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Retailers large and small started leaking their Black Friday circulars even before trick-or-treating began this year. Websites like BFads.net do a great job of rounding up the deals, and we poked around those sites as well as retailers’ sites to pick out those most of interest to the IT pros who read Network World. You will want to double check retailers’ websites for exactly when they open in your area, and whether deals are available only in person, or also online (pages we link to won’t always reflect the Black Friday price because the pages haven’t been updated). Time to start making your list…

RELATED: LOOK BACK: 17 great Black Friday deals from 2012

Target: iPad mini & iPad Air

$300, plus $75 Target gift card; $480, plus $100 Target gift card

Retailers aren’t allowed to discount Apple product prices but get around this by offering gift cards, as Target is doing here with doorbusters on the Apple iPad mini (non-Retina display) with WiFi and 16GB of storage and the WiFi model of the iPad Air with 16GB of storage.

Costco: HP Envy Touchsmart 15.6-inch laptop with Windows 8

$800 ($200-$400 off)

This touchy bad boy has 16GB of memory, a 1TB hard drive and a fourth generation Intel Core i7 processor.

Best Buy: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet

$99 (usually double that)

For Android tablet fans who don’t need the new HDX model and can put up with the special offers ads that appear on the lock screen, this is a sweet deal.

Target: Element 50-inch 1080p LED HDTV

$229 (regularly $600)

A 50-incher for $229? Element might not be the biggest brand name out there, but this Target deal should be hard to beat.

Best Buy: Asus 15-inch touchscreen laptop with Windows 8

$250 (half price)

This Win8 ultrabook boasts 6GB memory and a 500GB hard drive.

Walmart: iPad Mini (first generation) 16G version

$299 (the usual price, but you also get a $100 Walmart gift card)

Expect Apple to slide in late in the game and discount some of its products, but you often will get better deals from other retailers who throw in decent gift cards.

RadioShack: 2200mAh Portable Power Bank

$10, regularly $30

Keep your devices powered up, even when there’s no outlet available, with this device. It provides up to 6 hours of talk time and charges quickly from any USB port. Most RadioShack stores will open at 8 am the day after Thanksgiving, but local store operators will have leeway to open earlier.

Gamestop: Battlefield 4 for the PS3, Xbox 360 or PC


GameStop ((look to replace link with black Friday link) is knocking $30 off the usual price of this new first-person shooter game being published by Electronic Arts.

Toys R Us: Impecca Portable Dual-Screen 7-inch DVD Player

$99.99 (down from $129.99)

Toys R Us is offering this DVD player with headphone jack for both screens; built-in stereo speakers; SD MMC cards reader; carry case and bag included.



Best Buy:  LG 55-inch LED TV

$500 (half price)

This big TV boasts 1080p resolution and a 120hz refresh rate, plus built-in WiFi and Internet readiness.

Sears: Mach Speed 9.7-inch Tablet (G2-9)

$130 ($40 off)

This Android 4.1 tablet boasts 8GB of storage and a dual-core processor, has rear and front cameras, and WiFi connectivity. Sears will offer an Amazon Fire HD for $140 as well, if that’s more your speed.

Staples: Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone

1 cent (usually $100), but yes, you do need to sign a 2-year carrier contract

This popular Android 4.2 phone with a 5-inch screen and excellent camera comes with 16GB of memory, expandable to 64GB.

Toys R Us: SanDisk 16 GB Cruzer USB Drive

$4.99 (down from $24.99)

Cheap file storage from SanDisk

Home Depot: Belkin WiFi Switch (2-pack)

$60 ($80 if purchased separately)

These plug-in devices work with a free smartphone app to let you turn appliances on or off wirelessly.

Kmart: Sylvania 7-inch portable DVD player

$40 (33% off)

This little babysitter has a rechargeable battery and provides music/audio wherever you go.

OfficeMax: 8 oz. gas computer duster (2-pack)

$8 (usually $14)

Ok, just a little stocking stuffer here to keep things tidy.

Staples: Google Nexus 7 tablet (2nd generation)

$199 ($30 off)

This 16GB tablet running the Jelly Bean edition of Android claims 10 hours of battery use for normal use and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 8064 1.5GHz processor.

Staples: Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet with Windows 8.1

$280 ($50 off the usual price)

For those with daring people on their list who want to give Win8.1 a shot, this device (presumably with 32GB of storage) appears to be slick and fast, sporting a new Intel Bay Trail Atom Processor.

PetSmart: Motorola Scout 500-2 Pet Monitor

$120 (usually $200)

This video monitoring system lets you keep an eye, via  a handheld monitor, on what your pup or kitty is up to when you’re out. You’ll need a PetPerks card to take advantage of this deal

Walgreens: Call of Duty Ghosts (PS3/Xbox 360)

$40 ($20 off)

The newest in the popular CoD series of first-person shooter games mixes in aliens. Walgreens chops the price by a third for those who didn’t need to have this game, rated Mature, in early November.

JCPenney: Free snow globes

OK, not a tech gift here, but apparently the very hottest items of the season are free snow globes that JCPenney doles out to the very earliest birds on Black Friday. JCPenney ruined the holidays for some last year by not giving out the knick knacks. There was even a Facebook page dedicated to the cause. 

Walgreens: iHome Radio Alarm Clock with Apple charging dock

$49 ($30 off)

Take your pick with this alarm: Wake to iDevice music, FM radio or buzzing. Of course, you might want this to wake yourself up BEFORE Black Friday.

Microsoft Store: Dell Inspiron 15Z touchscreen laptop

Price: $399 ($450 off regular price)

This 15.6-inch touchscreen laptop boasts an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 500GB hard drive. It runs Windows 8.

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