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Sears and Kmart Beat Best Buy for Best Black Friday Deals - Biggest Camera Discounts and Prices Won't Be Found at Best Buy on November 23, 2012 (BBY, SHLD, KSS, TGT, WMT)

By November 14, 2012

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If you're looking for the best deals and sales for cameras on Black Friday 2012, then you probably won't find them at Best Buy (BBY) when it opens the doors to its stores at midnight on November 23, 2012. So far, Sears (SHLD), Kmart, and even Kohl's (KSS) have bigger discounts, lower prices, and a bigger selection of Black Friday deals on cameras than Best Buy. This is just one example of how making assumptions on November 23, 2012 could cost consumers money - or, at least cost them a few good deals.

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It would be logical to assume that the best Black Friday deals on anything electronic would come from Best Buy. After all, electronics was the category that Best Buy was designed to "kill." But nothing is off limits for retail chains any more, especially when it comes to Black Friday sales and deals. If Best Buy can have a Black Friday deal on popcorn poppers (and it does), then there's no reason to be surprised that Kohl's would have one of the best Black Friday deals on digital cameras (and it does).

When talking about the "best" Black Friday deals on cameras in 2012, there's a couple of different ways to judge that Sears, Kmart, and even Kohl's "beat" Best Buy. One way to judge is with discount percentages. Which retail chain is offering cameras and camera accessories with the highest percentage of discount on Black Friday?

Surprisingly, Sears is offering some camera accessories up to 77% off. Kohl's has a digital camera for kids at 71% off, and even Shopko will beat Best Buy's discount percentages with up to 62% off a couple of different brands of cameras. Best Buy's best Black Friday camera deal, discount-wise, is a Fujifilm FinePix camera for 59% off.

The other way that most Black Friday shoppers judge which camera deal is the best is simply to look at a list of lowest priced Black Friday camera deals. If a cheap camera is what you want to buy on Black Friday, then there are nine stores where you can get better Black Friday prices than Best Buy. Rite Aid's (RAD) cheapest Black Friday camera deal is $3.33. Kmart's cheapest Black Friday camera deal is $9.99.

Best Buy's cheapest Black Friday camera deal is $49.99 (again a Fujifilm camera). You will be able to find cheaper Black Friday camera deals than that at Sears, Office Depot (OD), Kohl's, RadioShack (RSH), OfficeMax (OMX), BJ's Wholesale Club (BJ), and even Toys 'R Us.

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When it comes to things like electronics, the "best" Black Friday deal, of course, is the one that gives you the brand of camera that you want with the exact features that you want at the best price you can find. So you might be happy with the highest priced Black Friday camera deals (which all happen to be at Best Buy). Or you might also be thrilled to get a measly 10% discount on a Canon Rebel camera from Sears or RadioShack because that's the exact camera on your Christmas gift-getting or gift-givig list.

It's interesting to also note that when it comes to 2012 Black Friday camera deals, not only is Best Buy conspicuously absent from the list of best priced camera deals and highest discount camera deals, but Wal-Mart (WMT) is absent as well. Which is not to say that Wal-Mart doesn't have any good Black Friday camera deals. It depends on what you're shopping for. But when looking at one of Wal-Mart's Black Friday deals on a Nikon J1 10.1 MP HD Digital Camera, you will find that you could buy that same camera today for $3 less on Amazon.com.

The Black Friday Amazon advantage is definitive because whenever a static Black Friday deals ad leaks out, Amazon can adjust its own prices instantaneously. This is great for the consumer who doesn't want to play the 2012 Thanksgiving-Day-Pre-Black-Friday-Midnight-Madness-Early-Opening-Doorbuster-Sleep-Deprivation Black Friday game. It's not so great for any of Amazon's brick-and-mortar competitors.

So, the five Black Friday shopping success tips that we learned today from the 2012 Black Friday Camera Deals category are:

Tip #1 - The best Black Friday deals may come from the most unlikely retailers in 2012.
Tip #2 - The lowest-priced Black Friday Deals may not be the best Black Friday Deals, when you compare discount percentages.
Tip #3 - You're not getting a great deal unless you're buying what you really want. And if you get what you really want, any discount, no matter how small, is a bonus.
Tip #4 - Just because Wal-Mart advertises that it has the lowest prices doesn't mean it does.
Tip #5 - If you want to ensure that you're getting the very best deal, always compare prices with Amazon before you buy anything.

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November 14, 2012 at 5:54 am
(1) Kiki says:

It seems like fewer and fewer people are buying SLR cameras anymore. The cameras on smart phones are getting so good…they’re usually sufficient for most people.

November 14, 2012 at 10:32 am
(2) Kevin says:

Do you really think a $3.33 camera from Rite-Aid or a $9.99 camera from K-mart is of any quality at all? Just because these stores will be selling cameras at lower prices than Best Buy doesn’t mean that anyone should buy those cameras. Yeah, if you are looking for the cheapest camera – both in price and quality – then go ahead and buy one for $3.33. Let me know how it works out for you.

November 14, 2012 at 10:43 am
(3) Jim says:

This is ridiculous, are you serious? First of all it’s not 2002, do you realize cameras are NOT going to be the hot item this year? This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read

November 14, 2012 at 11:43 am
(4) John C says:

I never comment on articles I read online but this one took the cake. As a former Kohl’s employee i wouldn’t buy a digital camera there if it came with free diamond. Those items sold that day are just that….cheap. At least i know for a fact that Best Buy takes their everyday items and puts them on sale not just bring in a specially manufactored cheap product just for that date. Do some research before you go blasting off a company with no other insight than just price. Have you been to Best Buy recently their customer service experience has changed drastically since new CEO took over. Thanks i’ll stick to the Blue and Yellow Logo this holiday season.

November 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm
(5) Miki says:

I agree with previous comments. This is not 2002 and this is one of the dumbest articles I saw recently. I’ll stick with Best Buy this shopping season. It seems, not that they just improved customer support but they’ll have great number of reasonably priced items for Black Friday. Since their sale starts on Black Friday (vs Thursday), I’ll rather go there, than to their competitors that are opening earlier and cutting in my family’s time.

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