Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when the holiday shopping season officially starts, has come and gone once again. There were tremendous deals to be had whether you shopped in person or online. For a lot people out there, the bargains were good enough to wait in line at stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys-R-Us at midnight to get a leg up on the door busters. What were the best deals out there? Let’s find out in this recap of Black Friday 2009.
The first place we’ll visit is MacMall.com, which actually had deals that outshined the Apple Store with deeper discounts on hardware. While the Apple Store was handing out $100 discounts to iMac models, MacMall was offering $105 to $150 discounts. One of the better deals on MacMall was the 13.3” MacBook Air 1.86 GHz system that comes with 2 GB of RAM. This ultra-light laptop normally sells for $1,799, but the store discounted it all the way down to $1,349.99, which comes in at a 25% discount off the normal price. All of the new iPod Nanos that come with the new video capture feature were discounted from their normal $149 price to $134.99. Overall, for Mac users, this was one site that delivered on the promise of deep discounts. The good news is that a lot of these deals are still going, so be sure to check it out if you can.
For those of you who love BluRay technology, but don’t want to get a player, Wal-Mart had an offer that could not be beat. For just $79, they had crates full of the BluRay players, which shoppers grabbed up in quick order as soon as they got into the superstore. Both Wal-Mart and Best Buy were touting $10 BluRay copies of such masterpieces as “Braveheart” and “Gladiator;” however, both stores tended to only stock minimal amounts of each. The true bargain home for BluRay movies actually happened over at Amazon. The noted book reseller actually had, by far, the best deal for high definition BluRay movies than any place around.
Speaking of Best Buy, the store’s anticipated sale of netbooks was the hot ticket item this past Black Friday. There were two netbooks from Compaq under $230 each that went like hotcakes within the first hours of the store opening. Perhaps one of the biggest sellers was the eMachines value-oriented desktop computer that came with an 18.5” monitor and sold as a bundle for just $299.97. Some of the better offers at Best Buy included their line of HDTVs, especially the 50” Samsung 1080p Plasma, which sold for $897.99. Some new video games like NBA Live 10 and Madden 10 for PS3 and XBOX 360 were discounted down to only $34.99. Like their wide line of products, Best Buy had a deal for every type of shopper.
There were a few deals on Buy.com that blew their competition out of the water. One deal that made a lot of waves was the 24” full 1080p compliant Samsung computer monitor that sports a 1920×1080 resolution level. Normally, a monitor such as this will be found at a deep discount for around $249, but Buy.com had it all the way down to $179.
For those of you looking for random products, it seems like the best shopping experience was found online rather than trying to fight the crowds and the cold. Amazon not only offered great prices with plenty of stock, but also free shipping on most orders. Next time, forget Cyber Monday and door buster Black Friday advertisements. Just stay home and shop around the Black Friday websites and save yourself a lot of time, hassle, and money.