NEW YORK (
) -- Electronics will continue to be the driver of door busters on Black Friday. Here's a look at where to get the best deals on e-readers, television and tablets.
Televisions: There's mixed opinion on whether or not television deals are really as good as last year. While some experts said the assortment isn't as deep as holiday 2010, there's no doubt Black Friday is still the best time to buy an HDTV at a great price. Best Buy is touted as having the best promotions in the category, with a 42-inch LG HDTV for $549, down from $699; a 24-inch Dynex LCD for $80; 42-inch Sharp LCD for $200; a 55-inch Dynex LCD for $600; and a 60-inch Sharp LCD for $800. Wal-Mart also has some noteworthy deals with a 19-inch Sansui LCD for $98; 32-inch Emerson LCD for $188; and 40-inch Emerson LCD for $248.
E-readers: Most retailers have some sort of e-reader deal, with many of the devices priced under $100. But office supply retailers like Staples have a strong selection in the category, said Gary Balter, analyst at Credit Suisse. "They might not win the market, but it should be incremental for them," he said. While Best Buy still has the best price on the Nook Simple Touch at $79.99 (originally $99.99), the expanded distribution of e-readers this year could be a negative for the company, Balter noted. Staples has the biggest promotions on Kindles, with the entry level e-reader at $79 with a $15 gift card. It is also selling the Kindle Touch for $99 plus a $20 gift card and Kindle Touch 3G for $149 with a $20 gift card.
Appliances: Appliance deals are heating up, with discounts ranging from 30% to 50%. Many of these sales have already started online or in-stores. Sears and hhgregg are the most aggressive with promotions in the category. At Sears, Black Friday deals are on top of already discounted prices, Balter noted, and most of the sales are on the retailer's popular Kenmore products. It is also worth noting that Best Buy has been beefing up its small kitchen appliance promotions. "The company has been making a bigger push in this category in recent quarters, which has contributed to the improvement in its appliance category," Balter said.
Tablets: While Apple's iPad is still expected to dominate, there are many cheaper alternatives that bring the device to the mass market. This is another category office supply retailers are focused on, Balter noted. Most retailers will sell the Fire and Nook at regular prices, but RadioShack is advertising the Nook with a $20 gift card and Staples is offering it with a $25 gift card. Best Buy will have a large offering oft other tablets on Black Friday, including an Acer at $189 (from $330) and a Toshiba Thrive from $279.99 (originally $379.99). Staples also has a wide selection, including Blackberry PlayBook 7-inch tablet (32 GB with Wi-fi) for $249 from $599. The only discount shoppers can receive on the iPad is on Thanksgiving Day, when Jon Vincent of BlackFridayinfo.com said the company will offer its once-a-year 5% to 7% discount on the device and other Mac products online only.
Video games: GameStop is the clear favorite for video game discounts, with more than 150 deals for Black Friday weekend. This compares to about 65 at Best Buy and even less at Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart is expected to have one of the best deals on Xbox 360 with Kinect, priced at $199.99 on Black Friday with a $50 gift card (compared with original price of $299.99). A number of newer titles will be discounted 30% to 50% at all three retailers, but as in past year, the quantities of these games will be very limited, Balter said.
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iPod: Retailers are offering gift cards with the purchase of iPods to significantly reduce the price. The iPod Touch 8GB 4th generation will be offered at Best Buy with a $50 gift card. Target is giving a $40 gift card and RadioShack is giving a $30 gift card with the purchase of the music device.
Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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