10 Sites for Great Black Friday Sales on Tech
The weekend that begins with Black Friday and ends with Cyber Monday is the biggest shopping event of the year — and Black Friday sales are ones that you shouldn’t miss if you’re in the market for good deals on TVs, tablets, and other tech products that retailers mark down substantially to attract droves of shoppers in search of a good deal. But almost no one likes getting out of bed in the dark hours of the morning after Thanksgiving dinner — especially not to stand in line outside the local Best Buy or Walmart, and then battle crowds and even longer lines once the doors finally open.
Black Friday online deals offer the best of both worlds: You can find some of the best deals of the year on tech products for you and your family, but still stay at home in your pajamas. And based on the proliferation of “Black Friday” discounts across retailers’ websites even a full week before the day actually arrives, it seems that retailers and customers don’t want to wait. It’s apparent that many websites’ deals are already well underway, and hint at the deals that retailers will offer for Black Friday and beyond.
Read on for 10 sites to watch for the best Black Friday deals, both upcoming and ones that are ongoing now. Links to most deals that begin on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday aren’t live yet, so be sure to check the retailer’s website to find those products and access the latest information about Black Friday sales, and check our guide to the best Black Friday deals on Apple products for more specific information on where you’ll find the best deals on iPhones, iPods, and Macs this weekend.
Amazon is offering an entire Black Friday Deals Week, with new deals starting as often as every 10 minutes. Amazon’s Lightning Deals, deals of the day, and other sales include savings on Canon EOS Rebel DSLRs; up to $100 off Dell Inspiron laptops, desktops, and all-in-ones; and up to 70% off SanDisk memory cards, USB flash drives, and SSDs. Amazon customers can also save $130 on the HP Chromebook, get up to 45% off select Samsung TVs, save more than 25% on select Canon printers, and get Samsung Blu-Ray players at up to 50% off. Additional categories of Amazon’s Black Friday sales include tablets and desktops at 20% off or more; HDTVs, laptops, and digital cameras at 30% off or more; PlayStation 4 games, Xbox One games, and home theater systems at 40% off or more; and headphones, flash memory, and car electronics at 50% off or more. Customers can also subscribe to Amazon’s daily deals emails to receive updates.
For photography enthusiasts, there’s no better destination for Black Friday sales than B&H. Some of B&H’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are currently online, including the Canon EOS 7D DSLR at $600 off, and other DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and other digital cameras by Canon, Olympus, Nikon, and Sony DSLRs at up to $500 off. Other Black Friday deals at B&H include savings of up to $500 on models of Apple’s MacBook Pro, $100 savings on Sony’s HDR-AS20 HD action cam, and savings on reflector discs, tripods, lighting supplies, and other professional photography gear.
3. Best Buy
While Best Buy’s in-store Black Friday deals don’t start until doors open at 5PM on Thursday, Best Buy’s Black Friday deals are starting online now. Select models of Apple’s MacBook Pro and iMac will be $200 off, while the latest model of the MacBook Air will be $120 off. Microsoft’s Surface 2 will be $150 off, and TVs by Panasonic, Sharp, Vizio, Samsung, and Sony will be up to $800 off. Best Buy is taking $75 off the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, and up to $400 off Samsung and LG TVs. The GoPro Hero 3+ will be $50 off, and includes a free 16GB memory card and LCD touch Bacpac. Amazon’s Fire TV stick is also $15 off, tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX are marked down, and smartphones by Samsung, LG, and HTC are on sale for up to $150 off. Best Buy customers can shop ongoing deals, plus more Black Friday deals online all day Thursday and Friday, and Best Buy says that there will be more online-only doorbusters available on Thursday. Cyber Monday sales will be available online-only, and customers can sign up for email alerts to find out about Cyber Monday deals.
eBay has some of the best Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday deals planned for its customers. Deals began on Tuesday at eBay, but BGR learned that eBay’s biggest sales this week are split into two groups: Its “Thanksgiving Frenzy” doorbuster deals that go live Wednesday night, and the “Black Friday Frenzy” deals that begin at midnight on Thanksgiving. New Thanksgiving Frenzy deals will be made available every hour for 24 hours, and new Black Friday Frenzy deals will launch every hour. BGR reports that some of the best deals available during Thanksgiving Frenzy will include the Sony PlayStation 4 at $329, 50% off an LG Plasma Smart 3D HDTV at $749, the Samsung Galaxy S5 at $449, the iPad Air at up to 20% off, and various Beats by Dre headphones at up to 50% off. Black Friday Frenzy will bring deals like Apple’s 13″ MacBook Pro for 29% off at $849, an LG Plasma Full HD 1080p HDTV for 30% off at $599, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 for 40% off at $299, and the Asus Transformer Book 10.1 for 30% off at $279. The “Tech Deals” section of eBay’s site already lists tablets, smartphones, laptops, cameras, TVs, and more at up to 50% off.
Groupon has already revealed some of the “trample-free” deals that customers can choose among during the site’s Black Friday Bonanza, including $40 off a Canon all-in-one wireless printer, $180 off the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, $70 off Beats by Dre Studio wireless headphones, $80 off the Garmin nuvi 2555LMT GPS, and $70 off the second generation UP by Jawbone fitness tracker. Other items on sale include a Wii Fit U bundle, Otter Box cases, Aduro lenses for the iPhone, Beats by Dre Pill bluetooth speakers, Asus hybrid touchscreen laptops, the Roku LT player or streaming stick, HP laptops, and a wide variety of other electronics and tech accessories, which are pre-Black Friday doorbusters available now on the site.
Newegg’s Black Friday sales have been officially “leaked” on the website, which aims to have “nonstop Black Friday deals.” Newegg has been running “Black November: A Month of Black Fridays” with savings on computers, TVs, video game systems, software, and more. Newegg’s official Black Friday pricing begins on Thanksgiving, and the site will offer savings of up to $400 on TVs by LG and Samsung, savings of up to $300 on laptops by HP and Acer, and savings of up to $400 on 2-in-1 tablets and ultrabooks by Lenovo and Asus. HD monitors by Dell and Samsung, Asus chromebooks, and laptops by Lenovo will also be marked down for Black Friday.
Slickdeals, while not the website of a specific retailer, should be on any bargain hunter’s must-see list of destinations for Black Friday sales on electronics and tech products. Slickdeals offers an impressive collection of the “Best 2014 Black Friday Ad Scans,” including ads for many of the shopping destinations we detail here — like Best Buy, eBay, and Walmart — and many others, including Target, Sears, Dell Home & Office, Staples, GameStop, and more. Customers can also search Slickdeals for deals, coupons, and stores, and browse the site’s resources from a mobile app available for both iOS and Android.
Walmart’s “Black Friday prices before Black Friday” include a variety of pre-Black Friday deals, though a press release notes that Walmart will unveil specific details on Black Friday sale items and their prices on Thursday. The deals online now include discounts of up to $79 on Apple’s iPad mini and iPad Air, savings of up to $1,500 on Samsung TVs, and discounts on Apple’s iPhones and iPods. Walmart’s five-day Black Friday sale will begin Thanksgiving morning, and The Verge reports that among the online deals planned as part of that sale, Walmart will offer a Samsung 55-inch 4K TV for $900 off, take $200 off a Dell 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop, offer the GoPro Hero3+ for $249.97, and take $400 off the Canon Rebel TSi DSLR 2-lens bundle.
Woot, a site that calls itself “the original deals pioneer,” is already offering Black Friday deals on Centon memory cards, Klipsch KMC portable Bluetooth speakers, Asak cameras, and Sherwood sound bars and smart docking speakers. The site’s “Pre-Black Friday Sneak Peek” also includes deals on factory-reconditioned electronics, like the Asus MeMO Pad Android tablet, the HP Envy AMD A10 Touchsmart laptop, the HP Envy x360 convertible laptop, and the WD Elements 1.5TB portable hard drive, and more deals are expected to be online by Friday.
10. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile
If you aren’t in the market for a new TV or computer, heading to your local wireless carrier’s store can be as good a strategy as any to get the best deals on smartphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, and accessories. The Verge rounded up the best Black Friday sales at the U.S.’s most popular carriers, and found that Verizon is offering the best deals for consumers looking for a new phone. On Black Friday, Verizon will offer the Sony Z3v for free with a contract, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for $199 with a contract, the Samsung Galaxy S5 for free, and $100 off all Android smartphones with a contract. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Verizon will offer the Droid Turbo for $99 with a contract, the LG G Watch for $99, the Nest Thermostat for $199, the Jawbone Up24 for $99, and Beats Solo 2 headphones for $149. Notable deals at AT&T include the original Pebble for $99, the LG G Watch for $99, the Samsung Gear Fit for $99, and the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 Neo for $99. Sprint’s sale, which starts Thanksgiving day, will include savings of $200 on the Samsung Galaxy S5 or Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport. T-Mobile’s Black Friday sale (which has already begun) includes $100 off the Samsung Galaxy S5, $100 off the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a free Alcatel OneTouch Pop 7 when signing up for a tablet data plan.
The places to look online for Black Friday’s best deals on electronics and tech products are numerous, and it’s always in your best interest to compare not only the prices being offered, but also the specifics of products — like TVs or smartphones — that you’re considering purchasing when Black Friday deals go live. In addition to the 10 sites we’ve listed here, other great destinations to check for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are Costco, Kmart, Micro Center, Office Depot, Sam’s Club, Staples, Target, and online-only destinations like Fry’s and Tech Bargains.