Black Friday Geek Roundup

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Black Friday: A sport to some, an abhorrent tacklefest to others who still look at the ads anyway. (This also applies to the Super Bowl. But if you’re in the latter group about Black Friday, see my post on alternatives the the shopping bloodsport.) Black Friday sales have good years and bad years—some years the sales are unbelievably good, some you might as well drink a glass of eggnog and wait for a nice Tuesday afternoon.

This year isn’t among the more amazing, but because of a late Thanksgiving and thus an unusually short holiday season, we may see more sales as we get closer to Christmas. You’re still not going to find discounts on Playstation 4s and Xbox Ones, but if you’re interested in the older models of gaming consoles, you’re in luck. TVs are also getting cheaper by the second.

Below is a roundup of some of the things you probably have your eyes out for. Note that some of these offers could be available only during certain hours or not in your area, so be sure to check the ads before you get too attached to one. I’ve also offered Amazon (or other site) links on many of them (where it’s possible) so you can get a start checking the regular/online prices to decide whether the Black Friday deals are worth standing in line for. You can also check The Tracktor to see historic Amazon prices for the item.


$149.99Nintendo 3DS Luigi’s Mansion Handheld BundleBest Buy
$319.97Wii U Black Friday BundleBest Buy
$259.99Wii U Skylanders BundleToys R Us
$299.99Wii U Skylanders Bundle plus $25 gift cardGamestop
$199.99PlayStation 3 250 GB Holiday BundleBest Buy
$199.98PlayStation 3 250 GB Holiday BundleSam’s Club
$199PlayStation 3 250 GB Batman bundleWal Mart
$149PlayStation 3 12 GBWal Mart
$300PlayStation 4Wal Mart
$99Xbox 360 4 GB bundleWal Mart
$189.99Xbox 360 Kinect bundleTarget
$499Xbox OneWal Mart
$99Nintendo 2DSWal Mart


If you’re considering a Kindle, check the comparison chart to decide which you really want. When it comes to any tablet, be sure to compare specs so you know you’re comparing apples to apples, and confirm which model of an item is on sale.

$49.99Kindle eReaderBest Buy
$99.99Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16 GB (previous gen)Best Buy
$79Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16 GBStaples
$169.99Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16 GB plus $10 gift cardOffice Max
$169.99Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16 GBOffice Max
$179.99Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16 GB plus $20 gift cardToys R Us
$299.99Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10″ 16 GB bundleSam’s Club
$169.99Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7″ 8 GB bundleSam’s Club
$249.99Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8″ 16 GB bundleSam’s Club
$189.99Google Nexus 7 tablet 32 GBWal Mart
$199.99Google Nexus 7 tablet 16 GBOffice Depot
$199.99Google Nexus 7 tablet 16 GBStaples
$299iPad MiniWal Mart
$299iPad Mini with $75 gift cardTarget
$299iPad 2 with Wi-Fi 16 GBBest Buy
$479iPad Air Wi-Fi 16 GB with $100 gift cardTarget
$79Nook 7″ HD 8 GBTarget


Some part of the Skylanders product line has been in Amazon’s pre-Black Friday sales week nearly every day. Shop around and be sure you’re getting what you (they!) want.

Buy 2, get 1All Skylanders charactersTarget
Buy 2, get 1Swap Force charactersBest Buy
70% offSwap Force charactersToys R Us
Buy 1, get 1Skylanders and Skylander Giants charactersToys R Us
$37.49Swap Force starter pack (Thursday)Toys R Us
$49.99Swap Force starter pack (Friday)Toys R Us
$38.96Swap Force starter packWal Mart
$37.98Swap Force starter packSam’s Club
$49.99Swap Force starter packBest Buy
$49.99Swap Force starter pack (Wii)Gamestop
40% offSwap Force Tackle BoxToys R Us

Blu-Ray movies for geeks and their kids

If you’re looking for regular DVD instead of Blu-Ray, there are gobs of sales, starting with movies from $1. And as always with DVDs and Blu-Ray, there can be different editions here and there, so that could be worth comparing too. For example, Amazon lists eight different Blu-Ray editions of The Hunger Games! On the other hand, if you’re aiming to pick up a flick for $8, you probably don’t care that much.

$8.98The CroodsSam’s Club
$7.99The Dark Knight Rises (2-disc)Best Buy
$8.98EpicSam’s Club
$4Hotel TransylvaniaTarget
$7.99The Hunger GamesBest Buy
$8.98Monsters UniversitySam’s Club
$10Monsters University with exclusive contentTarget
$6Pacific RimTarget
$7.99SkyfallBest Buy
$8.98Star Trek Into DarknessSam’s Club
$9Star Trek Into DarknessTarget
$7.99Star Trek Into DarknessBest Buy
$8.98World War ZSam’s Club
$9World War ZTarget
$7.99World War ZBest Buy
$3.99X-Men First Class (2-disc)Best Buy
$3.99X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2-disc)Best Buy

Other cool stuff

$2031″ action figure (Superman Man of Steel, Power Rangers
Red Ranger, Darth Vader, Batman, Silver Batman, or
Utapau Clone Trooper)
Wal Mart
$25Imaginext Bat CaveWal Mart
$34Imaginext Bat CaveTarget
Buy 1, get
1 50% off
All Monster High, TMNT, Lalaloopsy, Mega Bloks, Vtech,
Angry Birds, Imaginext
$249.99GoPro HD Hero3Best Buy
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