Forget holiday shopping; the online version of Black Friday is a great opportunity to score great deals on wares for your business.
The online equivalent of Black Friday—minus the crowds, early morning hours, and badly behaving people—is here. What started as a made-up holiday several years ago has turned into a real event. Last year the Monday after Thanksgiving was the biggest online shopping day of the year.
So while you can certainly use your lunch break today to score a cheap Xbox for the kiddos, it’s also a great opportunity to invest in hardware for your business.
Here are a few deals I spotted:
iPad 2 32 GB 3G + Wi-Fi Bundle, $688 at Walmart This iPad normally runs $729 so any discount on this enormously popular tablet is great. As for the bundle, it also comes with a free accessory kit that includes a car charger and extra USB cables.
HP 2000z Series Laptop, $349 at Hewlett Packard While this computer isn’t going to be the most powerful laptop you’ll find, it is going to be among the cheapest. It comes with AMD’s latest single and dual-core processor choices, Windows 7, a 15.6 inch screen, a webcam and three USB ports.
Acer Aspire AS7750 Laptop, $538 at Walmart If you like the idea of an inexpensive laptop but want a larger screen, this one is a good choice. It’s got a 17.3-inch display, second generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory, 640GB hard drive, 8x SuperMulti DVD burner, webcam and Windows 7.
Dell Inspiron Mercury Silver iO2205-2300MSL All-In-One Desktop PC, $499 at Walmart Here’s an inexpensive desktop computer with an AMD Athlon II X2 240e Processor, 500GB Hard Drive, 21.5" LED Monitor and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Acer AM3910-UR30P (PT.SDXP2.001) Desktop PC, $329 at Newegg If you already have a display, this CPU comes with a mouse and keyboard, Intel Core i3 540(3.06GHz)processor, 2GB DDR3, 500GB hard drive, and Windows 7.
Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20" 5ms WideScreen LCD Monitor, $79.99 at Newegg This monitor has a maximum resolution of 1600x900 and comes with two integrated 1.5-watt stereo speakers round out your multimedia experience without hogging desk space.
G. Skill 8GB Laptop RAM Kit, $24.99 at Newegg This kit is a cheap way to give your laptop a performance boost. Keep in mind that if you're running a 32-bit version of Windows, the extra RAM is wasted. You need a 64-bit OS to take advantage of more than 4GB, notes CNET.
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Premium Wireless e-All-in-One Printer, $259.99 at Amazon This printer is $240 off today. If you haven’t been there yet, be sure to wander over to Amazon—they’ve got plenty of deals. The trick, however, is that they’re staggering them so you have to keep checking back to see what new ones are listed. And they go quickly.
Bracketron - Mobile Grip-It Windshield Mount for Mobile Devices, $9.99 at Best Buy If you’re not keen on Bluetooth headsets, here’s a way to add safety if you need to use speakerphone in the car. While this item alone doesn’t qualify, if you spend more than $100 at Best Buy today and specify that you want in-store pickup, they’ll send you a $10 e-card to spend online or in store.
HTC - Titan 4G Mobile Phone (AT&T), free at Best Buy If you’re in the market for a new smartphone and you don’t necessarily require Apple’s iOS or Android, this Windows Phone might be worth looking into. You’ll need to sign up for a two-year contract, of course.
Regardless of which deal you’re checking out today, remember that scammers are making the most of all the credit card numbers flying around online. Especially today try to use a major retail company’s official website instead of using unfamiliar online vendors.
And it probably goes without saying (but I will anyway), if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
CHRISTINA DESMARAIS is an Inc.com contributor who writes about the tech startup community, covering innovative ideas, news, and trends. Have a tip? Email her at christinadesmarais (at) live (dot) com. @salubriousdish