Black Friday deals you can get right now
Many stores are serving up great tech deals in advance of Black Friday, meaning you can sleep in and avoid the crowds.
If you're hearty enough to drag yourself out of bed in the middle of the night, stand in long, cold lines, and fight deal-crazed crowds, just to score a superlow price on a laptop, hard drive, or whatever, I salute you.
Quick housekeeping note: I'm off tomorrow (Happy Turkey Day, everyone!), but I'll be back on Friday. And Saturday. And Sunday! So if you have the time, I hope you'll pop in for some sweet weekend deals.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to sleep in, spend time with your family, and avoid potential stampedes, you're in luck: you can score some Black Friday-caliber deals right now.
Amazon, for example, has been holding a Black Friday Deals Week, with a wealth of weeklong deals in all categories (Electronics, Movies & TV, etc.), plus limited-time "lightning deals."
For example, until 9 a.m. PT today, or all the available stock is claimed, you can grab the Hauppauge WinTV-DCR-2650 dual CableCARD tuner for $99.99 shipped. That's 50 percent off the list price and the best deal I've ever seen on any CableCARD tuner. (I reviewed this a while back; it's an excellent product.)
Meanwhile, Dell pinged its Preferred Account members yesterday with news of a Black Friday-weekend presale, which ends today. Among the highlights: Dell's Inspiron 15 N5040 15.6-inch laptop for $349.99. Nonmembers pay $399.99 for the same model. (I'm not a member, but I was able to get as far as the checkout page with that price, so I'm guessing the links will work for anyone.)
But wait, there's more. According to BlackFriday.info, Newegg's official Black Friday sale begins today at noon PT. Best Buy's online Black Friday sale will kick off at 10 p.m. PT today. Target's will go live at 11 p.m. PT, followed by Wal-Mart's at midnight PT. (So much for sleep.)
Lots of other retail and e-tail stores are launching their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving morning as well. So even if you're planning to wait in line that night, you might want to check online first. The frostbite you prevent could be your own.
Bonus deal: Time for another great game bundle! The Humble Introversion Bundle comes with four indie games for whatever price you want to pay. And if you pay the average (currently $3.82) or more, you get two bonus games. My advice: pay enough to get all six. They're all exceptional, award-winning titles.
Bonus deal No. 2: While supplies last, SuperMediaStore has the Maxell 16GB SDHC Class 2 memory card for $12.99 shipped. If you don't need lightning-fast read/write performance, this is a wholly unbeatable deal on a 16GB card.