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Your Black Friday shopping survival guideReady to battle for deals? Bridget Carey helps you plan your strategy with tips on smartphone apps, where to find the best deals, and when to avoid the stores.
Forget Black Friday, we're revving up for a cyber weekend. I'm Bridget Carey, this is your CNet update. So you want to find. And the best tech deals this holiday weekend. Well I'm gonna coach you on everything you need to know to be a savvy shopper in under three minutes. Deal hunting is serious business. I was raised in a time when you had to arm yourself with a roll of wrapping paper to bat away mobs of people. If you wanted one of the three Wii Fits in the store. And you know what? There was no Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday meant Friday. But technology has made us soft, it's not like that any more. Retailers are taking the sport of the hunt, you can find sales already starting now. Amazon and Wal Mart and talking about Cyber Monday deals before the turkey is even thawed out. Actually Wal Mart is going to start Cyber Monday deals on Sunday, so it's just one big cyber weekend now. And smartphones, they're your most important weapon in the war for your wallet. If you're going to a store, use an app to Scan the bar codes of products while you're in line to make sure you're getting the lowest price. If you find it listed for a lower price at another store the big retailers are gonna honor that price even if it's at Amazon. It just needs to be from Amazon itself and not a third party seller. You can bar code scan using the camera on your phone with apps like Shop Savvy, Red Laser, and also Amazon's app has a bar code scanner. And speaking of Amazon You may see deals exclusively on the app this year, like a 50 inch HD TV for $150. Target is also pushing people to its Kids' Wish List app, by offering 10% off on toys on the list. This is the best time to buy big ticket items, like game systems and televisions. Actually you'll probably see a few 4k ultra HD TVs on sale. And it's sort of a good time to go into 4K. But out of all those on sale Friday, we're only recommending the Vizio M60 C3. It's $800 at www.dell.com. And maybe Amazon's gonna have it too. Also, it's worth looking into smart TVs with Roku streaming tech built inside. TCL makes a 32 inch Roku TV that only costs $125 at Amazon and Walmart. Now is also when you're gonna find deals on Apple products. Target has Apple TV Streaming boxes on sale and as for the Apple Watch, Target and Best Buy cut $100 off the price. Over at CNet, we have a list of the 31 best Black Friday deals. To help you plan. Google is also offering tips on the best time to go into stores. By collecting data on people with their location turned on on their phones, Google found that there's a spike right when stores open on Thanksgiving at around 6 PM But the heaviest shopping time in stores was between 2PM and 4PM. So if you wanna avoid the crowds, it's best to shop early in the morning. And remember, don't stress out. There's gonna be plenty of other deals and sales filling your e-mail inbox over the next few weeks. You can count on it. That's it for this segment news update. And there's more at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]