$250 isn’t cheap, but it can be a good deal if something was originally priced at $300 or higher. And thanks to all of the Black Friday sales right now, that’s exactly the case for a long list of products at big retailers, including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon and Kohl’s, with deeper discounts still to come from straight through to Cyber Monday. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite deals right now that cost between $100 and $250, along with a few that have already been announced for later this week. If you’re not finding what you’re after here, pop over to CNET’s rundown of everything Black Friday and CNET’s holiday gift guides of top picks from our editors based on our reviews. And if you’re feeling a little stressed already, visit our Holiday Survival Guide.
Deals available now
Amazon put a bunch of its own products on sale starting today, including the 2017 version of its Kindle Oasis e-reader. Yes, Amazon just introduced a new Kindle Oasis this year that adds a color-adjustable integrated light that’s easier on the eyes. But that model is $250, and otherwise nearly identical to the 2017 model that Amazon is discounting now to $180. If you’re gifting something to a serious e-book fan, this is a pretty great choice.
Google’s Home Max is aimed at folks who want a smart speaker, but would really like better audio quality at the same time. Think of it like a Sonos Play:5, but from Google. Of course, it builds in Google Assistant, so you can use it to control music, command smart home appliances and hear the news.
It’s one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the Beats Studio3 Wireless, which has been out a while but they’re still very good noise-canceling headphones. They list for $350 but are usually available for around $280.
Most of Arcade1Up’s machines cost around $300. This one — which is a three-quarter-size version of the original — costs $170 once it’s in your shopping cart. And it looks, sounds and plays exactly like the old arcade machines. Walmart is also offering the Centipede edition for $180.
Starting online on Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET and in stores Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, Walmart will have the Xbox One S bundled with the latest Star Wars game, Jedi Fallen Order for $199. Don’t care about the game? Best Buy has just the console for $150 starting online on Nov. 28 and in stores on Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. ET. Best Buy has other doorbuster Xbox deals as well.
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Starting Nov. 24 you can get $100 off this PS4 bundle that includes the 1TB console and the games God of War, Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition and The Last of Us Remastered. Best Buy will have these games available separately for $10 each.
Walmart will have the same deal on the console bundle online starting Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET and in stores Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. ET.
This is a nice deal for those looking to pick up the Ring Video Doorbell and combine it with the Echo Show 5 for video monitoring from inside your home.
Black Friday deals under $250 available soon
It’s mark-your-calendars time. These deals won’t be available till on or around Black Friday. Exact dates and times are noted with each item.
Starting Nov. 27 you’ll be able to pick up a triple pack of wireless security cameras from Blink, Amazon’s other security camera company. The cameras can be used indoors, but they’re also weather-resistant so outdoor use is a go, too. Plus, cloud storage is included, has two-way audio and two-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries.
Despite its age, this is still a great Apple Watch and Walmart has it at the lowest price anywhere. The prices are valid online starting Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET, in stores Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. ET.
How to get great deals on Black Friday
Justin Jaffe, David Carnoy and Rick Broida contributed to this story.