It’s nearly impossible to avoid the pandemonium that comes with Black Friday, but a little preparation could help you beat the crowds. As per tradition, Walmart, Best Buy and Target are all offering their own spin on holiday deals, although it can be difficult to discern which discounts are actually worth your time. From dirt cheap TVs to free smartphones, we’ve rounded up the best and worst Black Friday deals to look out for, both by store and by mobile gadget category (laptops, tablets, phones).
Walmart is kicking off their Black Friday festivities at 6 pm on Nov. 28th– right after Thanksgiving dinner. The retail giant has added a host of new items to its One Hour Guarantee program this year, expanding its selection from just three choices in 2012 to 21 in 2013. This means that if you’re waiting in line for a specific item during a designated time block, you’re guaranteed to get that item when it’s in stock. Walmart is also offering compelling discounts on a variety of other goodies as part of its standard Black Friday sale, which include an HP Pavilion Touchsmart 14 for just $278 and a Fuhu Nabi children’s tablet for just $99. Check out our Walmart Black Friday guide at our sister site Tom’s Guide for the full scoop.
Target is opening its store on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and is running its Black Friday sales for 27 consecutive hours– giving hasty shoppers plenty of time to roam the aisles. You can also snag a 20 percent off coupon valid Dec. 1 through Dec. 7 if you spend more than $75 on Black Friday. Some standout Black Friday deals include a Barnes & Noble Nook 7 HD for $79 and a 40-inch LED HDTV for just $199. See our full rundown of Target’s best and worst deals here.
Best Buy is doing things a little differently this year. Like Walmart, the electronics retailer is opening its door to the hordes at 6 pm on Thanksgiving, a full six hours earlier than usual. This means you won’t have to stand in line at 11 p.m. on Thursday night to take full advantage of Best Buy’s holiday specials. Bargains include Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 7 tablet for just $99 and a Lenovo Windows 8 laptop with Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor and a full terabyte of storage for $399. Browse our Best Buy Black Friday guide here.
Some of the year’s best smartphones will be selling for next to nothing on Black Friday. Best Buy is offering the HTC One for just $30 on a two-year contract with Sprint or Verizon. The electronics retailer is literally giving away Galaxy S4s if you sign a two-year agreement with Sprint, AT&T or Verizon.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not you should buy a tablet, now is a perfect time to decide. Both full sized slates such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 and seven-inchers including the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 are discounted through various retailers this holiday season.
Whether you’re seeking a sleek new MacBook Air, a touch-friendly Windows 8 laptop or a Chromebook, there are plenty of deals to be found on Black Friday. You can even get a touch screen laptop for as little as $249.