When it comes to Black Friday 2013 deals, certain stores stand out about the rest of the competition. A recent ranking of the top 5 stores reveals just which retailers, or "e-tailers," shoppers will find the best sales and deals at for the holiday shopping season. Among them are Amazon.com, which already has a Black Friday 2013 countdown underway, and Walmart, which has unveiled their own Early Bird Online Specials.
The Fox Business site reported on Nov. 5 about the sites or stores offering the most “editors’ choice deals” for the 2012 edition of Black Friday. Amazon finished first in the rankings with a whopping 157 editors’ choice deals including a 32” LCD HDTV for just $97 and low-priced options on DVD’s, Blu-ray movies, video games and more. Reportedly, Amazon played the online sales game well, as they were able to match or beat the prices of retailers like Best Buy or Walmart. Not to mention, they offered free shipping deals on certain orders, as well as for Amazon Prime members.
Coming in second place was Walmart with 77 editors’ choice deals. Last year, they featured a Google Android 4.3” 4GB tablet for $59 by Ematic FunTab. They also had specials on Windows phone and other deals that included a $100 gift card with the purchase. Already in 2013 Walmart has “Early Bird Online Specials” that have offered tablets for $99 and under, as well as HDTV’s, clothing, toys and electronics gadgets.
Best Buy, newegg and Fry’s Electronics ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Back in 2012, Best Buy was able to cut the price of the 4th-generation iPad with Retina by $60, which was unheralded and provided a good opportunity — if it could be located in stores. There has been some indication that advertised deals are tough to find once customers get inside the doors at the retailer. As for newegg, it was reported that they used mail-in rebate to assist customers in getting good deals on items. They included various software, flash drives, laptops and more. Fry’s was listed as “the place to shop for televisions” in 2012, offering a 47” LG TV on Thanksgiving for $449.
The five stores ranked above were ranked via DealNews staff based on how many “Editors’ Choice” offerings each had. It should be quite interesting to see if Amazon leads the pack again, or another one of the retailers steps up. Also, will Target or Toys R Us somehow find themselves on the top 5 for Black Friday 2013?