Last week, two California women pitched tents outside a Best Buy near Los Angeles to be first in line for the store’s Black Friday sale. While not everyone is as devoted as these two, Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. According to CNN money, brick-and-mortar store sales piled up to $12.3 billion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday in 2013. TechCrunch reported 2013 online sales rose to $1.964 billion on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, up almost 20 percent from 2012. That’s $14.264 billion in about 48 hours. That’s equal to Iceland’s gross domestic product and more than what it has cost NASA to keep the Hubble Space Telescope program going.
Black Friday may offer some great deals, but it also has a dark side. Long lines and aggressive shoppers are among the many hurdles included in this so called “retail holiday.” If you dare to brave Black Friday just don’t do it alone. Here are some of the best deals on tech tools and toys we could find.
Ah, the iPhone 6. Likely the most sought after smart phone of the year, this little (or big, depending on who you’re talking to) device is causing some panic as the holidays inch closer. The Apple Store has yet to announce any Black Friday deals (except the fact that they’ll open at 8 a.m.) but lucky for you the iPhone 6 is also sold at Walmart, Best Buy, and Target. And … there’s a catch. Every Black Friday deal on the iPhone 6 we could find is linked to a service contract. If you’re already locked into something, consider crossing the iPhone 6 off your list until your next upgrade. If you’re in the market to sign a new contact, then Black Friday might be your lucky day. Here are the top deals we found.
Walmart is offering the iPhone 6 16GB for $179 ($20 off) and the iPhone 5s for $79. Both come with a $75 gift card. That’s $4 for a 5s. Not bad. Both come with a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The iPhone 6 is included in Walmart’s Pre-Black Friday event starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21.
Target is offering the iPhone 6 16GB for $179 and a iPhone 5s for $79. Both deals come with a $30 gift card and a two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Target’s deal starts at 9 p.m. on Nov. 27.
Best Buy is offering the iPhone 6 16GB for $99 with a two year contract with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon and a $100 Best Buy gift card if you trade in your working smart phone. Best Buy’s doors will open 5 p.m. on Nov. 27.
If you’re a Sam’s Club member you might get really lucky. They’re offing the 16GB for $99, the 64GB for $199 and the 128GB for $299 with a two-year contact. Sam’s Club’s online deals will start online on Nov. 27 and in stores at 7 a.m. on Nov. 28.
Apple TV and iPads
Can’t get a new iPhone? Don’t fret. Target will have sales on a ton of Apple products. Apple TVs will be going for $89 ($11 off). iPad Air 2 for $499 with a $140 gift card ($359 total), and iPad minis for $249 with an $80 gift card ($169 total).
High Def TVs
For the best deals on TVs, we’re turning to Best Buy. If you’re in the market for a new TV now is the time to invest. Best Buy will have a Panasonic 50-inch HDTV on sale for $199.99, its original market price is $549.99. They also have a Samsung 55-inch smart TV for $899.99, its original market price is $1,399.99. Wowza.
Starting Nov. 27, you can get $100-$150 (depending on the size) off the new Surface Pro 3 at the Microsoft store. Advertised as the “tablet that can replace your laptop,” the Surface Pro 3 goes for $1,299-$1,949. They also have special deals on Xbox, Xbox games and 3D printers. See all the deals here. Plus, most of Microsoft’s deals are available online.
The new Lumia 830 is available for $99. For a limited time, customers will also receive a free Fitbit Flex when they purchase the Lumia 830.
T-Mobile’s Special Offer
T-Mobile is giving Black Friday deals to current customers early this year. Starting Nov. 21, current customers can get T-Mobile’s most popular 7-inch Android-powered tablet for free with any qualifying data plan at participating T-Mobile stores. Or, get $100 off a Samsung Galaxy S 5 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So far, no word on Galaxy Note 4 or Galaxy Note Edge sales.