Here's the problem with Black Friday. Other than the one of two clearly awesome deals per store, it's tough to know if standing your butt in the cold all night will actually save your more money than doing some online comparison shopping from the comfort of your own, very warm home. But the truth is, Black Friday does have incredible deals and it can save you hundreds of dollars on big ticket electronics—if you play your cards right.
So we have sorted through the deals for you, listed the real savings (based upon comparative online searches, none of this retail priced crap) and categorized the best stuff for you to consider. Hit the jump for the Ultimate Black Friday Deal Guide—we wasted several hours so you wouldn't have to.
Big HDTVs (42" and up)
HP 42" LCD (1080p)
Panasonic 42" Plasma (720p)
Sharp 42" AQUOS LCD (720p)
Note: Sam's Club has a similar deal for about $400 off.
Polaroid 42" LCD (1080p)
Philips 32" LCD
Sharp 32" LCD
Sony 32" Bravia M-Series
Polaroid 32" LCD (720p)
TomTom One LE GPS Navigation System
Savings: $130 (though it's a BB exclusive model)
Note: Staples has similar deal on normal ONE.
Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS Navigation System
Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS Navigation System
Garmin c340 Portable GPS Navigation System
Magellan RoadMate 1200 GPS Navigation
Magellan Maestro 3100 GPS Navigation System
Garmin Street Pilot c330 GPS
Toshiba 1.73ghz Celeron Laptop & Canon 3-in-1 Printer Package
Savings: Can't find specific model, though we know it has a Celeron processor. They claim 20/store.
Sony 15.4" Laptop w/1GB RAM, 120GB HD, DVD Burner
Compaq Dual-Core, 1GB RAM, 80GB HD
Savings: $300 (includes mir)
Toshiba 15.4" Notebook, AMD w/2GB RAM, 160GB HD
Lenovo 14.1" Notebook Computer w/Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 160GB HD
Dell 15.4" Laptop w/1.6 GHz AMD Turion, 2GB RAM, DVD Burner
Swiss Gear Rival 15.4" Laptop Backpack
Logitech QuickCam for Notebooks
Dell Inspiron, Athlon 64 X2, 2GB RAM, 320GB HD, 19" Widescreen
Acer Intel Quad-Core Desktop, 24" LCD Monitor + 512MB ATI Gfx
Savings: Dunno, seemed interesting.
Cooler Master 690 ATX Gaming Case
Cooler Master eXtreme Power 500-Watt ATX Power Supply
Cameras and Camcorders
Kodak EasyShare 7.1-Megapixel Digital Camera
Hitachi Hybrid MiniDVD/Hard Disk Camcorder
Sony Cyber-shot 7.2-Megapixel Digital Camera
Savings: $45 (Same deal at Staples and Best Buy)
Canon PowerShot A460 w/photo printer
Panasonic PalmCorder DVD Camcorder
Home Theater Equipment
Klipsch Synergy III 8" 2-Way Dual-Woofer Floorstanding Speaker
Optoma 1080i DLP Projector w/DVD
PlayStation 3 80GB w/15 Blu-ray movies
Savings: $200 or so (Note, this is technically a Black Saturday Deal)
BoomChair Wi-FX Wireless Gaming Chair
Savings: $50 (BB exclusive product)
Dynex 100-Pack 16x DVD-R Disc Spindle
SanDisk 2GB SD Secure Digital Memory Card
SanDisk 4GB High Capacity SD Memory Card
SanDisk 2GB Ultra II Secure Digital Card
Logitech Elite Keyboard
Black Friday Protips:
1. Avoid digital cameras in general. You can do better online.
2. You almost can't go wrong with the widespread deals on GPS.
3. We listed those Polaroid TVs from Wal-mart but you read this site and should know better.
4. Best Buy's doorbuster 40" Samsung 1080p TV isn't listed above since we found it
here. UPDATE: IRS troubles with those folks. Thanks tipster. Similar deal at Sears, we believe.
5. Where's Apple? Here's Apple. No word on their deals yet.