5 Top Deals for Black Friday
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
November 23 2011 03:36 PM ET
Black Friday mania has taken hold and more Americans than ever plan to take advantage of this week’s holiday sales. More than half of holiday shoppers plan to shop at stores or online over the long weekend, according to a survey of 1,000 conducted by Deloitte. On average, shoppers plan to spend $244 during the holiday weekend.
In the often pricey electronics market, just how far will $244 take the average shopper ? Here’s a sampling of what’s available, culled from Black Friday ads from U.S. retailers — items that fell below the $244 for Black Friday.
- HP Compaq Black 15.6" Laptop: This dual-core laptop will be marked down almost $100 Friday at Walmart to $198.
- Blue Wii Console: The limited edition blue Nintendo Wii console will be available for $99.96, also at Walmart.
- Xbox 360 4GB Console With Kinect: This game console package includes a 4 GB Xbox 360 console, Kinect motion sensor. It's available for $199.96, marked down from $299 at Walmart.
- Sharp 42-inch LCD 1080p HDTV: Best Buy is featuring this TV as an in-store only doorbuster. It’s currently priced at $499 and will drop to $199 for a lucky number of shoppers.
- Gateway Netbook: Best Buy will slash this $300 netbook’s price in half. Available for $149 at retail stores.
Most Walmars will kick off their sales at 10 p.m. on Thursday night and Best Buy is scheduled to follow at midnight, but verify with your local stores.
Online deals are scheduled to go live earlier than in years past, so you probably won’t need to set your alarm unless the turkey puts you to sleep. Newegg's official Black Friday sale begins today at noon PT. Best Buy's online Black Friday sale will begin at 10 p.m. PT tomorrow (Thanksgiving). Target's will go live at 11 p.m. PT, followed by Walmart's at midnight PT.