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Black Friday Reality Check: Some 'Deals' Actually Stink

Consumers Beware: Some Black Friday claims by retailers aren't as hot as they claim.

Black Friday Reality Check

Don't believe the Black Friday hype. At least with some advertised Black Friday deals we spotted prices were jacked up higher for digital cameras - not lower. In several case Black Friday promotions were flat out bad deals compared to pricing for the same product just days ago with some claims of savings significantly exaggerated.

It's not all bah humbug, there are dozens of great Black Friday deals. (We even list some good ones below.) Just don't be distracted by claims of massive price cuts, steep discounts, and "lowest price ever claims." Do your homework before shelling out for what's advertised as "great" Black Friday deals.

Here's a look at 10 Black Friday deals that are actually not so hot when compared to prices found online during the weeks running up to Black Friday.

Best Busts at Best Buy

Of all the Black Friday sales, Best Buy has done the best job of exaggerating its deals. Sure, the company has cut back its price tags compared to the suggested retail price, but you aren't saving as much as Best Buy would like you to believe.

Item: Nikon Coolpix P100 10 mega-pixel camera

Black Friday Price: $349.00

Previous Price: $329.00

Advertised Savings: $50.00

Net Savings: +$20.00

I guess someone forgot to tell Best Buy's dealmakers they had a better deal on this camera on Monday. There are only 3 of these cameras available per store, so walk don't run to spend an extra $20 today.

55-inch Samsung LED 1080p HDTV

Item: 55-inch Samsung LED 1080p HDTV

Black Friday Price: $1499.00

Previous Price: $1999.00

Advertised Savings: $1000.00

Net Savings: $500.00

Wow, you can save $1000 on this HDTV at Best Buy today at $1499. Of course, last week it was on sale for just $500 more. Sure, this is still a deal, but that price cut is the most exaggerated claim I found at the big box retailer.

46-inch Panasonic Viera Plasma 720p HDTV

Item: 46-inch Panasonic Viera Plasma 720p HDTV

Black Friday Price: $499.99

Previous Price: $597.99

Advertised Savings: $200.00

Net Savings: $80.00

Something tells me the marketing team at Best Buy needs a better calculator.

Wally World Washout at Wal-Mart

Item: Samsung 32-inch LCD 720p HDTV

Black Friday Price: $328

Previous Price: $379

Advertised Savings: N/A

Net Savings: $51

A $50 savings on 720p just isn't worth the mad rush, you can find a better deal elsewhere. Tiger Direct, for example, is offering a Vizio 32-inch LCD 720p HDTV online for $300.

Shack Shuffle at RadioShack

Item: Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player (BD-C5500)

Black Friday Price: $119.00

Previous Price: $149.00

Advertised Savings: $60.00

Net Savings: $30.00

Thirty bucks off is thirty bucks off I guess, but it sure isn't the $60 off deal it's made out to be.

Xbox 360 4GB Console

Item: Xbox 360 4GB Console

Black Friday Price: $199.00

Previous Price: $199.00

Advertised Savings: N/A

Net Savings: $0

So what's the deal? Why was this in Radio Shack's Black Friday flyer? Because today only you can get a free $10 gift card when you buy this Xbox 360. Yep, you braved the crowds for a price on an Xbox that you can get almost anywhere all for a $10 gift card. Go Black Friday!

Un-Amazing Amazon

Item: LG BD530 Blu-ray disc player

Black Friday Price: $79.99

Previous Price: $79.99

Advertised Savings: N/A

Net Savings: $0

This is a common theme on a lot of items at Amazon. Perusing their online sales, I found the prices were just as good last week on most items as they are today. If you want an amazing price at Amazon on Black Friday then your best bet is to watch the limited time online lightning deals. Those offers are, more often than not, the real deal.

Wimpy Roars at TigerDirect

Item: Acer Aspire Desktop PC: 4GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Black Friday Price: $499.99

Previous Price: $499.99

Advertised Savings: $50.00

Net Savings: $0.00

Sure, TigerDirect is selling this for $50 less than the manufacturer list price. But the retailer was also selling this computer for the same price on Wednesday, November 18.

PowerShot SX130

Item: PowerShot SX130

Black Friday Price: $179.99

Previous Price: $199.99

Advertised Savings: $70.00

Net Savings: $20.00

Well, you didn't save $70, but at least you contributed to a good cause thanks to TigerDirect's Pink Friday sale. The company uses Black Friday to drive awareness about breast cancer in co-operation with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. TigerDirect says it will donate $100,000 to the cancer awareness group, and will offer lightning deals between noon and 8 p.m. with 100 percent of the profits from those deals going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. To find out more about TigerDirect's Pink Friday click here.

Asus Intel Core i5 laptop

Item: Asus Intel Core i5 laptop: 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Black Friday Price: $706.99

Previous Price: $699.99

Advertised Savings: $193.00

Net Savings: +$7.00

Now, to be fair this computer was not advertised in TigerDirect's Pink Friday promo page. But if you click on any laptop on the promo you will end up on a Webpage where this laptop is featured as a deal. Problem is you could have saved $7 on this computer if you'd bought it last week.

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