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Nov 28 2008   4:17PM GMT

Black Friday Could Be “the Bomb” for Home/Personal Computing

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Hey Readers!

If you’ve been putting off a purchase of a new notebook or desktop PC, or other computing gear for home or personal use, TODAY might be the day to raid the exchequer and plunk down some of that hard-earned cash on gizmos, gadgets, or gear. In researching and contributing to an article for Tom’s Guide entitled “Shopping Guide: Black Friday and Beyond” I was forcibly reminded that the day after Thanksgiving is a great day to shop for technology (and anything else you can think of)–and seriously tempted to part with some of my own valuta on my own personal quest for faster, more productive home computing.

As I write this blog, it’s already too late to cash in on the doorbuster sales items designed to lure people into stores, often at horrific hours (midnight Thursday, 5 AM Friday, and so forth). Because most such items are on allocation and only the first handful of people who line up outside the door can cash in on such bargains, these kinds of items are mostly teasers designed to attract people’s interest and steer them toward other purchases, which may be marked down but not necessarily to the point of incredulity. Two examples: Circuit City offered a Compaq Presario C717NR notebook PC that normally costs $500-600 for $300, and essentially set-up an online lottery to let people bid for chances to buy items like an Asus Eee PC 900a netbook PC for $129 (normally costs $300-400). For ordinary mortals with average luck and insufficient patience to break out their sleeping bags and camp out in a parking lot for twelve or more hours before the doors open, more ordinary deals will have to do.

A surprising number of such deals are available online from well-known purveyors of goods, gear, and technology. As a holder of a Dell Preferred Account I got their “Black Friday” e-mail bright and early this morning: Inspiron Mini 9 for $300, 19″ wide screen LCD monitor for $129, and so forth and so on. Likewise, stalwart PC/component vendors such as Newegg., Provantage, and others, also have killer deals on systems and components, with no need to leave your comfy chair and fight for a parking place.

If you’re in the market for some high-tech computing equipment, today may be a very good day to scratch that itch, and come away with some of the best prices you’ll see this year. Check it out, and happy shopping, whether virtual or real!

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