Black Friday 2013: Here are the best ads, deals and sales in US

'Tis the season to check your bank accounts, do a little number crunching, and figure out how many paycheques you have left before Christmas. At that point, you will need to spend, then weep.

Normally there would be lots and lots of weeping, but lucky for you it is also the season of Christmas sales. This lovely season begins on Black Friday - or the friday after Thanksgiving - in the US, and it's when major retailers and companies offer promotional sales to encourage copious amounts of holiday shopping.

While some of these promotional sales are gimmicky, many of them are also legit and do save savvy shoppers plenty of hard-earned cash. Unfortunately, with so many ads, it all gets a bit too complicated and some might find themselves avoiding Black Friday altogether.

To help you get the most of Black Friday, save some money and prevent excessive weeping, Pocket-lint has compiled a list of the best Black Friday deals at retail stores. But it's not just any list. It's specifically for gadgets and tech, of course. Happy Christmas!

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Best Buy

  • Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi 16GB for $299 (regular $399)
  • Samsung 65-inch 1080p LED television for $999 (free delivery)
  • LG 55-inch LED 1080p LED television for $499 (free delivery)
  • Toshiba 15-inch laptop bundle with bag, mouse, USB key for $349.99 (regular $441.95)
  • Amazon Kindle Fire (previous generation) with 7-inch display and 16GB memory for $99 (regular $199)
  • Blu-rays including World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, SkyFall and more for $7.99 (regular $24.99 - $34.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 on Verizon, Sprint and AT&T for free *requires two-year contract (regular $199.99)
  • Insignia 39-inch 1080p LED television for $169.99 (regular $329.99)
  • Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch with Retina display for $1,099 (regular $1,299)
  • Apple iPod nano 16GB in a variety of colours for $99 (regular $149)
  • Insignia 24-inch 1080p LED TV for $79.99 (regular $169.99)
  • Asus 11.6-inch touch-screen laptop with 4GB memory and 320GB HDD for $249.99
  • Canon PowerShot A2500 16.0-megapixel digital camera with case and memory card for $79.99 (regular $109.99)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (7-inch and 8GB) for $149 (regular $139)
  • Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop with 4GB of memory and 320GB HDD for $177.99
  • Insignia Flex tablet for $79.99 (regular $199.99)
  • Nikon Coolpix S800c 16-megapixel camera for $129.99 (regular $349.99)
  • Sony Blu-ray player with Wi-FI built-in for $54.99 (regular $119.99)
  • Amazon Kindle for $49.99 (regular $69.99)
  • Toshiba Transmemory 16GB flash drive for $5.99 (regular $29.99)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox 360 for $44.99 (regular $59.99)
  • Wii U Black Friday Bundle for $319.97 (regular $369.97)
  • Xbox 360 bundle with TombRadier, Batman, Halo, and Darksider II for $189 (regular $289)
  • Apple iPad Air for $449 (regular $499)
  • Apple iPhone 5C for $48 (regular $99.99)
  • Apple iPod touch 32GB for $249.99 (regular $299.99)

Best Buy has announced more than 1,000 Best Buy shops across 47 states will kick off their Black Friday sale on 28 November at 6pm EST. Stores will be open until 10pm EST on 29 November. BestBuy.com will have deals in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, along with Cyber Week deals starting immediately after Black Friday.

GameStop

  • Xbox 360 250GB bundle with Halo 4, Tomb Raider, and wireless controller for $199.99 (regular $339.99)
  • PS3 250GB bundle with The Last of Us and Batman Arkham Origins for $199 (regular $364)
  • GameStop exclusive Sophix 7-inch tablet for $69.99 (regular $119.99)
  • Battlefield 4 for $24.99 (regular $59.99)
  • Just Dance 2014 for $14.99 (regular $39.99)
  • Pre-owned Wii with Wii Remote for $49.99 (regular $69.99)
  • Call of Duty Ghosts for $44.99 (regular $59.99)
  • Xbox Live Gold for $14.99 (regular $24.99)
  • PlayStation Plus one-year for $29.99 (regular $49.99)
  • Assassin's Creed III for $14.99 (regular $29.99)
  • Diablo III for $39.99 (regular $59.99)
  • Halo 4 for $29.99 (regularly $39.99)
  • Fifa 14, NHL 14, Madden 25, NCAA Football 14 for $39.99 (regular $59.99 each)
  • Playstation Vita Wi-Fi and 3G for $179.99 (regular $199)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch for $299.99 (regular $399)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $159.99 (regular $199)

GameStop has announced over 4,000 stores across the US will open at midnight on Friday to kick-off the Black Friday extravaganza. 

Kmart

  • Up to 40 percent off Audio speakers
  • 20 per cent off the Seki 50-inch LED TV 
  • 40 per cent off the RCA 42-inch LED TV
  • 33 percent off the RCA 46-inch LED TV
  • LG DVD Player with DivX Playback for $28.99
  • Nintendo 2DS for $119.99
  • Sony PlayStation 3 250GB Holiday Bundle for $199.99
  • Dead Space 3 for PS3 for $29.99
  • Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player for $57.99
  • Zeki TBDG874B 8-inch Tablet w with Jelly Bean Android OS for $79.99

Kmart's doorbusters are valid on 29 November from 6am to 12pm.

Office Max

  • Lenovo 15.6-inch Laptop for $249.99
  • Dell 24-inch LED MOnitor for $119.99
  • Kingston 16GB DataTraveler 112 USB Flash Drive for $8.99
  • HP Pavillon TouchSmart Laptop for $399.99 with $50 purchase
  • HP Pavillon laptop featuring AMD for $319.99 with $50 purchase
  • Lenovo Idea Tab S6000 10.1-inch 16GB Tablet for $199.99

5am to 12pm on 29 November

  • Dell Inspiron 11 3137 laptop featuring 11.6-inch touch screen for $299.99 with $50 purchase (save $50)
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch 16GB tablet (in-store only) for $169
  • Save 50 percent on all Philips, iHOME headphones, and all JBuddies kids’ headphones

Most OfficeMax stores will open at 8pm local time on 28 November. OfficeMax.com sales are valid starting 12:01am EST on 29 November.

Office Depot

  • Apex 7-inch Tablet for $49.99
  • Lenovo 7-inch Tablet  for $69.99
  • iTunes Gift Cards 15% off
  • Sandisk 8 GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive for $4.99
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch Tablet 16GB for $169.99
  • HP Pavilion 15-inch Laptop Computer with AMD A6 Quad Core Processor for $269.99
  • Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop Computer with Intel Core i3 Processor for $349.99
  • HP Pavilion 17.3-inch Laptop Computer with AMD A8 Quad Core Processor for $369.99
  • HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Touchscreen TouchSmart Laptop Computer with AMD A10 Quad Core Processor for $499.99
  • HP Pavilion 23-inch TouchSmart All in One Computer with AMD A4 Processor for $529.99
  • Logitech C3270 HD Webcam for $19.99
  • Logitech MK530 Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo for $29.99
  • Logitech M325 Wireless Mice for $9.99
  • Plantronics M25 Bluetooth Headset for $14.99
  • Logitech Z323 Speaker System for $29.98
  • Lenovo 20-inch Screen All in One Computer with AMD Processor for $349.99
  • Samsung 23.6-inch LED Monitor for $109.99
  • Sandisk MicroSDHC 32GB Memory Card for $16.79

Store doors open on 28 November at 8pm EST and again at 8am EST on 29 November.

Radio Shack

  • Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones for $179.99
  • Beats Pill Speaker for $149.99
  • Apple TV for 1080p HD for $99.99 (free $20 gift card with purchase of Apple TV) 
  • Apple Magic Mouse for $69.99
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad for $49.99
  • Apple EarPods for $29.99
  • Plantronics BackBeat Go Wireless Stereo Bluetooth Headset for $39.99
  • Auvio Sonic Emotion Home Bluetooth Speaker for $149.99
  • Sol Republic Tracks On-Ear Headphones for $79.99
  • Sol Republic Tracks HD Headphone for $99.99
  • Sol Republic Sound Track Headbands for $14.99
  • Apple iPod Touch 16GB 5th Gen for $229.99 (free $30 gift card with purchase)
  • Bluetooth 32-inch Soundbar with built-in subwoofer for $79.99
  • Roku 2 1080p Streaming Player for $59.99
  • Phillips Blue-ray DVD Player with Built-in Wi-Fi for $49.99
  • Radio Shack 6 foot HDMI Cable for $9.99
  • Sirius Stratus 7 Dock and Play Radio with Vehicle Kit for $19.99
  • Cobra 2-Way Radio with Weather Alerts for $24.99
  • Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle for $199.99
    (includes Xbox console for Kinect sensor for 2 Kinect Games for Wireless Controler for Wi-Fi and 1 Month Xbox Live Gold Membership.)
  • Xbox Live Gold Membership 3 Month for $24.99
  • Xbox Live Gold Membership 12 month for $59.99
  • PS3 12 GB Movie Bundle for $199.99
    (includes Playstation Move for Move motion controller and DualShock wireless controller for Sports Champions 2 and built-in Blu-Ray player.)
  • PS3 DualShock Wireless Controller for $39.99
  • Midland 1080p HD Action Camera with Waterproof Underwater Case and Universal Mount for $99.99
  • Nikon Coolpix L820 for $199.99 
  • Nikon Coolpix S6500 for $169.99
  • Canon Rebel T3 DSLR for $399.99
  • SanDisk 8GB SD Cards for $5.99
  • Asus 14-inch Laptop with Intel Celeron 1007U Processor for $249.99
  • Toshiba 15.6-inch Laptop with AMD Quad-Core A4-5000 Accelerated Processor for $349.99
  • Logitech Wireless Mouse for $8.99
  • Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse for $14.99
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for 7-inch 8GB for $169.99
  • iPhone 5C 16GB for $49.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • iPhone 5C 16GB for $449.99 *no agreement required
  • iPhone 5s 16 GB for $199.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • iPhone 5s 16 GB for $549.99 *no agreement required
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 for $49.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II for $99.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • LG G2 Android 4.2.2 for $99.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • Moto X for $99.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • iPhone 4 8GB for $99.99 *no agreement required

Sales start online on 28 November, but in-store sales kick off on 29 November at 8am.

Sam's Club

  • Vizio 55-inch LED Smart TV for $548
  • Nikon D3200 Bundle Wi-fi Adapter Case 16GB SD Card for $599
  • Playstation 3 250GB Bundle for $199.98
  • Xbox 360 Limited Edition 4GB with Kinect Bundle for $199.98
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch Bundle for $169.99
  • Select Blue-Ray Titles for $8.98
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 for $0.96
  • HP Pavilion 15.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop for $499.99
  • HTC One Sprint phone for $0.96 *requires two-year agreement
  • VIZIO 50-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Smart for $498 (regular $638)
  • Apple iTunes $100 Gift Card Multipack for $79.88
  • Samsung Audio Bar with Wireless Active Subwoofer and Bluetooth for $168 (regular $238.88)

Sales are valid starting 29 November at 7am.

Staples

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB GSM for $49.99 *requires two-year agreement
  • Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 8GB Tablet  for $79
  • HP Pavilion 14-inch Chromebook for $179.99 
  • Toshiba Laptop with AMD A4 Processor for $249.99

Sales are valid starting 28 November at 8pm until 30 November at midnight. Stores will close at midnight on Thanksgiving and re-open on Friday at 6am. 

In-store deal

  • 20 per cent off everything sale (Print off this coupon)

Deal is valid starting 24 November until 26 November in the US only. If you don't have a printer, you can also display coupons from your mobile device during checkout.

Steam

  • Prison Architect for $14.99 (regularly $29.99)
  • Antichamber for $4.99 (regularly $19.99)
  • Terraria for $2.49 (regularly $9.99)
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99 (regularly $19.99)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for $7.49 (regularly $29.99)
  • Sleeping Dogs for $4.99 (regularly $24.99)
  • Outlast for $6.79 (regularly $19.99)
  • Rogue Legacy for $5.09 (regularly $14.99)
  • The Walking Dead for $6.24 (regularly $24.99)

Steam's "autumn sale 2013" is running from 27 November to 3 December. New deals are added every day. 

Target

  • Samsung 32-inch LED HDTV for $227.99 (regular $299)
  • JBL 38-inch cinema soundbar for $99 (regular $199)
  • Samsung 55-inch 120Hz 1080p LED HDTV for $697.99 (regular $899.99)
  • Beats by Dr Dre Solo HD headphones for $119 (regular 179.99)
  • Samsung 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $597.99 (regular $749.99)
  • Vizio 47-inch 1080p LED HDTV for $379.99 (regular $519.99)
  • Nintendo 3DS XL for $149.99 (regular $199.99)
  • Sony Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $54.99 (regular $104.99)
  • Samsung 40-inch 1080p Smart LED HDTV for $397.99 (regular $499.99)
  • Vizio 37-inch HDTV for $249.99 (regular $329.99)
  • Target's lowest price yet: Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle with Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures for $189.99 (regular $299.99)
  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack for $49.99 (regular $74.99)
  • A selection of titles on sale for $10, $15, $25, or $35 each
  • Nikon D3200 with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses for $499.99 ($799.99 value)
  • Nikon L320 26x zoom camera for $99 (regular $229.99)
  • Canon A3500 digital camera for $79.99 (regular $159.99)
  • iTunes gift card $60 for $50
  • Apple TV for $89 (regularly $99)
  • iPad Air Wi-Fi 16GB for $479.99 plus $100 gift card (regular $499.99)
  • First-generation iPad mini for $299 plus $75 gift card
  • 7-inch Nook HD 8GB for $79.99 (regular $129)
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 for $39.99 on-contract, Verizon Wireless and AT&T (regular $199.99)
  • iPhone 5S 16GB for $179.99 plus $30 gift card, Verizon Wireless and AT&T (regular $199.99)

Target is one of the retailers opening on Thanksgiving night. Stores open at 8pm and remain open to 11pm Friday.

Tiger Direct

  • Seiki 650-inch 1080p 240Hz LED HDTV for $799 (regular $1,199)
  • Dell 8-inch Venue Pro with Windows 8.1 OS, 32GB RAM Tablet for $229.99 (regular $299)
  • Microsoft Surface 10-inch RT for $249.99 (regular $399)
  • Westinghouse 46-inch LED 1080P HDTV for $299 (regular $799.99)
  • Kingston 120GB Solid State Drive for $69.99 (regular 99.99)
  • Bose GS Series II Theatre System for $539 (regular $599)
  • Nikon D3200 DSLR with 18 - 55mm and 55 - 200mm lenses for $496.95 (regular $799.95)
  • Canon Rebel T3 DSLR with 18 - 55mm and 75 - 300mm lenses for $449.99 (regular $699.99)

Walmart

Starting at 6pm EST on 28 November (1-hour guarantee):

  • Apple iPad mini 16GB (and $100 Gift Card) for $299
  • HP Pavilion 14-inch TouchSmart Laptop for $278
  • LG Blu-ray Player for $38
  • Funai 32-inch LED TV for $98
  • Vizio 60-inch Smart LED HDTV for $688
  • World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria PC for $10
  • Call of Duty Ghosts Xbox 360 or PS3 for $39.96
  • Xbox 360 4GB Console for $99

Starting at 8pm EST on 28 November (1-hour guarantee):

  • Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones for $114.96
  • Straight Talk Galaxy Centura for $29
  • RCA 7-inch Dual Core Tablet for $49

Starting at 8pm EST on 28 November:

  • Vizio 70-inch Class Smart LED 1080p HDTV for $998 (regular $1698)
  • Samsung 46-inch Class Smart LED 1080p HDTV for $497 (regular $648)
  • Element 40-inch Class LED 1080p HDTV for $178
  • Nabi 2 7-inch Tablet for $99 (regular $178)
  • Canon T3 dsLR Bundle with 75-300mm lens, bag and 8GB card for $449
  • GoPro Hero 3: White Edition with a $30 Walmart gift card for $199
  • Monster Headphones for $79.95 (regular $129.95)
  • Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy S III prepaid phone for $299 (regular $399)

Starting at 8am EST on 29 November:

  • Apple iPhone 5C for $45 and iPhone 5S for $189 with $75 Walmart gift card *requires a two-year agreement

Online deals - Starting early on 28 November:

  • Samsung 40-inch Class LED 1080p 60Hz HDTV for $379 (regular $429)
  • Proscan 7-inch Tablet with Keyboard Case for $49
  • Xbox 360 with Camouflage Controller for $139 (regular $229)

Walmart has announced that before the 6pm EST and 8pm EST events, customers will need to go to designated lines within their store to secure a wristband for certain sale products. Wristbands will be distributed while supplies last. In addition, starting early on 28 November, customers can shop on Walmart.com for some of the Black Friday deals that will also be available in stores. 

Direct from the company

Check out these manufacturers' Black Friday sales ads, as well (though many mirror the deals listed above):

  1. Samsung
  2. Microsoft
  3. Dell
  4. Sony
  5. Verizon
  6. HTC
  7. LG
  8. (Apple sales haven't been announced)

(This entire list is developing. We will continually update it as more deals are found.)



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