Black Friday, usually a bright spot for retailers and consumers alike, is just two days away. But this year, with the economy tanking, consumer confidence bottoming out, and retailers more desperate than usual to get rid of inventory, things are different. Though so far we haven't seen that many amazing deals, here's what we were able to dig up, courtesy of Black Friday specialist Web sites BFADs.net and Blackfridayinfo.com.
This was leaked earlier this week, but Best Buy's Black Friday ad confirms that it will be offering the 80GB Sony PlayStation 3 console, accompanied by the Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction video game and Casino Royale on Blu-ray for $399. It's in-store only, and you'll have to line up for a ticket to buy one on Friday morning. Best Buy's doors open at 5 a.m.
Dell A680 Vostro laptop
Dell.com is offering its small-business-oriented laptop, the Vostro A680, for $349 this holiday. That's $99 off the full price.
For that you get an Intel Celeron M M560 processor, Vista Home Basic SP1, CD burner/DVD combo drive, 1 GB DDR2 memory, 120GB 5400rpm hard drive, 80.211 b/g wireless networking, and a basic one-year warranty.
La Cie 1TB External Hard Drive
It looks like a sleek jewelry box, but the valuables inside aren't diamonds or gold watches--they're your files. The La Cie 1TB External Hard Drive will be available on Amazon.com for $119, a $70 discount.
The drive comes with a USB 2.0 interface for a 480Mbps data transfer rate, Plug and Play for both Mac and PC, and a two-year warranty. It measures 4.6 inches wide, 1.8 inches high, and 7.6 inches deep. See the CNET Review here.
It's not a top-tier brand, but Supermediastore.com will have an 8GB SD card from PQI for $19. That's down from the normal $50 starting price.
Magnavox Blu-ray player
Just last week, CNET's David Carnoy was asking when we'd see the $99 Blu-ray player. This isn't it, but it's pretty close: On Black Friday, Wal-mart will sell a Magnavox Blu-ray player for $128. It's in-store only, so be prepared to get there really early if you want to get your hands on this.
HP Deskjet F2210
Wal-Mart will also have an in-store-only Black Friday special on this HP Deskjet F2210 All-In-One Printer, Scanner, and Copier. Blackfridayinfo.com says it will sell for $29.