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Black Friday Bundled Deals: 2012 Highlights and 2013 Predictions

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Bundled deals are one of Black Friday’s most popular and convenient gift-buying options. A bundled or package deal is the sale of several related items at one combined price, and can save the customer up to hundreds of dollars. Black Friday is famous for attracting these kinds of deals at some exceptionally low prices. Take a look at some of 2012’s best bundled deals to get an idea of what you can expect from your favorite stores this year.

2012 Bundled deal highlights

Xbox 360
Walmart offered a glossy white Xbox 360 with a 4GB console and wireless controller bundle. It also came with built-in Wi-Fi, a standard definition composite A/V cable and the very popular game Skylanders as well as Skylanders figurines.

iPod Touch 4th Generation
Best Buy gave the Black Friday crowd what they wanted when they sold an iPod Touch 4th generation plus a $50 Best Buy gift card for the low price of $145. The 4th generation iPod is super sleek, comes in different colors and has a screen that is tall but not too wide, making it one of last year’s most in-demand gifts.

Nook Simple Touch
One of Barnes & Noble’s 2012 Black Friday bundles was a Nook Simple Touch for $59, which included a charger that normally costs $9.99. The Nook Simple touch is a great way to read on the go, with dimly lit screens that read just like paper. Its ultra sleek design has free Wi-Fi, over 3 million free copies of books, and access to your very own public library via the Nook’s ePub.

Toshiba Laptop
Last year, Staples offered a 15.6” screen Toshiba laptop with Intel core i7 processor, 6GB RAM, 640 GB HD and Windows 8 for $529.  The laptop is lightweight, has a touchscreen, a webcam and microphone, and Wi-Fi.

Nintendo 3DS
Among Best Buy’s standout Black Friday deals in 2012: a Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario 3D land game for $149.99. The 3DS, which is capable of producing a 3D effect without the use of special glasses, has a touch screen, a motion sensor and camera, and came in a limited edition fire engine red color.

PlayStation 3
Walmart satisfied the gaming crowd by selling a PlayStation 3 value bundle, which included a 250GB PS3 system, an Uncharted dual pack and Infamous Collection for 199.99. The PS3 has all of the familiar gaming PS features, as well as cross-connectivity between PC and PlayStation portable, as well as the ability to save games and download content from the Internet.

Canon Powershot A2300
One of Sears’ Black Friday best 2012 package deals was the Canon Powershot A2300 16 megapixel point-and-shoot digital camera with a free 8GB San Disk SD card at the low price of $79.99. This camera’s extraordinary resolution and anti-blur capability made it an especially popular gift option.

Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 Car Receiver
Walmart sold a Kenwood AM/FM/CD/MP3 Receiver plus 2 speakers for $88 during last year’s Black Friday sales event.  The Kenwood Receiver is iPod compatible and has GPS support, a touchscreen and a DVD and CD player.

Onkyo TX SR309 Home Theatre Receiver
Last year, Tiger Direct sold the Onkyo TX SR309 Receiver together with a Sony speaker set for $279.99. The Onkyo Receiver has 3 HDMI inputs, direct digital connection of iPod or iPhone via the front panel USB port, and mass storage for USB memory.

iPad 2
Last year Walmart sold the iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi tablet plus a $75 Walmart gift card for the price of $399.  The iPad 2 16GB has two cameras (one in front and one facing the user), is much thinner and lighter than the first iPad and has ten hours of battery life.

2013 predictions

Which retailers can we expect to see more great bundled deals from in 2013? We’re still waiting for the releases of Black Friday ads from many of the holiday’s heavy hitters, like Sears and Walmart, both of which we expect to deliver some solid bargains based on previous years’ offerings. Game Stop is a serious frontrunner so far, offering packages for a couple of the most popular gaming platforms:

  • Azurite Blue Playstation 3 w/ DualShock Wireless Controller and Jak & Daxter Collection: $249.99
  • PS3 250GB Bundle: $199.99
  • Pre-owned Bundles starting at $219.99 for PS3, $79.99 for Wii, $99.99 for Xbox 360 and $39.99 for Nintendo DS Lite
  • Xbox 360 250GB Bundle: $199.99

While bundled deals can be come from any category, we anticipate most of the year’s best deals being found in the electronics, gaming and media departments. Black Friday is right around the corner, so keep checking out ad leaks to learn about this year’s best bundled deals.

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