Special Report

The Nine Best Deals on Black Friday

Thomas C. Frohlich, Michael B. Sauter

9. Beats Solo HD Headphones
> Pct. discount: 33.9%
> Retailer: Target
> Black friday price: $119.00
> Was: $179.99

Target is offering more than $60 off Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones, which it typically sells at $179.99. The headphone line, co-founded by rap legend Dr. Dre, has been extremely successful. Beats Electronics accounted for over half the market for premium headphones last year, according to Beats. Many other celebrities have tried to create their own headphone lines to imitate the success of Dr. Dre.

8. Freemotion 545 Elliptical
> Pct. discount: 36.0%
> Retailer: Sports Authority
> Black friday price: $799.00
> Was: $1,249.00

The Freemotion 545 elliptical is selling for a $450 discount at Sports Authority for Black Friday. Like other retailers, the sporting goods chain plans to offer savings across its product lines, including shoes, workout equipment, and apparel. Sports Authority also announced plans to hire 5,000 seasonal workers to help customers during the holidays.

7. DeWalt 20-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver
> Pct. discount: 41.4%
> Retailer: Home Depot
> Black friday price: $99.00
> Was: $169.00

Home Depot is selling Dewalt’s 20-Volt Max drill/driver for just $99, down from a previous price of $169. This represents savings of more than 40%. Unlike other retailers that get much of their business from the holiday season, Home Depot usually has its busiest season in the spring. The company even hosts a spring-time “Black Friday” event.

6. Xbox 360
> Pct. discount: 44.7%
> Retailer: Walmart
> Black friday price: $99.00
> Was: $179.00

Walmart is selling the Xbox 360 for just $99, down from $179. However, buyers should note that Microsoft is set to offer a new console, the Xbox One, before Black Friday. Microsoft has stated, however, that it plans on continuing to provide support for the Xbox 360 until 2016.

5. Dell Inspiron 15, 15.6”, Celeron Processor, 4GB RAM, 320 GB
> Pct. discount: 47.4%
> Retailer: Dell
> Black friday price: $199.99
> Was: $379.99

Laptops will likely be a hot item this holiday season with several distributors offering Black Friday deals on Dell and HP computers. In addition to this Dell 15, offered at the manufacturer site at a nearly 50% discount, retailers are also offering deals on laptops. Wal-mart will offer a HP 14” touchscreen for $278.00, down by nearly 45% from its normal price.