With just over a week until Black Friday, now is the perfect time to start planning your shopping adventure. We sat down with the founder of one of the largest Black Friday deal sites to talk about the deals this year, and how stores deal with the inevitable leak of their top secret ads.
Brad Olson runs Blackfriday @ Gottadeal.com, and he’s been dealing with the shopping event since the first ads started leaking out back in August. Since then, it has been a never ending task to keep readers updated with the latest bargains, and add them to his handy deal database.
After the jump, you’ll find our interview with him, and the top twenty travel themed bargains from the currently leaked or published Black Friday deal listings.
Gadling: Have you noticed any stores taking a more liberal approach to their ads being “leaked”? I know some (like Home Depot) are very strict, but do others actually encourage the ads to go out in public as soon as possible?
Gottadeal: Overall stores have been more liberal with their Black Friday ads in the last couple of years. The peak of the legal threat nastiness was more in 2006-2008, but since then I think stores have realized that having their ad leaked early isn’t the end of the world and can actually benefit them.
Gadling: Any big trends this year for shoppers? It seems like there is no real “hot” gadget this season in electronics or toys?
Gottadeal: As for trends this year, it’s probably electronics again. People want deals on HDTVs and Blu-ray players. iPods are always popular, especially with a deal like Walmart’s with a free $50 gift card.
Gadling: Will you be out shopping on Black Friday, and what will you be looking for?
Gottadeal: I will likely be home again. I’m usually up all night Thursday night updating the site with what BF ad items people can buy online at the sale prices, and I usually do that non-stop until around 7 in the morning, and then while everyone is out shopping I get some much-needed sleep, lol.
And here are twenty of the best Black Friday travel gear deals. Some of these deals link directly to the store product page – and you will not see the low Black Friday price until Black Friday!
- Best Buy – $159.99 JVC Everio GZ-MS230 Dual Flash Camcorder
- Best Buy – $149.99 Compaq 10″ Netbook 1GB / 160GB
- Office Depot – $279.99 15.6″ Lenovo Celeron laptop 2GB/250GB
- Best Buy- $129.99 Garmin Nuvi 1300LMT 4.3″ GPS with lifetime free traffic and maps
- Gander Mountain – $99.99 Garmin Nuvi 1300 4.3″ GPS
- Kmart – $79.99 7″ Dual screen car portable DVD player
- Kohl’s – $37.99 Prodigy Hudson 5-piece luggage set (early bird)
- Office Max – $74.99 TomTom Portable One 130 3.5″ GPS
- Pep Boys $49.98 Magellan Roadmate 1440 GPS
- Radio Shack – $4.99 Targus travel 4 port USB hub
- Sears – $9.99 music travel pack FM transmitter, mount, charger (early bird)
- Sears – $99.99 Samsung C20 Camcorder (early bird)
- Sears – $109.99 Sony Bloggie HD camcorder
- Sears – $9.99 Capri 21″ Carryon upright luggage (early bird)
- Target – $19 30″ Embarq rolling duffel bag
- Target – $49 RCA 7″ portable DVD player (4 colors)
- Walmart – $99 Flip UltraHD Camcorder (early bird)
- Walmart – $29 Philips 4GB MP3 player (early bird)
- Walmart – $49 Philips 7″ portable DVD player (early bird)
- Walmart – $198 eMachines 15.6″ Celeron Notebook 2GB/250GB (early bird)
These are obviously just a very small selection of some of the bargains you’ll find on Black Friday. For an overview of all the deals that have been published so far, head on over to Black Friday @ Gottadeal.com.