To get the best deals on Black Friday, you'll need patience, aggression and preferably advanced knowledge of what you're looking for. But with the help of Web sites, mobile apps and social media tools, your day of shopping can be made easier, or even avoided thanks to online or early deals. Here's a list of tech tools to ease the pain of Black Friday:
The Basic Black Friday Web Site
The Basic Black Friday Twitter Feed
Here's a good starting point if you want to get totally lost in the world of Black Friday sales. New deals and links to shopping guides are posted regularly.
The Master Black Friday Twitter Feed
Black Friday on Facebook
If you're anti-Twitter, you can still get Black Friday news and deals from Facebook, along with the usual "Likes" and comments to help you determine whether the item in question is worth buying.
Early Online Deals
GottaDeal's Black Friday Web site has a section for early and ongoing sales. You can choose from a decent amount of HDTVs without braving the lines.
YouTube's Black Friday Videos
Take a break from all the deal hunting and watch people on YouTube chat, complain or make fools of themselves on Black Friday-related topics. For instance, one guy is really upset that he can't find Zhu Zhu Pets.
The Obligatory iPhone App
Black Friday Deals are never out of reach if you've got an iPhone, thanks to TGI Black Friday. The free app lists sales by category, store, and popularity; and you can create a list if the things you want.
Bar Code Scanner iPhone App
Ready to pull the trigger on a product? Do a quick bar code scan with pic2shop to make sure you're getting a deal. I doubt this tool will help you compare other Black Friday deals, but you'll at least know if the item you've found needs to be picked up immediately or can be bought for the same price elsewhere.