Be prepared for Black Friday tech deals

It might be a few weeks away, but it's never too early to prepare your to-do list for Black Friday. That's why we've compiled a roundup of Black Friday-tracking tools.

Although Cyber Monday--a big online-shopping day on the Monday following Thanksgiving --has caused some of Black Friday's appeal to slip, it's still a big day for deal-seekers.

But with the shopping day three weeks away, I'm sure you're wondering why I'm talking about it already. Well, the ads are already starting to emerge. And it's time to start figuring out where you want go and what you want to get. Use these resources to help you do just that.

Track Black Friday

Black Friday Ads Black Friday Ads features all the latest updates on Black Friday deals. The site also features buying guides and shopping lists for those who want a little more than deal-seeking.

So far, Black Friday Ads doesn't have many ads to look at. That said, you can check out details on becoming a Best Buy VIP or see what kind of deals Sears plans to offer on Black Friday. Where Black Friday Ads shines is with all the extras. You can discuss hot deals with others in its message boards, find discounts the site might have missed, and more. Keep this site on your radar when you get ready to buy on Black Friday.

Black Friday Ads
Black Friday Ads updates you on all the latest ads. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Black Friday Black Friday features one of the most user-friendly designs of any site in this roundup. It makes it quick and easy to find what you're looking for.

Black Friday lists all the best deals from several well-known retailers. Simply click on one of the stores' names in the right sidebar and you can see its respective Black Friday ad. When you find an ad you want to search though, I think you'll like what you find. The site lists all the deals by department. Simply scroll to the category you're looking for to find the deals you care about. Next to those items, you'll see a "plus" icon. When you click that, you can add it to your shopping list on the site. I found that it's a great way to keep track of items. I really liked Black Friday. Try it out.

Black Friday
Add the product you want to your shopping list. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Black Friday.fm If you're looking for Black Friday ads, you'll find them on Black Friday.fm. But I've found that the site's best value comes from its news section.

Black Friday.fm features some of the most up-to-date news of any site in this roundup. It provides stories on topics ranging from ads that popped up on the Web and were later taken down to Black Friday predictions. I found that many of the stories also had comments, which included even more detailed information. BlackFriday.fm also has ads, but its news is what adds the most value to the site..

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Black Friday.fm features some great news for Black Friday Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

BlackFriday.info BlackFriday.info is another site with a great design, making it quite easy to find whatever you might be looking for.

When you get to BlackFriday.info, you'll find that it features some of the most up-to-date information on Black Friday deals of any site in this roundup. The site has several deals, but you'll also find some news on Black Friday-related items. BlackFriday.info even has a Facebook Fan page, so you can check out some of the latest updates on the popular social network. I really liked BlackFriday.info. It doesn't have all the extras like some of the other sites in this roundup, but the information it does provide is top-notch.

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BlackFriday.info has a great design to find deals. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

DealTaker DealTaker has one of the best Black Friday pages in this roundup. It makes it easy to find all the current ads. The site also provides coupons and information on special deals for you to check out while you're waiting for Black Friday.

I was really impressed by DealTaker. The site is designed well. So far, it has more ads than the majority of the services in this roundup. When you click on one of those ads, the service usually links to the item that's going to be offered for sale. It's a nice feature that many of the other services don't offer. I was also quite happy to see that DealTaker features coupons. It might seem like an ancillary feature, but it adds a lot of value to the site.

DealTaker
DealTaker shows off all the best deals in different ads. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

GottaDeal GottaDeal's Black Friday page won't provide the most information in this roundup, but like Black Friday.fm, it's a great place to find news content about Black Friday and all the relevant events.

When I got to GottaDeal's Black Friday page, I was happy to see all the different product categories displayed to the left of the content. When you click on the department you care about, all the deals related to that category are displayed. The site lists everything from desktops to video games. If you want to find some other deals that the site's owners might have missed, you might want to check out its message boards. There's a lot of great content there. Check it out.

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Gotta Deal's Black Friday page shows deals by category. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

My top 3

1. Black Friday: With so many nice features, Black Friday should top your list this holiday season.

2. BlackFriday.info: Featuring some of the best content in this roundup, BlackFriday.info is a close second to Black Friday.

3. DealTaker: I was really happy with DealTaker's features. It makes finding deals quick and easy.

About the author

Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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