With roughly 140 million Americans expected to take part in Thanksgiving weekend shopping this season, according to the National Retail Federation, retailers started slashing prices early. But they are still working hard to get you to into their stores and buying on Black Friday. We’ve compiled some of the best Black Friday bargains, but buyer beware, many “deals” are not deals at all.
This year Walmart (ticker: WMT ) is offering a one-hour price guarantee on some items for customers who are in line at a store between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 27. Those customers will receive the following items and more at the sale price even if they sell out in the store. In an effort to keep shoppers from grabbing hot Black Friday deals elsewhere, Walmart is offering an ad match guarantee, matching any advertised price at the checkout counter.
Here are some of Walmart’s best Black Friday deals:
• Vizio 65” LED Smart TV – $648. Details: 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution with built-in digital tuner and WiFi. [Model# E650i-B2]
• Emerson 50” LED TV – $218. Details: 1080p 60Hz HDTV with built-in digital tuner. [Model# LF501EM5F]
• Apple iPad Mini – $199. Details: 16GB, WiFi, 7.9-inch display, 10 hours of battery life, and includes a $30 Walmart gift card.
• Apple iPad Air 16GB with Wi-Fi – $397, $100 gift card with purchase. Details: $100 Walmart Gift Card FREE with purchase. Price featured available beginning at 8PM and Black Friday.
• iPhone 5S 16GB for $79 with a 2-year contract and a $75 Walmart Gift Card.
• iPhone 6 16GB for $179 with a 2-year contract and a $75 Walmart Gift Card.
• HP TouchSmart 15.6” Laptop PC – $349. Details: 2.16GHz Intel Celeron N2830 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, and 500GB SATA hard drive.
• Xbox One Halo Master Chief Collection Bundle – $329. Details: Bundle includes 4 classic Halo games, access to Halo: Guardians beta, and $30 Walmart gift card.
• Beats by Dr. Dre Wireless Headphones – $149.
• Dyson DC33 Multi-Floor Bagless Upright Vacuum – $199, $150 savings. Details: Root Cyclone technology, Doesn’t lose suction power as you vacuum, Cleans multiple surfaces.
Target ( TGT ) is offering free shipping on every order from Target.com and has more than 1,000 deals in its 39-page Black Friday preview ad. Shoppers can download store maps to help locate their targeted deals.
• 16GB Apple iPad Air with WiFi – $399. Details: Comes with free $100 Target gift card and additional colors and storage sizes available.
• Nikon Coolpix L330 Digital Camera – $99. Details: 20.2 megapixels, CCD sensor, 26x optical and 4x digital zoom, and 3” display.
• Samsung 120W Wired Soundbar – $87.99. Details: Built-in WiFi, DTS TruSurround, and MP3 Playback.
• Google Chromecast – $24.99. Details: HDMI compatible and WiFi ready. Stream your favorite content from Pandora, Hulu Plus, Netflix and YouTube.
• GoPro Hero3+ Video Camera – $249.99. Details: 1x digital and 1x optical zoom, widescreen 0.5” display, and SD memory card compatible.
• Dyson DC50 Allergy Vacuum – $279. Details: Bagless, lifetime filter, adjustable height. Includes crevice tool, dusting brush, and telescoping extension wand.
Best Buy ( BBY ) will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving day with item tickets handed out up to two hours before store openings. BestBuy.com will have special sales all day Thursday.
• Panasonic 50” LED TV – $199.99. Details: 1080 x 1920 full HD resolution, two HDMI inputs, and two 10W front speakers. [Model# TC-50A400U] This is a huge discount: On Nov. 26, this TV was priced at $549.
• SanDisk 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive – $27.99.
• Sony PS4 Bundle – $399.99 Details: 500GB storage, Grand Theft Auto V, wired headset, and The Last of Us Remastered download voucher.
• Samsung Galaxy S5 – $1.00. Details: Must purchase new 2-year contract for sale price to apply.
• Apple MacBook Pro – $899.99. Details: 13.3” display, 4GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, and 2.5GHZ Intel Core i5 processor.
Toys R Us offered pre-Black Friday sales to all Rewards R Us members all week leading up to Thanksgiving. The kid-favorite toy store will offer four-hour deals on Thursday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., doorbuster sales running from Thursday through Saturday, and additional doorbusters from 7 a.m. on Friday through Saturday.
• Skylanders Trap Team Figures and Traps – Buy one get one 70% off.
• VTech InnoTab 3S Connect WiFi Learning Tablet – $39.99.
• Barbie Sisters’ Horse Adventrue Play Set – $39.99.
• Playskool Let’s Rock Elmo – $14.99.
• LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer – $24.99.
Amazon ( AMZN ) has offered thousands of limited-time “Lightning Deals” all week leading up to Black Friday. The online retailer has offered fresh deals as often as every 10 minutes.
• Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android – $99.99. Details: Rechargeable battery with 5-7 day lifespan.
• Samsung Curved 65” 4K Ultra LED TV – $1,997.99. Details: 120Hz, 4 HDMI inputs, and voice control. [Model# UN65HU7250]
• Garmin eTrex 20 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator – $149.99.
JCPenney ( JCP ) is offering all-day Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day at JCP.com with store doors opening at 5 p.m. Thursday. The retailer has several coupon deals available for both online and in-store purchases leading up to Christmas.
• Home Expressions 100% cotton solid bath towel – $2.99
• 18-piece Pyrex glass storage set with colored lids – $14.99 after mail-in rebate
• Cuisinart 10-cup thermal coffee maker – $69.99
• Rockport slippers – $23.99
• Liz Claiborne pajama set – $14.99