For many retailers, Black Friday is already here. That means that for the next few days, consumers can expect to be inundated with deals — some good, and some, well, horrific.
But how can you tell which items will be cheaper on Black Friday and which will be cheaper closer to Christmas? That's where we come into the picture. Based on our knowledge of deals — and our battle scars from Black Fridays past — we've made a checklist of which tech items you should buy this week and which items you should wait on. This way you can avoid any buyer's remorse and maximize your savings like a true bargain hunter.
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Buy it. Since its debut, the Nintendo Switch has been one of the most elusive gaming consoles. And for awhile its high demand kept it safe from any significant price cuts. That changed in the past year with the console dropping as low as $239 ($60 off) at one point. Although no retailers have announced similar price drops for this week, we're fans of Walmart's deal. It's offering the Switch bundled with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $289 via coupon code "ELLEN10". That's not only $10 off its MSRP, but you're also getting a free game.
Buy it. Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max are among the industry's priciest smartphones. While we don't forsee any massive price cuts, one retailer is sweeting the pot with a generous gift card. On Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 10pm ET, Walmart will offer a free $300 Walmart gift card with your XS, XS Max, or XR purchase. (The iPhone must be purchased via an installment plan). Even better, those aren't the only iPhones that will be on sale. You'll also be able to get:
Buy it. The Nintendo Switch isn't the only console on gamers' minds this month. Microsoft's $499 Xbox One X is seeing some impressive price drops already. Again Walmart has the best deal at the moment offering the Xbox One X for $389 via coupon "ELLEN10". That's $110 off and one of the best Xbox One X deals we've seen all year. Although we saw it for $367 back in June, Walmart's price is still a solid buy.
Buy it. In what could very well be the best Black Friday deal I've seen to date, retailer Meijer will soon offer the Apple Watch Series 3 for $179 ($100 off) via Meijer's printable coupon. There is a catch. You must buy it in-store and the deal runs from Nov. 25 through Dec. 24 only. That same coupon can be used to get a current-gen iPad for $229 ($100 off). Unfortunately, we don't expect to see any major deals on the Apple Watch Series 4.
Buy it. From its new Fire TV Stick 4K to its new Echo Dot, Amazon has a wide selection of gadgets to discount this holiday season. (You can keep track of the best Amazon deals here). Currently, the Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote is selling for $34.99 ($15 off), whereas the Fire TV Cube 4K UHD/HDR is on sale for $59.99 ($60 off).
Wait and buy later. They're on every parent's shopping list, but when it comes to toys, you'll save the most money if you wait until December to make your purchases. Traditionally, that's when retailers offer their most aggressive toy deals on everything from Lego sets to Star Wars figures. However, with Toys R Us gone, many retailers are doubling down on toys this season. To date the best LEGO deals we're seeing are coming from Walmart, and that includes deals on LEGO Star Wars. While Amazon has many of the same prices as Walmart, you can take an extra $10 off Walmart's prices by using coupon "ELLEN10". If you've shopped at Walmart before, you must create a new account and your order must total $35 or more for the coupon to kick in.
Wait and buy later. Although we've seen a healthy amount of gift card deals in the days leading up to Black Friday, today's deals don't compare to the quantity and quality of gift card deals we expect to see in December. From the iTunes Store to Xbox Live, you can expect to see gift card deals for most of your favorite stores. with prices ranging from $7 for a $10 gift card to $80 for a $100 gift card.
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