Ready for moar? I said, are… you… ready… for… moar? I think you are. After all, the five retailers holding special Black Friday sales that we covered yesterday are quite clearly only the tip of the iceberg.
And even though we’re still more than two weeks away from Thanksgiving and BF 2013, everyone wants to snatch the spotlight early and trumpet their promos for the entire world to hear.
Luckily for you, The Droid Guy is at your service with not just the rounding up of all the usual suspects (and probably a few unusual ones too), but also the filtering of beneficial deals from inopportune, disadvantageous, deceiving promotions. That way, you can be ready to go ahead of time, get all your ducks in a row between now and Turkey Day and, most of all, make sure you don’t spend a penny more than you absolutely need to.
Without further adieu, here’s what we know about Thanksgiving and Black Friday 2013 deals on RadioShack, Sears, Kmart, GameStop, Office Depot, OfficeMax and… Dell:
The once mighty electronics retail store franchise is this close to filing for bankruptcy, so usually we wouldn’t recommend doing business with RS unless your life depended on it. Then again, as cynical as it might sound, the retailer’s financial woes come with a fair share of perks for their buyers, treated with dozens of extremely lucrative deals on Android-running smartphones and tablets.
They’re not so very many, with the RadioShack Black Friday ad running for a measly 8 pages, but boy are they attractive. Physical stores open 8 am on the 29th, whereas if you want to get a bit of a head start on your shopping you can do so online all day Thanksgiving Day.
- Samsung Galaxy S4 with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon contracts – $49.99 plus $50 online VISA card (so technically free of charge)
- No-contract Boost Mobile LG Optimus F7 – $199.99
- No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro Edge – $69.99
- Prepaid Samsung Galaxy Ring for Virgin Mobile – $49.99
- No-contract Samsung Galaxy Discover – $24.99
- LG Optimus Dynamic – $79.99 buy one, get one free
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 with 8 GB storage – $169.99
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $10 gift card
- Trio Stealth Pro 7-inch tablet – $49.99 (crappy hardware is crappy)
- Moto X with AT&T, Sprint or Verizon pacts – $99.99 with $50 online VISA card
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA
- LG G2 for AT&T, Sprint or Verizon – $99.99 with $50 online VISA
(All three not bad deals per se, but inferior to what you’ll likely be able to find via other sellers. Just you wait and see.)
Well, well, well, what have we here? A three-day promo starting Thanksgiving Day at 8 pm and ending Sunday evening. Not too shabby, Sears, more so as the two catalogues sum up 64 pages of thousands of dollars worth of savings. Not many of the deals are on Android gizmos, true that, but there’s plenty to go around.
- Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
- Kindle Fire HDX 7 with 16 GB storage – $229.99
- No-contract Net10 LG Optimus Dynamic – $39.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $159.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 – $249.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99
- 8-Inch Zeki tablet – $79.99 (why go Zeki when you can go Barnes & Noble for that dough?)
- 9.7-inch Mach Speed tablet – $129.99 (likewise)
For the most part, Kmart and Sears have many of the same exact Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals. Which is understandable, given, you know, Sears is technically a Kmart subsidiary starting back in 2005. But I can’t overlook Kmart for that reason alone, since some folks are bound to live closer to one of their brick and mortar stores than a Sears location.
Plus, there are a handful of Android products set to have their prices slashed via just Kmart.
- No-contract Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro phone – $19.99
- Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99
- Kindle Fire HDX 7 – $229.99
- Prepaid Verizon LG Optimus Zone – $19.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, 8.0 and 10.1 – $159.99, $249.99 and $299.99
Worst Android deals:
- No-name (literally) 7-inch Android tablet – $39.99
- All Zeki and Mach Speed bs – no matter the price
Before starting to bitch and moan about GameStop’s lack of generosity towards Android aficionados, let’s remember these guys’ focus is primarily on gaming gear. That said, we should probably be content with whatever the retailer throws our way. Besides, the below deals, while few, are quite lucrative.
Biggest Android savings:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 – $299.99 (in select stores)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $169.99
- Pre-owned Asus Transformer Pad TF300 with 32 GB storage – $239.99
- Pre-owned no-contract Samsung Galaxy S3 – $249.99
- Google Nexus 7 2013 – $229.99 with 16 GB memory, $269.99 in 32 GB variant (same prices as via Google Play, not worth the effort)
This Black Friday is not about chairs, furniture, office supplies or printers over at Office Depot, where the first page of the retailer’s ad speaks louder than any metaphors I could ever come up with. “Our lowest prices ever” is touted in there, the only catch being stores will be open just three hours on Thanksgiving night, between 8 and 11 pm.
Subsequently, you should be able to get in on the deals Friday from 8 am and Saturday beginning at 9 am, but something tells me there may not be much left following the Thanksgiving craze, as supplies are most definitely limited.
- Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 tablet – $69.99
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169.99
- Nexus 7 2013 – $199.99 in 16 GB flavor, $249.99 with 32 GB built-in storage (now that’s what I’m talking about!)
- Lenovo IdeaTab 10-inch slate – $199.99
- Kindle Fire HD 7 – $139.99 plus $25 Visa gift card
Not worth it:
- Apex 7-inch slate – $49.99
- Apex 9-incher – $87.99
Repeat after me: OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, OfficeMax and Office Depot are not the same thing, Office… Got it? Good, because come Thanksgiving you’ll want to remember to swing by both retailers.
OfficeMax has three full days of in-store deals, starting Thanksgiving night at 8 pm through 11 pm and then Black Friday morning at 5 am. Plus, you can get doorbusters via their online store, all day Thanksgiving Day and then Friday and Saturday too… if there’s anything left.
Totally worth it:
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 – $169
- Lenovo IdeaTab S6000 – $199.99
- No-contract Net10 Huawei 868 smartphone – $49.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and 10.1 – $159.99 and $299.99
- Net10 Samsung S720 – $74.99
- Azpen A909 tablet – $89.99
- Mach Speed Trio Hype slate – $59.99
- LePan Mini – $129.99
Not your number one shopping destination for Androids, I know and I get it, but as you’re well aware, the world-renowned Windows PC manufacturer has recently turned its attention to our favorite mobile OS and so they have one little deal for us come November 29. A total hottie too:
- Dell Venue 8 tablet with 16 GB storage and 2 GB RAM – $129.99