Wal-Mart has had some epic holiday shopping news stories surrounding its sales for the last several years, the most infamous one sticking out in my mind being the Tickle Me Elmo incident of 1996 where a worker was trampled in the mad rush of parents to buy the toy. Some shoppers don’t want to deal with the chaos and are afraid to brave the aisles of Wal-Mart on Black Friday. But don’t worry, the super store has both in-store and online deals that will satisfy the at-home and the more adventurous in-store shopper this Black Friday. And, in some cases, you will save even more if you buy now, before the rush.
Wal-Mart spokesperson Molly Blakeman said in a phone interview, “We expect our hot items to be along the same lines as last year: big screen TVs, tablets, smartphones and gaming consoles.”
If Blakeman’s prediction is correct, then Wal-Mart’s online and in-store sales will give shoppers deals on all of the season’s hottest and most in-demand items. With the store opening at 6pm Thanksgiving night, it had to rethink how to do doorbusters this year. Instead of having one, several hour sale, Wal-Mart will have two one-hour guarantee events starting at 6 p.m. Thursday and another at 8 p.m. Let’s take a look at a sampling of what will be on sale this year.
- iPad mini: Looking to upgrade your tablet, or maybe invest in your first one? You’ll be able to buy the iPad mini for $299 this Black Friday, down from its list price of $329.99. This iPad is rated 93/100 on Viewpoints based on 123 reviews. Reviewers loved this tablet for its battery life, light weight, the apps available, design and durability.
- Furby Boom: I vividly remember my first Furby, and if you’re on the market for the newest version of the toy, you can find the Furby Boom for $29. This Furby is originally $40-$59, so you’ll save a bundle if you buy this Black Friday.
- Movies: You can’t always stream movies instantly on Netflix, Hulu or HBO GO. Some movies are unavailable to stream, and some of us just prefer to own them. Wal-Mart is having deep discounts on movies, including Blu-rays and TV series, which will be on sale for $1.96 to $9.96. This cuts title prices at the very least in half, if not more.
- Keurig K70: The Keurig K70, which replaced the highly-rated Keurig B70, will be discounted from list price to $169. All Keurigs have a Viewpoints score of 80/100 or higher, so if you’re looking for a simple and fast way to make your coffee in the morning you should keep an eye on this deal.
Just a note about some of these in-store deals: You might want to go through Wal-Mart’s Black Friday ad now and check the current prices of items you know you’re interested in on Walmart.com. Both the iPad mini and the Keurig K70 are available, online only, for less than these Black Friday on-sale prices and are eligible for free shipping. So if you order now, you will be able to save even more money. And, there could be more items on your list that are the same way.
Wal-Mart will be having some exclusively online sales this Black Friday starting on Thanksgiving morning, so you can get great deals without sacrificing a day with the family or having to push your way through the crowds.
- iPad 2 with Bluetooth and Accessory Kit: The iPad 2 might be an older version of the iPad but it is still high-end tech. With a Viewpoints score of 93/100 based on 457 reviews, you can still use this iPad to do whatever you want your tablet for, be it work, reading or play. The iPad 2 by itself is currently selling for $399, but this bundle is going for $349 Thanksgiving morning.
- Samsung 40” HDTV: Samsung TVs are all rated in the 90s on Viewpoints, making them some of the highest-rated TVs we have. The Samsung 40” TV is currently available for $427.99 but on Black Friday you’ll be able to get it for $379. Since it’s one of the few deals on name-brand HDTVs, if you’re in the market check out this deal.
- Xbox 360: This game system currently has a Viewpoints rating of 93/100 based on 155 reviews. Reviewers were not all happy with the smaller memory, but they felt that the system’s performance and game variety made up for this flaw. It is currently available for purchase for $179, but this Black Friday you can get it for $99.
All hot items are steals, kind of
Wal-Mart has some steals for Black Friday if you look at the original list price, but if you want real deals you really should take the ad and go online now. Check to see if the current prices are going to be less or more than the Black Friday ones. This is not the case in most purchases, but there still might be a few items where you’ll save even more money before Black Friday gets here.