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Black Friday: Who Has the Best Deals?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 15, 2011) -- We've now reported on the upcoming Black Friday deals from 10 different retailers that sell consumer electronics. Whether it's CE giant Best Buy or discount specialist Walmart or the regionally popular Hastings entertainment chain, America's favorite retailers are hoping to woo the discerning Black Friday shopper.

But which retailer will offer the best Black Friday deals on CE products and High-Definition TVs? After a careful study of the discounts being planned by the 10 retailers, we have ranked the stores in order based on best price and the uniqueness of the items they will sell.

Before we declare our winner, a little background on the Black Friday phenomenon itself:

Which store should you go to for the best Black Friday prices?

Retailers traditionally offer deep discounts on the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), better known as Black Friday, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. In the weeks leading up to the big day, web sites such as Bfads.net and BlackFriday.info receive previews of Black Friday ads that the retailers are planning to run. (Much of our Black Friday reporting here was based on some excellent work by Bfads.net; we recommend that you visit them for a more comprehensive look at all Black Friday offers, not just CE products.)

So which retailer has the best deals for HDTVs and CE items?

Our pick is...Best Buy!

1. Best Buy:
In addition to the best prices, Best Buy will offer the highest quantity of discounted consumer electronics products on Black Friday. That should be no surprise considering that the store specializes in CE.

But the lower prices is what really caught our attention. For instance, how
would you like a Toshiba Wi-Fi-ready Blu-ray Player for $39.99? Or how about a Sharp 42-inch, 1080p LCD HDTV for $199? Or how about a Microsoft XBox 360 Kinect for $99? A Dynex 24-inch, 1080p LCD HDTV for $79.99? And how about Mad Men, Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray -- just $8.99 for each season. All great prices that make the special trip on Black Friday well worth the effort and time.

2. Walmart
As a discount store, you would expect Walmart to offer some eye-popping deals on Black Friday and the retailer doesn't disappoint. For instance, Walmart will sell a Blu-ray player for $49; select Blu-ray movies for $1.96 each; an Emerson 32-inch LCD HDTV for just $188' and an Emerson 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $248. All great deals but they simply fall short of Best Buy's overall offer.

3. Target:
I frankly expected a little more from Target, but the retailer does deliver with a Westinghouse 46-inch 1080p LCD HDTV for $298. Still, I was hoping for more products that made me sit up and take notice.

4. Staples
The office supply store is short on discounted TVs and typical gadget fare. But it will offer some cool stocking stuffers for great prices. For instance, how about a digital camera for $19? Or a Belkin wireless router for $24.99? Or a Logitech Web Cam for just $14.99?

5. Sam's Club:
Sam's Club also was a small disappointment with few big-ticket items with big discounts. But how  would you like a Samsung 51-inch Plasma HDTV for $498? Or the Blu-ray edition of Transformers: Dark of the Moon for $9.98? Might be worth a trip on the big day.

6. Costco
Likewise, I was expecting more from Costco. But the retailer will sell a 32-inch, 1080p HDTV for $199 and a Blu-ray-equipped laptop for $599.

7. Sears
The retailer will sell a lot of TVs on Black Friday, but the deep discounts are few and far between. The best of the bunch: A 32-inch LCD HDTV for $199 and a Sharp 60-inch LED HDTV for $999.

8. Kmart
How would you like a Sony Blu-ray Player w/Wi-Fi for $79? Or a Fujifilm 14MP Digital Camera for $49? Or an XBox 360 with built-in Wi-Fi for $149? Well, you can get them for the same price or lower at most of the stores above them on this list. Nothing special here.

9. Radio Shack
Radio Shack also disappoints with a Toshiba 32-inch LCD HDTV for $259 (many stores are selling 32-inch sets for under $200) and a Casio 12.1 MP Digital Camera for $99, among other lowlights.

10. Hastings
The regional retailer, which has stores in about 20 states, plans to sell Blu-ray editions of newly released movies for just $12.99. Well, so does just about everyone else. Hastings will also offer a Samsung 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $99 and a refurbished first generation Apple iPad for $429. So-so.

Stay tuned to TVPredictions.com for more Black Friday news and discounts.

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