Black Friday '08: Deals, steals & specials guide

Update, 12/4/08: It's been brought to my attention by a diligent reader that several of the products listed in this guide were from 2007, and not this year. I compiled this guide as an aggregation of several listings online; clearly, some of the listings were old without my knowing it.

2008 ZDNet Holiday Gift Guide

Update, 12/4/08: It's been brought to my attention by a diligent reader that several of the products listed in this guide were from 2007, and not this year. I compiled this guide as an aggregation of several listings online; clearly, some of the listings were old without my knowing it. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of this until now; had I known, I would have alerted you of the error and edited the list as necessary. If you're still interested in what was offered in 2008, please refer to the circulars I had posted on the last page of the guide, which remain accurate. I regret the error and look forward to bringing you a Black Friday guide for 2009. -Andrew Nusca

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Black Friday ‘08: Deals, steals & specials guide

There's always a lot of madness surrounding consumerist pseudo-holiday Black Friday, but with the economy in a chokehold, this year's event has been hard to predict. Will there be good deals because of a tanking economy, or did companies sign off on their specials before the worst? (Answer: a bit of both.)

To help you through your inevitable pre-dawn Tryptophan-and-Starbucks haze this Friday, I've gathered a guide of the best o' the best gadget deals, steals, specials and sales from your favorite electronics stores, organized by product type with details on real-world, not retail, savings.

(If you've already planned on hitting up Circuit City or Best Buy exclusively for home theater, Home Theater blogger Sean Portnoy has a quick rundown of each's Black Friday offerings: Circuit City | Best Buy. He's also got a great guide to wireless networking deals here.)

It's the gift that keeps on giving...until you pass out.

Editor's note: The bottom line this year is that you'll find great deals on HDTVs and GPS navigation devices, but make sure you check reviews before you plan your doorbusting. Digital cameras, on the other hand, are less of a deal and many models on sale can be found online at competitive prices without the 3 a.m. wake-up call. Finally, don't forget about Apple's expected Black Friday deals -- the discounts will likely be modest but if you're an Apple fan, it makes it all the easier.

Key: Link on Product Name will take you to product on vendor's site (some links may change); ZDNet link will take you to relevant or related review or product.

UPDATE 11/24: Looks like some of the big vendors (Best Buy, Circuit City, Radioshack) have been moving things around online, breaking many of the links below. To avoid a wild goose (turkey?) chase leading up to Black Friday, I've removed the offending links and offer instead scans of those vendors' Black Friday circulars from BFAds.net.  These scans include many items not listed here (some are less of a deal). You may find them on the last page of this guide.

HDTVs, 42-in. and upHDTVs, 42-in. and up Best Buy

  • LG 42-in. LCD (1080p) Price: $1,299 (Approx. savings: $300) [ZDNet Product Page]
  • Panasonic Viera 50-in. Plasma (720p) Price: $899 (Approx. savings: $200) [Related ZDNet Review]
  • Dynex 42-in. Plasma Price: $599
  • LG 47-in. 120Hz LCD (1080p) Price: $1499
  • Samsung 46-in. LCD (1080p) Price: $1099
  • Mitsubishi 60-in. DLP (1080p) Price: $999
  • Sony Bravia 42-in. LCD (1080p) Price: $1499

Circuit City

  • Sharp 42-in. AQUOS LCD (720p) Price: $799.99 (Approx. savings: $450; Sam's Club also has this product for a similar price) [Related ZDNet Product]
  • Sharp Aquos 46-in. LCD (1080p) Price: $1299.99 (Approx. savings: $500) [Related ZDNet Product]
  • Zenith 50-in. Plasma (720p) Price: $999.99 (Approx. savings: $400)

Walmart

SKIP TO: HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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HDTVs, less than 42-in.

HDTVs, less than 42-in. Best Buy

  • Philips 32-in. LCD Price: $599 (Approx. savings: $160) [Related ZDNet Product]
  • Dynex 32-in. LCD (720p) Price: $399
  • LG 32-in. LCD (1080p) Price: $699
  • Samsung 32-in. LCD (720p) Price: $499
  • Sharp 22-in. LCD w/ built-in DVD player (720p) Price: $349
  • Dynex 19-in. LCD (720p) Price: $199

Circuit City

  • Sharp 32-in. LCD Price: $599.99 (Approx. savings: $170) [Related ZDNet Review]
  • Sony 32-in. Bravia M-Series Price: $699.99 (Approx. savings: $100) [ZDNet Review]

Walmart

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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GPS Navigation Systems - Garmin Nuvi 660

GPS Navigation Systems Best Buy

Circuit City

Radioshack

  • Magellan Maestro 3100 GPS Navigation System Price: $129.99 (Approx. savings: $85) [ZDNet Review]

Walmart

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Hard Drives & Storage (SimpleTech drives)

Hard Drives & Storage Circuit City

  • Seagate 120GB USB 2.5-in. Portable Hard Drive (ST9120801U2RK) Price: $169.99 - $110 mail-in rebate = $59.99 [ZDNet Product Page]

Best Buy

  • Western Digital Passport 60GB External USB 2.0 2.5-in. Portable Hard Drive (WDXMS600TN) Price: $99.99 - $50 instant saings = $49.99 [ZDNet Review]
  • Western Digital My Book Essential 250GB External USB 2.0 3.5-in. Hard Drive (WDG1U2500N) Price: $149.99 - $80 instant savings = $69.99 [ZDNet Review]
  • Seagate 250GB Internal Ultra Parallel ATA Hard Drive (ST3250623A-RK) Price: $133.99 - $74 instant savings = $59.99 [ZDNet Product Page]

Office Depot

  • SimpleTech SimpleDrive External USB 2.0 3.5-in. Hard Drive, 250GB Price: $149.99 - $100 mail-in rebate(s) = $49.99 [ZDNet Review]

OfficeMax

  • Simpletech 2.5-in. Portable External Hard Drive Price: $169.99 - $70 instant savings = $99.99 [ZDNet Review]
  • Maxtor 300GB External 3.5-in. USB Onetouch III Hard Drive $189.99 - $90 instant savings = $99.99 [ZDNet Review]
  • Simpletech 500GB USB 2.0 3.5-in. External Hard Drive Price: $249.99 - $80 instant savings = $169.99 [ZDNet Review]

Staples

  • Maxtor OneTouch III Mini 2.5-in. portable Hard Drive Price: $119.98 - $50 instant savings - $30 Staples Easy Rebate = $39.98 [ZDNet Review]
  • Western Digital 400GB My Book 3.5-in. External Hard Drive $249.98 - $110 instant savings - $40 Staples Easy Rebate = $99.98 [ZDNet Review]
  • Maxtor 200GB 8MB 7200RPM Parallel ATA Internal Hard Drive Price: $119.98 - $50 instant savings - $50 Staples Easy Rebate = $19.98 [ZDNet Review]

RadioShack

CompUSA

  • Seagate 160GB 7200PRM 8MB SATA Internal Hard Drive Price: $109.99 - $20 instant savings - $70 eRebate = $19.99 (Note: only valid Thursday, November 23 9 p.m. to midnight) [ZDNet Product Page]
  • PNY MaxFile Attache 12GB USB 2.0 Micro Hard Drive Price: $179.99 - $50 instant savings - $30 mail-in rebate = $99.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • SIMPLETECH Portable 40GB 5400PRM 2.5-in. Portable Hard Drive Price: $99.99 - $20 instant savings - $40 mail-in rebate = $39.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • CompUSA 250GB 7200RPM 3.5-in. External USB 2.0 Hard Drive Price: $129.99 - 60 instant savings - $20 mail-in rebate = $49.99
  • AcomData E5 320GB 7200RPM 3.5-in. External Firewire 400 Hard Drive $169.99 - $35 instant savings - $50 mail-in rebate = $99.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • AcomData E5 320GB 7200PRM 3.5-in. External USB 2.0 Hard Drive Price: $169.99 - $35 instant savings - $50 mail-in rebate = $99.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • Maxtor OneTouch III 500GB 7200RPM 3.5-in. External Firewire 400 USB 2.0 Hard Drive Price: $329.99 - $50 instant savings - $70 eRebate = $199.99 [Related ZDNet Review]
  • Seagate 60GB 5400RPM 8MB Parallel ATA Internal Notebook Hard Drive Price: $109.99 - $20 instant savings - $40 eRebate = $49.99 [Related ZDNet Product]
  • Maxtor Ultra16 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Parallel ATA Internal Hard Drive Price: $249.99 - $50 instant savings - $20 eRebate = $179.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB 7200PRM SATA Internal Hard Drive Price: $139.99 - $40 instant savings - $30 eRebate = $69.99 [ZDNet Product Page]
  • Maxtor Ultra16 500GB 7200RPM Internal SATA Hard Drive Price: $249.99 - $50 instant savings - $20 eRebate = $179.99 [ZDNet Product Page]

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Laptops (Lenovo)

Laptops Best Buy

  • Toshiba 1.73GHz Celeron Laptop & Canon 3-in-1 Printer Package Price: $229 (Approx. savings unclear, since no specific model has been publicly specified) [Related ZDNet Product]
  • Sony 15.4-in. Laptop w/1GB RAM, 120GB HD, DVD Burner Price: $399.99 (Approx. savings unclear) [Related ZDNet Review]

Circuit City

Office Depot

  • Toshiba 15.4-in. Notebook, AMD, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD Price: $499.99 (Approx. savings: $250) [Related ZDNet Review]
  • Lenovo 14.1-in. Notebook Computer w/Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD Price: $599.99 (Approx. savings: $200) [ZDNet Review]

Walmart

Circuit City

  • Wenger Swiss Gear Rival 15.4-in. Laptop Backpack Price: $12.99 (Approx. savings: $37) [ZDNet Product Page]

CompUSA

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Desktops & Peripherals (Dell Inspiron)

Desktops & Peripherals Walmart

CompUSA

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Cameras & Camcorders (Hitachi Hybrid)

Cameras & Camcorders Best Buy

  • Kodak EasyShare 7.1-Megapixel Digital Camera Price: $189.99 (Approx. savings: $70) [ZDNet Review]

Circuit City

  • Hitachi Hybrid MiniDVD/Hard Disk Camcorder Price: $299.99 (Approx. savings: $60) [Related ZDNet Review]
  • Sony Cyber-shot 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera Price: $99.99 (Approx. savings: $45; Staples and Best Buy have same deal) [ZDNet Review]

CompUSA

Walmart

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Home Theater (Sony Dream System)

Home Theater Best Buy

Circuit City

Walmart

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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Accessories (Logitech Elite Keyboard)

Accessories Best Buy

Circuit City

CompUSA

OfficeDepot

Related Links Of course, this list isn't exhaustive. If you've got Black Friday on the brain, you'd do well to check Black Friday 2008 for ad scans, Joystiq for video game deals, BlackFriday.info for deals (gadget and otherwise) arranged by store, BargainShare for deals news and your e-mail inbox for last-minute "secret" deals from big box retailers.

SKIP TO: HDTVs 42-in. and up; HDTVs less than 42-in.; GPS navigation systems; Hard Drives & Storage; Laptops; Desktops & Peripherals; Cameras & Camcorders; Home Theater; Accessories & Related Links; Ad Scans

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