So what are the real deals this Black Friday? Check out these top picks from CNET.
$179 40-in Toshiba LCD TV (Best Buy)
This one's a Best Buy doorbuster, which means each store will only get a few dozen, so you'll probably never get near this -- but it is a deal. Amazon is also rumored to be serving up a 40-inch Toshiba for $200 on Black Friday.
Vizio's 60-inch smart LED TV for $688. We thought it was a good deal at just under $1,000. So it's a great deal at less than $700. (Amazon is also rumored to be offering similar Black Friday pricing on this model).
Free $50 Best Buy gift card with iPod Touch purchase
If you're considering buying a new 32GB iPod Touch (fifth generation), this offer makes some sense because Apple products just don't get discounted. Target is also offering a gift card ($40) with the purchase of an iPod Touch.
Motorla's highly rated Razr Maxx and its long-lasting 3,300mAh battery can be had for free at Best Buy when you sign a two-year contract with Verizon. While Moto now offers a version with a high-res screen (the Maxx HD), the original Razr Maxx is still a great phone -- especially for free.
Samsung Galaxy S3 for $49.99 (Best Buy, RadioShack, and others)
Retailers are offering deals on the most popular Android phone of the year, the Samsung Galaxy S III. Both RadioShack and Best Buy are offering the Sprint handset for $49.99 and $48, respectively. In addition, the AT&T version is going for $49.99 from Best Buy, $99.99 from RadioShack, and $129 from Walmart.
The Nook Simple Touch e-reader normally sells for $99 (we gave it an Editors' Choice Award when it was first released). Target will have limited quantities for $49 and Sears goes $9 better with units priced at $39.99.
We've tested one of the Core i5 versions of the Acer V5 laptops and the design is pleasingly thin and modern-looking. There are a lot of Core i5 laptops you can find for around $500, but the touch screen is rarer, and makes Windows 8 much more usable. Obviously, having the Core i5 is better, but the V5 should be fast enough with the Core i3, which makes this a solid deal. More info here.
The current Inspiron 14z is a pretty sharp-looking mainstream laptop that's near ultrabook-thin. This doorbuster from Dell has a Core i3/4GB RAM/500GB HDD configuration that's a great deal for this price. But, Dell says quantities are limited, and this price starts November 23 at midnight on Dell.com.
HP Pavilion Sleekbook, 14-inch for $399 (Sam's Club)
From editor Dan Ackerman:
A decent price for an Intel Core i5/6GB RAM/500GB HDD laptop of any kind, this is one of HP's recently redesigned Pavilion laptops, which look pretty sharp, even if they're mostly plastic. The Sleekbook name is HP's way of saying this is a very thin laptop, but one that doesn't meet Intel's exact specs for it to be called an ultrabook (most likely because of the lack of any SSD storage). More info here.
Target XBox 360 4GB Kinect Bundle (Target and others)
There are few different Black Friday deals on the XBox 360, including $199.99 for the 250GB XBox 360 at Best Buy. For those who can live without the storage and want the Kinect, this bundle is arguably the better value.