Memorial Day sales 2023 — these are the 4 deals I'm waiting for

LG C2 OLED TV as seen from front and side
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Memorial Day sales are just around the corner. The day itself isn’t until May 29, but we’re already starting to see some early deals from retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy. 

As the first major retail sales event of the year, Memorial Day deals always add a sprinkle of excitement to spring. And I’m already putting together my wishlist of items that I’m hoping to see significantly discounted during the annual sales period. 

I track deals every day for a living, and one of the biggest tips I can offer ahead of any retail event is to think about what you want to purchase ahead of time. This will prevent you from making unnecessary impulse purchases and it’s helpful for keeping track of deals on your most desired products. 

Now is definitely a good time to start putting together your shopping list, but if you need a little inspiration these are the four deals I’m hoping to see during the Memorial Day sales as well as the price that I would buy at. 

Don’t forget that Tom’s Guide will be on hand throughout the Memorial Day weekend with comprehensive coverage of all the biggest sales to ensure you never miss a top-tier deal.

The 4 Memorial Day deals I’m waiting for in 2023

1. WD_Black SN850 2TB PS5 SSD (buy at $149) 

a photo of the WD_BLACK SN850 in a PS5 console

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I definitely don’t need a new WD_Black SN850 PS5 SSD as I currently have a 1TB model installed in my console, but I wouldn’t say no to even more storage as my hard drive is getting a little full (the increasingly large file sizes of recent games is to blame). While some 2TB PS5 SSDs have dropped to lower than $150 in the past, I want to stick with the WD_Black SN850 drive as it’s one of the best internal PS5 SSDs and I've been impressed with its performance in my own personal testing. The lowest price for a 2TB model to date is $169, but I’m hoping we might see an additional $20 off this Memorial Day.  

WD_Black SN850 2TB NVMe SSD w/ heatsink: was $309 now $159 @ Amazon

WD_Black SN850 2TB NVMe SSD w/ heatsink: <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $309 now $159 @ Amazon
The WD_Black SN850 SSD hits all of Sony's specifications and fits perfectly into the PS5's internal expansion slot, and it's recently been named an officially-licensed PS5 accessory. This 2TB model includes a heatsink so it works right out of the box. It's currently $150 off at Amazon, which drops it down to its lowest price ever, but Memorial Day sales could see it slashed even lower. 

2. AirPods Pro 2 (buy at $179) 

AirPods Pro 2 in charging case

(Image credit: Future)

I use my first-generation AirPods Pro on a daily basis, and considering I purchased them less than a year ago, they certainly don’t need replacing or upgrading just yet. However, I would like to pick up a pair for my partner who is currently using my old AirPods 2, and Memorial Day could be the ideal time. AirPods deals are popular all year long, but I’m hoping that we might see a new lowest price ever for Apple’s premium wireless earbuds over the next couple of weeks.  

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): was $249 now $199 @ Amazon

AirPods Pro 2 (2022): <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $249 now $199 @ Amazon
The AirPods Pro 2 pack Apple's new H2 chip to provide 2x more noise cancellation than their predecessors. They also offer Personalized Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking for a more immersive audio experience. In our <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">AirPods Pro 2 review, we said they take everything we loved about the original AirPods Pro to the next level.

2. LG C2 42" OLED (buy at $849) 

LG C2 OLED TV displaying a scene from Top Gun Maverick

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I’ve been on the cusp of upgrading the TV in my home office/gaming room to an OLED display for several months now, and if the LG C2 OLED gets a big discount during the Memorial Day sales I may finally click that buy button. Even with the LG C3 OLED now on the market, the LG C2 OLED continues to rank highly on our best TVs list, and I’m hoping the launch of its successor will see even deeper deals on this popular television. I’d need a 42-inch model for my purposes, which has a current all-time low price of $899. If a retailer drops LG C2 OLED by an additional $50-100 over the Memorial Day period, my resolve will be seriously tested.  

LG 42" C2 OLED 4K TV: was $1,199 now $996 @ Amazon

LG 42" C2 OLED 4K TV: <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,199 now $996 @ Amazon
The excellent LG C2 OLED TV is sure to be one of the most popular items in the upcoming Memorial Day sales. This stunning television combines exceptional picture quality with a slick design. It's also ideal for gamers with a 120Hz refresh rate and offers all easy access to all the streaming services you could need. 

3. Macbook Pro 14-inch 2023 (buy at $1,699) 

A 2023 MacBook Pro 14-inch

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It would probably take a very special deal for me to buy a new MacBook this month, my model may be more than five years old but it still gets the job done just fine. However, the MacBook Pro 14-inch (2023) is one seriously compelling laptop, and if you are looking to purchase one I’d advise keeping an eye out for a discount of around $300. Although, if you’re the impatient type, the latest MacBook has just dropped to $1,749 at Amazon which is its lowest ever price, and is a pretty fantastic deal already.  

MacBook Pro 14" (M2 Pro/512GB): was $1,999 now $1,749 @ Amazon

MacBook Pro 14" (M2 Pro/512GB): <a href="" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $1,999 now $1,749 @ Amazon
The 2023 MacBook Pro 14-inch packs Apple's new M2 Pro silicon, which outperforms most of today's flagship laptops. In our <a href="" data-link-merchant=""" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"">MacBook Pro 14-inch 2023 review, we called it the world's best laptop. It offers an incredible battery life of over 14 hours. The base model includes a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display (3024 x 1964), M2 Pro chip with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU), 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. 

Rory Mellon
Entertainment Editor (UK)

Rory is an Entertainment Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on gaming and streaming. When he’s not reviewing the latest games, searching for hidden gems on Netflix, or writing hot takes on new gaming hardware, TV shows and movies, he can be found attending music festivals and getting far too emotionally invested in his favorite football team.