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Walmart Black Friday 2013: Best and Worst Deals

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A 32-inch TV for $98 and a 7-inch Android tablet for $50? Those are just some of the Black Friday sales Walmart is offering even before Friday. Starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 28), Walmart will kick off its One-Hour Guarantee program, which has expanded from just three products in 2012 to 21 in 2013. If you're in a designated line between 6 and 7 p.m. or 8 and 9 p.m., Walmart guarantees that you'll either get that discounted item on the spot or, at the very least, before Christmas. (You'll have to go back later and pick it up.)

But that's not all Walmart has up its sleeve. There's a ton of other gadgets going on sale that are not part of the One-Hour Guarantee, some available in the store and some online. But just how good are these deals, and which discounts should you snatch up or skip? We've pored through the specs of these specials to provide some guidance.

TVs

Funai 32-inch HDTV ($98)
It's only 720p. And the refresh rate is just 60Hz, but who cares? For $98, the Funai LF320FX4F is by far the cheapest 32-inch LED TV around. You could put one in the kitchen or the kid's bedroom-- or both — and still walk away with plenty of cash left for other gifts. The Funai has two HDMI ports and is wall-mountable. To put this price in perspective, the next cheapest 32-incher in Walmart's lineup right now is a $179 model from Sceptre. Granted, Funai isn't a household brand name, but a TV this cheap is almost disposable.
Verdict: Deal
(See deal on Walmart.com)

Vizio 60" Class Smart LED TV E601i-A3 ($688)
A savings of $310, this 60-inch LED TV gives you a lot of screen for very little dough. This Vizio set has full 1080p resolution, a refresh rate of 120Hz and access to a full range of apps, including Netflix, YouTube and Pandora. The deal also includes a QWERTY remote for easier text input. You get all this in a slim design that measures 1.94 inches thick.

Verdict: Deal
(See deal on Walmart.com)

Tablets

RCA 7" Dual Core Tablet RCT6378W2 ($49)
Android tablets don't get any cheaper than this. This 7-inch Jelly Bean slate packs a dual-core processor and full Google Play access for $49. The deal starts at 8 p.m. on Nov 28. Even through the 8GB of on-board memory is skimpy, you can upgrade via a microSD card slot. There are two very big reasons not to get this bargain tablet, though. First, the screen resolution is 800 x 400 pixels, which is worse than most smartphones with smaller screens. Second, the 4 hours of battery life is pitiful. The average tablet lasts 7.5 hours. Unless you're looking to get something really, really cheap for your kids — and just know there are better options for them — we’d pass.

Verdict: No Deal

Fuhu Nabi 2 ($99)
The best tablet you can get for you kids will be $80 off come Black Friday at Walmart at 8 p.m. The Nabi 2 is one deal that’s worth snatching up, because your child will get a powerful Tegra 3 processor for enjoying all sorts of compelling educational apps and videos on a 7-inch display. The Nabi 2 also boasts the most comprehensive parental controls, making it a cinch to set up profiles and restrict certain content. Add in more than 8 hours of battery life and the Nabi 2 is a steal at this price.

Verdict: Deal

Apple iPad mini ($299 with $100 Gift Card)
The iPad mini needs no introduction, as it's one of the best small tablets around. Apple is keeping this older slate in its lineup while the new Retina Display model costs $399. But you can save another $100 — sort of — if you take advantage of Walmart's Thursday One-Hour Guarantee on this item. Just make sure you're there by 6 p.m. But should you really buy this? The iPad mini has a great array of tablet-optimized apps (475,000 and counting) and a wonderfully light and premium design, but you'll be stuck with a low-res 1024 x 768-pixel display. And you can't apply the discount to the purchase you're making but only future purchases. To us, that's not worth standing in line at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Verdict: No Deal

Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy Centura ($29)
Available for a dirt-cheap $29, the Galaxy Centura works with the Straight Talk service, whose unlimited plan costs a mere $45 per month. That sounds like a great deal, except it isn't. The Centura has a puny 3.5-inch screen and a 3-MP camera. Who wants that? Not us. And we certainly wouldn't stand in line to get it at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. A better option would be the $99 Moto X on Republic Wireless. Yes, the hardware is more expensive, but unlimited voice and data (including LTE) costs a cheaper $40 per month.

Verdict: No Deal

Samsung Galaxy S4 ($99)
Now, here's a Samsung smartphone that's worth scooping up on Black Friday weekend, depending on your carrier. The feature-packed Samsung Galaxy S4 will cost $99 starting Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. That's $100-off one of the best Android devices out there, complete with a 5-inch, 1080p display and 13-MP camera. However, the S4 is already $99 on AT&T and Sprint if you shop directly through those providers. You'll only really save $100 if you opt for the Verizon version.

Verdict: Deal But Only on Verizon

Apple iPhone 5C ($45)
The iPhone 5C goes on sale starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 29 for $45 with a $75 gift card. You can already get the phone for this low price — about half of what the major carriers charge — but the gift card is being thrown in. We say meh. Sure, you could apply this card toward future purchases, whether it be iPhone accessories, clothes or food. But unless you plan to be at Walmart and you're already in the market for this colorful phone, this one's a pass.

Verdict: No Deal

Laptops

HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-B109WM ($278)
If you're looking for a touch-screen Windows 8 laptop for very little dough, this 14-inch notebook seems pretty darn tempting. Available for $278 starting at 6 p.m. on Nov. 28 and included in Walmart's One-Hour Guarantee program, the Pavilion packs an Intel Celeron processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI and an SD Card slot. You would be saving $120, putting this system close in price to a non-touch-screen Chromebook. And you can do a lot more with Windows than Google's OS.

Verdict: Deal

HP 2000-2D09WM ($178)
No, that $178 price isn't a typo. Usually on sale for $318, the HP 2000-2D09WM is getting a price drop starting Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. But how much laptop are you really getting for that impulse-buy price? The 1.3-GHz AMD E1 CPU and 4GB of RAM are only good enough for basic tasks, such as surfing the Web and checking Facebook. We wouldn't expect to play games or multitask on this HP, though we're glad it has 500GB of storage. The less than 4 hours of battery life doesn't inspire, either. But if you're willing to keep this puppy plugged in and think of it more like a big-screen netbook than a full-fledged PC, it could satisfy.

Verdict: Deal

MORE: Best Holiday Laptop Gifts

Gaming

Xbox 360 with Camouflage Controller ($139)
Although the Xbox One and PS4 are generating all the excitement this holiday, there are still a ton of great games available for the Xbox 360. And if you've sat on the sidelines, there's never been a better time than this Black Friday to jump in. This Walmart Xbox 360 with Camouflage Controller bundles represents a savings of $90, which will give you plenty of cash left over to pick up "Call of Duty: Ghosts." Bonus: you'll be able to get this deal early on Thanksgiving morning right from your couch on Walmart.com.

Verdict: Deal

Cameras

Nikon D5100 DSLR Bundle ($499)
Say what? The regular price on Amazon for the Nikon D5100 DSLR plus 18-55mm and 55-200mm zoom lenses is $796. But starting Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. at Walmart, you can get all the above for nearly $300 less. This camera boasts a 16.2-MP sensor with 4 fps continuous shooting and shoots 1080p video with autofocus. And the fact that you're getting both lenses means you'll have a ton of options for getting just the right shot.

Verdict: Deal
(See deal on Walmart.com)

Canon T3 DSLR Bundle ($449)
The T3 is a fairly good entry-level DSLR, with 12-MP resolution, HD video and an in-camera feature guide. We also like the multiple scene modes, even if the 2.7-inch LCD is on the small side. The camera comes with an 18-55mm lens, but Walmart is throwing in a second 75-300mm zoom lens, a carrying case and an 8GB memory card. Not bad at all. The retailer is even offering a coupon for two 11 x 14-inch faux canvas prints. However, right now Amazon is offering a similar bundle with a 16GB card, a tripod with case, and additional battery and some other goodies for $529. We'd rather not have to go to the store to save $80 on this bundle.

Verdict: No Deal

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


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    JOSHSKORN , November 22, 2013 2:33 PM
    It's a shame Verizon makes you pay full price for a phone, now to keep your unlimited data plan. I would've upgraded my phone to a Note 3 on Black Friday or Cyber Monday.
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    fkr , November 22, 2013 6:53 PM
    you and me both josh.
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    angelachristine , November 23, 2013 5:10 AM
    I already have a decent phone with straight talk but I'm just buying the $29 phone to have something in case my phone craps out. You're right though I don't think it would be great for long term use. I'm going to be there any way so i don't care to be in line if it a guaranteed thing.
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    karenb , November 23, 2013 6:22 AM
    Thanks so much for this! Very helpful.
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    gotti098 , November 23, 2013 10:20 AM
    THANKS FOR ALL THE INFO...DO YOU KNOW IF THE HP FOR $178, COMES WITH WORD,,IF NOT WHAT IS THE BEST ROUTE TO GO TO GET IT INSTALLED ON IT?
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    fightingslu , November 24, 2013 3:07 AM
    http://www.libreoffice.org/

    Saves you more than a hundred bucks on Office.
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    Sweden78 , November 24, 2013 4:41 AM
    @ gotti098, it doesn't show if word is included but usually with a price range this low it would only be a 30 day trial version and then you would have to pay for full version, but did you know that there are microsoft alternatives out there that you can google to see which fits best for you that you can download for free. Try Libre Office or Open Office! Both have more than just word applications; they come with power point alternatives, drawing, microsoft excel alt., database application as well as math application. They are free (open source) full microsoft office suite alternatives that work just as well. If you are in for the Ribbon setup of microsoft, you would probably want to stick with MS. Hope this answers your question and may God bless everyone's Thanksgiving!
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    Reginasm11 , November 24, 2013 7:19 PM
    Any thoughts on the Vizio tablets? There is an 8 inch going for $89 right now that I am thinking about for my parents... Beginners to a tablet to say the least.
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    davedav3 , November 25, 2013 2:32 PM
    $99 Moto X on Republic Wireless? Am I missing something or do you know something I don't know -- o_O?
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    TheArcSide , November 25, 2013 2:56 PM
    I believe the $99 MotoX was a misprint, it should say DefyXT..or $299, No contract..
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    TheArcSide , November 25, 2013 2:59 PM
    If you cant quote your source, you are causing an unnecessary headache.
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