Oscar Wilde once wrote: “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Well, we have the prices, but it’s up to you to determine the value. The Black Friday sales frenzy has started early with pre- and pre-pre-pre sales hitting the market. But here’s a sampling of bargains for shoppers looking for smartphones, tablets, PCs and other computer and network goodies from the likes of Apple, Samsung, HP, Amazon and Dell, and from retailers such as Best Buy, Target and Sam’s Club.
Best Buy: MacBook Pro with 13.3-inch display
This Apple laptop, normally priced at $1,050, will be knocked down to $900 for Thanksgiving/Black Friday in store and online. Powered by an Intel i5 quad-core processor, this machine boasts 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.
Best Buy: Toshiba 49-inch HDTV
This in-store-only deal is a whopper: Best Buy is slashing the price from $430 to $150 for this LED set with 1080p resolution.
Best Buy: Galaxy Tab S2 Tablet
This newest model of Samsung’s Android tablet, with a 9.7-inch display and 32GB of storage, has been marked down to $400 from $500. Best Buy is selling the 8-inch model for $350, which amounts to a $50 savings.
Starting on Nov. 22, Amazon will be practically giving away its 6-inch Kindle e-readers for $50, which is about 40% off the regular price. (This is not the backlit Paperwhite version.)
Amazon: Fire TV Stick
Starting on Nov. 6, Amazon will make its Fire TV Stick available for just $25, giving you access to Amazon Prime videos and more (sure wish the free selection of movies was better…)
Amazon: Newest edition of Fire Tablet
Save $15 on this 7-inch touchscreen tablet with WiFi connectivity and 8GB of storage. Goes on sale for $35 on Nov. 26.
Staples: Toshiba Windows 10 laptop
This Toshiba laptop, powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and running Windows 10, has been marked down for Black Friday (starting online on Thanksgiving Day) from $650 to $400. The machine boasts a 15.6-inch screen, 8GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive.
Staples: iPad Air 2 tablet
An iPad Air 2 will be available for $450, which is $150 off the usual price. Features a 9.7-inch Retina display, 802.11ac WiFi connectivity and 64GB of storage. Other iPad models will also be marked down by up to 25%.
Staples: Netgear router
Netgear Nighthawk X6 Tri-band WiFi routers will be sold for $250, which is $50 off the usual sticker price. Feature 6 antennas and up to 3.2Gbps wireless speed. Go wild, wirelessly.
Dell: OptiPlex 3020 mini tower
This throwback desktop machine, powered by an Intel i3 processor and running Windows 7 Professional (yes, with a free Win10 Pro upgrade), packs 4GB of RAM and 500GB of storage.Dell is slicing the price from $827 to $500.
Sam’s Club: iPad Air 2
$150 off either an iPad Air 2 with 64GB or 128GB of storage, so that would set you back either $440 or $540. Available in store or online, with free shipping. StartsThanksgiving day, with stores opening at 7 am on Black Friday.
Sam’s Club: Vizio TV
A Vizio 58-inch Class 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $700 – that’s $300 off the usual price. Free shipping too if you don’t want to lug it from the store.
Target: iPhone 6S/6S Plus
Target will be aiding Apple by hawking the latest iPhones for $50 less than the usual $200 (iPhone 6S) and $300 (iPhone 6S Plus) for 16GB models, with qualifying two-year