With this year's Black Friday sales, retailers are pulling out all the stops to earn your patronage. For some, that means extending Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours or ramping up price-matching policies. However, many merchants are going the extra mile and quietly dropping their prices days ahead of schedule, meaning you can score some of Black Friday's best deals right now. We've rounded up all the items we could find that were already marked down to their advertised Black Friday price or lower. As with all Black Friday deals, these items are likely to go fast, so catch 'em while you can!
Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet with $100 Fry's Gift Card for $479 at Fry's Electronics
If you live near a Fry's, then you don't have to wait for Target's iPad Air deal to go live. We expected the iPad Air's price to drop by 12% during this holiday season. But if you count the $100 gift card, then Fry's price is 24% off Apple's list price. Considering that the best price we'd previously seen for this model was $449, this promotion is a fantastic deal on the current-gen iPad.
Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB Tablet for $99.99 at Best Buy
You can get Best Buy's doorbuster price for the Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB tablet right now, via coupon code "KINDLEDEAL". At $100, it's tied as the best price we've ever seen for this tablet in this capacity; our previous mention at this price point was for a 16GB refurb. (A new 16GB model currently goes for $169 on Amazon.)
5th Generation Apple iPod touch 16GB MP3 Player with $50 Target Gift Card for $229 at Target
Attention Target REDcard members: You might have early access to several of Target's Black Friday deals. Case in point, you can pick up the 5th-gen iPod touch with a $50 Target gift card days before everyone else. Assuming you'll use the gift card, it's like getting the new iPod touch for a mere $179.
Sharp 50" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $399.99 at Best Buy
Right now, you can get the best price we've seen for any new 50" 120Hz LED HDTV; just use coupon code "SHARP50DEAL" to drop it to $400. (It's also the cheapest 50" Sharp HDTV we've seen by $100 and a current low by $197.) If you were shopping for a brand-name 50" set on Black Friday, this is definitely your deal.
Samsung 51" 720p Plasma HDTV for $427 at Walmart
We typically try to steer clear of 720p TVs these days, but this $427 51" plasma is too irresistible to ignore. It's $23 under our August mention of this model and the lowest price we've ever seen for any new Samsung 51" plasma HDTV.
Dell Inspiron 15 Haswell 1.6GHz 16" LED-Backlit Laptop for $449.99 at Dell Home
We're not sure why Dell Home decided to beat its own price for this Inspiron 15, but we're not complaining! Apply coupon code "HF08ZLDCXJM19W" to get this laptop for $50 under what Dell Home will charge on Black Friday. Featuring a shiny new Core i5 Haswell CPU, this workhorse laptop has 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive. Best of all, $450 is the lowest price we've ever seen for a Haswell-equipped Inspiron 15.
50% off select Fisher-Price and Playskool Toys at Kohl's
Kohl's surprised us all by popping the cork on more than 500 Black Friday deals today, including taking 50% off a much bigger selection of toys than we saw in its leaked Black Friday ad. It's still the largest discount we've seen on Fisher-Price and Playskool toys specifically since last Black Friday, when Bealls cut 60% off. The usual caveat applies: several of these toys will be cheaper in the lead-up to Christmas, but if you need to get your shopping done early, here's your chance.
Seiki 55" 120Hz 4K Ultra LED HDTV for $849.99 at Sears
This pre-Black Friday price drop is good and all, but it's not awesome. Right now Sears is selling Seiki's 55" SE55UY04 at the Black Friday price of $850, but a week ago the retailer offered this same set for $825. We're going to give Sears the benefit of the doubt in this case; maybe they'll drop the price again on Black Friday. (Besides, we don't recommend buying a 4K Ultra HDTV just yet anyway.)
T-Fal Inspirations Nonstick 20-Piece Cookware Set for $39.49 at Kohl's
If you had your eye on Target's Black Friday offer for a T-Fal 20-piece cookware set for $50, consider opting for this similar T-Fal set at Kohl's instead. When you use coupon code "BLACKFRI" and redeem a mail-in rebate, the cookware set at Kohl's falls to $39, making it about $11 less than Target's Black Friday price.
These are all the best live Black Friday deals we could find for now, but there's sure to be more pre-Black Friday price drops in the next 24 hours. In the price wars of Black Friday 2013, it seems like anything goes. Retailers are keeping us on our toes this year, but we'll be sure to bring you the latest, greatest price drops as we come across them. Be sure to keep checking our Black Friday deals page for all the latest news, ads, and analyses.
Jeff Somogyi, Lindsay Sakraida, Louis Ramirez, and Marcy Bonebright are writers for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared: http://dealnews.com/features/Why-Wait-Here-Are-9-Black-Friday-Doorbusters-You-Can-Score-Right-Now/913317.html