The Staples Black Friday Ad Scan – Two Pages of Doorbusters

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The 2012 Staples Black Friday ad is here and fills a full 8 ad scan pages with 152 items. The Staples’ early bird specials will start on Black Friday at 5am and continue until noon, but there are some restrictions on these doorbusters. The special items will be limited to 1 of each item per customer, will only be available in stores and will only last as long as supplies are in stock. In addition, you’ll have to submit a rebate to get the advertised price on many of these items.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the best items of the Staples 2012 Black Friday ad:

Staples Black Friday 2012 Item Black Friday Price Doorbuster? Rebate Needed?
Toshiba 15.6″ Core i7 Laptop w/ 6GB, 640GB $579.99 Yes No
HP 15.6″ Core i5 Laptop w/ 6GB, 640GB $499.99 Yes Yes
HP 14″ Pentium Laptop w/ 4GB, 320GB $299.99 Yes Yes
Kindle Fire HD 7″ Tablet w/ Free $20 Gift Card After Rebate $199.99 Yes No
Nexus 7 16GB Android 4.1 Tablet $199.00 Yes No
Kindle Fire 7″ Tablet w/ Free $20 Gift Card After Rebate $159.99 Yes No
Kindle Paperwhite eReader $119.00 Yes No
Acer 23″ Widescreen LED Monitor $109.99 Yes No
HP 20″ Widescreen LED Monitor $79.99 Yes No
Canon MG6220 Wireless All-in-One Printer $59.99 Yes No
Seagate Backup Plus 500GB Portable Hard Drive $49.99 Yes No
Staples Turcotte Chair $49.99 Yes No
Norton 360 Premier 2013 (3 PCs) $29.99 Yes Yes
AT&T DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone with 2 Handsets $29.99 Yes No
Omnitech 12-Sheet Cross Cut Shredder $24.99 Yes Yes
Memorex MW212 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker $24.99 Yes No
Staples DVD+R Media – 50 pk $7.99 Yes Yes
PNY 16GB USB Attache Flash Drive $6.99 Yes No
Select iPad, iPhone and eReader Cases $5.00 Yes No
SanDisk 8GB SDHC Memory Card $4.99 Yes No
Staples Photo Supreme 8.5″ x 11″ Paper 50-Pack Free Yes Yes
Sony 13.3″ Core i3 Ultrabook w/ 4GB, 500GB $699.99 No No
HP 17.3″ Core i5 Laptop w/ 8GB, 750GB $629.99 No Yes
Lenovo Core i5 Desktop w/ 8GB, 1TB $449.99 No No
HP All-in-One 20″ AMD Vision PC w/ 4GB, 500GB $369.99 No No
HP Desktop PC w/ AMD A4, 6GB, 1TB $279.99 No No
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ Android 4.0 8GB Tablet $179.99 No No
Samsung 24″ Widescreen LED Monitor $139.99 No No
Brother HL-2280dw Wireless Laser Printer $99.99 No No
Garmin nuvi 40LM Portable 4.3″ GPS w/ Lifetime Maps $89.99 No Yes
Panasonic DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone w/ 5 Handsets $79.99 No Yes
Dragon Home 12 Software $49.99 No No
Cameron Computer Cart $29.99 No Yes
Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 Webcam $24.99 No No
Sundale 7″ Digital Picture Frame $19.99 No No
Intuit QuickBooks Online Simple Start 2012 Free No Yes

 

Since we pulled what we consider some of the best items of the ad, there’s definitely an oversampling of doorbusters – over half the items on our list are early bird specials. Remember that you can only buy one each of these, so no camping out, buying the whole stock and reselling on eBay.

There are a few doorbuster laptops to take note of. The HP 14” Pentium w/ 4 GB, 320 GB is a nice buy for $299.99, as is the Toshiba 15.6″ Core i7 Laptop w/ 6GB, 640GB for $579.99.

The tablets are next up on the first page of the ad scan. There’s nothing too impressive here – Staples has the Amazon Kindle Fire HD for $199, the same price that Amazon is currently selling the tablet for, but Staples will give you a $20 gift card  after you send in a rebate for your purchase of the Kindle Fire HD. The Google Nexus 7 that Staples sells for $199 on Black Friday isn’t too exciting, either – Google is selling the Nexus 7 for the same price right now as well.

If you’re already sufficiently geeked out and need somewhere to put all those gadgets, Staples has a Altra Chadwick Corner Desk for $99.99, down from $199.99, and an Ergocraft Ashton L-shaped Desk cut in price over 50%, selling for the Black Friday price of $49.99 instead of the regular $119.99.

“Easy” Rebates?

One of the bigger disappointments in this sale is the amount of rebate items. We’re not saying we didn’t expect this – out of the four front-and-center laptops of Staples’ 2011 Black Friday sale, three of the laptops required rebates for you to get them at advertised price – but it’s always worth pointing out as what looks like a great deal can turn into an average one if you miss a step in the rebate process amongst all the other things you have to do during the holiday season.

To submit your rebate, you’ll want to visit the Staples Rebate Center. Easy rebates are different from regular mail-in rebates in that you can submit an easy rebates online. You’ll still need your rebate form you get at checkout, however, so make sure to hang onto the goods.

Rebates not included, there’s not a lot to be very excited about this year in the Staples Black Friday ad. The retailer’s 2011 Black Friday ad was probably better. We had hoped to see bigger discounts on tablets but it’s possible the merchant just slash prices like some of the more aggressive electronics retailers can.

Check out the full Staples Black Friday ad scan (click to view larger):

If you can’t resist the urge to shop at Staples until Black Friday, check out our Staples coupons before you do purchase from the store.

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