Black Friday: Best Buy readies $197 HP laptop

Black Friday at Best Buy will see a slew of deals for the devoted shopper, including a limited number of laptops for less than $200 before tax.

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    Ink: Best Buy hopes Black Friday will mean plenty of black ink as it offers a $197 laptop to lure shoppers.
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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the day retailers see profits start to creep out from a sea of red.

The HP G60-507DX, which packs an Intel Celeron 900 processor, a 160 gigabyte hard drive, and 2 gigs of ram, normally sells for nearly three times as much. Friday's deal sees the full-featured laptop venture into a price range normally reserved for netbooks.

But this bargain, attractive as it may seem, is only for the truly deal-devoted: Slashgear is reporting that Best Buy stores are slated to have just five units apiece of the hot little notebook, and that purchasers will be limited to one each.

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How can Best Buy profit from a sub-$200 laptop?

The answer: accessories! Those who line up overnight for the basic laptop can expect to be hounded with regular-priced (read: marked-up) USB cables, printer cartridges, and a list of subscription services. Plus, Best Buy is likely counting on the buzz of this deal to lure in later-sleeping shoppers arriving too late to pick up the laptop, but who will drop their dollars on something else.

Previously Horizons took a look at some of the other deals the chain is offering starting at 5 am Friday (hint: the $1,600 LED TV, while slick and available online a day early, is the least-impressive bargain).

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