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You already know that the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is the time for door-busting deals in the US. What you may not know is that the week before Black Friday is the time for retailers to “accidentally” leak many of those deals in order to generate some advance buzz. Who are we to go against tradition, and not tell you about some of the savings to be had next week?
Here are some highlights from Best Buy’s leaked 2011 Black Friday savings:
Seasons 1-3 of Mad Men on BluRay – $9 each
Before you get too excited about this sharp discount on the first few seasons of the award-winning AMC series, you’ll want to know that each store will supposedly only be offering three copies for the discounted price. When you then consider that snagging the episodes of Don Draper and company may require you to camp out overnight, the deal loses a little bit of its luster.
As sweet a deal as this is, you might also want to keep in mind that each of these seasons currently retails between $15-19 on Amazon, and they are also available for streaming on Netflix.
Batman: Arkham City on PS3 or Xbox 360 – $30
This is a great deal on the new Rocksteady title if you can get it — offering $30 off of the full retail price. The selection won’t be quite as limited as the Mad Men deal, with each store supposedly ringing up ten copies of Dark Knight’s critically acclaimed title for $30 a pop.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception on PS3 – $30
Here’s the second Game of the Year candidate that will be selling for $30 on Black Friday. LikeArkham City, there will only be ten copies per store getting the discount.
Camping out probably won’t appeal to many people, but if you can snag both the Batman title andUncharted 3 for a total of $60, that’s almost enough to justify it.
Battlefield 3 on PS3 or Xbox 360 – $30
Best Buy is pulling out all the stops with their Black Friday video game deals. Battlefield 3 is the third top title of 2011 that you can add to the $30 list.
As with the previous games, there will only be ten up for grabs in each store, so you’ll need to storm the store at the break of dawn.
160GB PS3 console with LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – $200
If you’re looking to get a PS3 soon, this could be a great way to save a few bucks — and getLittleBigPlanet 2 and the latest Ratchet & Clank title to boot.
Only the first 12 shoppers at each store will be able to save big on this console bundle.
250GB Xbox 360 console with Fable III and Halo Reach -$200
Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to buy Kinect separately if you want some hands-free motion control action.
Like the PS3 bundle, only twelve of these will be racked up per store.
Sharp (LC-42SV49U) 42-inch 1080p HDTV – $200
This appears to be Best Buy’s biggest HDTV deal this year. The 42-inch 1080p LCD normally retails for $800, but the first ten to get to it will only pay $200.
MacBook Pros and iMacs – $60 to $200 off
What that will probably mean is $200 off of the top-of-the-line iMac, and $60 off of the entry-level 13 inch MBP — with every discount in between also corresponding to price.
Be sure to check back as we will be exploring more retailer’s top discounts leading up to the big shopping day.