John Matarese has the latest Black Friday 2017 predictions
Black Friday is just a month away, and many shoppers are already making plans for what they're going to try to grab at deep discount.
So we checked with the experts at DealNews.com, to see where the biggest markdowns will be this year when it comes to 4KTVs, phones, gaming systems and more.
DealNews says if you've been thinking about upgrading to a 4K TV, Black Friday 2017 (or the days immediately after) is a great time to do it. Their report says 4K prices will hit record lows, with 60 inch sets as low as $350, which is what 1080p HD sets were selling for just a year ago.
It predicts 40 inch 4K TV's as low as $170.
Note, however, that these are "doorbuster" prices, which means you may have to stand in line on Thanksgiving Day to get the rock bottom price. Prices may be higher on Friday during the day.
DealNews also predicts Best Buy will have the lowest prices ion name brand TV's, such as Samsung, Sony, and LG.
Walmart and Target typically have their lowest prices on off-brand TV's such as Element.
It's also a great time to shop for an iPhone. DealNews expects carriers to offer iPhone 7's as low as $1 with contract.
It says while you won't find markdowns on the new iPhone 8 (Apple discourages discounts on new products), look for $100 or $200 bonus gift cards with purchase of a new iPhone 8 on Black Friday.
It says don't expect any discounts on the brand new iPhone X, which will be in short supply.
Samsung's Galaxy S8 should sell for $350 or less. Look for bonus gift cards with this phone, too.
HTC and other Android smartphones may be free with contract.
In gaming, DealNews says look for hot games at half price, from $25 up.
And you can expect to see last year's Xbox One and Sony PS4 bundles as low as $179. DealNews expects to see PS4 Slim bundles for $249.
The new XBox One X will be released November 7th, so don't expect much in the way of deals.
iPads and Tablets
DealNews predicts you will find the current generation 9" iPad starting at $204, with the Amazon Fire HD as low as $50.
It also says checks Best Buy, Target, and Walmart for iPad deals, NOT the Apple Store.
Laptops and Chromebooks
If you are in the market for a laptop, DealNews expects to see Chromebooks as low as $99, and budget laptops as low as $110.
However, if your recipient plans to play games or do any video editing on their laptop, you would be best to avoid a bargain basement $100 laptop.
DealNews says look for mainstream laptops starting at $300.
But DealNews says there is no need to panic if you miss the Thursday night blowout deals.
It says except for those big screen 4KTV's you may find prices just as low in the days after Black Friday.
In recent years, gaming systems were priced at the same Black Friday low prices in early December. And toys are often cheaper two weeks later.
If you stand in line 2 hours, then find the same item cheaper 3 days later, on Cyber Monday, you may say "doesn't that stink?"
That's why if you are planning a big electronics purchase, you should check all the online prices first, and pay special attention to Cyber Monday ads.
You don't want your great Black Friday find to be a bad deal Monday morning.
That way you don't waste your money.
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