Five sites to shop for Black Friday deals, before Black Friday

Looking for online deals that rival Black Friday sales? Check out these five sites to get you started.

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    Avoid the crowd? Shoppers wait in the check out line during a Black Friday sale at Nebraska Furniture Mart Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 in Kansas City, Kan.
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Where can you find the best online deal of the day?

It depends. Retailers – BestBuy, Target, WalMart – are pushing one-day and weekly deals on their sites.

But mostly, it depends on what you’re shopping for on a given day and how much time you’re willing to devote to the effort.

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Here are five sites where you might start the process.

Overstock.com

Fatwallet.com

Slickdeals.com

Shopping.com

Pricegrabbercom

Pick any one. Plug in a product that you're in the hunt for a deal on.

For example: Looking for a 32 inch HDTV?

Overstock.com is advertising a Panasonic Viera TC-L32X2 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV with iPod Dock for $374.99 today.

Overstock includes a little comparison box with other retailers. This price is a pretty good deal.

But don’t stop there. Cut and paste the TV model into your browser and see what else turns up on the web. Or plug the model into a couple of the online deal sites.

Turns out, Amazon.com is offering the same 32-inch Panasonic Viera HDTV for $344.77.

That's the best price I could find. Can you find a better one?

Many of these sites feature reader input on quality and availability. Like I said, it all depends on how much time you want to devote to this purchase.

And nearly everyone is offering free shipping now.

Happy Shopping.

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