Black Friday 2013 is quickly approaching. While many of the stores have yet to release their ads, it’s never too early to start making predictions. Whether you’re planning to brave the crowds and head out to the stores or do your shopping online, be prepared for some seriously amazing Black Friday deals this year! The following seven predictions can help you get started on planning your Black Friday 2013 shopping strategy.
HDTV sales will be huge this Black Friday. Last holiday season retailers cut prices for these items dramatically for the first time, offering savings of at least 30 to 50 percent. All types of big screen HDTVs ─ Smart TV’s, 3D, LED, LCD, and Plasma ─ were included in sales, but the less flashy budget models proved to be the biggest bargain.
Expect much of the same discounts this year, and maybe even grouped together in a bundle including a subscription to Netflix or Hulu Plus! If you’re shopping for an HDTV this Black Friday, plain to spend around $429 for a 55-inch HDTV, $529 for a 60-inch Plasma HDTV, and $269 for a 47-inch LCD HDTV.
A word of advice ─ don’t waste your money on 4k TVs, as there’s not really any video sources that support this technology yet, and better sales may await us in 2014.
The new PS4 and Xbox ONE are predicted to be some of the hottest items this Black Friday. While you won’t see either one at any sales, their arrival could mean some deep discounts on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. Some stores will offer these consoles on their own and others will sell them as part of a bundle. Expect to pay as low as $199 for an Xbox 360 bundle and $200 for the PS3. What an amazing deal!
Video gamers were in luck last Black Friday, as retailers offered tons of jaw-dropping deals. Wal-Mart sold more than 30 PS3/Xbox360 games for $15, Dishonored was sold at Meijer for $29.99, and GameStop offered Rocksmith Guitar and Bass (X360) for $49.99 ─ just to name a few!
Expect amazing deals on PS3 and Xbox360 video games again this year, as the arrival of PS4 and Xbox ONE is on the horizon. If you’re planning to keep the older gaming systems, you’ll be able to score some great bargains. For example, Wal-Mart may offer 60 to 90 percent off popular games this Black Friday. Remember though, if you’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the new PS4 or Xbox ONE, don’t buy the older games as they won’t be compatible with the new systems.
If you’re shopping for Apple products this Black Friday, steer clear of the Apple Store! You’ll find much better deals at authorized retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and RadioShack. For example, in 2012 Apple offered a $31 discount on the iPad 2, a 7.8 percent discount, while Best Buy sold the same item at a $40 to $60 markdown. Wal-Mart even gave customers who purchased the item a $75 gift card to their store.
Anticipate Black Friday sales with deep discounts on older model tablets, as the iPad 5 and the iPad Mini 2 are set to be released by then. Retailers including Amazon, MacMall, and Best Buy are the places where you’re most likely to find the best deal.
Black Friday 2012 brought some impressive deals on tablets. A few of the hottest bargains included Best Buy selling the 8G Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet for $159.99, complete with a $30 Amazon gift card; Fry’s offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″, along with a $50 Fry’s gift card for $299.99; and the Samsung 7” Galaxy Tab 8GB from MacMall for $159.99.
Get ready for great tablet deals again on Black Friday 2013! Google’s Nexus 7 should sell for around $200 and Apples current generation iPad should be on sale for approximately $339. Amazon may discount their new HDX table to around $300-$325 to compete with Apple and Samsung.
Smartphones were a hot commodity during Black Friday 2012. A lot of great deals were offered last year, including an HTC One V Android Smartphone Prepaid for $50 from Virgin Mobile and the free Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx 4G from Best Buy, with a two-year Verizon contract.
You can expect some great deals again this year, as long as you’re willing to sign a two-year contract. For example, the iPhone 5c is already selling for $45 when you purchase it at Wal-Mart or RadioShack.
Black Friday always delivers great deals on toys. For example, last year Kmart sold the Power Wheels My First Craftsman Truck for just $144.99, Sears offered a 48-inch Air Powered Hockey Table for $39.99, Gander Mountain sold the Swann Micro Attack Indoor RC Helicopter for $19.99 ─ just to name a few.
Don’t get tempted by early November sales on toys this year, although they will be fantastic. Wait until Black Friday to buy the hot items on your list and you’re sure to save big money. Head to Wal-Mart and Toys R’ Us, as these stores will likely offer the best deals.
Stores are opening earlier than ever this Black Friday ─ some even on Thanksgiving night ─ so be prepared to leave the dinner table early to line up for these once-a-year bargains. You won’t regret sacrificing that extra piece of pumpkin pie or a little sleep for discounts this deep!
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