Lenovo & Groupon's Pre-Black Friday Sales

Black Friday Pre-Sales: What You Should & Shouldn't Buy

Whether through promotional emails or online advertising, you've probably seen your fair share of "Pre-Black Friday" sales. Are they worth shopping?

Take, for instance, the Black Friday Preview sale that Groupon has held off-and-on over the past few weeks. Are they truly offering "up to 80% off 100s of doorbusters"? Not quite. Take, for instance, the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb 1.7-oz. Eau de Parfum for $72.99 at Groupon. It's a great price when compared to Sephora's offer for the same product at $115. It has great reviews and is loved by thousands of people. However, both Overstock and Amazon have the same item on sale for $71.88 right now -- and the best price ever at Amazon was $69.21. Groupon's deal is close to the best price on the Internet, but it's definitely not worthy of the Black Friday doorbuster moniker. This is why it's important to always do your price research.

Lenovo is also hosting a Pre-Black Friday Sale now through October 30th. They're offering up to 40% off select home laptops, professional laptops, desktops, and tablets as well as free shipping. Lenovo is a niche merchant, but if you're in the market for a powerful computer or tablet then you want to check this sale out. For example one of our Deal Hunters found a Lenovo ThinkPad 13 Ultrabook with a ton of fancy specs for $608.30 shipped after various discounts. That's a great price on a machine that rarely drops in price. Keep in mind that when Lenovo refreshes their inventory and releases new models, they'll offer steeper discounts.

To sum it up, sometimes these sales can contain hidden gems. We're big fans of shopping early because that means there's one less thing to worry about during the holiday season. Obviously, the best deals are during the week of Black Friday, but you can find fantastic deals before and after our favorite day of the year. Don't be swayed by the flashy marketing -- but don't turn your nose up, either. You just might find the perfect gift at a great price weeks before you would have originally, instead of getting down to the wire and ending up with a bad deal or an out-of-stock item.

The BFAds team is made up of shoppers and Black Friday fanatics -- if there's a great deal or sale, we'll let you know. If you're interested in a curated list of the best deals on the Internet every day in your inbox, feel free to subscribe to our daily Hot Deals email!

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