Shopping Season is Here

Black Friday took place on the 28th November, but many deals run over the weekend and into the following week. Watching the discounted products is also a great way to see what retailers think will be the big sellers this Christmas.

Acer deals were revealed at several retailers. Walmart had the Aspire V5-122P-0408 notebook for $200, while Best Buy was selling Acer’s Chromebook 11 for $150. Target began its sale early, on the 23rd, offering the Aspire ES1-111M-C7DE notebook for $180 ($50 off). Other deals included the Aspire E5-571P-59QA touchscreen laptop for $400 ($200 off) at Microsoft stores, and spire ATC-120-UC22 desktop for $400 ($50 off) at Costco.

Deals began on the 21st November at Amazon, with new deals every 10 minutes for eight days. In electronics, the company was offering huge savings on Samsung TVs: a 40″ Smart TV for $330; 55″ curved UltraHD TV for $1,300; 55″ flat UltraHD for $900; a 32″ for $80; and a 40″ for $120. A 50″ TV from Toshiba was on sale for $200, a 55″ from Vizio for $480 and a 65″ from LG for $650.

A curved UltraHD 65″ Samsung TV was being offered at BJs for $800 less than retail price.

A highlight at Costco was an HP Envy 15.6″ laptop with touch for $150 off.

The HTC One X was being sold for $1 with a two-year contract in certain US regions, and the Windows Phone 8X for $50 off.

Special deals were being offered to customers of distributor Ingram Micro in the USA. Doscounted prices were applied to laptops, monitors, PCs, storage devices, software and more.

In the run-up to Black Friday, John Lewis offered customers 20% off of the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 and a three-year guarantee on the iPad Mini 3, at no extra cost.

K-Mart offered the Xbox 360 (4GB) for $130; Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $250 ($100 off); and and Galaxy Tab 4 (8″) for $200 ($170 off).

Lenovo took $360 off of the price of its Thinkpad X1 Carbon, taking it to $890; $400 from the Y50 laptop ($950); and $200 off of the Yoga 3 Pro (to $1,300). Smaller deals were being offered on the Yoga Tablet 2 ($20 off) and Q190 ($50 off).

Multiple deals on Windows and Windows Phone products were offered by Microsoft. These included laptops and tablets from Dell, HP, Asus and Acer (between $100 and $200 off); Nokia smartphones; and the Surface Pro 2 and Pro 3 for $100-$150 off).

A second-generation Motorola Moto X smartphone was sold for $360 ($140 off), with 30% off of accessories. Verizon Wireless customers could pick up the phone (16GB) for $0.01 (USA and EU).

There were many deals on Newegg. Particularly impressive ones included an Asus GL551JK-EH71 gaming laptop for $880 ($170 off); $300 off of Lenovo’s Y50 gaming laptop ($1,000) and the Lenovo Miix 2 convertible for $450 (down from $730).

Overstock was selling the new Playstation TV for $100 (usually $130).

Between $100 and $200 was taken off of the price of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone at RadioShack, where the handset was offered for free on a two-year Verizon contract.

Sam’s Club took $100 off of the WiFi 16GB iPad Air (to $300) and $90 off of the price of the 3G version. A 48″ Sanyo TV, the FVD48R4, was on sale for $300.

Samsung had a big savings on its TVs. The 60″ H6203 was for sale for $800 ($1,100 off); the 55″ HU6840 for $1,000 ($1,000 off); and the UltraHD 65″ HU8550 for $2,300 ($2,200 off). There were also deals offered on the Galaxy Tab 4, Tab S, Tab Pro and Gear Fit.

There was $900 off of a 60″ Samsung TV, $600 off of a 55″ and $120 off of a 32″ at Sears.

Staples was offering a free Kindle eReader with any $400 (before discount) laptop purchase, and $100 off of any laptop normally priced at $500+. $100 was also knocked off of the price of any $400+ tablet, excluding the iPad Air 2 and Mini 3. $150 was taken off of the Dell Inspiron 11 convertible, taking it to $350. The Amazon Fire TV stick was on sale for $25 (from $40). Apple’s iPad Air (16GB) was being sold for $300 and the 32GB for $350.

Sony Germany offered (and is still offering, until the 5th January) money off of select Bravia TVs – both 1920 x 1080 and UltraHD models. 55″ and 60″ W8 TVs and 55″ and 65″ W9 TVs are eligible for up to €50 off; X85, X9 and S90 UltraHD models up to 65″ have €100 off; and €200 can be saved on 75″+ S90 TVs, 79″ X9 TVs and 85″ X95 TVs.

Black Friday sales have been spreading to Europe for several years. 2014 was the first time that UK supermarket Tesco began offering deals, joining rivals Sainsbury’s and Asda. Tesco said before the day that Black Friday was expected to be ‘bigger than Boxing Day’ for the first time this year. Discounts of up to 70% were offered to shoppers. House of Fraser, Currys PC World and were also running promotions.

ToysRus had discounts on a wide variety of tablets from Amazon and Samsung, as well as the Playstation 4 ($400 for a bundle) and Xbox One ($430 with Kinect).