Black Friday Deal Alert: RadioShack

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We reported Thursday that Toys R Us was pushing the definition of Black Friday by starting its sale at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Well, RadioShack isn’t even paying lip service to the traditional start date: It will start sales on select items this Sunday.

So what does “The Shack” (that’s what we’re supposed to call them now, apparently) have to offer? A scan of the company’s ad is available on the Internet, but it appears to be an early version, as it doesn’t feature all the deals mentioned in today’s press release, and doesn’t say anything about the early opening announced today.

Since we can’t confirm this scanned ad is up-to-date, we’ll go by what the company announced. Here are the early deals you can get this Sunday, in-store and online.

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Now:
$349.99 | Was: $399.99

The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s 7-inch answer to the iPad, and runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). It was already aggressively priced to compete with the iPad, and knocking another $50 off the sticker price makes it even more attractive. Fair warning, though: You only get this price with a data plan from Sprint, which starts at $30 a month for a 2GB plan (for bandwidth hogs, a 5GB plan will run you $60).

Auvio 3.5” Pocket TV
Now:
$69.99 | Was: $99.99

This pocket TV certainly looks like a good way to watch football in church, but RadioShack is overstating the value a bit. Yes, the normal retail price is $99.99, but it’s already marked down to $69.99 on their site. So while you’re certainly getting a deal, they’re not really going above and beyond what was already offered.


Garmin nuvi 1300 4.3” GPS Navigator
Now:
$99.99 | Was: $169.99

The nuvi 1300 is a very well-reviewed GPS, and this is the lowest price we could find by $17 (Wal-Mart is already selling it for $117).

Other deals announced today were the Boost Motorola Clutch i465 for $39.99 (marked down from $79.99) and $100 off most TVs with a two-year service plan from Dish Network.

If none of these deals are really lighting your world on fire, you’re not alone – there are a couple of gems in here, but nothing you could really call a doorbuster. It’s nice of RadioShack to let holiday shoppers get an early jump on some of their electronics shopping, but you might be better off waiting until you see what stores are offering on Cyber Monday before you jump at any of these deals.

Well, except for that pocket TV. That might be worth grabbing in time for church this Sunday.

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

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