November 26, 2013
Black Friday 2013: Where To Shop For Gadgets
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Black Friday is days away, and while the most obsessed shoppers have undoubtedly already mapped out their routes for the day, redOrbit has done a little research to help guide you along the path to find the best deals.
This year, Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, with sales at places like Walmart actually taking place on the evening of Thanksgiving Day rather than Friday. Even retailers like Express actually started the 50 percent off everything in store sale on Tuesday. This new tradition of early shopping has thrown some for a loop, but there are still plenty of technology deals to grab on Friday, whether it be for someone on the Secret Santa list or as a holiday treat for yourself.
Blu-Rays And DVDs
Movies are always a good pick-up on Black Friday, and Best Buy is offering a few Blu-ray titles for just $7.99 this weekend, such as World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness and 007 Skyfall. For those that still prefer old school DVDs, Best Buy is offering classic titles like Hoosiers and The Sandlot for only $1.99. Walmart is offering Black Friday Blu-ray deals on titles like Flight, Jurassic Park and A Good Day To Die Hard for only $6.99.
Anyone who is late getting into the smartphone game and covets the Apple-line of smart-products might want to swing over to Best Buy and pick up an iPhone 5C for only $48. This is the new candy-colored iPhone-line that Apple announced earlier this fall. There isn’t exactly a killer price drop on the latest-and-greatest iPhone 5S, but Walmart is offering a $75 gift card and a $10 price-cut on the newest Apple smartphone.
Android users might perk-up when hearing that Walmart is offering the Samsung Galaxy Mega smartphone for $79, along with a $100 Walmart gift card. The Moto X will also be available for only $49 and a $100 gift card.
Most news outlets would warn you about buying a television on Black Friday because prices typically drop in January. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal just in time to watch the NFL Wild Card chase or College Bowl games. It seems like yesterday when large plasma televisions were selling for $2,000-plus, but Friday you can pick a 51-inch Samsung for only $427 at Walmart. Those who want a few more inches for only a little more can spend just $499 and pick up an LG LED 55-inch TV from Best Buy.
Three-dimensional television is slowly starting to prove itself to be a fad, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase one just in case someone decides to buy you the Polar Express in 3D for Christmas. Samsung’s 55-inch 240-hertz LED TV is one of the best-in-the-business and is on sale Friday for only $1297 from Best Buy. You could also save $500 off Samsung’s 65-inch version of this television from the same retailer.
In October, Apple dropped the prices of the company’s Macbook line, but Best Buy is upping the ante by offering an even bigger price drop this weekend. Apple’s brand-new 13.3-inch Retina display Macbook is going on sale for just $1099 - $200 below the normal price.
If you are not an Apple person, then Best Buy is also offering up a $200 discount on its HP Laptops, including its ENVY TouchSmart touch-screen laptop line.
Apple’s new iPad Air is headed for a $50 price drop at Walmart and Best Buy locations, but that is not the best iPad deal that will be out there. Walmart is offering the non-retina display iPad mini for $299 along with a $100 gift card.
Anyone who doesn’t have major cash to drop on a premium tablet can head over to Walmart on Friday and pick up the HP 7-inch Android tablet for only $89. The previous generation Kindle Fire is being offered for just $99 at Best Buy, which is 50-percent off the usual retail price.
Smartphone speakers haven’t gotten much better, so portable audio players are becoming a must for anyone who loves music and travel. This will be a popular item to grab for Christmas this year, and Amazon will be offering the Jawbone Jambox for $99. This Bluetooth portable speaker can fit inside a purse or bag, and is still able to pack a good audio punch. This speaker is normally priced at around $150, so a $99 price on it makes it one of the hottest deals out there.
Dr. Dre Solo Headphones will also be going on sale at Walmart for nearly 50 percent off at $114.95. These bass-heavy headphones normally go for $199, so this Black Friday deal is worth pursuing if you need high-quality over-ear headphones.
While there are plenty of days for shopping before Christmas, not all of those days are packed with great deals. So grab a bottle of water for hydration and your most comfortable shoes, and get ready to fight the crowds this Black Friday for some of the hottest deals on technology products for the year.