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Black Friday countdown: The dates to get the best tech deals

Get out your credit cards and let the shopping begin.

Sure, many of the so-called “sales” started this week, but let’s get real—the action really begins early Thursday, like just after midnight.

Remember when people would camp outside big-box stores, hoping to be the first person to rush inside and save $100 or $200 off the price of a big TV on Thanksgiving and the day after?

You can still do that, but the big box stores are making it easier for everybody to start nabbing deals from home, eliminating all the elbow shoving and in-store rushing of years past.

The Best Buy physical stores open at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. for Target and Walmart. But online offers for all kick in first thing Thursday. The stores won’t specify an exact time, but take it from us, it’s shortly after midnight.

You’ll still have to brave the crowds at Best Buy if you want to nab a 49-inch 4K TV with built-in Roku streaming for just $179. Ditto if you want a gift card for $250 from Target for buying a new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. You’ll have to come in.

But if you want to save $100 off the price of a Microsoft Xbox or Sony PlayStation 4 video game console, you can do that online.

And if you’ve wanted to bring a connected speaker into your home, retailers are making it worth your while, to the point where the small, Google Home Mini is practically free. It normally sells for $49.99, but Target and Walmart are offering it for $29, with a $25 gift card that effectively brings the price down to $4. Walmart has the larger Google Home speaker (normally $129) for $79, with a $25 gift card.

And speaking of connected speakers, Amazon, which makes the Echo line, likes to tout the many, many deals it offers, which it updates frequently, usually on Thanksgiving day.

But the best deals the e-tailer has announced to date will be available on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The company is offering the Echo at $20 off, for $79, a great price, considering a year ago it sold for $179, and the smaller speaker, the Dot, is now a bite-sized $29.99, down from the normal $50.

However, Amazon will announce one daily deal each morning, and offer several limited “Lightning” deals throughout the day for a specific period of time. Stay tuned!

Happy shopping everyone.

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