Best Black Friday Deals on This Year’s Must-Have Gadgets

For some people, particularly fans of all things technology, braving the Black Friday crowds to grab a deal on the latest must-have gadgets is an honored Thanksgiving tradition. For others, it’s less of an annual shopping extravaganza and more of a convenient — or, as you realize when you actually arrive, mostly inconvenient — opportunity to replace an aging television or a failing laptop.

Regardless of your Black Friday shopping philosophy, it pays to formulate a plan if you’re going to venture out into the chaos in search of the best Black Friday deals. When you’re deciding which stores to add to your itinerary, and which one you’ll head to first, consider your priorities. Which tech products do you actually need (or really, really want)? Which device is going to work best for you, and who’s offering the best deal on it? And if you live in a busy city or a rural area, which store are you really going to want to get to on Thursday night or early on Friday morning?

All of these are questions that you can have answered well ahead of the post-turkey haze with some strategic research and planning. To get you started, we’ve gathered some of the must-have products and can’t-miss deals that’ll be offered this year at four of the most popular destinations for the latest tech. Read on for the perfect starting point to formulate your plan of attack to score the best Black Friday deals this year.

Amazon

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Amazon is making some of its Black Friday deals available ahead of Black Friday (and ahead of Thanksgiving, too). Each day, you can navigate to Amazon’s Black Friday Deals Week page to see limited-time and limited-supply deals. Those include lightning deals and daily bargains on gadgets and gifts. As CNET reports, the best way to take advantage of Amazon’s dizzying array of deals is to use a Prime membership to get a 30-minute head start on the majority of lightning deals. (If you aren’t already a member, now’s the time to join for $99 or activate a free trial.) Some of Amazon’s best Black Friday promotions include:

  • A 32-inch TV for $75, which The Verge reports is available only through the Amazon app
  • An unnamed 50-inch 1080p TV for $149, also available exclusively through the Amazon app, and which you should do your research on before purchasing
  • 55-inch TCL Roku TV for $349, down from $549
  • A mystery 60-inch 4K TV for $799, which you regard with caution
  • The Kindle Paperwhite for $100, down from $119; the new 7-inch Fire tablet for $35, down from $50, or the Fire Kids Edition for $85, down from $100
  • The Fire TV for $75, down from $99; or the Fire TV Stick for $25, down from $40
  • The Jawbone UP3 for $100, a discount of $80, to enable you to track your heart rate, activity, and sleep

Best Buy

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At Best Buy, you have a couple of options as to when you can shop. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving for “Black Friday Doorbusters.” The store will close at 1 a.m. Friday morning, and then reopen at 8 a.m. on Friday. You can, of course, shop online all day, and additional online-only doorbusters will be revealed on Thursday. Some of Best Buy’s best Black Friday deals include:

Target

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Target will have an array of great deals available to shoppers on Black Friday, but is also hosting an early access sale to make some of those deals available early. Your local Target store will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and will have Black Friday deals on both Thursday and Friday. As MacRumors reports, Target is one of the few retailers offering deals on the Apple Watch; when you purchase one of the approximately 20 Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport models that Target offers, you’ll get a free $100 Target gift card. (Target is also offering gift cards with the purchase of any iPad Air or the iPad mini 2.) Some of Target’s best Black Friday sales include:

  • A 49-inch LG 4K TV for $499, a savings of $300
  • 55-inch Samsung 4K TV for $797, down from $1,199
  • 60-inch Samsung 1080p HDTV for $697, a savings of $300
  • A 16GB iPhone 6s Plus with a two-year Verizon or Sprint plan for $249, a savings of $50
  • A 16GB iPhone 6s with a two-year Verizon or Sprint plan for $149, a savings of $50
  • 25% off “all” Apple TVs, though you’ll want to check if the newest model is included and what your local store has in stock
  • The FitBit Charge HR for $119, a savings of $30
  • The Nikon D3300 DSLR bundle, including 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses, for $499, down from $999
  • The Canon T5 DSLR bundle, including 18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses, for $399, a discount of $400
  • Beats Solo2 headphones for $97, down from $200

Walmart

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As PCMag points out, Walmart’s Black Friday deals this year are all about offering great deals both in-store and online, which makes it a great option for potential shoppers who don’t want to interrupt their evening to grab some deals. The company says that the “majority” of its Black Friday deals will be available at Walmart.com, including specials on televisions and video game consoles. Some online deals begin at 12:01 a.m. Pacific time on Thanksgiving morning, and Black Friday sales begin in-store at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Some of Walmart’s best Black Friday deals include:

  • The 16GB iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi for $399, a $100 discount, offered with the 1-Hour Guarantee, which promises that customers in designated areas of the store can purchase it from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 26
  • The Fitbit Flex Wristband for $59, a $40 discount on what reviewers agree is a great and competitively priced activity tracker
  • A 55-inch Samsung Curved Smart 4K UHD TV for $998, a $200 discount, which enables you to tap into the Samsung Smart Hub and use apps like Netflix and Hulu straight from the TV
  • A 70-inch Vizio 1080p HDTV for $898
  • A 32-inch TCL 720p LED Roku TV for $125, down from $260, which adds all of a smart TV’s capabilities to a lower-priced television
  • A 15-inch HP Touch Laptop for $249
  • The 16GB iPod Touch, a great device for users who are okay relying on Wi-Fi, for $165, a $34 discount
  • The Canon Rebel T5 for $399, a $100 discount

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