The countdown to Black Friday is on — and this year, the savings will count more than ever. You don’t have to wait till November 28 to get started, though. We’ve dug up the Internet’s best resources to help you track down the hottest deals right now. Read on and avoid wasting a single minute standing in the wrong line.
CyberMonday.com hunts down hot deals for online orders every day, letting you search by category or merchant. Its front page gives you an at-a-glance look at the latest bargains breaking or about to break on retailers’ Web sites — anything from specific discounts to coupon codes for scoring free shipping and other goodies.
BlackFridayAds.com, as its name suggests, collects and compiles Black Friday sales listings from retailers across America and publishes them as they come in. Some are official releases, while others are leaks that may have a limited lifetime — so it’s best to check frequently if you want to avoid missing anything.
BlackFriday.info follows a similar model, scanning and cataloguing dozens of Black Friday sales cheat sheets every day. You can also sign up for e-mail alerts whenever new ads are posted.
BFAds.net is another strong source for breaking Black Friday deals. It lists new activity by store, so you can easily see where new offers have popped up. BFAds.net also offers a community section in which shoppers can exchange tips about hot deals on the way.
More sale listings await you at 2008BlackFridayAds.com. In addition to specific Black Friday sales, this site offers complimentary e-mail updates, searchable store hours, and advice about developing strategies to make the most of the big day.
GottaDeal.com’s Black Friday section looks for daily online sales leading up to November 28. You can find some standout shots at saving by hopping on one of these early bird specials. The site also lists regular Black Friday ads and advance notices.
iBlackFriday.com has an easy-to-use, icon-based navigation system that lets you look through stores to find the deals you need. It also has a secondary “Coming Soon” section, so you can see what listings are on the way and bookmark their specific pages for the future.
SlickDeals.net is a URL worth hanging on to. This one goes deal-by-deal, listing out just items and prices in its daily postings. It also has some handy printable coupons to let you slash a little more off your final ticket when you head into the stores, as well as numerous coupon codes for savings on online orders. You can opt to get info sent to your mobile phone as well.
DealNews.com is a year-round site that has particular value for Black Friday deal hunters. In a nutshell, the service seeks out the lowest price listed anywhere for all sorts of products, so you don’t have to do the searching. It also has a convenient “Rumor Roundup” section that debunks misleading deals and phony savings claims floating around cyberspace.
FreeShipping.org and FreeShippingOn.com both compile free shipping offers from all sorts of online retailers. They’re worth checking out before you place an holiday shopping order to see if there’s somewhere you could get it without having to pay the postage.
Extra Tips for Tech-Related Black Friday Savings:
• If you’ve thought about going Blu-ray, now may be the time. Blu-ray players are expected to dip to $100 to $150 during Black Friday sales.
• Retailers say digital photo frames will also go fast this season, with costs dropping down to $30 to $50.
• HDTVs are expected to go as low as $600 for 42-inch units. The smaller brand names will provide the best deals.
• Some netbook models will be offered for as little as $200.
• Portable MP3 players should sell for as low as $10 for small 1GB models during the Black Friday sales. Don’t expect much savings on iPods, though — you’ll have to go for another brand to see the price difference. Apple in general isn’t expected to drop its prices more than 10 percent in any area.
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