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A Quick Cyber Shopping Guide for Black Friday

posted by Jason Kottke   Nov 29, 2019

So, I’ve begun working on my annual holiday gift guide (here’s 2018’s guide) and hope to have it done as early as next week. If you’re a pal or a regular reader that has a product or service you think should be on the gift guide this year, let me know! Would love to get more small business stuff on there.

But I wanted to make this quick mini-guide for Black Friday / Cyber Monday because if you’re savvy about it, this weekend can be a good time to find some good deals on holiday gifts for your friends and family. Here’s what I dug up.

The best Kindle, the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite, is only $85 (35% off). I have one of these and have read a few dozen books on it since I bought it in March.

You can order a Cybertruck from Tesla with only $100 down and then get a refund on your deposit later. It’s a little bit thrilling to push the “Place Order” button on a $77,000 item with the styling of a 1st gen Kindle.

The 5 Qt KitchenAid mixer is on sale for $240 (48% off). Today only so hop on this one.

My Tattly pals are offering 30% off on almost all of their awesome temporary tattoos.

23andMe’s Health + Ancestry DNA testing kit is $99 (50% off). AncestryDNA’s kit is only $50 (51% off). There’s also a DNA kit for dogs on sale for $90 (40% off) if you want find out what breeds make up that rescue you just adopted.

My friend Jodi is offering 15% off today at her Legal Nomads shop…just use the code HOLIDAYSALE19.

The 8 Qt Instant Pot is discounted down to $95 (47% off) while the 6 Qt WiFi-enabled Instant Pot is $90 (40% off).

The New York Public Library would like to remind you that everything at the library is free (with free returns).

Apple is offering gift cards if you buy select products like iPhone XR, AirPods, iPad Pro, and Beats headphones.

It’s not the most current retina-screen model, but this Macbook Air is only $650 (35% off).

A 3-month Audible subscription is $6.95/mo (53% off).

Need a VPN for private browsing? TunnelBear is just $50 for the year today (58% off).

Amazon has a slight discount (6%) on AirPods Pro, but they’ll likely arrive after the holidays (“usually ships within 1 to 2 months”). The Apple Watch Series 5 is also on sale for $380 (5% off).

I have zero idea if this product is any good, but you can buy a 50-inch 4K TV for just $217.

Hulu is $1.99/mo for 12 months for their ad-supported plan (regularly $5.99/mo).

I love my electric toothbrush and it’s on sale for $30 (40% off).

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