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Black Friday Breakdown- What to look for on the biggest shopping day of the year

Black Friday Breakdown- What to look for on the biggest shopping day of the year
Travis Arbon

Black Friday is just around the corner, and with it comes the rush for sales, long lines and crazy prices. Take a look at some of these tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and keep an eye on these sales to help you survive the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

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Don’t rush out too soon

USA Today’s Black Friday expert, Matt Granite, says don’t shop on Thanksgiving, and we have to agree. Spend some time with your family and friends, eat some great food and prepare for the actual Black Friday.

Unless you’ve been camping out for a while, you’re probably not going to be able to snag the big-ticket items because the stores usually only carry a few. Instead, use the holiday to relax, and then focus on the deals you have a chance at getting.

Many of the best deals are online

Why camp out when you can shop from your couch. Most of the best deals online include products that come in large quantity. If you’re shopping for tech this holiday season, that rings even more true, because some of the biggest tech retailers are online-only.

If you’re willing to wait for the item to arrive at your doorstep, why not get a good deal online, save yourself the trouble of fighting the crowds and buy it from the comforts of your home?

Related: Gadgets for the Guru: Holiday Gadgets Guide

Waiting for Cyber Monday might save you more

If you’re looking for computer parts or other gadgets and gizmos, waiting for Cyber Monday might be a better idea. You’ll find steeper sales from outlets like Newegg, Tiger Direct and Fry’s Electronics on Monday than you will on Friday. So if you see something you want at an incredible price on Friday, check first to see if it’s available on a better deal Monday.

Though Matt Granite says that if you’re looking for TVs, game consoles or appliances, the best deals are still on Black Friday.

Hot Tech Deals

Here are some of the hottest deals in tech coming up this weekend. This is only a snapshot of all the savings in store for shoppers this year.

Read: Gadgets for the Guru: Thanksgiving cooking edition

Staples: Apple TV- $79, Chromecast- $25

Dell.com: Xbox One w/Assassin’s Creed Unity- $330, Playstation 4 w/Last of Us Remastered and Grand Theft Auto V– $399

Microsoft.com: Nokia Lumia 635, off contract- $39, up to $150 of a Surface Pro tablet, depending on the model.

Steam: Heavy discounts on games like Watch Dogs, Civilization: Beyond Earth and The Evil Within

Walmart: Black Friday- 65” Vizio TV- $648, Wireless Beats by Dre- $150, Xbox One w/Halo Master Chief Collection– $330

Cyber Monday- Samsung 55” 4k TV- $998, LG 49” TV- $398

Newegg: ASUS Chromebook- $199, Cyberpower PC- $799, Lenovo Miix 2 Tablet- $449, Several AMD processors between $100 and $200, LG 49” TV- $389

Amazon.com: LG G3- $0.01 w/two year contract, HTC One M8- $0.01 w/two year contract. Lightning deals throughout the week and weekend. Heavy discounts on TVs and 20 percent off laptops.

Fry’s Electronics: 3D Printers starting at $599.

BestBuy: iPad Mini 3- starting at $325, iPad Air 2- starting at $400, Samsung Galaxy S5- $1 w/two year contract. Big savings on TVs and other gadgets.

Contributions from USA Today