People think of Black Friday as the best day for deals in electronics, and laptop vendors definitely use that to their advantage to generate foot traffic and increase sales. Yet, studies have shown that Black Friday may not offer the best deals for all products. Despite the fact that retailers advertise jaw-dropping sales, the majority of their inventory is priced to offset those few doorbuster deals.
Naturally, this may leave you wondering if you should splurge on a new laptop this Black Friday. We’ve reviewed sale trends for 5 different laptop producers to give you the scoop on which laptops are worth snagging this Black Friday, and which are worth waiting for.
Last Black Friday, Dell offered a couple of head turning deals. Their best deal was $299.99 for the Inspiron 14z laptop, which originally sold for $599.99. Dell only offered those while supplies lasted. Another great deal was a $189 dollar reduction on their Inspiron 15 laptop, which sold for $379.99. The other two laptops featured on their ad scan only got a $50 price reduction. The Inspiron 15R sold for $499.99, and the Inspiron 14z Ultrabook went for $589.99.
The Black Friday price for the Inspiron 14z and Inspiron 15 are untouchable any time of the year, but the great prices on their other laptops might be misleading. The original prices of those laptops are generally lower than the regular prices of many of Dell’s laptops year-round. If you’re looking at savings alone, not the final retail price, then it’s definitely worth it to check out Dell’s site regularly.
Every day, Dell offers students $200 gift cards for PC purchases of $699 and above. PC coupons are also regularly available, and they offer shoppers 20% and 25% off of select PCs. There are additional savings to be had if your company receives discounts from Dell. If you’re a veteran, Dell also offers up to 30% discounts.
Best Buy offered a deal on a 15.6” Samsung laptop last Black Friday that was hard to beat. The price for the Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB DDR3 memory, 500GB hard drive, with a 6-cell lithium-ion battery was an impressive $225 off retail price, selling for just $349.95. This was part of a bundle deal that included security software, a laptop sleeve, a mouse, and a flash drive.
While you can get a great deal on Samsung laptops on Black Friday, they’re only available on select models. If you have your eye on a specific model, it’s best to shop around throughout the year to find coupon codes and special discounts from retailers.
On Black Friday last year, Wal-Mart offered a 15.6-inch 2000-bf69WM Laptop for just $279. Best Buy also sold a 15.6-inch HP m6-1125dx Core i5, 8GB Laptop for $499. Both deals were only valid while supplies lasted.
To save money on laptop purchases every day, the HP Academy discount program offers students up to 20 percent off products. This discount applies to a variety of laptop models and can be used anytime, so you don’t have to feel pressured to purchase an HP laptop on Black Friday if you’re not in the market yet.
Impressive Asus laptop deals were available at a number of retailers last Black Friday. Sears offered a 14-inch Asus X401A Laptop for $219.99 and Best Buy sold the 14-inch Asus X401A Laptop – BHPDN37 for $249.99.
While prices for these laptops are undeniably low, CNET still recommended passing on the 14-inch Asus X401A, due to the “Pentium-level Intel CPUs.” Models offered at rock bottom Black Friday prices are commonly not the highest quality laptops and lack the functionality of many pricier options.
Best Buy offered a 15.6-inch Lenovo G585-5934575 Laptop last Black Friday for a rock bottom price of $187.99. While this is undeniably an incredible deal, it was part of the retailers 12 a.m. doorbuster sales, so it was only available in-store and in a very limited quantity.
For everyday deals, Lenovo has an academic purchase program helping students and faculty to find discount laptops, tablets, and desktop computers throughout the year. Discounts vary by school, but can offer big savings on a wide-variety of models.
It’s definitely possible to get an incredible Black Friday deal on a laptop. If the laptop you have in mind is on sale and you don’t mind standing in line, it can be certainly be worth braving the crowds to save some money. Just keep in mind that many stores only have limited inventory for the deep discounts offered on the biggest shopping day of the year.
However, if you’re set on buying a laptop on Black Friday simply because you think you won’t find a deal the rest of the year, you’re mistaken. Don’t settle for a device you’re not 100% into. Black Friday does not offer the best deals of the year for all devices.
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