Tuesday, November 16, 2010

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, clever shoppers know that “Black Friday” is fast approaching. For the uninitiated, Black Friday — the Friday after Thanksgiving — kicks off the Christmas shopping season and is easily one of the biggest (if not the biggest) shopping days of the year. Retail stores across the country unleash incredible deals every year, and for that reason, Black Friday routinely attracts well over 100 million shoppers every year, and nobody expects 2010 to be any different.

There is a seemingly endless amount of unbelievable bargains to be had, and those who want to capitalize on those deals but don’t know what’s out there are in luck, as these are the Best Black Friday Deals.

Best Deals on TVS

If you are in the market for a new plasma TV, there are plenty of deals to be had.

—You can pick up a Westinghouse 40” 1080p HDTV, which generally retails for $549, from Target for only $298. While it may not be a highly rated set, a decent 40” LCD TV for less than $300 is an absolute steal.

—For those interested in a higher quality set, Sears is offering the fabulous Samsung UN40C5000 40" LED HDTV — a set that regularly comes with a four-figure sticker price — for only $747.99! Not too shabby.

Best Deals on Electronics

The great deals on electronics don’t end with TVs. There are plenty of fantastic deals on other electronics, and these are some of the best.

—Target is selling an Xbox 360 and a $50 target gift card for the dirt-cheap price of $199, which is a great deal for the top video game system on the market and a valuable gift card.

—Target is also offering a fantastic price for the highly rated Canon SX120 Digital Camera. For just $129, you can take home an excellent compact digital camera that has received excellent reviews.

—Those who are looking for the ever-popular Nintendo Wii should head over to Best Buy, as they are selling the sleek Black Nintendo Wii, an extra Nunchuck (controller), Wii Resort, and Wi Sports for only $169.

—If you want to upgrade your computer monitor, Staples is offering HP’s fantastic 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor for under $99, about $50 less than it normally costs.

Best Deals on Home Goods and Luggage

While electronics are obviously big sellers, Black Friday savings do not end with the tech market.

—All of the pieces in Kohl’s impressive luggage collection are between 50-60% off, which is especially helpful during the busy Holliday travel season.

—Sears is offering staggering deals on washer/dryers. The basic yet effective Kenmore Washer and Dryer is available for the incredibly low price of $400, and the midrange Kenmore 49032 Washer and Matching Dryer is going for only $599.

—If you are looking for inexpensive upgrades in the kitchen, you can grab either the solid Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker for only $9.99 from True Value, or the quality 20-piece T-Fal Simply Clean Nonstick Cookset is available for just $49 at Target.

Best Deals on Clothing

—Express is rolling out an incredible Black Friday sale, as they are literally putting their entire inventory on sale. The trendy chain is offering 40% off of everything in the store. Just a word of caution, the sale is on all day at the women’s store, but the sale at the men’s store will only last until Noon.

—On the men’s side, Macy’s is offering 75% off dress shirts and ties all day, which is will guarantee fantastic saving at the popular department store.

While these are some brilliant bargains, this article is just a smattering of what is out there, and it’s likely that there are even better deals yet to come. Whether you are shopping for yourself or someone else, Black Friday enables you to get that Christmas shopping out of the way early, and at these prices, you’d be crazy not to take advantage of some of these deals. Also, it is important to note that many of these deals are available online as well as in the store, so you can still snatch some great deals without having to deal with the crowds.

Daniel Alvarez is a contributing Expert at

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