If you want to avoid the mobs and beat some suckers to the punch, the sites for Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA and OfficeMax have already flung open the Black Friday floodgates, with most of their deals ripe for the picking.
Not all of their previously listed Black Friday bargains are available online right now, but a solid three-fourths of each store's are. There's no rhyme or reason as to what's live now and what's not—for instance, Circuit City's DVDs are vapor, but all of its discounted TVs are ready to go—so you've gotta look up what you want to see if it's made the cut yet. Odds are, it has, but be prepared to be patient just in case. Here's a list of Consumer Reports' best Black Friday HDTV deals to get started. [Black Friday.info, Flickr]