(FOX/FATWALLET.COM) - There's a lot to buy this Black Friday and from so many different places. So, where do you go to find the best deals? We want to help you form your plan of attack for Black Friday and Cyber Monday so we're listing many of the hottest deals from your "big box" stores and a hand full of niche retailers. Of course, you'll find reviews of some of the tech products below on our YouTube channel and here on the site!
As the old saying goes, "if you don't plan to succeed, you plan to fail" so we begin with a list of the top 5 tips to get the deal you've been waiting for from the shopping experts at Ben's Bargains:
-- Timing is everything: The best online deals start the night before Thanksgiving (Wednesday). While stores schedule their Thanksgiving Day deals to begin at midnight EST (9 p.m. PST), many retailers will jump the gun and start an hour or two earlier. Start keeping an eye out for those doorbusters around 7 p.m. PST, an ideal task for mobile devices.
-- Prep your accounts in advance: There's nothing worse than missing out on an amazing online doorbuster because you had to set up a new account with shipping / payment details. If you plan on shopping at a specific retailer this year, visit a few days before Black Friday and update all your details. Around 7 p.m. PST, go log into that account and you will be ready to quickly make a purchase before online doorbuster inventory runs out.
-- Try adding doorbusters early: This trick will vary between online retailers. Add the doorbuster to your cart on Wednesday night and simply refresh the page to see if the price drops in your cart. This could end up saving you those previous seconds that will help snag the deal before inventory sells out. However, open a second tab in your browser to refresh the price on the product page just in case.
-- If something sells out, don't give up: Starting Wednesday night through Friday night, the most aggressive doorbuster deals will happen at random times online. Stores often plan on having inventory saved for specific times of the day. In addition, online retailers will often compete with price drops. Amazon may lower a price on a product and sell out within an hour. However, Target or Walmart may decide to price match it later in the day.
-- Don't forget the little guys: While massive retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target and Best Buy are certainly great places to score online Black Friday deals, some smaller retailers have online deals just as good, sometimes even better (and less likely to sell out!) Last year, nearly-extinct Radio Shack had the best deal on Beats headphones, Staples had the cheap laptop deal of the year, and 6pm had the best prices on shoes and apparel. Other retailers to keep an eye on include the Microsoft Store, OfficeMax and Sears.
I'm a big kid so let's begin with Toys 'R Us! Toys 'R Us Thanksgiving Doorbusters start at 5PM on Thanksgiving. The ad says that these doorbusters are available in-store only, but folks can shop online starting at 9:00 am Thanksgiving morning Select doorbusters end 12AM Friday - the rest are available through Saturday. Black Friday Doorbusters start at 7AM. According to the folks at Fatwallet.com, these are the most notable deals from the giraffe:
Next up, Best Buy! Being a tech geek myself, this is like Santa's Workshop for me. If you feel the same way, read on to see which deals may most appeal to you and those you're shopping for. Best Buy will open at 5PM on Thanksgiving. They'll remain open until 1AM and re-open again at 8AM on Black Friday, and online shopping start at 12:00 am Thanksgiving morning and lasts all day with FREE Shipping.
There are 59 pages of deals so we're just going to give you the Doorbusters:
If you want to see the actual ads, you can check those out here. That's 59 pages of products for your perusal. Have fun!
Again with their list of some of the hottest deals in the ads from the big red bullseye, Fatwallet outlines what they call highlights of the in-demand items:
If you want to see full scans of all that's on offer from Target, you can see them all in one place, on one page here.
Not all "big box" stores are brick and mortar, so let's take a look at one of the largest retailers of TVs, printers and computers and what they have to offer you this week.
Dell is rolling out it what is says are its "lowest prices ever for Black Friday and Cyber Monday" beginning November 27, with select tablets starting at $149.00, laptops, 2-in-1s and desktops starting as low as $99.00 and Alienware gaming PCs starting at $1,199.00. Additionally, doorbuster deals will be available on TVs, monitors, wearables and more. Follow the countdown clock at www.dell.com/blackfriday to the official unveiling of offers. Here are some of the highlights of Dell's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals:
These Cyber Monday deals from Amazon will actually be available this year beginning on Saturday, November 28th. Amazon has you covered with everything from electronics, to gear for babies and products for pets. We have you covered with a long list of those items courtesy of Fatwallet.
-- Amazon Echo, $149
-- Kindle Paperwhite, $99.99
-- $30 off Kindle and Kindle for Kids Bundle
-- Fire, $34.99
-- Fire Kids Edition, $84.99
-- $25 off Amazon Fire TV
-- Amazon Cloud Drive - one year of Unlimited Photo storage, $1
-- Amazon Cloud Drive - one year of Unlimited Everything storage, $5
-- LG Electronics 60" 1080p TV, less than $700
-- Top-selling 48" 4K TV Home Theater Bundle, less than $600
-- VIZIO 54" 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar, less than $300
-- 60% off MEE audio Sport-Fi M6 Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones
-- $100 off Philips Fidelio Noise-Cancelling Headphones
-- Save $100 or more on select LED and curved monitors from Samsung
-- Save $200 on Intel-powered Lenovo 2-in1 laptop
-- Save 25% on top-rated HD action camera
-- Save $40 on Motorola Moto 360 Smartwatch
-- Save $35 on Sony SmartBand 2
-- Save 30% on Mira Wellness and Activity Bracelet, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups
-- Save $20 on Pencil by FiftyThree, available through the new Amazon Launchpad program for startups
Baby, Toys & Pets:
-- Save up to 30% on select Graco Pack 'n Plays and Gear
-- 50% off select newborn essentials from Skip Hop, Gerber, Little Me, and more
-- Up to 50% off select toys from favorite brands like Nerf, My Little Pony, Star Wars, and more
-- 50% off select toys from Melissa & Doug
-- Save up to 40% on top-rated board games
-- Save up to 40% on select ride-on toys from Power Wheels, Peg Perego, Little Tikes, and more
-- Save up to 40% on select Nickelodeon toys featuring Paw Patrol, TMNT, Blaze, and more
-- 60% off Pioneer Pet Raindrop Oval Stainless Steel Fountain
-- 60% off Ginormous Outward Hound Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy
-- Up to 55% off select K&H heated cat beds
-- Up to 30% off select TEMPTATIONS and Dentastix pet treats
-- Up to 35% off select Hills pet food
-- 20% off select Tetra Aquarium Kits
Home & Kitchen:
-- Save 60% on SINGER 4411 Heavy-Duty Sewing Machine
-- Save more than 55% on Brother Project Runway Electric Sewing Machine
-- iRobot Roomba 780 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies, $369
-- More than 60% off BLACK + DECKER Cordless Dust Buster Hand Vacuum
-- Save 40% on Bissell DeepClean Professional Pet Carpet Cleaner
-- Save 65% on DEWALT 20-Volt Tool Combo Kit
-- $10 off $50 orders of select Black & Decker and STANLEY tools
-- $25 off $100 orders of select Bosch tools
-- $25 off $125 orders of select Dremel products
-- 20% off select Grohe Parkfield and Eurosmart kitchen and bath fixtures
-- 50% off Swash Express Clothing Care System
-- Up to 35% off Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 6 LED with Gourmet Herb Seed Pod Kit
-- Save up to 45% on select Wilton bakeware
-- Save up to 60% on select cookware from T-fal, Lodge, and Emeril by All-Clad
-- Save up to 70% on select kitchen products from Mercer, John Boos, Tovolo, and Zojirushi
-- Save more than 40% on select KitchenAid 6-Quart Professional Stand Mixers
-- Save more than 55% on Everyone is Italian on Sunday by Rachael Ray
-- 75% off Star Trek Stellar Cartography
Sports & Travel:
-- 40% off Easton E500C Catcher's Bag
-- '47 NFL Clean Up Hat, $12.99
-- 50% off adidas Performance Women's Core Training Pant
-- 30% off prAna clothing and accessories
-- 20% off select Burton clothing and gear
-- 20% off select CycleOps bike trainers and accessories
-- 40% off select bikes for the entire family
-- Save up to 50% on select Coleman gear
-- 40% off select Razor Scooters
-- 50% off Sole Fitness E35 Elliptical Machine
-- ProForm Power 995i Treadmill, $799
-- Skywalker Jump N' Dunk Trampoline with Safety Enclosure and Basketball Hoop - 12-Feet, $169.99
-- Trigger Point Performance GRID STK X Handheld Foam Roller - 21" and Extra Firm Density, $24.99
-- Save up to 65% on winter travel essentials, such as battery jump starters and travel blankets
-- Save up to 60% on Truck and Jeep accessories
-- Up to 60% off Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Metal Detector
-- 70% off select American Tourister Hardside Spinner Luggage
Fashion & Beauty:
-- 60% off Fossil Blake Satchel Shoulder Bag
-- 55% off Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Mac Crossbody Bag
-- Save 70% or more on cold weather accessories for men
-- Select sweaters for men, $19.99 or less
-- 65% off select cashmere for women
-- Select cold weather accessories for women, $14.99 or less
-- 60% off select kate spade new york stud earrings
-- 50% off select FRYE boots for women
-- 50% off select leather watches for women
-- 50% off select Kenneth Cole REACTION shoes for men
-- 40% off select metal bracelet watches for men
-- Up to $60 off select Braun and Philips Norelco electric shavers
Microsoft has brick and mortar stores and will be participating in the Black Friday chaos with deals on everything from Xboxes to the new Lumia phone running Windows 10 to laptops from various manufacturers. They even have a very cool interactive promotion where they'll offer Cortana Coupons if you're using the Microsoft Edge browser whilve shopping certain retailers websites. Including Macy's, Target, and Toys R' Us, Microsoft will offer Cortana Coupons in the URL when browsing those sites.
Here are some of the highlights:
One last parting gift for you! Star Wars gear is hot right now with Star Wars: The Force Awakens looming on the horizon so Fatwallet has some advice and information for shoppers with high Midi-Chlorian counts - and those who wish they did. While there are just 280 Black Friday TV deals in ads, there are over 400 Star Wars deals in a wide variety of merchandise categories.
The Star Wars Black Friday: Beyond the expected toys and video games, Black Friday offers a great opportunity to grab a deal on a Star Wars collectible. For example, Kohl's and other retailers have action figures under $10 and men's socks and T-shirts under $5. Macy's has Star Wars character sleepwear 65% off. Meijer has Episode 7 Extendable Lightsabers for $5. True Value has 28" lighted yard characters for $40. Half Price Books has a Star Wars "Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" Star Wars Book for $16 and a Star Wars 4-16 oz. Pint set for $22.