The Geeky Parent’s Guide to Black Friday 2013

Black FridayAs a Geeky parent raising a geeky kid, Black Friday brings all sorts of craziness. Here’s our geeky parent’s steals & deals guide to Black Friday in 2013.

No matter how you feel about Black Friday, there’s no denying the insane number of sweet super-sales on toys for geeks of all ages. Let me guide you through the maze of crazy and point out a couple can’t-miss deals you can score over the wacky weekend.

I’ll even prepare the way for the newbie by offering a few tips for getting what you want (without losing a pint of blood and/or a limb in the process).

Black Friday: What You’re Getting Into…

It’s always been a bit of a love-hate relationship between me and good ol’ Black Friday. No… Actually, that’s a bald-faced lie. It’s definitely a hate thing.

Like so many others, I’ve always thought it kind of obscene that this weekend of mercantile madness has overshadowed the holiday around which it’s (arbitrarily) based: Thanksgiving. It’s supposed to be a time for warmth, family, love, and forgiveness. Except now the time-honored turkey (or tofurkey!) dinner is more like a carb-loading session before the Best Buy Death Race.

The whole idea of it leaves a sour-water taste in my mouth.

And yet…

And yet there are some deals offered on Black Friday (and over the whole weekend) that BLOW MY MIND. Whether or not it’s destroying my idea of the Spirit of Thanksgiving, Black Friday is something that geeks–and especially parents of geeks–ought to at least consider participating in. Because you can get some pretty freakin’ sweet presents for your family (and a few just for you, of course) if you can harness the courage for Black Friday battle.

So, come on with me! Let’s tighten our armor, strap down our scabbards, and raise our warhammers with a cry of impending victory! Black Friday is ours!

Yeah, now you’re with me. Let’s. Do. This.

Oh… And if you want to avoid the craziness and just get a super sweet deal, you can always CLICK HERE and head over to ThinkGeek.com. They are giving 20% off any orders over $40 during ‘Black Friday Week’. Just use the code: BLACKMAGIC

The Spoils of Black Friday Victory: The Best Deals for Geeky Families

Okay, there’s a crazy number of deals out there. Each big brand-name box store takes this weekend-long opportunity to tantalize you with tempting offers on just about EVERYTHING they have in stock. It can be daunting to sift through the pages and pages and volumes and libraries of Black Friday circular ads.

But because I love you and all you stand for (Geeks unite!!!), I’ve gone ahead and done just that so you don’t have to.

Below, I’m going to list what I think are some of the best Black Friday offers of the year. (Note: products on store websites may not reflect sales prices until this weekend)

Terrific Tablets for Kids

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Kurio Kids Tablet (Android 4.0, 7″) for: $129.95 (down from $200) at Amazon.com

Kurio

Nabi 2 Kids Tablet (8 GB) for: $129.99 (down from $179.99) at Best Buy

Nabi

Kindle Fire HD 7″ (16GB) for: 99.99 (down from 199.99) at Best Buy

kindle

Super Toys for Super Geeks

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Batcave for: $34.99 & Buy 1/Get 1 50% Off All Imaginext Toys (down from $39.99) at Target

Batcave

Roboraptor (32″) for: $49.99 (down from $79.99) at Toys ‘R’ Us

Roboraptor

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Combat Gear Set ($12) at Amazon and TMNT Deluxe Turtle Shell ($14) at Target

TMNT

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Gaming Systems at Great Prices

Xbox 360 (250 GB Holiday Bundle with Tomb Raider and Halo 4) for: $249.99 (down from $299) at Best Buy

Xbox

Nintendo 3DS XL System for: $149.99 (down from $199.99) at Target

Nintendo

Wii U Black Friday Bundle (Console, Super Mario Bros U and Super Luigi U) for: $319.97 (down $50) at Best Buy

Wii

Marked-Down Family Movies

New Release Movies for: $4-$9 at Target

Movies

Movies & TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray (select titles) for: 80% off at Amazon

Amazon Movies

Baby Care Bargains

Levana Stella Baby Monitor for: 60% off at Amazon

Levana Stella

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Graco Pack ‘n Play On The Go Travel Play Yard for: $49.99 (down from $79.99) at Toys ‘R’ Us

graco

Chaps Sportswear for Babies for: 60% off at Kohl’s

chaps

How to Get What You Want Without Losing Everything

As you can already see from the deals I’ve listed above, things are going to be bananas at the stores on Thursday night, Friday, and the rest of the weekend. People will be clamoring not just for these items but also door-busters, prizes, in-store special announcements, and last-minute super sales.

It’s gonna be nasty.

So I’m not going to sign off here quite yet. Not until I impart a few words of wisdom for the Black Friday newbies.

  • Know What You Want — If you’re thinking of just hitting up Best Buy or Target and doing some browsing for whatever deals look good, then you, sir or madam, are going to get yourself killed. Do some pre-Black-Friday research with the circular ads. Figure out what it is you want. That will make victory so much easier for you to grasp.
  • Stay Civil — It’s going to get crazy. Have I said that enough in this article yet? No? Okay: it’s going to get CRAZY. You’re going to see a side of people you thought could only be found in the pages of Lord of the Flies. Imagine going out the front gate to check the mail during the battle of Helm’s Deep. Some people will be acting terribly. Don’t do that. You’re better than them, so show it. And show your kids. Black Friday is a perfect teaching lesson for your kids. Show them how to be the respectful, civilized civilians.
  • Sharpen Your Fingernails — Just kidding. Don’t do this. Ever. Because if you’re as clumsy as me, you’ll probably just end up poking your eye out with your own middle finger…
  • Know Your Surroundings — Don’t look at me like that. When you’re stuck in the back corner of the toy section on Friday morning, surrounded by a sea of clanging shopping carts and no back-up route to the cashier, you’ll be wishing you’d wiped that look right off your face. Know your surroundings–how to get to where you want to go and how to get back out again. (Preferably with no less than three alternative routes.)
  • If At All Possible, STAY HOME — If you don’t actually have to go inside the store to get a deal, then DON’T GO. A lot of Black Friday deals pop up online. Mostly this happens on Cyber Monday (enough with the clever names already, amiright?), but oftentimes there will be awesome deals on the web throughout the weekend.

There you go. If you’re planning on forgetting Black Friday and staying home with your geeky kids and their new-found love of all things football, then God bless you. You’ll live through the holidays.

If, on the other hand, you’ve decided to suit up for battle and brave the bloody fields of box store madness, then God bless you, too. Cause, friend, you’re gonna need it.

CHAAAAAAARGE!!!!

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About Peter Diseth

Geek-tician and Sci-Fi-nancier, Peter has been honing his research for Geeks Raising Geeks for better than three decades. He makes a living creating web content for individuals and businesses, both local and international. He's also a veteran actor of stage and screen, and doing this makes "making a living" worthwhile. Peter is also the sole creator of NewsAttire.com (a satirical news blog in the vein of The Onion) and a once-contributor to WhatCulture.

Peter lives in New Mexico with the three loves of his life: his wife Kate, his kitty Kitty, and his vast library of well-loved and well-worn genre fiction.

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