Take advantage of "Black Friday"

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Take advantage of "Black Friday"

Looking for Black Friday digital gear deals?

Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving in the U.S., is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Retailers offer smoking deals to lure Christmas shoppers. But in this sluggish economy, Black Friday is no longer a one-day event. Black Friday inspires are certain something in deal hunters in the US - stores and malls open at midnight, and stampedes and mayhem generally ensue. It is something to be seen to be believed! :)

You can save hundreds on the hottest digital gear like laptops, televisions and e-readers. And deals aren't limited to brick-and-mortar retailers. Online retailers are also running specials. Let's take a look at what you can expect:


HDTVs will drop to the $200 range for a 32-inch set. So, you could get a good deal if you're looking for a secondary set. Manufacturers have an abundance of HDTVs this year. So, you'll also find deals on other sizes. For example, Amazon will offer a 55-inch Toshiba LED-backlit set for $1,200. That's 50 percent off!

When looking at televisions, opt for a 1080p model. This is the highest resolution available. You also want a high contrast ratio and plenty of HDMI inputs. An LED backlight offers a better picture, if you can swing it. You may be considering a 3-D HDTV. With little content available, you might decide to wait.


As always, expect deals on laptops. Best Buy will reportedly sell a Compaq laptop for $350. This will suit general users and kids just fine. But those needing a powerful machine will want to spend more.

When looking at computers, select one running 64-bit Windows 7. Get as much RAM as possible. Go for an Intel i5 processor. Or get an AMD Athlon II for desktops or Turion II for laptops. Also, make sure you're not buying an underpowered netbook. Netbooks generally run Intel's Atom processor.

Personal electronics

There will be plenty of personal electronics on sale. Expect to see e-readers well under $100. They don’t have all the bells and whistles of the more popular models. But look for sales on the Kindle (amazon.com) and nook (barnesandnoble.com). Also expect some e-readers to come bundled with books.

Digital cameras are always big draws on Black Friday; you'll see models under $100. Look beyond megapixel count. Look for low-light abilities, HD video and plenty of modes in a point-and-shoot. More advanced users will want an SLR with video capabilities and a good zoom lens.

You'll also see deals on gaming consoles. Look for the Nintendo Wii to drop to $100. And you'll see Blu-ray Disc players around $50. Of course, you'll find plenty of discounted games and movies.

Making the most of the deals

If you want to strike it big with Black Friday deals, do your research. Start with sites that post advertising circulars from major retailers like Target and Wal-Mart. (BFads.net, BlackFriday.info, and TheBlackFriday.com) Keep in mind that these ads are leaked by company insiders. They can change.

Check these sites regularly for new deals. You can also learn about Black Friday deals on Facebook and Twitter. Follow your favorite stores and Black Friday ad sites. Check prices on price comparison sites for better deals. (www.Pricegrabber.com, Shopping.com, www.NexTag.com)

Have a clear idea of what you want and what you want to spend before you hit the stores. Remember that some things won't be on sale. For example, don't expect big discounts on Apple products. You may only see 5 to 10 percent off some Apple products.

Finally, a piece of personal advice. If you're happy with a product's price, buy it. Don't hold out for a better deal. If you're on the fence, though, wait. Prices generally go down as the big day approaches. An extra $20 off may be all the convincing you need.

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** The above is advice from Kim Komando - check out the "digital Goddess" at www.komando.com or fan her at facebook.com/kimkomando **