Black Friday at the Apple store in New York City, 2006. Image: jardenberg/Creative Commons
It might only be the beginning of fall, but some people are already gearing up for Black Friday.
dealnews released its fourth annual predictions on gadget sales for this November, using a methodoogy taking into account how much prices have fallen year to date, this time last year, on Black Friday last year and the year before that.
Before we get to the list, a couple disclaimers from dealnews.
First, these are predictions of the best deals for the Black Friday season. They’re the lowest of the lows, not averages. (See our Methodology section on the last page.) Second, some of these deals will involve mail-in rebates. However, the good news is that most won’t. Best Buy, OfficeMax, and Walmart have long given up on mail-in rebates after numerous customer complaints. Third, we’re predicting that these deals occur during “Black Friday Season,” a dealnews euphemism for mid-November to Cyber Monday.
Now for the fun stuff. (Make a mental note of this list for your holiday shopping in two months.)
32″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $199
40″ to 42″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $319
46″ 1080p LCD TV for $399
55″ 1080p LCD HDTV for $549
55″ 1080p 3D LCD TV for $999
60″ 1080p LCD TV for $699
Basic 15″ to 16″ Laptop with dual-core processor for $189
Mainstream 15″ to 16″ Laptop with Core i5 CPU & 4GB RAM for $325
17″ desktop replacement with Core i7 & 8GB RAM for $720
Free shipping with no minimum at Apple Store online
The newest Apple iPods for 5% to 10% off
iMac and MacBook computers for 5% to 10% off
No deal on the new iPhone 5
Deals on refurbished iPhones from Apple and AT&T;
Better discounts than Apple from an authorized Apple reseller
Motorola XOOM for $319
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ for $239
Generic Android 7″ tablets for $75
Kindle 3 WiFi eBook reader for $99
Nook Color eBook reader $179
Bundles with at least a $25 credit