BLACK FRIDAY tablet deals to rival 2014 prices
Tablet and iPad deals catapulted in the Black Friday ads last year with 590 deals (vs. 331 in 2013) from 47 retailers and more than 30 brands, including 60 door-buster deals, 180 iPad deals, 140 tablet deals for less than $100 and one Tigerdirect Android tablet deal for $5 (after $50 mail-in-rebate). Nearly every major tablet maker had at least one new model to offer (unlike 2013 where basically Apple and a trailing Amazon brought new products in this category during the holiday shopping season).
FatWallet.com 2015 Black Friday Predictions
If you haven’t entered the tablet era, this may be the best time to do it. More than one in four American parents say they will buy tablets this year (FatWallet survey), up 8 percent from 2014. The high anticipation of the new iPad Pro, expected to rival Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and 2-in-1 hybrid laptops, and a remarkably improved iPad Mini 4, are already bringing older tablet prices down.
Amazon adds the new $50 Fire tablet to the mix, where one can order a six-pack of these new stocking stuffers for $250. The catch is that these tablets require up-charges to forego unwanted ads and add adequate memory upgrades. They also only feature SD, not HD, resolution with slower processing technology. We expect the price of Amazon Black Friday Fire HD deals at $79.99 again or even lower (see below), making this is a much better value over the newer $50 Fire.
Amazon Fire HD 7 for less than $100
More than 50 tablet deals for less $50
Leapfrog LeapPad Platinum less than $100
$100 off new Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
$100 off all iPad Air/Mini/Pro models
Like the last couple of years, expect gift card bonuses to help lower the price of all iPad models, possibly as much as $200 from one of the big-box stores. We’ve already seen discounting up to $50 off the new Samsung Galaxy S2, so expect at least $100 off most Galaxy Tab products. Other quality tablet lines like Toshiba Encore, Nexus 7, Dell Venue, Sony Experiea will have great tablet choices for less than $150 and the new high-end Google Pixel C (just announced) could make a splash by discounting its starting price of $499, if available in time for Black Friday. Many current Tablet and iPad deals already surpass last year’s Black Friday deals, and we fully expect retailers to raise the bar again come Thanksgiving Day.
Top 10 TV iPad and Tablet from Black Friday 2014:
HP Stream 7-inch HD Tablet with Intel Inside 32GB RAM
$80 (was $100)
Dell Venue 7 3000 7-inch 16GB, 2GB RAM Android 4.4 OS Tablet
$99.99 (was $149.99)
Amazon Fire HD 6 8GB Tablet
$80 (was $99) plus $20 coupon on next purchase
Microsoft Surface 2, 32 GB
$299.99 (was $449.99)
$75 off all iPad Mini 3 (16GB/64GB/128GB)
Apple iPad Mini 16GB with Wi-Fi plus $30 Walmart Gift Card
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 16 GB 10.5-inch Display Amoled Tablet
Apple iPad Air 16GB
$299.99 (was $499.99)
Apple iPad Air 2 16GB plus $140 Target Gift Card
$499.99 (was $499.99)
$100 off ALL Apple iPad Air 2 Tablets
This series of 2015 Black Friday Predictions is a forecast for upcoming prices in the most popular holiday categories and a review of the top stores, brands, products and deals from the 2014 holiday shopping season. All data is drawn from 2014 sales and shopping activities from FatWallet’s Black Friday Ads, which featured 45,000 deals, 5,700 door-busters, 10,000 deals for less than $20 and more than 100 retailer ad flyers (including Thanksgiving Sales events and 2014 Cyber Monday Deals). Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for expert insights and additional data.
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