Black Friday 2015: Tablets Caught in Squeeze, Fueling Great Deals

Expect bare-bones tablets as door busters selling for as little as $20, but beefier models will be marked down, too.

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about buying a tablet, maybe a mere $20 price tag will push you over. That’s the lowest price DealNews.com predicts will be available for a new Android model on Black Friday.

Second-hand units may be less than $15, says the online retailer and Money Talks News partner.

Tablets are finding themselves squeezed in the market by smartphones that are growing in size and capabilities, and full-functioning laptops growing in portability.

Still, if you’re gifting someone who travels or just needs to take along work while taking kids to soccer practice or choir rehearsals, tablets may make great stocking stuffers. Their large screens and crisp, clear text and graphics make it easy to enjoy e-books or movies.

While good deals have been rare this year, DealNews says, discounts are due for a comeback in iPad, Windows, Android and Fire tablets.

Aside from ultra-cheap Androids, which may have limited capacity, expect to pay $25 to $100 for a solid media tablet on Black Friday, DealNews says. “These tabs don’t have the coolest specs, nor will they run Android’s latest Marshmallow (or even Lollipop) OS, but they’re perfectly priced.”

Higher-end models, including “top-tier, critically acclaimed” tablets such as Google’s Nexus 9, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 or a Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 will run $200 to $500 depending on size and features, DealNews says.

The iPad mini 4 could drop as low as $300 from retailers like Target, Best Buy and Micro Center, while the entry level iPad mini 2 could drop to $199, it says. Little discounting is expected on the iPad Pro, which may be bundled at full price, starting at $799, with a $25 gift card.

Windows shoppers on Black Friday likely will see a new, non-Surface off-brand Windows tablet as low as $45. Expect prices to start around $650 for a new Surface Pro 3 (or $150 off list price for the 64GB unit).

Also, on top of all these prices, don’t forget to figure in the costs of cases, keyboards, mice, pens and more tablet accessories.

As Black Friday approaches, follow these tips to save top dollar:

  • We’ll offer more information on specific stores for the best deals. So if you’re not already getting our updates, subscribe now.
  • Remember when shopping online to always start with a rebate site. They can automatically earn you 3 to 15 percent. Our favorite is Ebates. Click the link, create a free account, get money back whenever you buy online.
  • Meanwhile, Amazon is already rolling out its Black Friday deals on a daily basis. Click here to explore.

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