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Best Small Business Black Friday Deals

by Mike Abelson   November 17, 2016
We picked out our favorite doorbusters from the Black Friday print ads for Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Dell, and Newegg.com.
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If you’ve been holding off on replacing, updating, or adding new supplies and/or technology to your office – your procrastinating is about to pay off. Black Friday is just around the corner, and with it comes some of the year’s biggest discounts on all kinds of office essentials.

 

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Here’s a look at what we liked most from Black Friday print ads for 2016.

 

Staples Print Ad

Doors open: Friday at 6 a.m.

Online sale starts: Thursday

Best discounts:

  • HP laptop with Intel Core i5 Processor -- $389 (Save $250)
  • HP desktop PC with Intel Core i5 Processor – $399 (Save $180)
  • Norton Security Deluxe (5 Devices) -- $19.99 (Save $60)
  • Cannon PIXMA MG3620 -- $29.99 (Save $50)
  • Brother HL L2320D Mono Laser Printer -- $49.99 (Save $50)
  • Staples Carder Chair -- $79.99 (Save $120)

 

Office Depot Print Ad

Doors open: Friday at 6 a.m.

Online sale starts: Thursday

Best discounts:

  • HP 15.6-inch Laptop with intel Core i7 Processor -- $449.99 (Save $400)
  • Samsung 27-inch LED Monitor -- $129.99 (Save $140)
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 3833 -- $39.99 (Save $40)
  • Kaspersky Internet Security (3 Users) -- $14.99 (Save $65)
  • Ativa 10-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder -- $59.99 (Save $90)
  • Linksys Max-Stream AC5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router -- $279.99 (Save $120)

 

Best Buy Print Ad

Doors open: Thursday at 5 p.m. (Some deals don’t start until Friday, so please consult Best Buy’s official website to determine when the deal you’re interested in will be available.)

Online sale starts: Thursday

Best discounts:

  • Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch Laptop with Intel Core i5 -- $349.99 (Save $150)
  • Cannon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera (with 2 lenses) -- $449.99 (Save $250)
  • Apple 21.5-inch iMac with Intel Core i5 – $899.99 (Save $200)
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 12.3-inch -- $599.99 (Save $400)
  • Apple MacBook Air (latest model) 13.3-inch – $999.99 (Save $200)
  • Lenovo – 100S 11.6-inch Laptop with Intel Atom -- $99.99 (Save $100)

 

Dell Print Ad

Doors open: This sale is online-only with some deals available right now. Many of Dell’s doorbusters will be available on Thanksgiving Day starting at 6 p.m. and running through Black Friday.

Online sale starts: See above.

Best discounts:

  • Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop with Intel Celeron Processor -- $99.99 (Save $100)
  • Inspiron Micro Desktop with Intel Celeron Processor -- $99.99 (Save $100)
  • Inspiron Desktop with Intel Core i5 + Dell 24 Monitor -- $479.99 (Save $409.99)

 

Newegg.com Print Ad

Doors open: This sale is online-only. It’s a “Black November” event, which means that the deals are updated throughout the month. Some are available right now.

Online sale starts: See above.

Best discounts:

  • Dell Black 24-inch LED Monitor -- $99.99 (Save $100)
  • ThinkCentre Desktop Computer M800 with intel Core i5 -- $399.99 (Save $280)
  • Acer 15.6-inch Laptop with Intel Core i5 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M -- $529.99 (Save $320)
  • Samsung 850 EVO 2.5-inch 1TB SATA SSD -- $249.99 (Save $100)
  • Intel Core i7 Broadwell Processor -- $499.99 (Save $110)
  • XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 FFF ABS Single Nozzle 3D Printer -- $249.99 (Save $250)

 

Hold Off on Furniture and Appliances

Like we said earlier, not everything is cheaper during holiday sales. While you may find some of the year’s best deals on electronics, you’ll want to hold off on purchasing your furniture until January. New furniture should hit the shelves in February, so stores will be trying to clear their shelves before then. The same goes for appliances. Stores try to clear out their older appliances during Black Friday, but what doesn’t sell will be reduced to even lower prices.

Some Deals are Fake

The stores don’t aim to lose money during Black Friday. They hope to draw you in with a few deals and then sell you items that aren’t on discount, too.

To make sure you don’t accidentally bring home one of the non-discounted items, you should price check before you buy. Your smartphone should make it easy.

Black Friday price checking works best when you do it before you get to the store. Pick out the doorbusters you want, and then head straight to those when the sale starts. Since the best deals sell out quick, this strategy is essential if you want to get one.

Check Your Expectations

You’ll only get one or maybe two major doorbusters. The best deals just go too fast for you to get any more than that. But you should be able to find several second-tier deals before they sell out.

Shop Online

We’ll never understand why so many people line up in the freezing to try get a deal that they could have bought for the same price at home on their computer. Since most of the Black Friday deals are available online, we recommend that you shop from your computer.

Final Thoughts

No matter how good the deal is, you’ll be wasting your money if you don’t need the item. We’re not trying to convince you to buy any of the stuff listed in this article. We think it’s a good discount, but that doesn’t mean we believe that you should buy it. Remember, sometimes the smartest shopper is the one who leaves with an empty cart and a full wallet.

Mike Abelson   Lendza Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing
Mike enjoys helping entrepreneurs and startups succeed through smart and innovative marketing strategies. He’s partnered with CEOs and executives to grow businesses from the ground up. Mike believes that the customer is a company’s most valuable asset. When he’s not traveling for work, he enjoys reading adventure and science fiction novels.

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