Top 20 Deals Under $20: Black Friday Recap and 2013 Predictions


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Top 20 Deals Under $20:

If you were on a tight budget for buying holiday gifts in 2012, then these SUPER CHEAP deals represent what Black Friday is all about. With over 10,000 deals under $20 and 5,000 under $10, last year raised the bar on finding quality Christmas presents at cut rate prices. There were 1.670+ deals under $5 making stocking stuffers cheaper than a six of Pabst. We’ve scanned this extensive list of deals to find what shoppers chose to buy most and vet out which deals were worth pulling the trigger on. Walmart alone advertised more than 900 deals for twenty bucks or less.

But which budget deals rank as the best? Do they even stack up to Today’s Best Deals? FatWallet tech/finance expert Bryan Marsden reviews the Top 20 Deals Under $20 from Black Friday 2012.

Sherlock Holmes (DVD) or The Hangover (Blu-ray) from Walmart

– Holmes Details or – Hangover Details.
$1.96 (was $7.96) or $3.96 (was $13.96)

Walmart had an impressive, but short list of popular movies you could own at rental pricing. “Watch it and sell it” would have been a profitable strategy with these deals. And they still would have been good deals today as current prices at Amazon are $6.99 and $9.70 respectively.

Kitchen Selectives 1.5-qt. Slow Cooker from Ace Hardware

– See Details.
$2.99 (was $15.99)

This was a FatWallet community favorite deal that was perhaps one of the best Black Friday 2012 savings at 80%. These smaller crocks are perfect for dipping sauces and single serving meals. The current price is back up to $15.99, so it’s held it’s value!

Pittsburgh Automotive 12-ft. 8 Gauge Jumper Cables w/ Inline Battery Tester from Harbor Freight

– See Details.
$4.99 (was $17.99)

The inline battery tester makes these dual purpose and for 5 bucks, a stellar Black Friday deal. You can pick them up on sale currently for $14.99 (msrp $24.99), but if you don’t need the inline tester, for the same price you can get 16 ft. set which are much easier for jumps in awkward spaces.

Maxell 8GB SDHC Memory Card from Kmart or SanDisk 16GB Flash Drive $6.97 from Walmart

– Maxell Details or – SanDisk Details.
$4.99 (was $14.99) or $6.97 (was $15.88)

It was a great event to find these kind of memory cards at cheap prices and there were plenty of brands and storage sizes to choose from. You can currently get either of these products for around $10.

Samsung EHS60 Stereo Headsets from OfficeMax

– See Details.
$4.99 $19.99

$5 for a quality hands-free set of earbuds was a steal last year and this was a much better product than several competitive brands selling for $20 or more. You can currently pick these up at All4Cellular for $6.95.

Disney Treasury Books (Entire Stock) from Toys R Us

– See Details.
$5.99 $19.99

A hard to find item (new) and collectable (used go for $5-50), this was a superb deal at $6 and depending on which story book ir was, it was a deal at the retail price. We won’t see these, but there is a Disney “Sound” Treasure Book version that looks fun and should be discounted this year.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Medium-Extra Firm Logo Pillow (Standard/Queen) from Macy’s

– See Details.
$6.99 $20.00

This 4.5 star rated pillow was a quality buy for $7 and was very popular with Black Friday Deal Finder shoppers. You can grab these today at about half price at many retail stores.

Justin Bieber – Believe (CD) $7.00 $17.99 from Target

– See Details.
$7.00 (was $17.99)

Like “The Biebs” or not, this was one of the hottest selling albums in 2012 and the video for the hit Brother was the most watched song of all time on YouTube. So for its demand and popularity, this price was spectacular, especially considering the price at Target is back at $17.99 a year after its release, or get it for just under $8 with Amazon Prime or even less with exclusive Amazon cash back from FatWallet (when music is available).

Pyrex Storage 14-pc. Container Set from Bonton

– See Details.
$9.97 $34.99

One of the best Black Friday kitchen deals under $10 and a 5 star product at the current price of $23. At the sale price, you could afford to get a new set of Pyrex containers once a year. What more can we say?

Fisher-Price Activity Walker from Bonton

– See Details.
$9.97 $29.99

This discontinued well-made toddler toy was an excellent deal from a very under-rated retailer (they brought dozens of the lowest-priced deals to Black Friday in 2012). The newer Fisher-Price replacement is a bit safer and has newer features to keep you kid active, but at $10, this is a great walker on a budget.

Targus Ascend Backpack Laptop Case (Black) from Best Buy

– See Details.
$9.99 (was 29.99)

This is still a popular back pack even though the price is back up to $30 at most stores currently offering it. Why? It’s one of the few backpacks in this price range that is solid black, and to many, including some web coders we know personally, all black is cool, especially at $10 bucks. That and the reviews for a quality, lightweight ergonomic laptop bag couldn’t be much better.

Bella Rocket Blender (12-pc.) from Macy’s

– See Details.
$9.99 (was $44.99)

It’s slender design and versatility makes this a decent product for the current price of $25 (Walmart), but at $10 bucks, it was a bargain and there is a great assortment of colors to match your kitchen.

Brother P-Touch Simply Stylish Labeler from RadioShack

– See Details.
$9.99 $39.99

Discontinued clearance at better than better than close-out price for this PT1290 model. With 4 star ratings, this product has been replaced by the Touch PT90, but for $10, this labeler beats the PT90 current cost of $32+ in value. Makes ya wonder why they change things so much:)

Logitech C310 Webcam from Staples

– See Details.
$14.99 (was $49.99)

This is a great low cost HD webcam at full price, but at $14.99, you could get 3 for its current “average” price. However, you can pick it up at a current killer bargain price of $21.99 w/free shipping at Meritline (+3.5% cash back) – we like them because they always seem to have one of the lowest prices anywhere on tech gear like this…making this BF deal pretty amazing.

e.l.f. Essential Makeup Collection – 83-pc. from Target

– See Details.
$15.00 (was $25.00)

This was the hottest Health & Beauty deal with our community and a real value for $15. For entry level make-up with a ton of style options and features, this was a great holiday gift. Even at the current price of $25, it gets a 5 start review. (Add 2.5% cash back for more savings from a target=”_blank” href=””>!)

Eureka Quick Up Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner from Sears

– See Details.
$19.99 (was $39.99)

A versatile, lightweight cordless vacuum at half-price from one of the top brands in the industry. It converts to a hand held and stores on the wall in a closet while it charges. The current price is $33.98 and Sears customers give it 4.6 stars, making the $19.99 Black friday price the kind of deals we look for in late November.

Werner Aluminum Work Platform from Lowe’s

– See Details.
$17.00 (was $44.00)

If you want one of these, and what handy person doesn’t, it will cost you about $50 bucks today. At $17.00 last Black Friday it’s surprising there’s any left. Seriously, of the 1200+ tool deals we saw from more than 23 different 2012 Black Friday store ads, this was one of the best.

Carhartt Women’s Midweight Zip-Front Hooded Sweatshirt (Friday Only) from Gander Mountain

– See Details.
$19.99 (was $46.99)

As a Friday only deal from Gander Mountain (fairly common for the intermediate niche retailers), they were able to provide a price point that was hard to resist, especially for the handy man that wants his girl to look carpenter trendy (although they do offer this zip-hoodie in “creamsicle”). The current price is back up to $46.99 making the Black Friday price from last year perhaps the best ever for this item.

Clarks Danville Mocs and Venetian Slippers from Cabela’s

– See Details.
$19.99 (was $59.99)

Any Clarks shoe products under $20 is a deal, so at 65% off, it’s most likely only going to be a Black Friday deal and Cabela’s found a way to do. You can still get these at regular price, if that’s any indication how good this deal was.

Celebrations 30-in Prelit Great Falls Wreath (4-pack w/Multi-Color Lights) from Ace Hardware

– See Details.
$19.99 (was $79.96)

Any 30″ quality pre-lit wreath for $19.99 is a good deal. Although the “was” price indicates $80, you can get a 4-pack for a little more than $100, so doing the math, this wasn’t a great deal for one of a 4-pack pricing, but as a single price, it was a score for your front door:)

Budget Deals Predictions for 2013 Holiday

For the last 3 years, Black Friday deals under $20 have doubled and “Buy One Get One-like” deals were big last year with 690+ related sales (majority under $20 items). Expect this trend to continue, especially for kids clothing, toys, movies, music and video games. Look for another great opportunity to score super cheap flash drives, SD cards and tech accessories for under $5 bucks. Also look for deal sites to make additional discounts, coupons and cash back even easier to find for shoppers that want to stack even more savings to these already crazy low prices.

SERIES Master List: “Best of Black Friday 2012”

FatWallet’s in-depth series reveals the top products and deals from last year…some you’ll wish you didn’t miss! Featuring expert deal reviews, shopping tips and predictions for 2013, series content is based on sales and shopping activity recorded from FatWallet’s Black Friday Deal Finder (and mobile app) in 2012 which featured 27,000+ deals and doorbusters, 100+ Black Friday ads, and the hot Thanksgiving Day Deals, as well as Cyber Monday Deals from last year.

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