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The best of Black Friday 2013

The best of Black Friday 2013

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If you've been following our Black Friday coverage, you're pretty well caught up on what's going to be on sale the day after Thanksgiving. But there's a big difference between $5 off a terrible video game and $150 off a great laptop, so here are a few of the most appealing deals you'll see over the next several days. Some of these will be on sale all weekend, and others only on select days; either way, most of them will be going fast.

  • Samsung HDTVs: Retailers are going to be offering TV deals for just about every brand, but Samsung's deals stand out. Amazon and Best Buy will be knocking several hundred dollars off the price of parts of their Samsung catalog, and Samsung itself is discounting over 50 of its TVs in various sizes online.

  • Gaming: While as of last week, both machines are officially last-gen hardware, neither one is going away any time soon, and several places are selling discounted game and console bundles. GameStop is knocking $50 off the price of its refurbished consoles while supplies last, and Amazon is likely to have several periodic deals; it's currently selling a 250GB Xbox 360 bundle with Tomb Raider and Halo 4 for $189.99. Walmart and Best Buy both offer a PS3 bundle with The Last of Us and Arkham Origins for $199, and Target is deep-discounting the Xbox 360 in stores. Microsoft is, of course, offering both its last-gen console and several games at reduced prices on its online store. Sony's PlayStation Vita is also on sale for $174.99 at Amazon with four free games. Lastly, if you picked up a PlayStation 4 you'll want to grab a one-year subscription to PlayStation Plus for just $29.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, Toys R Us or Walmart today.

  • All things Apple: Apple is handing out a mix of gift cards and product discounts this year, and individual retailers are cutting prices on some products as well. Target is selling the 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi model for $479.99 with a $100 Target gift card in stores, and Best Buy will knock $150 off the price of any MacBook Air if you're willing to brave the store. The first-generation iPad mini is also a reasonable discount pick: Target is selling one for $299 with a $75 gift card (once again, in stores), and Best Buy offers the same with a $100 card for its store on Wednesday only. Or, just stay at home and collect Apple gift cards by purchasing from the online Apple Store. Cards vary in amounts from $150 (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro with Retina, and iMacs), $75 (iPad Air), $50 (first generation iPad mini, iPad 2, Nest Thermostat, and GoPro Hero3 Camera), and $25 for the Anki Drive Starter kit.

  • Nook Simple Touch and HD tablet: Barnes & Noble has made some critical miscalculations as a company. That said, if you're looking for a decent e-reader at a rock-bottom price, the Nook Simple Touch is dropping to $39, and the Nook HD tablet isn't a bad pick either at $79.

  • Steam: It's not really possible to list everything that's going to be on sale during Valve's multi-day discount spree, but if you play games on your PC or Mac, you're almost certain to find a deep discount on something you've been waiting to buy.

  • Pebble: The upstart Kickstarter project that continues to set the pace in the smartwatch space is $20 cheaper on Black Friday. That's only if you purchase directly through the company itself. Third-party retailers like AT&T, Best Buy, and the newly announced Amazon US are selling it at or close to the regular $150 price.

  • Chromecast: Google's little media streamer was already a good deal at $35. Now it's available via Amazon for $29.99 with a $6 Google Play promo credit and free shipping.

  • Adobe software: Software giant Adobe has a couple of deals that might interest photographers. Its Photoshop Lightroom 5 app for Windows and Mac is down to a historically low $109.99, a quarter off the regular price of $149.99. It's also opened up its Creative Cloud photography bundle to everyone until December 2nd. The bundle gives you a year's access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5, 20GB of cloud storage, and Behance membership for $9.99 per month.