Black Friday 2011: Great Deal Race for Walmart, Staples, Sears and Target

With Black Friday less than two weeks away, Hayley Tsukayama reports that many retailers are racing to leak details of their deals on the Web:

So far, the best tech deals on the ads from each store include a $200 Sharp 42-inch television (normally $800) from Best Buy, $300 off the BlackBerry PlayBook for a $199 price from Staples and a $99.99 Sony Speaker Dock for the iPhone and iPod from Sears.

est Buy is also offering a Verizon Wireless HTC Thunderbolt for free with a two-year activation, game titles such as Battlefield 3, Arkham City and Uncharted 3 for $29.99 each, and an 8 GB iPod Touch for $194.99 and bundled with a $50 gift card. The store is also offering an event for Black Friday shoppers: a showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. The screenings will take place at 120 stores across the country, starting at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Planning to buy a tablet computer for someone on your holiday shopping list? The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky offers his take on the just-released Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon:

The Fire is an incredible tablet for its $200 price point. The amount of content Amazon offers is staggering, and the software on the device is easy enough to use that even novices will figure it out quickly. There are kinks to work out and finishing touches that still need to be added, but that’s nothing the company can’t offer in a software update.

This might not be the iPad killer that lots of people were predicting it was going to be, but it’s going to change the landscape in the tablet game all the same. And that’s probably enough for Jeff Bezos this holiday season.

Wondering where tofind the lowest priced toys? According to an analysis by Bloomberg News, Wal-Mart has the best bargains:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has lower online prices on a selection of toys this month than Target Corp.’s website and Inc., according to a Bloomberg Industries analysis.

Prices for a group of about 80 toys including Hasbro Inc.’s Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven and Leapfrog Enterprises Inc.’s Leap Pad Explorer are 1.8 percent higher at Target and 0.7 percent more expensive at Amazon, according to a report led by Poonam Goyal, a Bloomberg Industries analyst. Wal-Mart’s toys also were cheaper than those on the websites for Toys “R” Us Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp.’s Kmart, according to the Nov. 9 survey.