Best Black Friday 2011 Deals on TV, Computers, iPods and Media Players

Black Friday has something of a reputation — and for good reason. If you’re willing to brave the hordes, the discounts are substantial. I’ve been covering this shopping frenzy for the last eight years, and this year may be one of the best ever for doorbuster deals on TVs, Blu-ray DVD players, and oddly, laser printers. Here are my top picks for the best Black Friday deals available.

Best In-Store Doorbuster Deals

1. Sharp 42″ LCD at Best Buy, $199, down from $499

2. Westinghouse 46″ LCD at Target $298, down from $549

3. HP 17.3″ Laptop 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD at Office Depot, $350, down from $499

4. Toshiba Blu-ray DVD player with Internet streaming at Best Buy, $39, down from $79

5. Laser printer at Staples $49, down from $119

6. Canon DSLR camera with two lenses at hhgregg $599, down from $845

7. XBox 360 plus Kinect plus one game and a $50 Walmart gift card at Walmart $250, down from $350

8. Dyson Animal DC25 vacuum cleaner at Costco $369, down from $469

9. Beats by Dre Solo headphones and $50 Target gift card at Target, $179

10. Kenmore front-loading washers and dryers at Sears $469, down from $752

TVs

Just because a TV is the least expensive doesn’t mean that’s the one I’m recommending you should buy. Many of the insanely cheap Black Friday TV deals are on in-house or budget brands like Dynex or Westinghouse. So it’s worth considering deals on name-brand TVs too. Like a 55 inch LCD from LG, available at Best Buy, Amazon and Walmart for $898.

iPad and Apple Products

Apple has its once yearly sale on Black Friday, both online and off. Discounts are usually 5 to 10 percent off computers, iPods, and accessories. They have discounted iPads in the past but until the morning of Black Friday, the actual discounts are a well-guarded secret.

Some other stores also discount Apple products:

 iPod Touch 8GB with $50 Best Buy gift card at Best Buy, $194

 iPod Touch 8GB with $50 Toys ‘R’ Us gift card at Toys ‘R’ Us, $199

 iPod Touch 8GB with $25 iTunes gift card at Fred Meyer, $174

 iPod Touch 8 GB (white) with $30 gift card at Radio Shack, $199

 iPod Touch 8 GB with $40 Target gift card at Target, $199

 iPod Classic 160GB with $25 Target gift card at Target, $245

 iPod Nano with $30 Toys ‘R’ Us gift card at Toys ‘R’ Us, $129

 iPad at Best Buy $454, down from $499

 iPad with $80 Meijer gift card at Meijer, $499