It’s that time of year again: Black Friday deals for publishing pros
Like it or not, it’s the holiday shopping season again. That means it’s time to stock up on the latest outdated electronics, devices you wouldn’t think of buying the rest of the year, but can’t resist now because… Black Friday
Last year TNM ran a continuous story on Black Friday deals for publishing pros and it ended up being one of the most popular posts of the year. I guess publishing people like to shop, or they really need to find good deals. I don’t know which it is but there is no reason to fight it.
Here is the start of this year’s list. I’ll try to add to it each day, but I really could use help for deals outside the US. yes, there is no day after Thanksgiving outside the US (Canada’s own Thanksgiving was in October), but there may be good deals you would like to inform TNM readers about. Also, last year there were deals being offered by many of the digital publishing platforms, we’d like to hear about those, too.
I’ll be in Paris on Thanksgiving, avoiding the whole circus, but that doesn’t mean you have to.
Amazon: Always offering lots of Black Friday deals, especially on their own Kindles. Check each day for new deals.
Aplus.net: The domain registration and website hosting service is offering 50% off services as part of Black Friday, just use the promo code BlackFriday15 when you check.
Barnes & Noble: 30% off any item starting online on Thanksgiving Day. B&N will need to have a good Christmas shopping season so they will be eager to attract book buyers so they will have deals such as buy two paperbacks, get the third for free. Look for deals on NOOKs, as well.
Best Buy: Up to $125 off on iPad Air 2 models; Save $15 off the already cheap Amazon Fire 7″ tablet. One of the best deals, though, is always on Apple iTunes gift cards. Check the website for those offers as they sometimes appear very close to Christmas.
Costco: Like Sam’s Club (below) they will be discounting cameras such as the Nikon D3300 and Canon EOS T5. If you need a cheap PC, they will be offering discounts on Acer and HP laptop models.
Dell: Their doorbuster deal is to sell the Inspiron 14 3000 series laptop for $149.99. But you will have to order it starting at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. It’s already cheap at $299.99, but this cuts its price in half. Only 2GB of RAM, but it will at least surf the web.
Fry’s: I have to tell you, this is my go-to place for good deals during the holiday season, and just after. I bought a great Denon receiver there last year, and while the price I paid ended up being the same offered elsewhere later on, I got my receiver months before other retailers had discounted the model. Unfortunately, like many other retailers, they are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, a very bad trend if you ask me.
HH Gregg: Discounting iPad Air 2s like everyone else, but also $10 off the older Apple TV model, as well as discounts on older Roku and Amazon Fire TV models. But they are also discounting the new Apple TV device with 64 GB of storage by $20.
Microsoft: Now that they are really serious about selling hardware they have a bunch of Black Friday deals coming up, including up to $150 off the Surface Pro 3, as well as a discounted keyboard to match.
NYT: If you are a registered reader, you are likely getting hammered with email promotions. The one right now is 50% a subscription. I’m already a digital subscriber so either the paper’s circulation department is desperate, or there is something wrong with their databases. In any case, they are desperate for you to subscribe.
Sam’s Club: Big deals on cameras such as the Nikon D3300 and Canon EOS T5.
Staples: $449 for an iPad Air 2, $299 for an iPad mini 4.
T-Mobile: The carrier announced this week “Un-carrier Unwrapped, a full month of holiday gift-giving, with one special gift coming each week.” One of their offerings is to Sprint customers: a $200 bill credit for each line switched to a T-Mobile Simple Choice postpaid plan.
Target: Their list of deals right now are a bit blah, but if you are in need of new headphones select Sennheiser in-ear headphones will be 50 percent off.
Texture: During Black Friday weekend (Fri-Sun) people can sign up for 3 months of Texture for only $10. And one subscription can be used across five devices.
Tesco: The UK retailer isn’t revealing its deals just yet, but has already said deliveries are being delayed and will take 3 to 5 days
Verizon: Get $500 when you switch to Verizon, trade in your smartphone and buy a Samsung GS6.
Honestly, everyone is looking to dump their iPad Air 2 inventory. Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and others will be offering deals on the tablet, though why one would covet the little changed tablet is beyond me. But if you have someone on your shopping list that wants their first iPad I guess this is the year you’ll get a good deal on one.
More to come as the week goes on.