This year's best Black Friday deals

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 11:26 p.m. MST

Associated Press

In just two days — or, in conformity with recent trends, one day — roughly 97 million people are expected to rush into a shopping frenzy. Black Friday is upon us.

Not everyone is impressed, however. Bloomberg News’ Barry Ritholtz, for one, partially blames an irresponsible obsession by the media that feeds Black Friday hysteria. By offering false “projections” and “predictions” of the holiday shopping season, Ritholtz believes the public buys into a false notion that the day after Thanksgiving is worth paying attention to.

“Investors who don’t enjoy losing money should ignore the media coverage of these misleading, inaccurate surveys (predicting Black Friday’s influence on the economy) with extreme prejudice,” Ritholtz concludes.

Whether Black Friday is all hype or the real deal is largely irrelevant, however, because consumers rely on the tradition for their annual holiday shopping kick-off. The deals might not be that much better, but people are far more aware of them.

To help navigate this year’s plethora of deals, DeseretNews.com has compiled a list of the 16 best doorbuster deals for families and individuals this Black Friday.

The list was compiled using various deal aggregators such as BlackFriday.com and reflects the advertised discounts for the various products highlighted. We did our best to not only find great deals on electronics — which typically get the most attention — but also products the whole family can enjoy.
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J.P. Singleton
Salt Lake City, UT

This says the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer goes from $450 to $300—a savings of $150—but really, you can buy the exact same stand mixer on Amazon for $320 (including shipping), any day of the year. Not much of a deal in my opinion, considering the time and trauma involved in Black Friday shopping.

Cool Cat Cosmo
Payson, UT

Wow...$200/15% off of a Mac?! That sounds like a REAL bargain (roll eyes).

However, that chair and table set isn't bad at all...but I'm still not sure any of these are worth fighting the angry hordes that descend on retailers for Black Friday.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

So the #1 deal is a Macintosh computer that is almost less than a thousand dollars. Go figure. It probably comes with only 2 GB ram as well, and is probably only half as good as my current laptop that I spent $750 on over 2 years ago.

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

Does anyone else feel like most of these prices are simply the correct price that over-priced items should already cost every day?

Except the MacBook...it's still $600 too high. My $300 Gateway has essentially the same parts inside, but will run rings around the Mac. And yes, I do own both PC and Mac computers, and I am A+ certified, so I can actually compare them.

DEW
Sandy, UT

I found Kohls was a joke place. We spent some $210 purchasing some clothings and small electronics and retails were well over $550. Really? Not only that, we had to wait in line some over 1 hour during mid day to check out. I won't do that again. Best optoin is to buy stuff ONLINE!

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