First, there was Black Friday. American shoppers knew it as the day after Thanksgiving that marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season with great deals on hot items. Then there was Cyber Monday, Black Friday's online equivalent. Now the deals seem to pop up earlier than ever, especially for electronics.
Amazon has already started promoting their Countdown to Black Friday Week. The online retailer is boasting great deals on items such as video games, electronics, movies, and toys, among other gadget offerings. Perhaps the passing of Halloween has surpassed the day after Thanksgiving as the starting line for great bargains.
Here's your guide for what to watch as the deals roll out.
1. Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Bundle
- Best Buy
This bundle comes with an Xbox 360 250GB console, the Forza Motorsport 4 game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim download token, Xbox 360 wireless controller, wired headset and one-month trial for Hulu, EPIX and Xbox LIVE.
Regular price: $299.99
Black Friday price: $199.99
2. Skylanders: Giants Starter Pack
- Best Buy
This is one of this year's hottest toys. Expect supplies to be extremely limited.
This deal includes the Skylanders Giants video game, Portal of Power, three Skylanders figures, a character collector poster, three sticker sheets with secret codes and three trading cards.
Regular price: $74.99
Friday price: $49.99
3. 250GB PlayStation 3 Bundle
- Radio Shack
This is the right time to buy a video game console, and Radio Shack knows it. They're offering a 250GB PlayStation 3 with Uncharted and the Infamous Collection along with a wireless controller.
Regular rice: $269.99
Black Friday Price: $219.99
4. Emerson 32" 720p HDTV
You can only get this one in the store but Walmart is giving it a one-hour in stock guarantee. The TV features a 720p HD picture and HDMI ports.
Regular price: $268.00
Black Friday price: $148
5. Vizio 60" LED Smart TV w/Wi-Fi- Walmart
If you want to go bigger — a lot bigger — check out this VIZIO. The E-Series 60" Class Razor LED" Smart TV offers high-quality design and picture at excellent value. It also comes with VIZIO Internet Apps with built-in Wi-Fi for instant access to a world of streaming movies, TV shows, music, and more at the push of a button on the smart remote with keyboard.
Regular price: $998
Black Friday price: $688
6. Samsung 40" Bluetooth Soundbar -
This theater in a box from Samsung, one of the most trusted names in the business, is a phenomenal deal. It comes with a wireless subwoofer and the ease of Bluetooth connectivity. You will feel every movie rumble and sound effect along with pitch perfect dialogue.
Regular price: $284.99
Black Friday price: $179.99
7. Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch
The B&N Nook Simple Touch puts reading buffs and their favorite books together. The display lets you read as if you were reading a book, turning the pages as if it was a hardback novel. It also features a long battery life that lets you read for more than two months straight on just one charge. You can also take advantage of the NOOK in-store support, which is always free.
Regular price: $99
Black Friday price: $39.99
8. Nikon Coolpix L310 14.1 Megapixel camera
This digital camera features a 21x Optical Zoom and will take great photos and superb HD movies. It has a powerful zoom lens with a 25-525mm range equivalent, which closes the distance between you and your subjects.
Regular price: $199
Black Friday price: $99
9. Gateway 15.6" Laptop
The Gateway nv52l15u notebook is a stylish high performer with powerful processing and a delicate bamboo weave pattern design. It features HD audio and visuals, seamless connectivity and one-click hot keys.
Regular price: $529.99
Black Friday price: $349
10. Magellan RoadMate GPS- Kmart
The Magellan RoadMate 2136T-LM gets real-time traffic beamed to it with no subscription fees. In this special bundle your GPS receiver has been serial number identified to provide you with free map updates for the life of your product. You can also personalize your travel experience with OneTouch icons of your favorite places and searches.
Regular price: $139.99
Black Friday price: $69.99