MIAMI (CBS4) – With Black Friday just around the corner, many people are debating whether it’s worth waiting in line up for hours for what could be the best deal of the holiday shopping season.
And if they are going to wait, what are they willing to wait for?
According to Consumer Reports, whose staffers have spent weeks scouring the Black Friday ads from a number of stores, there are a couple of electronics bargains out there that may be worth waking up early for on Friday.
If you’re looking for a new desk top or laptop computer, you may want to join the line at a Best Buy. On Friday, they’re advertising HP Pavilion p6624y desk top computer with a quad-core AMD processor, 8GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. It comes with a 23-inch monitor and a wireless printer. The Black Friday price will be $600; it’s currently on the Best Buy site for $700, without the monitor and printer. In a doorbuster deal, Best Buy is also selling a Sony laptop Blu-ray drive for $500. It includes a Blu-ray video, a subscription to a security software package, and a laptop bag. To take advantage of this early-bird deal, you need to pick up a ticket at Best Buy (they’ll be doled out starting at 3 a.m. Friday morning), and quantities are limited to 10 per store.
If you’re not in the market for a computer but have your heart set on an e-book reader, you too will have to queue up at Best Buy. Early-birds can save about $50 on the Nook Wi-Fi which is selling at $99.99 rather than its usual price of $150.
Walmart appears to be the place to be for LCD and plasma TVs. There are a number of deals on 32-inch LCDs and the cheapest they’ve seen is the Emerson 720p set at Walmart (model LC320EM1) priced at $198. Walmart will be also breaking the $500 barrier for a 50-inch plasma with a $498 price on a Sanyo 720p set (DP50740); its regular retail price is $650.
In you’re looking for a point-and-shoot camera, head to Staples which is selling the rugged Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 for $150 (originally $210). Since it’s waterproof and shockproof, it should be able to withstand some common mishaps.
If a SLR or camcorder is on your holiday shopping list, Best Buy will be your best choice. They’re offering a package that bundles the highly rated Canon EOS Rebel T2i with two lenses (18-55mm and 55-250mm zooms) and accessories (an 8GB SDHC memory card and camera bag), for just under $1000. The bundled lenses are a plus because with SLR cameras, generally, the more lenses you have, the better.
They’re also selling a Flip Video UltraHD “package” which includes a few accessories along with the cam, such as an extra battery pack and bag, for $120 (originally around $200, without any accessories). And Best Buy has an HD model on sale: Sony Handycam HDR-C150 for $400 (originally $500).
Finally, if you’re shopping for a digital photo frame, head to Sears. They have a Pandigital PAN7000DW 6.9-inch frame on sale for $39.99, regularly $59.99. The frame has a gigabyte of memory, and an optional Wi-Fi adapter lets you get photos from your computer and specific photo-sharing sites.