'Black Friday' deals are back for last-minute shoppers

Jonathan Alcorn / Reuters

Great news, procrastinators! If you didn't get that awesome Black Friday deal, you can still score a bargain.

Sometimes, it pays to procrastinate. Millions of us still need to buy holiday gifts, and retailers want that business. So they’ve lowered prices to attract last-minute shoppers. 

“We’re seeing incredible deals right now on laptops and some good pricing on tablets and TVs,” said Mike Fridgen, CEO of Decide.com, a site that tracks millions of prices. 

They predict that 70 percent of the most popular Black Friday deals will return between now and Christmas. 

“Some of the prices are even lower than the door-buster deals on Black Friday,” Fridgen said. “So these are exceptional deals.” 

At ZingSale.com, a site that monitors prices for more than 10,000 products sold by hundreds of merchants on Amazon.com, they ran the numbers and came to the same conclusion. 

“Retailers are definitely slashing prices,” said Chris Garlotta, ZingSale’s co-founder. “We found aggressive discounts that are often significantly better than Black Friday deals.”

Their data shows that Back Friday shoppers were able to save about 33 percent off retail. Right now, the average markdown is around 43 percent. A few examples from ZingSale:

  • The Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect Holiday Value Bundle / Retail: $395; Black Friday: $269; Now: $250 
  • Halo 4 for the Xbox / Retail: $60; Black Friday: $57; Now: $40 
  • Philips Norelco SensoTouch Electric Razor / Retail: $100; Black Friday: $74; Now: $67

Garlotta predicts some of the deepest discounts will be on toys and games (60 percent off), winter clothing (55 percent off) and printers (52 percent off).  Also look for big sales on digital cameras, Blu-ray players, tablets and E-book readers. Some TVs and video games will also be bargain-priced. 

Reduce your stress 
If you still have shopping to do, you’re not alone. A new Harris Interactive survey done for SOASTA (a cloud and mobile-testing company) finds that more than half (54 percent) of the people asked still plan to shop between now and Christmas. 

As you race to the finish line, use digital-shopping assistants to help you save time and money. Here are a few suggestions from the editors at ShopSmart magazine (published by Consumer Reports):

  • CouponBlender.com shows you the best deals from dozens of coupon sites.
  • TechBargains.com specializes in electronics and gift cards.
  • RetailMeNot.com, one of the magazine’s favorite coupon sites, now has an app for Apple devices. Use it to snag coupon codes when you shop on your mobile device.
  • The Sale Saver LT app (for Apple) and Discount Calculator app (for Android) calculate the total cost of an item, including sales tax and any discounts.

After-Christmas sales expected to start early 
Now that Black Friday begins on Thanksgiving, is it any surprise that some after-Christmas sales will start before Santa is back at the North Pole?  

“Based on what we saw last year, we’re predicting after-Christmas sales are going to start as early as Dec.r 23,” said Louis Ramirez, senior feature writer at dealnews.com.  “Because Christmas Eve falls on a Monday, we won’t be surprised to see a few after-Christmas deals, on TVs and apparel, on Friday, Dec. 21.” 

If you don’t find a great tech deal before Christmas, check again after the holiday. Dealnews says the discounts on many consumer electronics, especially HDTVs, are typically more aggressive post-Christmas.

Herb Weisbaum is The ConsumerMan. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter or visit The ConsumerMan website.


Discuss this post

I don't want an Xbox. I want shoes.

  • 4 votes
Reply#1 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:24 AM EST

Thank you. Living at a distance from my family, I finished my shopping and shipped everything out on Monday. Thank goodness all was delivered today because I used Fedex vs USPS.

Now is the time to check out all those last minute deals for myself. I hope you find your shoes - and don't spend an extra penny to get it faster. New Year self-presents are always fun.

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#1.1 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:22 PM EST


Your a spam azz piece of @!$%#e. You know what I mean.

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#1.3 - Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:42 AM EST

Huh? Black Friday ads were awful this year!

  • 3 votes
Reply#5 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:31 PM EST

I've been suspecting it for years.... but this will definitely teach me for sure, next year BF, stay out of it.

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Reply#6 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:14 PM EST

llbean and amazon.com thank you so very much didn't have to set foot in the mall one time this year, yippee!!!

  • 7 votes
Reply#7 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:42 PM EST

Not shopping for x-mas at all ..... wheres that option ? too afraid what they might see ?

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Reply#9 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 7:44 PM EST

But will anyone learn the lesson? In case you haven't figured it out yet, the lesson is STAY HOME with your family on Black THURSDAY (formerly the holiday known as Thanksgiving) because the best deals will be offered the last week before Christmas!!!!

  • 8 votes
Reply#10 - Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:09 PM EST

Xmas has declared a war on Thanksgiving... and won.

Halloween.... you're next.

Where is this so called, "War On Christmas" I keep hearing so much about?

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#10.1 - Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:30 AM EST

How about a voting option for those of us that DON'T participate in this insane madness AT ALL!!!!!!!!!

  • 8 votes
Reply#11 - Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:40 AM EST

LMAO I wonder what those folks who sat outside in tents are saying right now!

  • 3 votes
Reply#12 - Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:08 PM EST


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Reply#13 - Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:29 PM EST

i suppose it depends on where you are, but i've been watching for deals, and haven't seen any like what i got on black friday.

    Reply#14 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:58 PM EST

    christmas presents purchased on ebay--no crowds / no wrapping / great prices. we buy only for the children and don't go overboard. since our extended family decided to stop adult gift giving christmas is much more enjoyable. no after christmas debt-win / win. merry christmas to all!

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    Reply#15 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:33 PM EST

    I fail to understand why this weekend is considered 'last-minute' shopping! LOL There are still 2 full days before we need to exchange gifts! Perfectly fine timing!

    • 1 vote
    Reply#16 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:01 PM EST

    When o when will this President of ours begin holiday gift handouts? please make it soon.... I hate shopping.

      Reply#17 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:09 PM EST

      BUY BUY BUY! Consume, consume, consume! Borrow, borrow, borrow! BUY BUY BUY...

      Half of the problems of this country would be solved if the media would stop perpetuating this stupidity!

      • 3 votes
      Reply#18 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:02 PM EST

      jimboza I agree with you. If you are a Christian and are celebrating Christmas did you all forget the little detail about what Christmas is about and that is not making the stores rich or seeing who can outdo who it is about CHRIST. This how much can I but stuff is insane even Jesus only got 3 gifts is that not enough for our kids and grandkids?

      • 1 vote
      #18.1 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:55 PM EST

      Thank you Lord for 50" LCD TVs at $499.

      Merry Christmas!

        Reply#19 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:31 PM EST

        My gift to myself was just completed....I paid my credit card entirely off. A zero balance is a GREAT gift and feeling.

        • 2 votes
        Reply#21 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:51 PM EST

        Awesome! Congrats James! Many of us know the feeling of joy being out of debt. Savor every minute of it. Man its a good situation to be in, out of debt. Woo Hoo!

          #21.1 - Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:27 AM EST

          I don't understand why so many people think they're getting such great deals...I mean c'mon. People do realize that retailers mark up everything at least 400% before they put an item on sale, right?

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          Reply#22 - Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:29 PM EST

          For years on end millions of us know that after Christmas is the time to shop. Products will be bleeding off the shelves to move inventory. Inclusive, we find many items through the internet at nearly 1/2 off the price in brick n mortar. Many of us did not participate in shopping at all. Taxes are about to go up cause we have a congress that can't work together. Economy is about to go in the tank again and this time we hope the American people will consider term limits on congress.

            #22.1 - Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:34 AM EST

            I find that especially on black friday and cyber monday the traffic to coupon sites increases big time. On my backcountry coupons and deals site - bc25.com which caters to outdoor adventure (backcountry) enthusiasts, black friday was the busiest day of the year with cyber monday was second busiest. I'm guessing this is due to the fact that bargain hunters love coupon codes.

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