Sites That Dig For Black Friday Deals
This Friday will supposedly the best time of the year to look for bargains in computing and electronics. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving--"Black Friday," in industry argot--sees retailers offering ridiculous pricing on few high-profile products to get people into stores (where, hopefully, they'll spend more on non-discounted items).
A variety of sites track these specials and often manage to scoop the stores by posting sale prices beforehand. Some, such as FatWallet and DealNews, also report on sales and deals throughout the years; others, like BlackFriday.info and Black Friday Ads, focus on this one day. Macy's and Wal-Mart recently paid that last site the highest possible compliment--their lawyers fired off nastygrams, demanding that it take down reports about their post-T-day sales.
Apple shoppers, take note: The company usually doesn't waver on pricing, but this year it will once again stage a one-day sale Friday both in its retail stores and online. Apple hasn't disclosed any details, although a Microsoft publicist just e-mailed me to say it will offer a $100 rebate on copies of Microsoft Office for OS X purchased this Friday. But this summary of Apple's previous Black Friday discounts should suggest what's in store.
(The other way so save money on Black Friday, of course, remains buying nothing at all.)
Any other suggestions on good ways to research Friday's deals and discounts? Share your finds in the comments!
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