IT pros have a lot to be thankful for, but there’s no harm in adding a few things to your wish list. With the biggest shopping day of the year nearly upon us, it’s time to develop your Black Friday shopping strategy.
We’ve pulled together some of our best ideas for gear, tools, and fun stuff to look out for this year.
Throughout the list, we’ll note some deals valid at the time of publication, and also where to shop if you like to find your own. And while lining up in the early morning hours on Black Friday can sometimes save you some dough, we think your sleep is valuable too, so these wish list items are mostly available online.
One more quick note: Post-Thanksgiving deals now spread to Cyber Monday. Black Friday is a much bigger draw for technology retailers, but it’s worth taking a peek at deals on the Monday after as well.
Devices and Other Hardware
Black Friday can be a great time to pick up hardware for the office or home, and nearly every seller of tech products will have deals this year. It’s worth checking out your favorite stores’ websites, but we have a few suggestions.
Best Buy is your best bet when it comes to phones, tablets, monitors, and laptops this Black Friday. They traditionally hold holiday sales that offer deep discounts, but make sure to cross-check on sites like Newegg and Amazon where you might find comparable, if not better, deals.
Don’t skip checking manufacturer sites and online stores, too, like Dell, Lenovo, Asus, or your own favorites.
Here are some 2016 hardware deals to look for:
Save $400 on a Surface Pro 4 at Best Buy
Save $200 on a MacBook Air, also at Best Buy
Save $70-150 on iPads at Target
Save hundreds on Vizio and LG TVs at Costco
If you have a flexible purchasing policy, look for deals to snap up and expense.
Newegg is advertising hard drives and other parts, while Amazon may be your best bet for items such as printers and routers.
Software and Subscriptions
If you’ve been looking to try out the latest SaaS applications, now may be the time to make the commitment. Services like Microsoft Office 365 offer subscriptions at a discount on Black Friday.
Microsoft deals are here (you can track hardware deals there, too).
Many other SaaS products, mobile apps, and the like will have Black Friday specials. For example, Adobe Creative Cloud usually offers holiday discounts.
If you’re an information junkie, keep an eye out for bargains on magazine, newspaper, and online media subscriptions.
There’s one other subscription you should consider picking up: a CBT Nuggets subscription! (Yes, we clearly have a bias here, but it really is something to be thankful for as you look to advance your IT career!) CBT Nuggets offers monthly, semiannual, and annual subscriptions, making it easy to give a month as a gift to a friend or colleague, or claim a year for your favorite IT pro: yourself!
Black Friday doesn’t have to be all sensible, business-ready technologies!
Take a little time to add some more lighthearted items to your wish list — after all, a fun-deprived IT pro isn’t good for anyone.
If you’re into gaming, there are lots of great sales for you. Here are a few that caught our eye:
Save $50 on an Xbox One S Battlefield 1 Bundle at Target (plus get a $40 gift card)
Save $50 on a PlayStation 4 Uncharted 4 Bundle (plus a $30 gift card)
There will certainly be more deals to come on Steam, as well.
All the big-box retailers will have deals on goodies like drones, fitness trackers, hoverboards, smart home products, and a plethora of other items that you might’ve been wishing for throughout the year. Now is the time to add them to your list, and check out deals that may pop up.
Black Friday is also a great time to check out fun subscription products like Loot Crate, Dollar Shave Club, and Shirt Block.
And now a last word of advice. It can be easy to get overwhelmed when shopping, so keep your head about you and use common sense. Keep in mind what you actually need and track your budget.
If a deal seems too good to be true, do a little investigating.
We hope some of these items make it onto your wish list, and then into your hands.