This year’s Black Friday promises to be bigger than ever. With employee strikes at Walmart — in protest of launching Black Friday on Thursday night — and numerous other retailers opening just as early, the stage is set for consumer madness. At the current rate, Black Friday looks poised to turn into Black Week in just a few years. That might not be so bad, as it would give people an opportunity to do their holiday shopping over the course of a bargain-filled week that used to be exclusive to a single day. But as for now: The mob awaits. So is it worth possibly being trampled by deal-hungry shoppers? Depends on how far you’ll go to save a buck. Here are 10 big deals from major retailers that might be worth risking a mouthful of mace for.
Retail prices are based on major competitor listings.
50″ Toshiba 1080P LCD HDTV
$180 (Retail: $500)
You don’t need another TV, but technically this deal is so good that you could buy and resell for profit.
3TB Seagate Backup Plus USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
$100 (Retail: $150)
That’s the most amount of data storage you’re going to get for 100 bucks.
250GB PlayStation 3 Console with Uncharted Dual Pack & InFamous Collection, 30-Day PlayStation Plus Trial
$200 (Retail: $270)
Have you been holding out on the PS3 for five years? Or is your old one getting a little crusty around the CD drive? Now’s the time to buy.
Lenovo Thinkpad Twist 12.5″ Laptop with Core i5 3317U, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 12.5″ IPS Display, Windows 8
$700 (Retail: $900)
That’s solid specs for the money, though the “twist” feature seems a little gimmicky.
The Home Depot
Magic Chef 0.7 cu. ft. Counter-top Microwave
$38 (Retail: $60)
Have you been living a pre-1950s life? Get (nearly) up to date by purchasing a college student’s best friend.
Samsung Galaxy S III with 2-Year Agreement & Select Data Plan
$1 (Retail: $750-800)
This is a great deal if you can stomach the contract.
Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch eReader
$40 (Retail: $99)
All of the focus on tablets like the iPad has made readers a steal.
120GB OCZ Vertex 3 Solid State Drive
$50 (Retail: $110)
Solid state hard drives are much more efficient than the old disk type. But you already knew that, nerd.
32GB SanDisk Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 Flash Drive
$10 (Retail: $25)
60 percent off is always kind of a big deal.
Gateway NV52L15u 15.6″ Laptop with Quad Core A8-4500M 1.9GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, Windows 8
$349 (Retail: $530)
That’s the lowest price you’re likely to pay for a new, decent laptop.