Black Friday Deal Alert: Amazon

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For the past week or so we’ve seen various retailers launch Black Friday sales on days that are definitely not Black Friday. Toys R Us, for instance, starts its sale Thursday at 10 p.m., and not to be outdone, Radio Shack started offering Black Friday deals this past weekend.

Now Amazon is getting into the game with Black Friday Deals Week. But the Web retailer is doing things a little bit differently. First, Amazon is checking out the other stores’ Black Friday circulars to see what deals they’re offering, then doing its best to match or beat some of those deals. Much like its “Lightning Deals,” these deals are posted on the site for a limited time (or while quantities last), then taken down in favor of new deals. Your best bet is to periodically check Amazon.com/BlackFriday this week to see if there is anything that strikes your fancy.

In the meantime, here are the deals that struck our fancy as of presstime:

Organic Canned Pumpkin, 15 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)
Now: $18 | Was: $43.26

If for some reason you have to bake at least six pumpkin pies, this is a great bulk deal. And it’s organic, so you’re not getting one of those enormous contest-winning pumpkins that are clearly injected with PGH (that's Pumpkin Growth Hormone).The deal expires at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today.

The Dark Knight DVD
Now: $3.99 | Was: $14.98

If you can’t pony up a lousy $4 to own this movie, then I’m not sure I want to be your friend. This deal doesn’t have a time limit, but I have it on good authority that Batman will personally punch you in the face if you don’t buy it.

How to Cook Everything
Now: $17.50 | Was: $35

I find it hard to believe that this book actually shows you how to cook everything. I mean, what if I want to eat a shoe? What then, Mr. Smart Chef Man? This deal expires at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, but it might not last that long.

Sonocaddie Auto Play Golf GPS
Now: $178.11 | Was: $379.99

If you need a GPS to find the green, then maybe you should take up another sport.

Pumped about Black Friday? So are we. Check out our complete coverage of Black Friday 2010.

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