If you’re in the market for new equipment, software, or gifts, this is the time of year when companies offer some great deals. For example, tomorrow Apple will offer their traditional “Black Friday” discounts both online and at their retail locations. The rumor is that the specials this year will be both deeper and broader so it’s worth a gander.
Another vendor that is already offering great deals is Other World Computing. These guys are normally my recommended RAM dealer, but these specials are on a wide array of products and you can find them here. For example, you can get the full retail version of Microsoft Office 2008, normally over $400, for $99, but be careful because, in what is a rather tricky move, it doesn’t look like every item listed is actually on sale. If buying hardware, be sure that the quoted price isn’t on a refurb.
Look around for other deals too. My guess is that, with the economy going through its current slowdown, many companies are more willing to fatten the carrot that will bring in shoppers.