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Best Amazon Black Friday Doorbusters and Deals 2017

Some of the biggest Black Friday and Thanksgiving savings on Amazon.com are on Amazon products.

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Amazon being Amazon, it does whatever it wants during the holidays. That’s why you’re already seeing Black Friday and other holiday deals popping up on the Amazon.com website.

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Per usual, Amazon Prime members – the legions who pay $99 a year for many surprising benefits beyond two-day shipping – get first shot at said deals. That’s because, no surprise here, Amazon would like to get more Amazon Prime members in the tent.

We reached out to deals experts to clue us in on the direction Amazon is headed for Black Friday and the days surrounding it including Thanksgiving. Here’s some of what we’ve learned.

Black Friday is already here. Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert for deals website NerdWallet, says Amazon has already started rolling out Black Friday deals on a daily basis. More deals will continue to come online through Friday, Nov. 24, the actual date of Black Friday, and perhaps beyond.

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“Shoppers should keep checking back,” says Jespersen. “And if you see a product you want go on sale, it’s a good idea to snag it right then and there.”

Here are a couple of the Amazon deals that have been appealing to NerdWallet so far:

  • Hoover Cruise cordless stick vacuum for $94.99 (list price $179.99)
  • Calphalon 2-piece nonstick fry pan set for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

And here are upcoming Black Friday deals from Amazon to watch for in the days ahead, according to NerdWallet:

  • Amazon Cloud Cam for $99.99 ($20 off), starting Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Echo Plus for $119.99 ($30 off), starting Nov. 23
  • Fire HD 8 tablet for $49.99 ($30 off) starting Nov. 23

Technology is your friend. Savings expert Andrea Woroch says Amazon can be cagey with its pricing on Black Friday, though she expects hot deals on electronics, including activity trackers and tablets, as well as clothing, shoes and accessories.

“Amazon will have great deals across categories but it’s important to compare prices and track prices as this online retail giant constantly fluctuates prices throughout the day,” says Woroch.

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Know the price-lock policy of your retailer of choice, whether it’s Amazon or a bricks-and-mortar store, which will guarantee prices for a set period of time, say 30 days. If the price falls later, you may be refunded the difference.

Woroch suggests downloading the InvisibleHand browser extension for Chrome, Firefox or Safari. InvisibleHand discreetly tracks prices of items you wish to buy and sends you an on-screen alert, via pop-up notifications, if it finds a lower price.

A reverse price-checking service may help you save money if you overpaid for a product. Woroch recommends Paribus “because they will track prices of products you’ve purchased online and request your money back if anything goes on sale afterward within the retailers’ price-adjustment window.”

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Watch the competition (because Amazon is). While Amazon’s full Black Friday pricing plan has yet to be revealed, deals experts are looking to what bricks-and-mortar powerhouses are doing to forecast what Amazon will likely do.

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“Historically, [Amazon has] aggressively price-matched many of Walmart, Target and Best Buy's best deals, so I would look at what those stores are offering and predict that Amazon will match those,” says Rebecca Lehmann of the deals website Brad’s Deals. “There's a 50-inch Sharp 4K TV at Best Buy for $179 this year, which probably sets the benchmark for the price to beat. You can pretty much count on a 3rd-tier 32-inch TV for about $89, too.”

There’s a caveat, however: Amazon’s timing and depth of inventory.

“The unfortunate part is that even when we know these deals are going to happen, we don't know what time, and they sell out instantly, so it's all but impossible to act on them,” says Lehmann. “For items with deeper inventory, whether you buy from Amazon or Walmart often boils down to convenience and personal preference.”

Expect Amazon deals on Amazon devices. Deals experts are anticipating Amazon will offer substantial markdowns on its own brands.

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"[Expect] deep discounts on Fire tablets, Fire TV, Alexa devices,” says Lehmann. “Based on what we're seeing in other ads, it looks like the Echo will be $80 and Echo Dot will be $30. And if you already have an Alexa-enabled device, you'll get access to Alexa-exclusive Black Friday deals, too.”

Jeanette Pavini, savings expert at Coupons.com, is already seeing the following deals at Amazon:

  • Fire Tablet 7 Kids Edition w/ Variety Pack for $149.99 ($50 off)
  • Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote w/ Echo Dot for $69.98 ($20 off)
  • Amazon Tap speaker for $79.99 ($50 off)

And outside of the Amazon-proprietary items:

  • RAVPower 20100 Portable Charger for $39.99 ($70 off)
  • TCL 32S305 32-Inch 720p Roku Smart LED TV for $169.99 ($30 off)

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DealNews says the following TVs that Amazon has priced for Black Friday are great buys:

  • Sony 70-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV, $1,199.99
  • Samsung 55-inch 4K UHD Smart TV, $897.99

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