Regional electronics and appliance retailer h.h. gregg covers the eastern half of the U.S. with its locations, and it's hoping to make a splash with the most notable deal from its Black Friday ad. It is offering the first generation iPad mini for $249.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
While the company is trying to position itself as having the "lowest price" on the original iPad mini for the Black Friday weekend, it's not clear that having customers mail in a rebate is really a better deal than what Walmart and Target are doing: Offering store gift cards -- $100 and $75, respectively -- if you purchase the tablet at the $299.99 list price. Presumably if you didn't want to buy anything else at the store ever again, and didn't mind waiting a few weeks for your money, the mail-in-rebate option would be preferable. (Feel free to leave your thoughts about which option you'd choose in the Talkback section below.) No deal on the new iPad Air from h.h. gregg, however.
The store's other tablet deals are either in line with its competition -- the sale amounts for Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Note models are the same everywhere -- or, in the case of the last-generation Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9", a little pricier than at Office Depot and OfficeMax ($179.99 vs. $169.99).
As one of its "doorbusters," h.h. gregg has a 15.6-inch Dell laptop with Intel Celeron CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive for $249.99, again after a $50 mail-in rebate. For $299.99 (but with no mail-in rebate), another doorbuster is an interesting Asus notebook: It's small in size (10.1-inch touchscreen display) and has the usual 4GB of RAM and 320GB hard drive, but the ad claims that it "includes Office" (presumably the Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 edition, since it says it's a $119 value). As PC buyers know, stock systems usually have a trial version of Microsoft Office pre-installed, but a full version is usually an add-on through ordering online (or your own subsequent purchase). A final laptop doorbuster is an HP Pavilion TouchSmart with AMD A4-5000 processor, 4GB hard drive, 750GB hard drive, and 15.6-inch touchscreen for $429.99.
While h.h. gregg doesn't have any Ultrabook specials, it does have an 11.6-inch Asus portable with Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, and touchscreen capabilities for $429.99. There's more selection if you crave a larger-screen laptop, as the retailer has three Black Friday sales on models with 17.3-inch displays (though none are touchscreens). At just $379.99, there's a Lenovo with Intel Pentium processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive, while for $549.99, you can grab a Toshiba with AMD A8 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and terabyte hard drive. Finally, power users can consider a Dell with Core i7 Haswell CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, and 1TB hard drive for $699.99.
There's only one desktop deal from h.h. gregg, though with the trend toward mobile devices, that's hardly a surprise. It's selling a 23-inch HP all-in-one PC with AMD A6-5200 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB hard drive for $499.99.