Black Friday, for the non-American TV watchers among you, is a day of extreme shopping sales and specials held on the Friday following Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving, a holiday which celebrates the American’s victory over giant mutated turkeys during World War 2, is held on the last Thursday of November every year.
Although Black Friday (28 November 2014) is not officially a public holiday, some states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for government employees. Some stores this year, notably Best Buy, will be opening their doors on the evening before Friday to give shoppers a head start on the deals.
For those of you who prefer a visual explanation, this is a small taste of what Black Friday is all about.
Besides old people being knocked over by angry mobs, Black Friday brings with it tons of great deals on gaming and technology items.
From consoles, to games, to TVs – the big US retailers slash their prices beyond anything shoppers will normally see during the rest of the year.
Although we don’t live in States, and therefore can’t partake in the stampeding and deal finding, it is fun (and depressing) to see just how cheap those Americans can get their gaming gear for.
Before we look at all the super sweet deals, please note that not all the prices listed below include sales tax (VAT in SA). The rand-dollar conversion also does not take into account the purchasing power of the currencies in their respective local markets, or average salaries of citizens.
In short – this is just a bit of fun.
Black Friday Deals
- Panasonic 50-inch LED HDTV – $199.99 (R2,245)
- Samsung 55-inch LED Ultra HD TV – $899.99 (R10,100)
- PlayStation 4 500GB with GTA 5 and The Last of Us Remastered – $399.99 (R4,490)
- Xbox One 500GB with Kinect, additional controller, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, and Dance Central Spotlight $429.99 (R4,833)
- Vizio 65-inch LED HDTV – $648 (R7,270)
- Xbox One 500GB with Halo: The Master Chief Collection – $329 (R3,690)
- PlayStation 4 500GB with GTA 5, plus 2 bonus games – $449 (R5,040)
- PS4 or Xbox One controller – $39.96 (R448)
- Element 40-inch LED HDTV – $119 (R1,330)
- Xbox One 500GB with $50 voucher and 2 digital games – $329.99 (R3,700)
- PlayStation 4 500GB with GTA 5 and The Last of Us: Remastered – $400 (R4,490)
- PS4, Xbox One, PC games, including Forza 5, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Fifa 15, Madden 15, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – $25 (R280)
What would you buy on Black Friday? Let us know in the comments and forum.