Conquer Black Friday by shopping onlineThere's no shame in staying home when online deals are aplenty on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Bridget Carey highlights trends in this year's deals, and how stores are competing with Amazon.
You'll be fine staying at home on Black Friday. I mean, Black Thursday. I mean, Cyber Friday Monday. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] Black Friday has begun. And I'm quite serious, the sales already started online. Amazon kicked it off a few days ago, pushing out a new sale every ten minutes. And Amazon Prime members get special early access to deals. You probably just missed a sale because you're watching this video. Did I give you anxiety? Well, relax because although Black Friday has turned into Black Thursday with stores opening on Thanksgiving. You shouldn't feel like you have to skip out on pumpkin pie to fight the crowds for a deal. The major retailers want to compete with Amazon, so you'll find online promotions from Thanksgiving through cyber Monday. Also you'll see more free shipping deals. Target is offering free shipping for online orders, no matter how much money you spend. That continues until December 20th. But if you do love the rush of going to the stores. CNet has combed through the circulars to find the best tech deals. Several retailers are discounting iPads. Walmart knocks $40 off the older iPad Mini and also throws in another $30 gift card, which is worth it since the older model isn't that much different than the new Mini. Best Buy knocks $100 off the new iPad Air 2, and Staples also cuts iPad prices as much as $80. It's a better deal than what you get at Apple stores, because Apple just hands you a $50 gift card when you buy an iPhone or iPad. Now, this is the second year for the new game consoles, so there's some decent deals. Toys'R'Us and GameStop are selling XBox One bundles at a $70 discount, and other stores are throwing in some free games. Now Best Buy has some deals on gadgets we like, but who knows how many items they have in stock. You can get an 11 inch MacBook Air for $780, it's normally 900, or a 15 inch HP Envy Laptop for 500 bucks. You can save $50 off the Nest smart thermostat, the Go Pro Hero Three Plus as well as the older Dropcam HD home monitoring cameras. You see, everyone usually puts the older models on sale. You can find the full list of details up at CNet for you to scroll through. And when you're standing in a store line for 30 minutes, you might as well get out your phone and do some research on how much our item costs compared to other stores. There are apps that make price comparing easy when you scan the bar codes, like RedLaser and ShopSavvy. Most major retailers will price match competitors including Amazon. So it pays to do your homework on your phone while you wait. Also, Google upgraded its shopping search results for phones. So if you're searching for a product. You'll see more details than before including availability and nearby stores, reviews and related products. That's your tech news update happy shopping. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.