Most of the major retailers have already made their Black Friday sales public, so now we're filling in the rest of the shopping picture with more online deals. In terms of tablets, it looks like the first-generation iPad mini is the Apple model that's most likely to be offered as a Black Friday special.
We've seen tactics like gift cards offered with a full-price purchase (Target and Walmart) or a mail-in rebate (h.h. gregg), but now we are seeing straight-up discounts. First, Rakuten (formerly Buy.com) is offering the 16GB original iPad mini for $249.99 on Black Friday, and then eBay topped that by dropping the price to $239 in its ad, including free shipping.
That's the current low price we've seen for the mini for Black Friday, but there's still more than a week for some other retailers to match or beat that price. (That includes Apple itself, though it typically offers just 10 percent off its prices for Black Friday.) Needless to say, there have been no deals on the brand-new iPad mini with Retina display, released last week and in short supply.
Meanwhile, Microsoft is joining a couple of other retailers in discounting its own first-generation tablet. Like Best Buy, it will be offering the original Surface RT 32GB for $199 on Black Friday via its online store. (Staples will have it for $249.99.) But unlike those stores, it will also have a special for a 64GB version, which will sell for $379, though that's only a $20 price cut.
Microsoft is also offering deals on some Windows laptops on Black Friday, including a Dell Inspiron 15z that features an Intel Core i5-3337U processor, 6GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive with 32GB of solid-state storage, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $399, or a whopping $450 off the current $849 price. It will also have specials on a Gateway NV570P10u notebook and Samsung ATIV Book 5 NP540U4E-K01US Ultrabook, but those prices have not been disclosed yet. You can check the Microsoft Store's Black Friday page for any updates.