The appeal of braving long andcold weather lines all for the possibility of snagging "one at this price" deals or elbowing other shoppers for once a year prices has as much appeal as visiting the dentist. Black Friday lines? No thanks...we're happy to snag deals online from the comfort of our own home, sipping some Celestial Seasonings tea, bunny slippers on, Twilight Zone marathon on the telly in the background. So if you're (smart) like us, kick back and open your browser to do a little Black Friday shopping without ever leaving your door.
8GB Apple iPod Touch and iLive Speaker with Rotating Dock:
Original/Sale Price:Originally $249.00/Black Friday Price $199.00
Details: The 4th generation iPod Touch is everything the iPhone is, just except with slightly lesser specs and sans the Retina Display. Yet if music is your prime concern, the Touch is still an amazing digital audio player and more. Gyroscope, Front and Back Facing Digital Camera, HD 720p Video Recording, 960x640 Pixel Resolution, Accelerometer, Retina Display, FaceTime and Wi-fi enabled connection online. And now Target is offering it with it's on speaker+dock setup for a temporary price cut online.
Polk Audio RM 95 5CH Satellite Speaker System
Original/Sale Price:Originally $599.99/Black Friday Price $179.99
Details: Looking for the finishing pieces to your new home theater setup? Don't forget, besides your screen/monitor, speakers are equally as important in creating a complete surround sound environment. Polk Audio is one of the most respected mainstream home audio brands and this huge price cut for the Polk Audio RM 95 5CH Satellite Speaker System is as good as it gets for a Black Friday deal. Reviews online point out this setup is best paired up with a good subwoofer, but dialogue is nice and clear, while the extreme small form factor offers a decor-friendly solution. Who can argue with $180?
simplehuman Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promotion
Original/Sale Price: Free
Details: Do you like randomly awarded prizes? If so, you're going to love simplehuman's "BlackCyber FriMonday" free gift promotion. With any purchase made online, you get a chance to receive a free additional gift from the simplehuman catalog - sensor pumps, trash cans, dishracks, and more up to $200 in value. You'll click and watch as one of the gifts is randomly chosen from a grid board of prizes...sort of like a simplehuman version of the Prices Is Right. Afterwards, you're emailed a special code to use when checking out on their store site. We ended up a microfiber mitt, but we can't complain...it was free!
Samsung 55" 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV
Original/Sale Price:Originally $3099.99/Black Friday Price $1799.99
Details: 55" HDTVs are the new sweet spot when it comes to watching sports and movies, and the Samsung UN55D7000 is as beautiful as they come (we know, because we've got one in our living room right now). This set is super slim, tack sharp with both Blu-ray source, PS3 games, over the air HDTV and even does a fair job at making standard def content look pleasant. Internet ready, we've been enjoying Netflix and Hulu with the built-in apps (the UI is a bit clunky when choosing from options, but once into the apps, it's smooth sailing), and if you're into 3D, this set is capable. The midcentury modernist pedestal metal leg base and the "almost not there" bezel that makes this set a stand-out, and at this price we can't recommend it more if you're looking to upgrade.
AT&T One Cent Weekend Sale
Original/Sale Price:Originally Caries/Black Friday Price 1¢
Details: Here's a pretty sweet hardware deal if you're looking to upgrade to a Windows 7, BlackBerry and Android device. AT&T is going to be dropping the prices on a variety of smartphones and tablets starting midnight tonight, with everything priced at 1¢. Listed devices include the Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, BlackBerry 9810, HTC Inspire, LG Thrill, BlackBerry 9860, HTC Red Inspire, Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus, HTC HD7S, Samsung Focus S, and even the behemoth HTC Titan. The deals are going to be released at intervals throughout the weekend into Cyber Monday, so if you're looking for a particular model, you'll probably want sign up for their deals notification for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Samsung WEP460 Over-The-ear Bluetooth Headset w/ Clear Sound Technology Black
Original/Sale Price:Originally $27.99/Black Friday Price $0.01 (mail-in rebate)
Details: The Samsung WEP460 may not be the prettiest over-the-ear Bluetooth headset (see Jawbone), but free is free, and you can't beat that. A svelte 12 grams, this should be a pretty comfy headset, and this Bluetooth 2.0 headset is a power sipper, with enhanced talk time of up to eight hours or up to one week of standby time . Okay, it's a penny and you have to shell out $20.01 until your mail-in rebate arrives in the form of a $20 pre-paid gift card, but we're all patient and responsible spenders...
SONY VAIO EL Series VPCEL22FX/B Notebook
Original/Sale Price:Originally $449.00/Black Friday Price $369.99
Details: Under $400 for a dual-core Windows laptop with a 15" LCD is usually the domain of questionable quality, el-cheapo brands. This genuine Sony laptop boasts an AMD dual-core E-450 processor running at 1.65GHz, 15.5" LCD, 4GB DDR3 1066 RAM, 320GB HDD spinning at 5400RPM, DVD±R/RW and a Radeon HD 6310 video processor.
Logitech HD Pro Webcam C910
Original/Sale Price:Originally $99.99/Black Friday Price $69.87
Details: Step up from the cheap webcams of the past with this handsome Logitech model. 1080p high definition video recording and 720p video conference calling lets you do business in style, with the clarity of a 5 MP HD sensor and Carl Zeiss lens, while dual built-in noise-cancelling microphones keep your video chat sounding as good as they should look. Of course that means you'll need to properly dress up when you're working at home (at least from the waist up).
3M Mechanically Adjustable Monitor Arm (MA100MB)
Original/Sale Price:Originally $189.00/Black Friday Price $80.49
Details: We're big proponents of regaining desk space by utilizing a wall mount. But you can get the same results using an adjustable monitor arm like this 3M model, especially useful if your screen is nowhere near a wall. Get your workspace efficiency mojo on with a swing arm adjustable monitor mount that lets you put your screen in the perfect position. Holds monitors up to 18lbs and fits the standard VESA-D mount specifications.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Original/Sale Price:Originally $99.99/Black Friday Price $49.99
Details: No need to pirate Photoshop anymore, the slim version is available for a very reasonable $50 instead of the several hundred for the full featured version. Most of us non-graphic professionals will be totally fine with this version, and at a price you just can't (legally) beat. Available shipped on disc or for immediate PC and Mac download.