Your mind may still be swimming with thoughts of summer vacations and relaxing by the pool, but it's time to snap out of it. The holiday season is right around the corner, and you've got some serious work to do. Although it may seem as if Black Friday is still a ways off, we've already seen a Black Friday shopping ad leak onto the Internet, and there's bound to be more in the coming weeks.
The best way to make the most of Black Friday savings is to be prepared. So we're kicking off the holidays early at dealnews with our fifth annual Black Friday deal predictions, compiled by our expert staff. If you're wondering how low big-screen HDTVs can go, how much you'll have to spend on a decent laptop, or whether you'll actually see a discount on an iPad, then you've come to the right place. We also have predictions for smartphones, eBook readers, toys, game systems, apparel, and even travel.
Just a few quick clarifications before we start prognosticating. First, these are predictions for the absolute best deals of the Black Friday season. They're the lowest of the lows, not averages. (See our methodology section on the last page.) Second, we're predicting that these deals will occur during "Black Friday Season," a dealnews euphemism for mid-November to Cyber Monday. Lastly, our methods have proven to be effective over the years; for example, three out of four of our 2011 predictions were either at or below our predicted price — and we hope to do even better this year!
Now, on to the predictions! You can start by reading our first category, which addresses Black Friday predictions for HDTV deals, or select one of the category links below. Don't forget to bookmark our Black Friday ads page, as we'll be posting all of the leaks that trickle in from now until the big event in November. And if you can't wait until then, start scoping out all the online deals available already.Jump to our 2012 Black Friday predictions for: