Gearing Up for Black Friday (Yes, Already)

The first signs of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal mania have arrived on Groupon. Let’s take a look.

With Black Friday is still a good six weeks ago Groupon is priming its deal machine with hundreds of offerings but only a few of the electronics variety. We combed through 40 pages of Black Friday and Cyber Monday “Preview” deals and found a dozen or so worth sharing but you have to hurry: Most of the deals end tomorrow (October 17), unless otherwise noted.

Vizio SB3851 5.1-Channel SmartCast Home Theater System (Manufacturer Refurbished). $164.99 (regular price: $299.99) A Sound & Vision Top Pick.

Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player (Manufacturer Refurbished) . $24 (regular price: $35)

Nintendo 2DS Dual-Screen Handheld Gaming System and New Super Mario Bros. 2 Bundle $79.99 (Nintendo dropped the price of the DS from $129.99 to $79.99 in May.)

Klipsch Reference Series X6i In-Ear Headphones. $73.99 (regular price: $179.99)

Roku 3710XB Express+ Player (Manufacturer Refurbished). $26.99 (regular price: $39.99) “Limited time remaining” per deal page.

Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones (Refurbished B-Grade). $179.99 (regular price: $299.95) “Refurbished” likely means headphones returned for one reason or another, not the least of which could be sound quality. “Limited time remaining” per deal page.

Beats by Dre Powerbeats 2 or 3 Wireless Headphones (Refurbished A-Grade). $89.99 (regular price: $199.99) See our comment above about “refurbished” applies here as well. By the way, the two Beats offers we picked to show are just two of several on the site, leaving one to wonder why so many models are being heavily discounted.

Apple TV 32GB or 64GB (4th Generation) with Siri Remote (Refurbished). $169.99 (regular price: $199.99) “Limited time remaining” per deal page.

Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, or Air 2 (Refurbished) – From $139.99 (regular price: $499.99).

12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership – $47.99 (regular price: $59.99).

Super Low-Price Deals
Emerald Fixed, Tilt, or Full Motion Wall Mounts for 23"–70" TVs – $9.99 (regular price: $59.99). This one is a designated “Deal of the Day” with “limited time remaining.”

Car Bluetooth Wireless Audio Music Receiver Adapter Hands-free Calls – $4.99 (regular price: $49.99). Can you say “blow out”?

Magnetic Car Air Vent Mount For Smartphones – $7.99 (regular price: $39.99).

Hey, It’s Almost Halloween
For fun, we threw in something everyone needs as Halloween approaches: Crawling Zombie or Child Halloween Decoration with Motion Sensor) – From $39.99. Groupon says “limited time remaining” so you better act fast to reserve your baby ghoul.