By Daniel Bean
The biggest player in the holiday sales game—announced its list of online and in-store Black Friday deals. Like last season, the retail giant is offering plenty of tech gadgets in its mix of sale items. Also familiar to its last Black Friday sale event: many of the items on said list of tech gadgets.
There’s an iPad, an Xbox One bundle, Beats headphones, a number of inexpensive laptops, and lots and lots of Blu-ray and DVD movies. The usual stuff. (You can cut to the chase and see the full listing.)
In fact, the biggest change to Walmart’s Black Friday sale this year is that the whole event has been simplified. First, the company is axing its typical rollout of various, staggered sales events from Thanksgiving Thursday through the weekend. Instead, Walmart’s entire Black Friday sale will begin online at 12:01 a.m. PST on Thanksgiving morning and in stores at 6 p.m. local time Thanksgiving evening. Second, the worldwide retailer has made “more than 95 percent” of this year’s Black Friday sale items available online, so there should be less reason to leave your turkey dinner early to fight through those crowds at the stores.
One of the reasons to put pants on and shop IRL at Walmart’s Black Friday event: As it’s done in years past, the store will again guarantee availability for select sale items (all electronics department stuff) to customers who come in-store to claim them during the first hour of the sale, between 6 and 7 p.m.
This year’s items guaranteed to be available:
- iPad Air 2 in gold 16GB — $399 ($100 savings)
- Xbox One 500GB bundled with Gears of War game — $299 ($50 savings, includes $30 Walmart gift card)
- Beats Studio headphones — $169 ($131 savings)
- HP 15-inch touch-screen laptop 500GB — $249 (special price)
- LG 55-inch Smart 4K UHD TV — $698 ($300 savings)
Some other noteworthy techie treats in the sale:
- PlayStation 4 bundled with Uncharted game — $299 ($50 savings)
- Roku 32-inch Smart HDTV — $125 (special buy)
- Samsung 60-inch 4K Ultra HDTV — $900 ($800 savings, online only)
- Dell Black 15.6-inch Intel i3 laptop — $279 ($120 savings, online only)
- Fitbit Flex wristband — $59 ($40 savings)
- Fitbit Charge HR heart rate and activity wristband — $119 ($30 savings)
- NBA2K16, Madden ’16 and FIFA ’16 for Xbox One — $27 each ($33 savings)