Chicago (IL) - The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner: Black Friday, however, has become more about tradition and excitement than it is about spectacular deals. Still, a handful of attractive prices ends up in stores across the country, and for some, it's worth waiting in line for several hours.
Black Friday ads have not been unveiled officially, but most ads have been circulating round the Internet for some time and CompUSA even announced some of its deals in a press release today. Sites like GottaDeal and BFAds.net, however, have been collecting products and prices for weeks and let consumers more amply prepare for the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy.
We have looked through the lists compiled a list of some of the always-hot tech products - computers, PC packages, monitors, flash drives, and hard drives - to give you a sneak peek at what is expected to be advertised in tomorrow's newspaper.
Please remember that we cannot guarantee that the products in our list in fact will be offered and we cannot guarantee that the prices in our list are accurate. Also, we do not claim that the list is complete.
Desktop and notebook systems
Store Type Brand Processor Price Circuit City Desktop Bundle Compaq Celeron M 420 $299.99 Circuit City Desktop PC HP Athlon 64 3800+ $499.97 Circuit City Notebook PC Acer Turion 64 TL-50 $599.99 Circuit City Notebook PC HP Core DuoT2250 $849.99 Best Buy Notebook PC HP N/A $379.99 Best Buy Notebook PC Compaq Athlon 64 3700+ $399.97 Best Buy Notebook PC Gateway Turion 64 X2 $699.99 Best Buy Notebook PC HP Turion 64 X2 $899.99 CompUSA Desktop PC Emachines Athlon 64 3500+ $299.97 CompUSA Notebook PC Compaq Sempron 3300+ $399.00 CompUSA Notebook Bundle HP Core DuoT2250 $549.99 CompUSA Notebook PC HP Turion X2 TL-50 $549.99 CompUSA Desktop Bundle HP Athlon 64 X2 4200+ $619.99 CompUSA Desktop PC HP Pentium D 925 $699.98 CompUSA Notebook PC Acer Turion X2 TL-50 $499.99 CompUSA Notebook PC Compaq Core Duo T2250 $849.99 CompUSA Desktop Bundle HP Core 2 Duo E6300 $859.98 CompUSA Desktop Bundle HP Pentium D 945 $999.98 CompUSA Notebook PC HP Turion X2 TL-56 $999.99 CompUSA Notebook PC HP Core 2 Duo T5600 $1549.99 CompUSA Notebook PC Toshiba Core 2 Duo T7200 $1899.99 CompUSA Notebook Mac Apple 2 GHz Core Duo $1999.99 CompUSA Notebook Mac Apple 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo $1999.99 CompUSA Notebook PC Sony Core 2 Duo T7200 $2249.99 Staples Notebook PC Compaq AMD Turion 64 ML-28 $19.98 Staples Desktop Bundle HP AMD Athlon X2 4200+ $699.98 Staples Notebook PC Toshiba Core Duo T2050 $699.98 Staples Notebook PC HP Core Duo T2250 $849.98 Staples Notebook PC HP AMD X2 TL-56 $1149.98 Office Max Desktop Bundle HP N/A $799.99 Office Max Notebook PC Averatec AMD Turion 64 X2 $599.99
Store Type Brand Capacity Price Circuit City Flash Drive Sandisk 2 GB $12.99 Circuit City Flash Drive Seagate 120 GB $59.99 Best Buy Flash Drive PNY 1 GB $14.99 Best Buy Flash Drive Sandisk 2 GB $29.99 CompUSA Flash Drive N/A 1 GB $14.99 CompUSA Flash Drive PNY 2 GB $24.99 Radio Shack Flash Drive N/A 1 GB $36.99 Staples Flash Drive Sandisk 1 GB $7.98 Staples Flash Drive PNY 1 GB (3-pack) $29.98 Staples Flash Drive PNY 2 GB $29.98 Office Max Flash Drive Sandisk 4 GB $69.99
Hard drives and LCD monitors
Store Type Brand Details Price Circuit City Hard Drive I/O Magic 250 GB Ext $39.99 Best Buy Hard Drive Seagate 250 GB Int $59.99 Best Buy Hard Drive Western Digital 250 GB Ext $69.99 CompUSA Hard Drive Seagate 160 GB Int $19.99 CompUSA Hard Drive No Name 250 GB Ext $49.99 CompUSA Nb. Hard Drive Seagate 60 GB $49.99 CompUSA Hard Drive Western Digital 250 GB Int $69.99 CompUSA Hard Drive Maxtor 500 GB Ext $199.99 Radio Shack Hard Drive Maxtor 160 GB Ext $69.99 Staples Hard Drive Maxtor 200 GB Int $19.98 Staples Hard Drive Maxtor 60 GB Int $39.98 Staples Hard Drive Western Digital 400 GB Ext $99.98 Office Max Hard Drive Simpletech 500 GB Ext $169.99 Office Max Hard Drive Simpletech 120 GB Ext $99.99 Office Max Hard Drive Maxtor 300 GB Ext $99.99
Store Type Brand Details Price Circuit City LCD Monitor Proview 19" Widescreen $129.99 Circuit City LCD Monitor Acer 20" $199.99 Circuit City LCD Monitor Samsung 22" Widescreen $279.99 Best Buy LCD Monitor MAD 17" $79.99 Best Buy LCD Monitor Westinghouse 22" Widescreen $199.99 CompUSA LCD Monitor Envision 15" $89.99 CompUSA LCD Monitor Envision 17" $129.99 CompUSA LCD Monitor Acer 19" Widescreen $199.99 CompUSA LCD Monitor Samsung 22" Widescreen $299.99 Target LCD Monitor Westinghouse 19" Widescreen $149.00 Staples LCD Monitor Samsung 19" Widescreen $129.99 Staples LCD Monitor Samsung 19" Widescreen $299.98