, it could feature cheaper components and a weaker processor than consumers might expect.

8:00 a.m. Friday

By now, the deals are really beginning to slow down. Those who haven't left the house yet might as well stay home.

At this time, deal seekers can get a $75 gift card with any new iPhone 5C (which will sell for $45) or iPhone 5S (which will sell for $189).

The Galaxy S4 has been brought down to $99, and consumers can get last year's model (the Galaxy S3) for $0.97.

At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

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Nov 28, 2013 9:20AM
I have no problem with Wal Mart. The stores are clean, the help courteous and prices are great. If you don't like it for whatever don't shop there. But don't think me not a real American because I don't have a great need for unions, don't need to shop where the employees are forced to join a union, even if they don't want to.

Further, V_L, if you have so much money that you do not need deep discounted prices, good for you, but I am neither jealous nor hold your success in contempt. And the thought that Sam Walton's progeny have more than you, should not be your concern. Yours should be what are you doing to ensure you are passing on a good lifestyle, hopefully its not having multiple baby mommas as many gimmecrats do. Stealing from someone, whether the worked for it or inherited it, and whether you do itself, or take the cowardly route and have the government do it for you, is still stealing.

Being jealous of what others have instead of planning and working a way to your own success does become a lifestyle, one that is ruining this once great country. I guess you are one of those changed Democrats that has corrupted JFK's words and believe, "you should ask what your country should do for you".

Nov 28, 2013 12:27PM
"This Walmart Black Friday sale includes a 15.6-inch display, AMD E300 processor, 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. There is a DVD burner which many new notebooks do not include." from Gotta Be Mobile.

Those are not bad specs especially for $178.  
Dec 1, 2013 9:59AM
 walmart made $17 billion dollars in profit last year. numerous studies about this issue has shown in order for wakmart to pay their employess $25,000 a year an additional 50 cents per customer per shopping trip would cover this cost for walmart. in addition because of walmarts low wages the government subsidies in food stamps,WIC, medicaid and other benefits costs the government over $5000 a year for these employess alone. the government is subsidizing walmarts compensation to their employees, in addition to the corporate tax breaks and tax breaks for the walton family itself. i am also quite sure walmart has much to do as far as our trade agreement policies with china.so if you don't like walmart for whatever reason don't shop there. frankly, i believe a complete boycott of walmart by customers would be a good thing if it forced walmart to compensate their employees appropriately. i say this as a large stake in walmart stock and if it depreciates in the short term so be it but i know in the long run proper pay for employess would increase stock value because not only would the employees spend more money there but would stimulate the economy so other people could also.
Nov 28, 2013 7:51AM
Meanwhile... all the employees continue their Food Drive so they can eat off charity instead of wage earnings. What is the purpose of deep discounting if it only affects paychecks? The Walton inheritor clan is worth more than 130 MILLION REAL Americans. They never worked a day for it.
Nov 28, 2013 8:37PM

Walmart is not the evil monster some portray, but neither is it the kindhearted product of Sam Walton's brain. Since it went Wall Street, it does not care about workers, only bottom line. Thus, you have most WMT workers forced to give up Thanksgiving with family to toil at the store. Yet, Sam's Club workers have the day off. How odd.

Walmart health insurance is lousy. Delta Dental insurance only covers cheapest and outdated procedures, not what good dentists are doing now with modern techniques. For example, WMT/DD only pays for cheap base metal in a crown, while better quality alloy crown is allowed, but the extra cost passed thru to worker to pay. Shame on you WMT. Give better treatment options to those WMT associates who actually have teeth.


Nov 28, 2013 3:13PM
Those deep discounts are costing us much more than you think because tax paying Americans have to supplement WalMart's low wage workers.
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