Shoppers still stuffed with turkey and all the trimmings can start stuffing stockings with electronics ranging from laptops to televisions to virtual reality headsets to video games and much more as Black Friday deals kick into gear on Thursday.
If you’d rather not follow REI into the woods and #optoutside during the huge shopping day, opting inside will afford you the chance to get in on a number of deals from manufacturers and retailers including Amazon, Microsoft, T-Mobile, Nintendo and Steam to name a few.
You’ve seen those videos of people climbing over one another and throwing punches to get at TVs and other gadgets on Black Friday. Amazon encourages shoppers to avoid the potential for a black eye on Black Friday and shop from your couch instead.
From its special Deals landing page, the online retail giant is hosting limited timed deals on a wide variety of merchandise. Lightning Deals and Deals of the Day are there one minute and gone the next, so shoppers are encouraged to act fast and check back often.
For example, a Black & Decker cordless Dustbuster was 50 percent off at $25 during a site visit on Wednesday. But the clock was ticking, and there was less than nine hours left on that deal.
The deals started early Thursday morning on the Microsoft website as shoppers looking for PCs and laptops and Xbox consoles had a variety of offers to choose from.
Gamers can snatch deals on Xbox consoles, games and accessories in exclusives being offered through the Microsoft Store. The Xbox One S is offered at its lowest price ever, starting at $249. Games such as “Gears of War 4” are up to 50 percent off and controllers are as much as $35 cheaper.
Sonos’ entry-level speaker — the Play:1 — will be available on Friday at a number of retail outlets, including Best Buy, Amazon and the Apple Store, for just $149. That’s $50 off the normal price, reports the Verge, which notes the special sale will run from Nov. 24 to Nov. 28.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere — known for his wild promotional stunts — is at it again this holiday season. The Bellevue-based wireless carrier is offering a free iPhone 7 to those who trade in a select phone. As always on deals like this, just make sure to read the fine print.
Costco is going hog wild with deals, as the discount retailer is offering a plethora of discounts on TVs and other electronics.
For example, Costco members can buy a Samsung 75″ Ultra HD Smart LED LCD TV for just $1,999. The deal is available through Nov. 28, while supplies last. Here’s the bad news: You can’t buy more than three of them!
Valve, the Bellevue-based video game company, is running a host of deals via its Steam storefront through Nov. 29. The site says there are currently 13,399 titles on sale — if you can’t find something worth playing in that lot, perhaps you should pick up a book.
We’re just going to go ahead and play “Grand Theft Auto V,” which is 50 percent off and priced at $29.99.
Nintendo started offering 3DS and Wii U video games at up to 50 percent off in its eShop on Wednesday. 3DS games such as “Hyrule Warriors Legends” ($27.99) and “Fire Emblem Awakening” ($19.99) and Wii U games “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD” ($34.99) and “Super Mario Galaxy 2” ($9.99) were among the deals.
If you do decide big box is best for your shopping experience, some of Best Buy’s biggest deals are highlighted in this Business Insider story. There are big TVs and little iPads and headphones and cameras to be gotten. Let’s go with the GoPro Hero5 Black 4K action camera for $399 with a $35 Best Buy gift card and 64GB memory card thrown in.
As we previously reported, Apple is getting back in the Black Friday swing of things after not offering any deals on the day after Thanksgiving (or on Cyber Monday) last year. The Apple website doesn’t tease anything that might be discounted, but it’s a good bet that the deals could center around Apple Watch, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook and so on. You know, stuff Apple makes. So check back.