Before you decide whether to brave the crowds on Friday to get a door-buster deal at Best Buy, here’s what you should know.
Best Buy opens at 5 a.m. on Friday, but don’t think you can just show up and get whatever you need. Supplies are limited at each store, so eager shoppers will be lining up well before then. To prevent a stampede, Best Buy employees at participating stores will hand out tickets to be redeemed for select items from 3 a.m. on, so it pays to know in advance what you want.
Here are a few items that are worth a 2:30 a.m. wake-up call.
Nintendo Wii Console Bundle
Now: $169.99 | Was: $199.99
Usually the major video game consoles are more or less uniformly priced. But the 4-year-old console is finally facing competition in the motion gaming market from the Xbox Kinect and Playstation Move, and accordingly prices are starting to come down. This bundle includes both Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, and comes in both the standard white and elusive black models. This is the best price we could find (anywhere) for the Wii.
Toshiba Blu-ray Disc Player
Now: $59.99 | Was: $99.99
This 1080p Blu-ray player sells for $79.99 at Amazon, and we were unable to find a better deal on this particular player at any of the other retailers. It’s worth noting, though, that Wal-Mart is selling a Wi-Fi enabled Magnavox Blu-ray player for $69.99, and throws in a $10 gift card too.
Barnes and Noble Nook (Wi-Fi only)
Now: $99.99 | Was: $149.99
Now, don’t get too excited – this isn’t the new color version of the e-reader. And it isn’t 3G-enabled, so you can’t access the Internet anywhere. But it does include Wi-Fi and access to AT&T hotspots, and it’s easily the best deal we’ve been able to find for the Nook.
8 GB iPod Touch (4th Generation)
Now: $229.99 | Was: $229.99
While Best Buy isn’t offering a discount on the iPod Touch (it’s selling for $229.99 at several retailers, including the Apple Store), they are throwing in a $30 Best Buy gift card with your purchase. But they’re not the only ones to come up with this idea. Toys R Us is selling the iPod for the same price, but throwing in a $50 gift card. So if you have other shopping to do at Toys R Us, you might be better off getting your iPod there.
For a complete rundown of retailers’ Black Friday deals, check out Mainstreet’s ultimate Black Friday deal guide.
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