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Black Friday 2018 Deals At GameStop: $200 PS4, Xbox One, Switch Games, And More

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Black Friday 2018 is here. You've already filled up on delicious food, and now it's time to get yourself some discounted goods. We've had a good idea of what kind of deals to expect once Black Friday sales officially start going live--which very handy for planning your purchases. Because of this we've already been able to cover the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals at TargetBest Buy, and Walmart. However, GameStop has offered a sale too, so let's take a look at the deals.

Some of these discounts will be available in limited quantities until November 26, but the rest of the discounts went like on Thursday, November 22 at 3 PM (Thanksgiving), which is when the official Black Friday sale begins. This means that, if you're just starting to shop, you'll have to be quick as others have been at it for a few days now.

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In terms of console deals, you can get an Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators bundle for $200, or knock $70 off any Xbox One or S. On the PS4 side of things, a PlayStation 4 1TB with Spider-Man is on sale for $200. All other PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch deals come with a $50 GameStop gift card (in-store only).

As for accessories, a bundle that includes PlayStation VR with Move Controllers, Creed: Rise to Glory, and Superhot is on sale for $250, and select DualShock 4 controllers have dropped to $39.

Black Friday 2018 Deals On Red Dead 2, Switch Eshop, Fallout 76, Walmart, GameStop, Target -- Games, TVs, Movies

All of the deals in one place.

It's officially Black Friday 2018, which means Sony's PSN and Microsoft's Xbox Live sales on digital PS4/Xbox One games are underway, discounts on PS4 and Xbox One bundles have been made available, and we have details on the Nintendo Eshop sale for Switch and 3DS games. Furthermore, Steamhas launched its sale, and we're seeing price-beating happening: Walmart just cut Black Ops 4 to $37 on PS4 and Xbox One, beating not only its own advertised price, but the best price we had seen anywhere. Black Friday is in full effect.

Best Buy's early access sale has ended for the time being, though it is still offering some deals on its website before it rolls out the full promotion on Thursday. Ebay has had some terrific deals leading up to Black Friday, and today (Wednesday only), it has some the best Xbox One and Nintendo Switch deals we've seen. Meanwhile, the PS4 Spider-Man bundle is on sale at numerous stores days before we expected, and PS Plus is $40 at a whole bunch of retailers. And after looking like Spider-Man and Fallout 76 wouldn't be discounted, we've now learned of deals on both.

Black Friday officially began today, on November 23, but we got a heads-up on what to expect. We started out by getting Target's ad early, giving us a look at what will be on sale across games, tech, and entertainment, and that's been followed by several other huge ones, Walmart and Best Buy. Everything from 4K TVs to PS4, Xbox One X, and Nintendo Switch are on sale, not to mention games and movies ranging from Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Deadpool 2. GameStop has also finally shared its ad, greatly expanding the list of deals.

As always, tracking what's on sale and where can be an overwhelming task, as can determining what the best deals are. We'll be doing our best to help you stay on top of this so you can make the most of Black Friday (and Cyber Monday immediately after that) without having to drown in a sea of circulars and hastily scrawled post-it notes. Below, you'll find our complete coverage of the event.

#2 The best of Costco’s Black Friday deals!

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Black Friday Deals at Costco That Travelers Will Love

Remember, Costco is closed on Thanksgiving Day, so the soonest you can shop in-store is 9:00 am on Black Friday (though sales continue through November 26). However, there are a few special deals available earlier or online only before Black Friday. Without further ado, check out the Black Friday deals at Costco that are perfect for travelers.

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Apple iPad 32G 9.7” - $249.99

Get your hands on the latest model of Apple’s iPad at Costco. The store is offering $70 off, bringing the price down from $319.99 to $249.99. An iPad is lighter and offers better battery life than a laptop, but makes reading e-books and checking email a lot easier than on your phone. This is an online-only deal available only on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018.

32 Degrees Ladies' Plush Lined Tech Fleece Jacket - $14.99

Every traveler needs a good zip up that keeps you warm, looks as good on the trail as it does in the city, and dries quickly. This lined fleece jacket is just the thing. It comes in three colors - black, green, and red - and is soft to the touch inside and out. It’s $4 off the normal price as part of the Black Friday deals at Costco, bringing it from $18.99 to $14.99.

Bose On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones - $99.99

When it comes to sound, Bose is king. While these particular headphones aren’t the noise-canceling variety, they still offer crisp, clean sound for up to fifteen hours before needing to be recharged. They also have a streaming range up to 30 feet.

Fitbit Versa Bundle - $50 Off

At home or abroad, track everything from your steps to your sleep patterns to your heart rate with the sleek Fitbit Versa. It comes with large and small black bands plus a large white band. There are also more than 15 exercise modes, it can store and play over 300 songs, and has a water resistance to 50 meters.

The battery lasts for four days and can remind you when to exercise or when it’s time to catch your flight. Costco hasn’t published how much the SmartWatch bundle normally is, but it will be $50 off. This is also an online-only deal that starts Thanksgiving day.

Ubio Labs 10,000 mAh Power Bank Bundle 2-pack - $29.99

No traveler should ever leave home without a power bank. Fortunately, this bundle comes with two. Keep one in your carry on and the other in your car. Or gift a pair of his and hers for the power travel couple in your life.

Each comes with a 3-foot braided USB type-C cable. They are compact at 2.5" x 5.2" and .56" thin. The bundle is $10 off as part of the Black Friday deals at Costco, making it $29.99 instead of the usual $39.99.

Thermoflask Stainless Steel 24oz Water Bottle with Straw Lid, 2-pack - $14.99

Keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold no matter your altitude or hemisphere. These bottles are made vacuum insulated with a double wall sweat-free design. The wide-mouth makes cleaning a breeze but the lid also contains a straw for sipping on the go.

The pack comes with a blue bottle and a black bottle - perfect for outdoor or urban pursuits. The sale is another online-only one, with a price tag of $14.99, $5 off the regular $19.99.

Ubio Labs Lightning Cable Charging Kit - $22.99

When you’re traveling, there’s not always time to sit around and wait for multiple devices spread across multiple outlets to charge. With this kit, you don’t have to. While it’s only for Apple products, it comes with two lightning cables, a dual USB wall charger with LED charge indicators, and a dual USB car charger.

The plug prongs fold away so it takes up less space in your bag and it charges up to 50% faster than a standard plug. Usually $29.99, the bundle is $7 off, but only online and starting Thanksgiving day.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8th Generation Bundle, Intel Core i5 - $799.99

If a tablet won’t cut it for your workload but you don’t want to commit to the size and weight of a laptop, the Surface Pro might just be the device you need. This device is super compact but more powerful and multi-functional than a tablet. It’s also not as cumbersome or expensive as a laptop but it can be used as either one.

Costco usually sells this particular model for $999.99 but shoppers can get it for $799.99 starting as early as November 16-26, 2018. An upgraded model, with an Intel Core i7 processor, is also $200 off, making it $1,399.99. However, that model is only available online during those dates.

There are plenty of decent Black Friday deals at Costco for travelers of all kinds. So log on or get an early start on Black Friday and claim some new travel gear for you or the travelers in your life.


#3 Apple AirPods review – El Pulso


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Best Black Friday 2018 deals on Apple products: Free AirPods, free iPhone XR, $250 iPad, $250 HomePod, $100 of Apple Watch Series 3

The best prices on Apple stuff are here and going fast.


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Apple's earlier version of the iPad Pro has a 9.7 inch screen.

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Looking to buy some Apple gear this year? Same old story: premium prices, infrequent sales, minuscule discounts.

Ah, but Black Friday has arrived like some mythical money-saving elf! Even Apple products go on sale today, right? Um, well, sort of: Apple's Four-Day Savings Event is another lame batch of gift cards on select products.

Thankfully, other stores have stepped up. Look past Apple and you can find deals on a variety of Apple items. Below I've rounded up the best prices I can find on the Apple AirPods, HomePod, iPad, iPhone and Watch.

Read more: Black Friday 2018: The best deals you can get right now

Apple shopping tips

Before we dive in, some buying advice. First, you can get discounts right now by shopping for refurbished items from Apple proper. Currently, for example, the refurbished Apple Watch Series 3 38mm is $239, a savings of $40. And you can save $80 on the refurbished iPad Pro 9.7 (32GB). Apple's certified refurbs are usually indistinguishable from new, and have the same warranty as their new counterparts.

Pro tip: Today only, cashback service Ebates will give you 4 percent back on the purchase of certified-refurbished Apple gear.

Second, many stores -- AmazonBest BuyWalmartTarget, etc. -- have matching sale prices on Apple gear. So is there any advantage to choosing one over another? There might be: Check your favorite cashback service to see if one store is offering a higher rebate rate than another.

Free AirPods when you switch to Metro by T-Mobile (save $159)

Sarah Tew/CNETThe best AirPods deal at the moment comes from Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS): Get it free when you buy an iPhone 6S for $49 or bring your own iPhone and sign up for an unlimited plan. Those plans start at $50 per month, with discounts if you add more lines. If you're not looking to switch carriers, there are other AirPods deals to be had as well.


iPhones (save up to $750)

Angela Lang/CNETThere are too many options to list here, but suffice it to say, if you're in the market, there are plenty of Black Friday iPhone deals. One that stands out: US Cellular will give you a free iPhone XR (in the form of bill credit on a 30-month plan) when you sign up for unlimited service. That deal is live right now and runs through Nov. 26.

Apple iPad 9.7 (2018): $250 (save $80)

Sarah Tew/CNETNot that long ago, even the base model iPad would run you $500. Although this one lacks Pro features, it's still the current-generation model at an $80 savings. As of now, only Target has the deal.


Watch this: Tricks to score extra savings on Black Friday and Cyber...


Apple Watch Series 3 (38mm + GPS): $279 and a $100 gift card

César Salza / CNETThe Apple Watch deal to beat is at... Meijer? The superstore chain will give you a $100 coupon for a future purchase when you buy a Series 3 model. Or you can get it for $199 outright from Target.

Apple HomePod: $250 (save $100)

Andrew Hoyle/CNETApple's Siri-powered smart speaker offers some of the best sound in its class, and Best Buy will chop a rare $100 off the regular price.


We'll update this post when we spot better deals on these and other Apple items. So check back soon!

Read more: CNET's complete guide to Black Friday 2018

Read more: CNET's Holiday Gift Guide 2018

CNET's Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phonesgadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter!


#4 23andMe – Home


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23andMe kits are 50 percent off on Amazon for Black Friday 2018

The health DNA testing kit, 23andMe is on sale for Black Friday 2018.
Nov. 23, 2018 / 12:26 PM EST

Most people probably wonder about their DNA — especially when it helps some folks find identical twins and discover hidden pasts.

And right now, some of those lingering questions can be answered at a pretty steep discount. 23andMe, a top-selling consumer DNA test, is available for $100 — 50 percent off its original $199 price for Black Friday 2018.

23andMe DNA Health + Ancestry Test, $100 (normally $199), Amazon

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23andMe DNA Health + Ancestry Test


This kit provides a closer look at detailed ancestry from regions around the world and allows you to discover when different ancestries were introduced into your DNA. If you ever have questions about your family tree or ethnicity, it's worth a look!

In addition to tracing your family lineage, the site claims that this test also provides insights into genetic health risks, carrier statuses, wellness and traits/preferences. The genetic health breakdown includes five reports on common diseases, including Celiac Disease and Parkinson's, while the carrier status explains if you have a predisposition for more than 40 different conditions, such as sickle cell anemia and hereditary hearing loss. Additionally, 23andMe asserts that the test can break down your muscle composition, hair loss probability, sweet and salty preferences, whether you have a uni-brow and more.

In order to get more than 85 reports, just send in a saliva sample using the at-home kit and send it back, there's no additional lab fee required. Results will be ready in about six-eight weeks.

For health insights, one NBC News reporter tried it and found that it gave her a solid amount of medical information in a comprehensive, science-based test. The kit helps guide users on how much saturated fat to eat and provides detailed information on which DNA strands coordinate with which health information. It's not the whole picture, but it could prompt people to make different health choices.

23andMe DNA Health + Ancestry Test, $100 (normally $199), Amazon

23andMe DNA Health + Ancestry Test


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