Three days ago we spotted the unusual Black Friday Deals preorders (! [preorders of existing products; not unreleased products]) at Amazon but it turns out, this is not an Amazon “innovation” but a Samsung innovation. Similar Black Friday HDTV Deal “pre-orders” can be found at Samsung’s own website and at B&H Photo.
So far this consists of Samsung HDTVs. I don’t know if it will expand to digital cameras this year or in future years. But it is a new trend to watch as retailers are perhaps trying to zero in on shoppers who want good deals but don’t want the hassle of brick and mortar lines or deal-chasing on the internets when they can instead spend Thanksgiving weekend getting grilled by the Mother In Law
This is only a heads up of yet another twist in the way Black Friday deals are offered. Apparently Amazon.com is trying a new experiment, you can pre-order (!) some of the Black Friday Deals. You will pay the lower price. This experiment is done with these four Samsung HDTVs. This is the first time I see this. I don’t know if other items will be offered in this fashion… So here’s a concrete example, using this 55″ Samsung HDTV as the Guinea pig: it sells for $850 if you want it right now. Or you can “pre-order” it for Black Friday for $800 and it will ship after 11/23/14.
The white Samsung WB350F Wifi Superzoom digital camera (conventional digital camera, not Galaxy Android) is currently on sale for $140 with a free Lowepro case and 8GB microSDHC card at Best Buy. Please note this camera takes microSD cards, not full size SD cards… It is also going for $140 at Amazon (limit 2) but no freebies there.
If a flipping screen that can twist to the front of the camera (eg the subject can see the screen) is a high priority feature, the Samsung NX300M with 18-55mm is down to $650 with free shipping at Amazon by Amazon herself in all three color schemes… If that’s not a priority, the older NX300 w/18-55mm goes for under $500.
On the value frontier at the eBay Deals, you can get four 8GB Samsung microSDs with SD adapter for $15 with free shipping total. These are Class 4 cards. These are standard microSD cards, not waterproof/elementproof. These are sold by BuyDig’s eBay store with a limit of five 4-packs per customer. Over 1100 4-packs sold so far from this eBay listing.
In recent weeks, Fry’s is trying a new digital-analog strategy to get people to shop at their stores. People subscribed to their email newsletters are receiving unique (personal) promo codes by email. They can use those promo codes at the Fry’s brick and mortar stores to purchase select items at a discount. They can only be used in-store, not at their website. The email that just came out today, a weekend 4-day sale, includes the following items of Camera and Photo interest:
+ Canon Pixma MX532 for $50
+ 100pk 4×6 inch Canon photo paper for $5 (limit 2)
+ Fuji JX500P pink P&S camera for $50
+ pay $20, get $25 iTunes Gift Card (limit 2; 25% discount)
+ 512GB Samsung 850 Pro SSD for $300 (goes for $360 at Amazon)
+ limit 1 of each item unless otherwise indicated
Want to try out an Android powered digital camera with cellular data capabilities but don’t want to be hog-tied to a contract or want the impurities of a carrier-locked device? B&H Photo has the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (white color, factory unlocked, international version) model SM-C105 on sale for $260 with free shipping. This is like a Samsung Galaxy smartphone but it has a 10x optical zoom lens (24-240mm f3.1-6.3 eq). It looks like a phone from the front and like a P&S camera on the back.
If you want to get an entry-point into the Samsung NX system without waiting for Black Friday doorbusters, the black certified refurbished Samsung NX2000 with 20-50mm is currently offered for $250 with free shipping by Dealfisher fulfilled by Amazon.com… The white goes for $10 more… It currently goes for $320 in new condition…
If you are a fan of the yellow SanDisk Extreme U3 UHS-I Class 10 SDHC memory cards, there is a sale at Amazon by Amazon herself – the 64GB version goes for $42 while the 32GB version goes for $25 and the 16GB version goes for $16. You can buy as many as you like. This is not part of the lightning deals.
On the microSD front, a variety of Kingston cards are on sale, with the 32GB C10 microSD with fullsize SD adapter for $15, the 16GB for $8 and the 8GB for $5 (the 8GB is part of the Add-On program).
In other storage-related promotions:
+ Samsung EVO Waterproof SDHC cards (various)
+ PNY USB flash drives of various sizes
Woot Plus has a refurbished camera sale featuring mostly old and refurbished cameras, including the refurb Sony NEX-3 with 18-55 for $240, refurb Sony a3000 w/18-55 for $250 (limit 1) – note that it currently goes for $300 in new condition at Amazon (limit 2) – refurbished Fuji S4830 superzoom for $80, and a few other superzooms and P&S cameras (Samsung, Sony, Pentax, Fuji, JVC). They also feature Gitzo and Manfrotto tripods and camera bags and Monster brand memory cards (Dr. Dre not included!), and these are new condition. Shipping is $5 flat regardless of how many you buy. Promotion ends on 11/1/14 at 12am CT (I don’t know if they mean 11:59pm or 12:01am) or earlier for any items that sell out.
This bonus round of Amazon Camera and Photo Lightning Deals ended. The deals were worthy of their name this time! The NEX-6 w/16-50mm finally went live and it was at an even better price, $425! It was 97% claimed. So it turned out to be a good idea to wait for the Lightning Deal to finally materialize (in retrospect, it’s easy to say that).
The Samsung NX30 w/18-35 (so easy to mistype 18-55) went for $680 and was 100% claimed, while the NX3000 w/16-50mm went for $425 and was 53% claimed. Wouldn’t it be nice if every lightning deal round was filled with cameras like that? :)… Expired offers after the jump for the deal historians…
Among the new wave of featured eBay deals, you can get the new condition Samsung NX Mini with 9mm lens, in the white color scheme, with a limit of five per customer, for $250 with free shipping. This is sold by BuyDig’s eBay store.
In order to see the sale price, you must add it to the shopping cart, and logon with your eBay account. The annotated screenshot below shows how you see the price: