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Podcast #714: Black Friday Preview 2015

Black Friday is an ever-evolving event and every year we can’t get enough. This year, some stores are opening way earlier, others are skipping Black Friday altogether. If you’re planning to wait in line, we wish you the best of luck. Just like prior years, the deals are as good as ever. Looking back, the deals we thought were unreal are totally inflated now.

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Black Friday Preview 2015

Black Friday is an ever-evolving event and every year we can’t get enough. This year, some stores are opening way earlier, others are skipping Black Friday altogether. If you’re planning to wait in line, we wish you the best of luck. Just like prior years, the deals are as good as ever. Looking back, the deals we thought were unreal are totally inflated now.  In 2008 the cheapest Blu-ray player was $128 and a 50-inch 720p plasma was going for $900. In 2009 the Blu-ray player price dropped to $78 and you could get a 50-inch 1080p plasma with a Blu-ray player for $1000. Not inflated, last year the lowest price for a tier one brand HDTV was a 50" Panasonic 1080p LED for only $199.99

Our research came from our favorite goto sites for Black Friday circulars, including: www.bfads.net, www.blackfriday.com, and blackfriday.gottadeal.com.

WalletHub put together a pretty cool analysis of 2015’s Best & Worst Retailers for Black Friday Deals.


The lowest price tier one brand HDTV is at Best Buy

  • Toshiba 49" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (49L310U), $149.99


The largest TVs are at Sears and h.h. gregg

  • Sears - Samsung 75" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN75J6300), $1,999.00
  • h.h. gregg - Samsung 75" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN75J6300), $1,998.00
  • h.h. gregg - Sony 75" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR75X850C), $2,998.00
  • Honorable mention: Wal-mart - Vizio 70" Smart LED HDTV (E70-C3), $898.00

The list has multiple 720p TVs 32 inches or larger, more than we expected to see. There were three last year.

  • Wal-mart - TCL Roku 32" 720p LED Smart HDTV (32S3700), $125.00
  • Target - Samsung 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $177.99
  • Target - Westinghouse 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (WD32HT1360), $99.99
  • Sears - LG 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (32LF500B), $209.99
  • Sears - RCA 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV/DVD (LED32G30RQD), $199.99
  • Sears - Samsung 32" 720p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $179.99
  • K-Mart - LG 32" 720p HD LED TV (32LF500B), $209.99
  • K-Mart - Samsung 48" 720p Slim LED HDTV (UN48H4005), $429.99
  • K-Mart - Seiki 32" 720p LED HDTV (SE32HY), $159.99
  • h.h. gregg - Proscan 39" 720p LED HDTV (FLDED3996A), $188.00
  • h.h. gregg - Samsung 32" 720p LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $178.00
  • h.h. gregg - Samsung 32" 720p LED Smart HDTV (UN3234500), $198.00

The list has multiple 4K TVs as well, also more than we expected to see.

  • Best Buy - 10
  • Wal-mart - 2
  • Target - 3
  • Sears - 6
  • h.h. gregg - 24

Deal lists:

Amazon

Amazon announced in a press release that holiday deals start on Friday, November 20, with new deals added as often as every five minutes for eight straight days - so keep an eye on their Black Friday Landing Page in order to not miss anything! Customers will have access to 10 coveted Deals of the Day starting at midnight on Thanksgiving, and up to 10 more on Black Friday. They can also shop limited-time Lightning Deals on thousands of sought-after products per day throughout the eight days of deals.



Best Buy

  • Logitech Harmony 700 8-Device Universal Remote, $49.99
  • Sony USB Stereo Turntable, $64.99
  • Amazon Fire 7" 8GB Tablet (Black), $34.99
  • Panasonic Streaming Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player (BD903), $39.99
  • Samsung Streaming 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player, $87.99
  • Sony Streaming Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-ray Player (BDPS3500), $49.99
  • Onkyo 805W 7.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD & 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver, $249.99
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick, $24.99
  • Google Chromecast (2015 Model), 2 FOR $50.00
  • Google Chromecast Audio, 2 FOR $50.00
  • Roku SE Streaming Player, $24.99
  • Roku Streaming Stick, $39.99
  • Insignia 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer, $99.99
  • Insignia Soundbar w/ Bluetooth, $49.99
  • Klipsch Reference 10-in. 300W Powered Subwoofer, $174.99
  • Klipsch Reference Bookshelf Speakers, $124.99
  • Klipsch Reference Dual 6-1/2-in. Floorstanding Speaker, $174.99
  • Klipsch Reference Dual 8-in. Floorstanding Speaker, $224.99
  • Samsung 400 Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ 6.5-in. Wireless Active Subwoofer, $147.99
  • Samsung 500 Series 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ 7-in. Wireless Active Subwoofer, $247.99
  • Insignia 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (NS-40D420NA16), $159.99
  • LG 24" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (24LF452B), $79.99
  • LG 43" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (43UF6430), $399.99
  • LG 49" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (49UF6430), $499.99
  • Samsung 24" 720p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN24H4500AFXZA), $147.99
  • Samsung 32" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN32J5205AFXZA), $227.99
  • Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (UN40HS003AFXZA) & Xbox One: The LEGO Movie Videogame Bundle, $499.98
  • Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN40J5200AFXZA), $317.99
  • Samsung 48" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN48J5201AFXZA), $379.99
  • Samsung 55" 4K 120Hz 3D LED Smart HDTV (UN55JS8500FXZA), $1,499.99
  • Samsung 55" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN55JS7000FXZA), $999.99
  • Samsung 60" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN60J6200AFXZA), $697.99
  • Samsung 60" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN55JS7000FXZA), $1,299.99
  • Samsung 60" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN60JU6390FXZA), $799.99
  • Samsung 65" 4K 120Hz 3D LED Smart HDTV (UN65JS8500FXZA), $1,999.99
  • Sharp 50" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (LC-50LB370U), $299.99
  • Toshiba 49" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (49L310U), $149.99
  • Toshiba 55" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (55L310U), $349.99
  • VIZIO 50" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (D50U-D1), $599.99
  • VIZIO 55" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (D55U-D1), $699.99
  • VIZIO 65" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (D65U-D2), $999.99


Wal-mart

  • Apple iPod Touch (Black, Gold, Grey, Pink, White), $165.00
  • Apple iPad mini 2 w/ Wi-Fi (Black, white), $199.00
  • RCA 7" Voyager II Android Ad-Free Tablet, $28.88
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7" Android Tablet (Black, White), $79.00
  • RCA Twin Portable DVD Player, $49.00
  • Sony 2500 Wi-Fi Blu-ray Player w/ PlayStation Now, $45.00
  • Sanyo Bluetooth Soundbar, $35.00
  • Vizio 24-in. 2.1-Channel Soundbar, $118.00
  • Chromecast Streaming Media Player, $20.00
  • Roku Special Edition Streaming Media Player, $25.00
  • Samsung 2.1 Bluetooth Soundbard w/ Wireless Subwoofer, $158.00
  • 40" 1080p LED HDTV (Brands may vary by store), $149.00
  • 50" 1080p LED HDTV (Brands may vary by store), $269.00
  • Hisense 55" 4K LED Smart HDTV, $448.00
  • LG 55" 4K LED Smart HDTV, $698.00
  • Samsung 32" LED Smart HDTV (UN32J4500), $198.00
  • Samsung 40" LED Smart HDTV (UN40H5203AFXZA), $298.00
  • Samsung 55" 1080p LED Smart HDTV (UN55J6201), $498.00
  • Samsung 55" 4K LED Curved HDTV (UN55JU6700), $998.00
  • TCL by Roku 55" 1080p Smart LED HDTV, $348.00
  • TCL Roku 32" 720p LED Smart HDTV (32S3700), $125.00
  • Vizio 70" Smart LED HDTV (E70-C3), $898.00


Target

  • RCA 10" Portable DVD PLayer, $54.99
  • RCA 8" 8GB Android Tablet, $39.99
  • Samsung Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player, $52.99
  • Samsung 120W Bluetooth Soundar w/ Subwoofer, $87.99
  • Apple TV, 25% OFF
  • VIZIO 29-in. 2.0 Sound Bar, $49.99
  • Element 43" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV, $169.99
  • Element 50" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV, $239.99
  • Element 55" 4K LED Smart HDTV, $399.99
  • LG 49" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV, $499.99
  • Samsung 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $177.99
  • Samsung 40" 1080p LED Smart HDTV + Free $20.00 Target Gift Card, $317.99
  • Samsung 55" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN55JU6400FXZA), $797.99
  • Samsung 60" 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV (UNG6J5200), $697.99
  • Westinghouse 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (WD32HT1360), $99.99
  • Westinghouse 55" 1080p LED HDTV, $249.99


Sears

  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray Player w/ Built-In WiFi (BD-J5700), $49.99
  • Curtis Compact DVD Player (DVD1041), $19.99
  • LG DVD Player w/ DivX Playback (DP132), $29.99
  • Nakamichi 300W Bluetooth Soundbar w/ Wired Subwoofer (NK6), $99.99
  • Samsung 2.1-Channel 120Watt Soundbar w/ Subwoofer (HW-J355), $89.99
  • Samsung 2.2-Channel 350W Sound Tower Speaker System (TW-J5500), $249.99
  • LG 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (32LF500B), $209.99
  • LG 50" 1080p 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (50LF6100), $549.99
  • LG 60" 4K 120Hz LED Smart TV (60UF7700), $1,399.99
  • RCA 32" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV/DVD (LED32G30RQD), $199.99
  • RCA 40" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (LED40G45RQ), $269.99
  • Samsung 32" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN32J5205), $229.99
  • Samsung 32" 720p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $179.99
  • Samsung 40" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN40J5200), $319.99
  • Samsung 48" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN48J5200), $429.99
  • Samsung 55" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN55J6200), $579.99
  • Samsung 55" 4K 60Hz Curved LED Smart HDTV (UN55JU6700), $999.99
  • Samsung 55" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN55JS7000), $999.99
  • Samsung 60" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN60J6200), $699.99
  • Samsung 65" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN65J6300), $1,099.99
  • Samsung 65" 4K 120Hz Curved 3D LED Smart HDTV (UN65JU7500), $1,799.99
  • Samsung 65" 4K 60Hz Curved LED Smart HDTV (UN65JU6700), $1,499.99
  • Samsung 65" 4K 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN65JU6500), $1,399.99
  • Samsung 75" 1080p 60Hz LED Smart HDTV (UN75J6300), $1,999.00
  • Seiki 20" 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (SE20HY), $99.99
  • Seiki 43" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (SE43FK), $279.99


K-Mart

  • Amazon Fire 7" 8GB Tablet w/ Cover & 32GB MicroSD Card (Black) + $10.00 Back in SYWR Points, $54.99
  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray Player, $49.99
  • Curtis Compact DVD Player, $19.99
  • LG DVD Player w/ DivX Playback, $29.99
  • Samsung Progressive Scan DVD Player w/ 1080p Up-Conversion, $39.99
  • Sylvania 7" Portable DVD Player, $39.99
  • Samsung 2.1-Channel 120W Soundbar w/ Subwoofer, $89.99
  • LG 32" 720p HD LED TV (32LF500B), $209.99
  • LG 50" 1080p LED HDTV (50LF6000), $449.99
  • RCA 50" 1080p LED HDTV (LED50B45RQ), $399.99
  • Samsung 32" LED HDTV, $179.99
  • Samsung 43" 1080p LED HDTV (UN43J5000), $339.99
  • Samsung 48" 720p Slim LED HDTV (UN48H4005), $429.99
  • Seiki 32" 720p LED HDTV (SE32HY), $159.99
  • Seiki 43" 1080p LED HDTV (SE43FK), $279.99


h.h. gregg

  • Swann Xtreem QuadForce 720p Video Drone, $79.99
  • Garmin 5" Touchscreen GPS w/ Free Lifetime Maps, $79.99
  • Samsung 3D Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player, $64.99
  • Samsung 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player, $89.99
  • Samsung Smart Blu-ray Player, $49.99
  • Samsung Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player, $54.99
  • Sony 4K Upscaling 3D Wi-Fi Smart Blu-ray Player, $99.99
  • LG DVD Player, $24.99
  • Portable 9" DVD Player, $39.99
  • Proscan DVD Player, $9.99
  • Bose SoundTouch 130 Home Theater System, $1,349.99
  • iLive 37-in. Bluetooth Soundbar, $34.99
  • JBL 2.1 Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer, $249.99
  • Polk Audio 100W 10-in. Monitor Series Powered Subwoofer, $98.99
  • Sony 2.1 Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer, $349.99
  • Amazon Fire TV 4K w/ Voice Search, $74.99
  • Amazon Fire TV w/ Game Controller, $139.99
  • Apple TV, $59.99
  • Apple TV 64GB w/ Siri, $179.99
  • Chromecast Media Player, $29.99
  • Roku 3 Streaming Player, $79.99
  • Roku Streaming Player, $19.99
  • Roku Streaming Stick, $39.99
  • LG 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer (LAS454B), $139.99
  • LG 700W Bluetooth CD Music System, $149.99
  • Samsung 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Subwoofer (HWJ355), $89.99
  • Samsung 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer (HWJ450), $149.99
  • Samsung 2.1-Channel Soundbar w/ Wireless Subwoofer (HWJ550), $249.99
  • LG 43" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (43UF6430), $398.00
  • LG 49" 4K 120Hz LED Smart HDTV (49UF6430), $498.00
  • LG 55" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (55UF6430), $698.00
  • LG 65" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (65LF6450), $998.00
  • Samsung 32" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN32J5205), $228.00
  • Samsung 40" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN40J5200), $318.00
  • Samsung 40" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN40JU6400), $448.00
  • Samsung 43" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN43J5200), $368.00
  • Samsung 48" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN48J5200), $428.00
  • Samsung 48" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN48JU6400), $598.00
  • Samsung 48" Curved 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN48JU6700), $798.00
  • Samsung 50" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN50J5200), $498.00
  • Samsung 50" 4K S Ultra Smart HDTV (UN50JS7000), $798.00
  • Samsung 55" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN55J6200), $578.00
  • Samsung 55" 4K S 3D Ultra Smart HDTV (UN55JS8500), $1,498.00
  • Samsung 55" 4K S Ultra Smart HDTV (UN55JS7000), $998.00
  • Samsung 55" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN55JU6400), $798.00
  • Samsung 55" Curved 4K S 3D Ultra Smart HDTV (UN55JS9000), $1,998.00
  • Samsung 55" Curved 4K Ultra 3D Smart HDTV (UN557500), $1,298.00
  • Samsung 55" Curved 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN55JU6700), $998.00
  • Samsung 60" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN60J6200), $698.00
  • Samsung 60" 4K S Ultra Smart HDTV (UN60JS7000), $1,298.00
  • Samsung 60" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN60JU6400) + Free Samsung Soundbar, $898.00
  • Samsung 65" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN65J6200), $898.00
  • Samsung 65" 4K S 3D Ultra Smart HDTV (UN65JS8500), $1,998.00
  • Samsung 65" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN65JU6400), $1,298.00
  • Samsung 65" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (UN65JU6700), $1,498.00
  • Samsung 65" Curved 4K S 3D UHDTV Smart TV (UN65JS9000), $2,998.00
  • Samsung 75" 1080p Smart HDTV (UN75J6300), $1,998.00
  • Seiki 65" 4K 120Hz HDTV (SE65UY04), $598.00
  • Sony 43" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR43XB30C), $698.00
  • Sony 49" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR49XB30C), $798.00
  • Sony 55" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR55X810C), $998.00
  • Sony 65" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR65X810C), $1,498.00
  • Sony 75" 4K Ultra Smart HDTV (XBR75X850C), $2,998.00
  • Haier 48" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (48E2500), $288.00
  • LG 43" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (43LF5100), $298.00
  • LG 49" 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (49LF5100), $368.00
  • LG 55" 1080p LED HDTV (55LF6000), $548.00
  • Proscan 39" 720p LED HDTV (FLDED3996A), $188.00
  • Samsung 24" 720p LED HDTV (UN24H4000), $128.00
  • Samsung 24" 720p LED Smart HDTV (UN24H4500), $148.00
  • Samsung 28" 720p LED Smart HDTV (UN28H4500), $188.00
  • Samsung 32" 720p LED HDTV (UN32J4000), $178.00
  • Samsung 32" 720p LED Smart HDTV (UN3234500), $198.00
  • Samsung 40" 1080p LED HDTV (UN40H5003), $278.00
  • Samsung 48" 1080p LED HDTV (UN48J5000), $398.00
  • Seiki 55" 1080p 60Hz LED Streaming HDTV (SE55FGT), $298.00
  • Sharp 55" 1080p Aquos LED Smart HDTV (LC55LE653U), $488.00

 

 

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Reader Comments (5)

Thanks for taking the time to put together this info and list, way more comprehensive than I expected.

November 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim Furlong Jr.

What is the coupon code on the Toshiba 49 inch television at Best Buy? I am not finding that through any of your links.

November 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterScott

DNS Servers

A good reference for the best DNS servers to use is an app from security expert Steve Gibson for Windows or Linux.

https://www.grc.com/dns/benchmark.htm

November 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Calibration app for Apple TV

Since THX has the THX tune-up app on the iPhone hopefully they will port it to the Apple TV.

November 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Calibration for the Apple TV

An update to my previous comment. The THX tune-up IOS app allows mirroring to the Apple TV via AirPlay so if you have an iPhone you can calibrate your display for your Apple TV using THX tune-up.

November 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

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