This Friday—Black Friday—is the one day a year where there's a really great chance you come away with a stupid good steal. And if you're going to brave the crowds and go hunting for sales, there's only one map you need. Check out our Amazingly Complete Black Friday Cheatsheet here and you'll be the most informed shopper in the mobs.
If you're not planning to fight the crowd and instead buy from the comfort of your own computer, here's a little secret: the online sales have already started. Of course, there's going to be a bunch of opportunities on Cyber Monday and we're going to be doing another Amazingly Complete Cheatsheet, but for a lot of items, now is as good a time as ever to buy.
Take these two Android tablets. Amazon's selling the 10-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 for only $300 right now.
It could sell out any minute, though. It's sold out! Newegg still has it for $300. And Walmart is stepping up with the ASUS Transformer Prime for only $299 as well—which is a damn good deal, considering you rarely see this nerd-worshiped tablet under $450. Sure, you might be able to squeak a deal this nice in a crowded big box store, but if copping savings like this is as easy as clicking and waiting, why wouldn't you? [Amazon, Walmart]
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• 32GB Flash Drive ($15) | Newegg via Techbargains | Originally $25
• 32GB PNY Class 10 SDHC ($20) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
• Plantronics GameCom 380 Stereo PC Gaming Headset ($30) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $50
• Linksys E3200 Router Refurbished ($61.74) | Cisco via Logicbuy | Originally $120 | Use coupon code HSDISH5
• 2TB Western Digital Elements HD ($90) | Amazon via Storageaholic | Originally $130
• Amazon Instant Video Sale ($2) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $3 | First-run movies like Brave, Prometheus, Moonrise Kindgom, Hunger Games
• It's A Tarp ($8.92) | Home Depot via Techbargains | Originally $15 | Use coupon code BFPEEK
• 25% Off Genius Pack | Genius Pack via Choosy Beggar | Use coupon code CHOOSY25
Spec Ops: The Line ($6) | Green Man Gaming via Gamingaholic | Originally $50 | Use coupon code GMG20-1FYLZ-EDG8R
• Pick 5 Pay 10 ($10) | GOG via Reddit
• Sleeping Dogs ($13.6) | Green Man Gaming via Reddit | Originally $40 | Use coupon code GMG20-1FYLZ-EDG8R
• Hitman: Absolution PC Download ($29.25) | Green Man Gaming via Dealzon | Originally $50 | Use coupon code GMG35-FGR37-COY0B
• Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse PC Download ($40) | Gamefly via Dealzon | Originally $50 | Use coupon code DOWNLOAD
• Wii with Wii Sports + Wii Sports Resort ($130) | Dell via Logicbuy | Originally $150
• Amazon's Black Friday Lightning Games Deals | Amazon | This Reddit thread is easily searchable
Dumb TV → Smart TV
• Netgear NeoTV Pro 1080p Media Streamer ($56) | Walmart via Logicbuy | Originally $100
• Sony WiFi Blu-ray Player ($70) | TigerDirect via Dealzon | Originally $150 | Use coupon code OMN77377
• Sony Blu-Ray Home Theatre System ($237) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $400
• 14" Lenovo Thinkpad Edge ($550) | Newegg via Laptopaholic | Originally $700
• 11" Asus Zenbook with 128GB SSD ($600) | Microsoft via Laptopaholic | Originally $1000
• Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook ($600) | Newegg via Dealzon | Originally $800
• Thinkpad X230t ($920) | Lenovo via Logicbuy | Originally $1150 | Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
• HTC Windows 8X with 2-Year AT&T Contract ($0) | Best Buy via Logicbuy | Originally $100
• 5-Pack Vivitar Earbuds ($4) | Ebay via Dealzon | Originally $10
• Samsung Galaxy Note II with 2-Year Sprint Contract ($230) | Amazon via Dealnews | Originally $300
• High End Headphone and DAC Sale 30% Off | Sound Earphones | Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY
• Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens ($229) | B&H Photo via Cameraaholic | Originally $300
• Go Pro Hero3 Silver ($255) | EMS via Dealnews | Originally $300 | Sign up for emails and use the coupon code they send you
• New Nikon D5100 DSLR ($447) | Amazon | Originally $750 | Lots of specials with bundled lenses as well
• Chop Chop Ninja ($0) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $3
• Mr. Ninja ($0) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $1
• Tiny Troopers ($0) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $1
• Verticus ($1) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $2
• Plants vs. Zombies ($1) | Amazon Appstore via Appsaholic | Originally $3
• RocketDial Pro ($2) | Google Play via Appsaholic | Originally $4
• Goodnight Moon ($1) | Google Play | Originally $5 | Thanks, ayellen!
Some stores are giving free stuff to the first people into their stores on Black Friday, but I'd never recommend someone miss Thanksgiving dinner for a retail promotion.
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