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Black Friday 2018 deals at Sam's Club start Thursday: Fitbit Versa for $150, 55-inch Vizio TV for $450

The 55-inch Vizio M-Series for $450? That's among the best deals of the year.

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Some of the better deals on TVs, laptops and a bunch of other devices may be found at Sam's Club on Black Friday 2018. Like Costco, Sam's Club is a warehouse club store based on customers having a membership plan. An annual membership at Sam's Club costs between $45 and $100.

Nonmembers can technically still make purchases at Sam's Club, but they'll miss out on the best deals because everything costs an extra 10 percent without a membership.

In terms of inventory, Sam's Club offers a pretty conventional mix of clothing, housewares, furniture and electronics. Its Black Friday offering for 2018 is strongest in the TV and laptop categories. 

Notably, Sam's Club will sell (online only) the 55-inch Vizio M-Series 4K TV, highlighted below, for $450 starting on the morning of Thanksgiving. It's also bucking the venerable Black Friday trend of clearing out older PCs and laptops with aging processors -- most of Sam's Club's deals on PCs feature contemporary machines running Intel's newer eighth-generation CPUs. 

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Sam's Club stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day -- but Black Friday deals will launch at SamsClub.com starting at 12:01 a.m. ET on Nov. 22. Doors will reopen at 7 a.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 23. 

As always, remember the caveats: 

  • Deals and prices have been verified as of Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 2:20 p.m. ET.
  • CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
  • Sam's Club's special prices will be available through Nov. 25 or until supplies last. 
  • We linked to the current listing at the retailer's website when one was available, but sale pricing won't be available until the respective sales begin.
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Though the 55-inch Vizio M-Series can't compete with the TCL 6 series on picture quality, at this price, it's nevertheless the superior value. And it's the least expensive TV we'll recommend for Black Friday 2018 to have scored at least an "8" for picture quality.

Deal available online only. The same price is available at Costco, but its sale starts a day later on Black Friday proper.

Though we haven't reviewed this particular Samsung 75-inch TV, it's probably not as good as the more-Vizio P-Series (our favorite 75-incher of the year, itself on sale for $1,600 at Sam's Club's starting Thanksgiving online). Still, if you're looking for a cinema-scale gaming experience and starting from scratch, this is a pretty decent deal -- as long as you don't need absolute peak picture quality. 

Note: Sam's Club Plus members are eligible for 3x cash rewards on this deal.

If you're more concerned with storage than performance, Sam's Club's deal on this 15.6-inch HP laptop is among the best we've seen this year. For $400, you get an eighth-gen Intel Core i3 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a ridiculous 2TB hard drive. Very solid.

You can get similar configurations for less elsewhere, but Sam's Club members are eligible for the extended two-year warranty that comes included with this one. A solid lineup of specs: eighth-gen Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of DDR4 SDRAM and a 1TB hard drive. 

This enormous HP laptop is absolutely loaded. You get a 17.3-inch HD touchscreen, a high-end Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM (plus 16GB of Intel Optane), a 2TB hard drive and -- what's that now? -- an optical drive. Sam's Cub also throws in two years of extra warranty protection. 

Note that Sam's Club is also selling a less expensive variation of this machine with less firepower and no touchscreen for $450. 

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These are compact and comfortable and deliver excellent audio quality. Our only qualm has been the price, but this deal mitigates that. Equivalent to the pricing we're seeing elsewhere.

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Sam's Club has the same deal on this smartwatch as many other retailers. The Versa has a comfortable, sleek design with a color touchscreen, a heart rate sensor and a battery that will last you days at a time. And it's compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

A compelling price on a Wi-Fi-connected robot vacuum that is rated for 90 minutes of use per charge. Supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

We reviewed an older, different version of the Shark Rotator and found it easy to use and effective. The one Sam's Club is selling features a HEPA filter and LED headlights and promises to be "ultraquiet."

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