Shopping for the best tech gadgets during the holidays used to be a lot easier. Armed with advertising circulars from their favorite stores and maybe a turkey sandwich made with Thanksgiving leftovers, American consumers could navigate Black Friday with as much ease as they had the patience to conjure.
Not anymore. The sales start earlier these days, often forcing penny pinchers to weigh their shopping needs against their desire to be with the family on Thanksgiving Day. Americans are routinely injured – even killed – in the feeding frenzy that erupts the moment stores open their doors. And Cyber Monday has emerged as a possibly better – but just as difficult to navigate – option to the traditional Black Friday sales. With all the advertisements and come ons from retailers, winning the holiday shopping war has become as complicated as the plays called in the annual Thanksgiving Day NFL football games.
We're here to help. Together with Dealnews.com and Deals2Buy.com, Yahoo Shopping has put together a game plan for the brave holiday shopper. You'll find great deals on quality electronics, as well as insider tips on how to make the most of Black Friday deals. Most of the items on our list are below the $200 price point – save for an excellent tablet by ASUS, a Samsung HDTV we think is a great deal for the money and a truly stellar set of headphones by Philips that are worth every penny. As always, check the Yahoo Shopping page for all your holiday shopping needs.
1. Apple iPhone 5C for AT&T or Verizon with a $75 Gift Card for $45 at Walmart
"Any deal where you can score an iPhone 5C and walk away with a $30 profit is a good deal to us. Assuming you use the gift card in this offer, not only is your iPhone on Walmart's tab, but you'll also get a $75 gift card to boot. Subtract the $45 you spent and you've just made $30." writes Dealnews.
If you're buying a new iPhone to replace an older model, why not sell your used iPhone on Glyde.com? Depending on the condition and model, you could pocket over $100 by selling it on Glyde, one of the easiest and most efficient sites we've ever used to make money on gadgets and games.
2. ASUS Nexus 7 7" 16GB Android Tablet for $179 at Staples
This pre-Black Friday price drop is super sweet: When you apply coupon code "18702", you can get this tablet for $20 under Staples' Black Friday price. Better yet, this price is an all-time low that beats our own prediction for this tablet by $21.
3. Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera for $80 at Radio Shack
Dealnews asks: "Is your smartphone camera just not good enough these days? This 16MP PowerShot is $6 under our best mention and the cheapest price we've seen for this camera."
This Canon PowerShot is a fine camera, but it's not the only one we found with tons of features at a decent price. The Nikon Coolpix S9400 18MP 18x Digital Camera comes highly rated and reasonably priced. Check it out here.
4. 5th Generation Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player with $50 Gift Card for $229 at Target
"Although $229 is list price for this current-gen iPod touch, it's the bundled $50 gift card that makes this deal worth it. Assuming you use the card, you're getting the new iPod touch for a mere $179.
This full HD 1080p set will give you realistic quality picture with a pretty reasonable price.
With built-in WiFi , no additional equipment is needed to connect with an existing wireless router in your home network and start accessing Samsung Apps or other Smart TV features.
You have plenty of HDTV models and deals from which to choose right now. We picked this one not only for the low price, but for its unique features such as the Eco light sensor, which measures the intensity of the room's light and automatically calibrates the brightness of the image on the screen. In a sun- filled environment, the screen gets brighter and in dim surroundings, the intensity is reduced. This feature optimizes the viewing experience while also saving you energy.
6. Panasonic 90W 2.1 Channel Bluetooth Soundbar for $99.99
"Kmart offers the Panasonic SC-HTB65 2.1-Channel Bluetooth Soundbar for $99.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $68.
It measures 39" long, features a built-in subwoofer, and supports Bluetooth audio streaming." If that's more than you want to spend, you can find plenty of less expensive options from top brands such as Sony by clicking here.
"Amazon offers the Panasonic Arc IV Dual-Motor Rechargeable Electric Shaver, model no. ES-LA63-S, for $115.99. Clip the $30 off coupon (directly under the product price) to cut it to $85.99. With free shipping, that's $14 under our October mention and the lowest total price we've seen in almost three years. (It's a current low by $34.) This wet/dry shaver features a 14,000 CPM linear motor drive system, multi-flex pivoting head, and 4-blade cutting system."
If that's not cheap enough for you, check out this one from Norelco.
8. PS Vita 3G+ WiFi System w/8GB Memory Card Best Buy offers the PlayStation Vita 3G + WiFi System, model no. 91001, bundled with a PS Vita 8GB Memory Card, for $169.99 with free shipping. That's $54 under the Dealnews May mention of this bundle and the lowest total price they've seen. (It's $30 under the lowest total price they could find for the console alone elsewhere.)
The PS Vita features a multi-touch 5" OLED front display, multi-touch pad on the rear of the device, dual analog sticks, front- and rear-facing digital cameras, and more. Do you prefer the 3DSXL from Nintendo? Check it out here.
If you're getting dizzy trying to figure out which Bluetooth speaker to buy for the home or office, try the iBN26/NFC from iHome.
You can snag this speaker for $64.99 on Amazon.com right now, saving $15 off the retail sticker price.
iHome has a reputation for making excellent speaker solutions at reasonable prices, and this speaker is a fine example. It has a unique circular design and features flawless NTC Bluetooth connectivity. It will easily fill a room with sound - in the kitchen, the den, or office - and the built-in mic, xATI SoundClear voice echo cancellation and answer and end controls make speakerphone use a pleasure.
Save an instant $40 with free shipping at NewEgg.com on these wireless Bluetooth headphones. The comfy cushions on this headset will keep your tunes in and outside noise out, and whether you're listening to R&B or rock, you will enjoy booming & superior bass from high performance drivers and digital enhancement.And with wired or wireless listening, you're also able to toggle easily between your music and your phone calls using the smart control features. If your mobile phone is compliant to HSP or HFP, this headset will work great with it.
Deals2Buy says you can save 50% off a Barnes & Noble NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.
Now only $49.99. This e-reader closes the gap for book nerds who want the convenience of having a library at their fingertips but still want the feel of reading an actual book. At an incredibly reasonable price, the NOOK Simple Touch lets you enjoy reading even in dimly-lit conditions. It features GlowLight technology for instant light that is adjustable at a simple touch. The 2GB capacity allows you to store up to 1,000 e-books.