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Target Black Friday 2013: Best and Worst Deals

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Target opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and doesn't close until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. That's 27 straight hours of continuous shopping. On top of its many sales, Target is also offering a 20 percent off coupon valid Dec. 1-7 for those who spend more than $75 on Black Friday. Plus, if you have Target's "REDcard" credit card, you can take an extra 5 percent off the sale price.

But how on-target are Target's tech deals? Here's a run-down of the retailer’s electronics bull's-eye sales and off-the-mark flops.

TVs

Samsung 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV ($597)
If you don't yet have an HDTV, this holiday season is probably the time to get one. Target has plenty of great sets on sale, but the best deal is the Samsung 50-inch LED HDTV. It may not be "smart," but with a 1920 x 1080 resolution, USB and HDMI ports and 30000:1 contrast ratio, you know you're going to get a beautiful picture. At $597, you're saving $152 on the full price, and on Black Friday, the TV also comes with a $50 Target gift card.
Verdict: Deal (See deal on Target.com)

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Westinghouse 40-inch LED HDTV ($199)
For a good, dependable HDTV that gets the job done without breaking the bank, Target's offer of a 40-inch Westinghouse HDTV for $199 is pretty sweet. The TV can be mounted on a wall or set on a stand, and the picture is 1080p with a 120Hz refresh rate. The price is normally $429, so you’ll save $230.
Verdict: Deal

Tablets

Barnes & Noble Nook 7 HD ($79)
For shoppers on a budget, the Nook 7 HD is the best of both worlds: a robust e-reader that also functions as an Android tablet equipped with all the best Google Play apps. This weekend, in-store only while supplies last, Target is selling Barnes & Noble's Nook 7 HD for just $79, marked down from $129. With 8.5 hours of battery life, it's hard to go wrong with the Nook 7 at this price.
Verdict: Deal 

Apple iPad Mini ($299)
The iPad Mini is a good device, but even with the $75 Target gift card, we're giving this one a pass. With only 16GB, Wi-Fi only and no Retina display, there's little about this tablet or its price that makes it a must-have purchase for Black Friday.
Verdict: No Deal 

Smartphones

Virgin ZTE Awe
A $19.99 price tag on a smartphone always stands out, but a second look at the Virgin ZTE Awe is all it takes to see that this phone is hardly worth that. You’ll be getting a small 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel screen in a thick 0.4-inch chassis. The 1.2-GHz processor is sluggish, too. Yes, Virgin Mobile offers cheap monthly data, but this handset doesn’t make for a good gift on that network.
Verdict: No Deal 

Samsung Galaxy S4 ($39.99)
This powerful and tricked-out phone, available only on Verizon or AT&T, is just $39.99 at Target this Black Friday. That's $60 less than Walmart's best deal. That’s a great price for a smartphone with a bold 5-inch 1080p display and an excellent 13-MP camera. The S4 also offers a ton of great features, including gesture control and a built-in TV remote. For the real penny-pincher, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is just 1 cent (also only available for Verizon or AT&T customers).
Verdict: Deal 

Gaming

Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle ($189)
Just because the next-gen video game consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have hit shelves doesn't mean their predecessors are out of the game. There are plenty of great Xbox 360 deals out there — but Target's Xbox 360 Kinect bundle isn't one of them. For $189, an Xbox 360 plus a Kinect seems like a good deal, but take a closer look — this console only has 4GB of memory. That might be enough to play "Kinect Sports 2" and "Kinect Adventures," the two mediocre games that come with the Bundle, but it's not enough to do much else. Plus, right now, you can get a similar bundle from Best Buy — without having to stand in line.
Verdict: No Deal

Nintendo 3DS XL ($149)
The Nintendo 3DS was Tom's Guide's best handheld game console of the year, and on Black Friday, Target is selling it for just $149. That’s $50 off the regular price.

Combine that with Target's other game sales ($25 for "Lego Marvel Superheroes" and a $10 gift card when you buy "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," both for 3DS) and the Nintendo 3DS looks even better.
Verdict: Deal 

MORE: Top 10 Coolest Nintendo 3DS Games

Cameras Nikon D3200 2-Lens Bundle ($499)
This high-performance camera boasts HD movie recording (1080p), a 24.2-MP CMOS sensor and a battery life of about 540 photos. Usually, it sells for $799, but at Target this Black Friday, the Nikon D3200 will cost $499, which includes an 18-55 mm lens and a 55-200mm lens. Right now, a similar bundle goes for $679 on Costco. Both lenses have vibration reduction, so it's easier than ever to get that perfect shot.
Verdict: Deal
(See deal on Target.com)

More Black Friday Deals:
Amazon Black Friday Deals
Walmart Black Friday Deals
Best Buy Black Friday Deals

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    punahou1 , November 26, 2013 3:08 PM
    Only three bad deals listed? I would have liked to have seen more of the bad deals here...
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    jakjawagon , November 26, 2013 3:10 PM
    The Nook HD (and its big brother the Nook HD+, which is the one I have) has an unlocked bootloader, which is handy for if you tire of the Nook OS fork of Android (which, if you're used to stock Android, you probably will), and want to install a custom ROM.
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    jerreece , November 26, 2013 3:53 PM
    Something tells me that 40" Westinghouse has a simulated 120Hz refresh and not a native one. For $200?

    Still, for someone who hasn't gone HD yet and is on a tight budget it's not bad at all. Personally I'd rather have the Samsung as it'll have way better image quality.
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    10tacle , November 26, 2013 5:23 PM
    "Something tells me that 40" Westinghouse has a simulated 120Hz refresh and not a native one. For $200?"

    It's advertised as 120Hz from the manufacturer. Further, it has 3 HDMI inputs instead of the usual one or two with budget-priced HDTVs. Here's the product page.

    http://westinghousedigital.com/products/led/32-40/ld4055/

    It's definitely worth a snap-up if you can get one. I hope to get one for a guest bedroom. Killer deal.
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    03flat4 , November 26, 2013 8:00 PM
    Galaxy S4 for a dollar at Sam's Club. I assume you need to be a member of course. or spend a few dollars for a one day pass, if they still do that.
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    jdon , November 27, 2013 6:29 AM
    I don't know if it's just my crappy luck, or what, but between a TV and a monitor, from Westinghouse, I've spent more time on the phone with them than any one person should have to. I'm done w/ them, so take that "good, dependable" bit with a grain of salt.
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    spookyman , November 27, 2013 6:35 AM
    bought a 60" 120hz Sharp Aquos for $699 from them. Thought it was a great deal.
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    jasonpwns , November 27, 2013 8:11 AM
    My 32 inch westinghouse from 5 years ago has better image quality than some samsung televisions I see. Just because it has samsung on the front of it does not suddenly make it better. I'll admit Samsung has some nice products and I use some of them, but come on. Bias much?
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    sue80 , December 10, 2013 6:54 PM
    I got the Virgin ZTE Awe at Target and I have to say this is a really nice phone. I am very very pleased with it!
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