Special Report

The Nine Best Deals on Black Friday

Walmart-supplied BlackFriday 2012
Source: courtesy Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, looms, and once again retailers are offering holiday deals in an attempt to get more shoppers into their stores. Several of the biggest retailers are extending their opening hours even more than in previous years to try to one-up their competition.

The deals listed by retailers are as big as ever. Home Depot, Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy, among others, are selling popular items at discounts of 30% or more off their regular price. Retailers plan to sell laptops, HDTVs, and other products at several hundred dollars off. Consulting with several groups that compile Black Friday deals, 24/7 Wall St. identified some of the products with the biggest markdowns.

Retailers usually offer the best deals on already established products. For example, several big box stores offer considerable rollbacks on the 50” HDTVs because they have been on the market for several years. Fatwallet.com’s Brent Shelton explained, “A couple of years ago, the bigger screens with the lighter technology were still new. But last year, prices really came down as they became less of a novel item.”

Many other products offered with significant markdowns are either being phased out and replaced with a new product type or improved versions of the same model. This is the case with laptops, for example. “With laptops, particularly the medium-level laptops, retailers discount them because people are turning to tablets as their general surf-communication device,” Shelton said. Laptops can therefore be very good deals for students who don’t care about having a tablet, he added.

Despite the many holiday deals, it’s probably not the best time to buy some products. Holiday decorations and winter clothing tend to be more expensive now than any time of year because most stores have just put them in stock. There are also products that tend to have better deals during other holidays. For example, the biggest deals for tools tend to be during Father’s Day. That being said, during Black Friday you can find products at considerable markdowns in nearly every area.

24/7 Wall St. consulted shopping experts at Fatwallet.com, GottaDeal.com, and BFAD.com to identify the Black Friday deals with the biggest discounts compared to the product’s MSRP or pre-sale price.

These are the nine best deals on Black Friday.