Thanksgiving is still more than a week away, but makers and sellers of high tech gadgets are already jockeying for your holiday shopping loyalty.
Gamesmanship 101: Tonight (Monday) at midnight, Best Buy will open up the Magnolia home theater departments in select stores to demonstrate how terrific the new Activision game “Call of Duty: Black Opps II” looks in 3D – as running on LG Cinema 3D TVs. And more than 4,000 GameStop stores will be hosting midnight launch events tonight for the same game, sure to be one of the biggest sellers of the season. While there, also check out the interactive kiosks demonstrating Nintendo’s breakthrough Wii U game system. Using a unique color screened GamePad controller, the Wii U doesn’t officially go on sale until this coming Sunday, though playable demo units are already installed at select Target, Walmart and Toys ‘R” Us stores, in addition to those Best Buy and GameStop outlets
Black and Blue Friday Specials: Several retailers have already let “slip” their Black Friday gadget specials. Both Walmart and sister operation Sam’s Club will offer high definition LG Blu-ray players priced at a mere $38 – the same kind of wacky deal that jump started interest in DVDs back in its' day. This 2D-only BR model sells elsewhere for $68 to $79. And of course, both discount chains also will have Blu-ray disc deals to go-with that player - including the new to home video family treats “Brave,” ”Madagascar 3” and “The Lorax” at $9.98 each. And if you’re looking for a high def TV upgrade, be sure to say “Sam sent me” for a $799 47-inch LG 3D TV with a bundled outboard sound bar or to snap up a 65-inch Vizio priced at two bucks under a grand (aka $998).
Early arrivers to Walmart on Thanksgiving night (this year the sales start at 8 p.m.) also can score an iPad 2 with 16 MG memory for $399 with a $75 Walmart gift card – quite a sizeable kickback.