Top 10 Black Friday Ads

By Jeff Somogyi, Louis Ramirez, Marcy BonebrightLifestyle and

The closer we get to Black Friday, the more ads we'll be seeing. But, as deal-hunting detectives, we will comb through pages and pages of sales to determine which Black Friday deals are good, great, or not worth your dollars. And now that we've published a few analyses, we're ready to start crowning the best of the best Black Friday ads. Although we still haven't seen ads from the big players like Amazon or Walmart, the leaked deals below are certainly worth celebrating.

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The Best Black Friday Ads So Far

  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet with $20 Gift Card for $179.99 at Toys "R" Us We predicted that Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets would see little to no discounts this year and while we don't like being incorrect, we're really excited to see this prediction shattered. Assuming you'll use the $20 gift card, this leaked Black Friday price is $19 under our August mention of a refurb, making it the lowest price we've ever seen for this tablet. (Amazon currently charges $229.)
  • Skylanders SWAP Force Starter Pack (Select Systems) for $37.49 at Toys "R" Us Parents looking to be holiday heroes may want to forgo that second helping of turkey to snatch up this Skylanders SWAP Force starter pack for just $37 on Thanksgiving. Not only is this deal a full $33 under what any merchant is currently charging for this game on any platform, it also beats GameStop's leaked Black Friday price of $50.
  • LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer for $39.99 at Toys "R" Us LeapFrog's line of tablets is always a popular choice with parents, as they boast a big library of games that promise to make learning fun. Considering that we last listed this 4GB tablet for $80 in July, this Thursday-only doorbuster is a serious steal at $40. (It's currently selling for at least $30 more at other sites.)
  • Sony 8GB Memory Card for PS Vita for $10 at GameStop GameStop will surely be a popular stop for handheld console-loving gamers thanks in part to this Black Friday-only offer on this 8GB PS Vita memory card. It's not just a current price low by $10, it's also the best price we've ever seen by $5.
  • PlayStation Plus 1-Year Membership Card for $30 at GameStop Only available on Black Friday, this deal for a 1-year subscription to PlayStation Plus is pretty outstanding. It's the best price we could find now by $20, and also the lowest price we've ever seen by $10. If you've ever thought about signing up for this premium service, which offers access to free and reduced-price games, this is one deal you should definitely bag.
  • Kenneth Cole Reaction Men's Dress Shirts for $22 at Macy's These Kenneth Cole shirts fell to the same price during a Bon-Ton sale in July, making the Macy's deal equal to the lowest total price we've seen. Clothes might not be the most fun thing to shop for on Black Friday (what with the long lines at the fitting rooms), but in this instance you'd be getting a great price.
  • Cultured Freshwater Pearl Necklace And Earring Set for $29 at Macy's This jewelry deal cuts a whopping 86% off the listed price of $200. Furthermore, the lowest price we've ever seen for any comparable necklace and earring set is $70, making this one deal to clamour for.
  • Drill Master 18V 3/8" Cordless Drill Driver and Flashlight Set for $18.99 at Harbor Freight Tools This 2-piece cordless drill and flashlight kit is easily the cheapest combo of its kind we've seen to date. We've listed similar kits throughout the year for as much as $50, making this one an outright steal at $19.
  • US General Pro 700-lb. Capacity 5-Drawer Tool Cart for $159.99 at Harbor Freight Tools This 700-lb. capacity tool cart is going to shatter some price records when it's discounted to $160 — similar 5-drawer carts have sold for up to $50 more, making this the cheapest 5-drawer tool chest we've seen by far.
  • 3-Piece Whalen Storage Java Dining Set for $109 at Lowe's We tend to expect Target, Walmart, and Sears to offer the best discounts on dining sets, so color us surprised by this promotion. This 3-piece set for $109 beats out previous deals from all three aforementioned merchants and ranks as the cheapest 3-piece dining set we've seen.

There you have it, folks: the best Black Friday ads we've come across so far. Be sure to keep checking our Black Friday deals page for all the latest news, ads, and predictions. Do you think we miss a truly noteworthy deal in this roundup? Share it in the comments below.

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