Let’s all agree Black Friday is getting a bit out of control. It has turned into a two-month sprint of stores one-upping each other followed by the inevitable video of crazy people stampeding into Walmart for cheap household appliances. A $5 iron? Avoid getting crushed by crazed maniacs and use the dryer.
2016’s Black Friday deals are about what you expect. Some deals are great; others entice you to buy crap you don’t need. And TVs. Lots of damn TVs. For all the complaints of ratings being down, every year it’s more TVs flying off the shelves. Want a sad story? Alex and I once dropped $2500 on a DLP TV at Sears…
The good news is e-commerce is firmly entrenched. No more waking up in a turkey haze to head to the mall at midnight. Your fingers can do the shopping from the comfort of your home. Or you can scream at Alexa to order. Your call.
Amazon Black Friday
Amazon has some of the steepest discounts, but also works in the framework of flash sales. Goods come and go over certain time periods. Here are a bunch of TVs and other deals:
Samsung UN65KS8000 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: $1497.99 (save $1302 on the 2016 model)
Samsung UN55KU6600 Curved 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: 747.99 (Save $300) –
Sony XBR55X700D 55-Inch HDR 4K Ultra HD TV: $698.00 (Save $200)
Ecobee3 Thermostat with Sensor, Wi-Fi, 2nd Generation: $198.99 (Save $50.01 – that penny matters)
Need an easy button? Here’s Amazon’s landing page with all things Black Friday.
Walmart Black Friday
Walmart’s deal selection is once again filled with TVs. And a KitchenAid mixer. Don’t laugh until you use one. They are a revelation if your culinary skills are above boiling water. Stick to the online deals and avoid the store. Do you really want to see the bank of 30 registers with only three open?
Quick tip – make sure the items are sold by Walmart but can be picked up in store. Amazon has spoiled me on free shipping.
Samsung UN65KU7500 65″ 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz LED LCD Smart HDTV: $1297.99 (save $1702.00)
SAMSUNG 60″ 6300 Series 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: $697.99 (save $1002.00)
Xbox One S 1TB Gears Bundle: $299 (save $50.96)
KitchenAid Classic 4.5Qt Stand Mixer: $189.00 (save $60)
Not feeling any of that? Jump over to Walmart’s entire Black Friday event page.
Avoid the store. As an Alabama resident, there are certain days you avoid Walmart. Christmas shopping and anytime the weather calls for the hint of snow. It’s like World War Z.
Best Buy Black Friday
The good ole days of camping out in front of the store are gone. Now you can just hit the website and opt to have UPS bring it to you or pick it up in store. It’s not all TVs for Black Friday. Need a BB-8 unit? It’s on sale. But yeah, it’s mostly TVs seeing the discounts.
Samsung – 65″ Class (64.5″ Diag.) LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD: $899.99 (save $200)
Samsung – 60″ Class (60″ Diag.) LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV: $699.99 (save $300)
LG – 55″ Class (54.6″ Diag.) LED 2160p Smart 4K Ultra HD TV: $499.99 (save $200)
BB-8 Sphero Drone: $127.99 (save $22)
eBay Black Friday
Don’t worry about bid sniping. The auction powerhouse has become a traditional e-commerce platform of late. It’s another avenue of Black Friday savings.
eBay’s complete Black Friday deal list is here. Quick note – watch the sellers you purchase from and gray market items. Grey market lacks manufacturer warranties.
Black Friday Shopping
Watch what you’re paying for. It’s easy to be enticed by larger TVs only to find out it’s 1080p versus 4K. Items to avoid are doorbuster laptops and computers. It’s a case of you get what you pay for. $200 laptop? It’s old hardware and not worth the frustration. Always compare specs before clicking buy now.