Here Are Some Of Ama­zon’s Best Black Fri­day Deals You Can Ex­pect

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With Hal­loween over and done, shop­pers have their sights set on Black Fri­day, which is tra­di­tion­ally the big­gest re­tail day of the year. Al­though mil­lions of peo­ple still plan to brave brick-and­mor­tar stores to get good Black Fri­day deals, on­line buy­ing is grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. More peo­ple shopped on­line than in stores in 2015, and re­tail­ers are ex­pect­ing In­ter­net sales to in­crease for 2016. As the No. 1 on­line re­tailer in the world, Ama­zon is likely to lead the charge in Black Fri­day pur­chases. The com­pany al­ready has re­leased a sneak peak of some of its best Black Fri­day deals.

Ama­zon’s top teasers

• Ama­zon Echo ($139.99, $40 off ). Ama­zon Echo is a voice con­trolled, cloud­based, 360-de­gree smart speaker with seven built-in mi­cro­phones. Al­though its main fo­cus is to play mu­sic, you can use Echo in con­nec­tion with the Alexa ser­vice to get in­for­ma­tion (e.g., your com­mute time) or do ev­ery­thing from or­der pizza to turn off your lights.

• Echo Dot ($39.99, $10 off ). De­scribed as Echo’s mini-me, Echo Dot can do ev­ery­thing Echo does, but it has just one small speaker. It’s de­signed to hook up to your ex­ist­ing au­dio setup via Blue­tooth or jack so you can use Alexa with what you’ve got.

• Ama­zon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Re­mote ($29.99, $10 off ). The Ama­zon Fire TV stick plugs into any HDTV to con­nect you with stream­ing ser­vices like Net­flix, Hulu and Pan­dora. The in­cluded re­mote al­lows you to con­trol your ac­cess with voice com­mands via Alexa. As with the Echo and Echo dot, you can use the re­mote for things like get­ting data or con­trol­ling smart de­vices in your house.

• Ama­zon Fire HD 8 Tablet ($59.99, $30 off ). The Ama­zon Fire HD 8 Tablet fea­tures a 1280x800 (189 ppi) dis­play, 16 GB stor­age (ex­pand­able to 32), 1.3 GHz quad-core pro­ces­sor, 12-hour bat­tery, 2MP rear-fac­ing cam­era and VGA front-fac­ing cam­era. Use it to read, watch en­ter­tain­ment or ac­cess your fa­vorite apps.

• Ama­zon Fire Tablet ($33.33, $16.66 off ). Think of the Ama­zon Fire Tablet as the lit­tle brother to the Ama­zon Fire HD 8 Tablet. You’ll get a 7-inch dis­play, 8 or 16 GB stor­age, 1.3 GHz quad­core pro­ces­sor, seven-hour bat­tery, 1024x600 (171 ppi) IPS dis­play, 2MP rear-fac­ing cam­era and VGA front-fac­ing cam­era.

A lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­body

Of course, this is just a start. BGR Me­dia as­serts that Ama­zon will have dou­ble the deals on Black Fri­day com­pared to last year, and they’ll have new deals ev­ery day un­til Black Fri­day, which be­gan on Nov. 14. Ad­di­tion­ally, Nerdwal­let also re­ports that you also can ex­pect to see: • 33% off a 55-inch curved LG smart OLED TV. • Up to 70% off coats and jack­ets. • Up to 40% off Mag­form­ers toys.

Deals also are ex­pected in the usual cat­e­gories of kitchen, wear­ables and toys. Prime mem­bers qual­ify for ad­di­tional bar­gains, such as an ad­di­tional 20% off pre-or­der and new-re­lease video games, so if you haven’t signed up for that ser­vice, now might be the per­fect time to con­sider, es­pe­cially since Prime can get you free ship­ping on items even if they’re not on sale.

Com­par­i­son shop­ping is al­ways savvy. As you try to get your hol­i­day shop­ping done on­line, keep in mind Ama­zon is just one choice. You can find great deals at re­tail­ers like Wal­mart and Tar­get, too, so don’t be afraid to com­pare what’s out there.FW

ED S. WAR­REN/AP

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