Amazon Black Friday deal blowout: DVR discounts, more Xbox bundles and Whole Foods turkeys, too – CNET

Amazon has revealed its expanded plans for Black Friday sales, including some specific additional deals on Xbox bundles and TVs. There are also some more vague promises of big savings on everything from Chromebooks, toys, board games, furniture and clothing.

Amazon has revealed its expanded plans for Black Friday sales, including some specific additional deals on Xbox bundles and TVs. There are also some more vague promises of big savings on everything from Chromebooks, toys, board games, furniture and clothing. These details are above and beyond the extensive discounts on Amazon devices — Fire tablets, Fire TV streamers, Echo speakers and the like — that the world’s largest online retailer revealed earlier this month.

We’ll share our quick takeaways from the latest announcements below, but note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

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With that disclosure in place, here’s what you need to know.

The list of Amazon device discounts has been expanded: Amazon had already signaled a long lists of devices it was deeply discounting starting as soon as Friday, Nov. 16. But in addition to the list it disclosed on Nov. 2, the following products have been added:

The newly released Fire TV Recast DVR — which we quite liked — gets a $50 discount, and will be on sale starting at $180.
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 (read the CNET review) will sell for $139 ($60 off), and Amazon will throw in a free Echo Dot to boot. (Best Buy is offering the same deal.)
The Echo Dot Kids Edition (“You know… for kids!”) will start at $50 ($20 off), with a three-pack available for $100 (save $110).
Amazon will sell an Echo (RED) edition for the same $69 discounted price as other models in its smart speaker line (normally $99), with $10 of every such sale going to the Global Fund.

There are some newly announced TV deals, but none of them are particularly exciting. My colleague David Katzmaier has pulled together the best Black Friday TV deals so far. When presented with Amazon’s list (see below), he said, “None of the TV deals (Fire TV Editions, Sony X850, Samsung QLED) are any better than any of these. Best Buy’s Fire TV Edition prices are better, and the Sony and Samsung prices are standard fare.” So there you have it.

Amazon has the same solid Xbox and Switch bundles as other retailers, with some notable Xbox additions. So far as we can tell, it looks like Amazon will have the same basic Xbox One S bundles (likely starting at $199) and Xbox One X discounts ($399) as most other major retailers. But while rival retailers are generally only advertising the $199 Minecraft bundle, Amazon seems to be offering some decent alternate game bundles — Fallout 76, NBA 2K19, Battlefield — for just $30 more.

Amazon is also confirming that it will have the same Mario Kart Switch bundle as nearly all other retailers. Weirdly, Amazon’s release doesn’t mention the PS4, but we’d be shocked if that $199 Spider-Man bundle wasn’t available there, too.

You can get early access deals via Alexa. Have an Echo device? Chat up Alexa from Saturday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. PT through Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 9 p.m. PT and ask “Alexa, what are my deals?”

There’s a Thanksgiving turkey tie-in to Whole Foods. Yes, really. Through Thanksgiving Day, Prime members can save on turkeys and even reserve them in advance at Synergy!

Some sale prices start Friday, Nov. 16, with more product discounts flowing in through Friday, Nov. 23.

Prefer to scour Amazon’s full Black Friday teaser yourself? Here are the key details on the electronics, smart home and other related categories, directly from Amazon’s press release:

Amazon Devices

Save $25.99 on All-New Echo Dot, only $24.00 Save $20 on Echo Dot Kids Edition, only $49.99 – and save $110 total when you buy three Echo Dot Kids Edition devices, only $99.97 Save $30.99 on Echo (second gen), only $69 – and save $80 total when you buy two Echo (second gen) devices, only $119.98Save $30.99 on Echo (RED) edition, only $69.00 –for every Echo (RED) edition sold Amazon will donate $10 to the Global FundSave $40 on All-New Echo Plus, only $109.99 Save $40 on Echo Spot, only $89.99 – and save $100 total when you buy two Echo Spot devices, only $159.98Save $50 on All-New Echo Show, only $179.99 – and save $120 total when you buy two All-New Echo Show devices, only $339.98Add an Amazon Smart Plug to any Echo device for only $5Save $15 on Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, only $34.99 Save $60 on Fire TV Cube with Far-Field Voice Control and 4K UHD/HDR, only $59.99Save $50 on Fire TV Recast 500 GB with two tuners, only $179.99—and save an additional $10 when you purchase Fire TV Recast 1 TB with four tuners, only $219.99Save $50 on Toshiba 32-inch 720p HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition, only $129.99Save $60 on Insignia 39-inch 1080p Full HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition, only $189.99Save $100 on Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV – Fire TV Edition, only $299.99Save $20 on Fire 7 tablet with Alexa, only $29.99Save $30 on Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet, only $69.99Save $30 on All-New Fire HD 8 tablet with Alexa Hands-Free , only $49.99Save $40 on All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet, only $89.99 Save $50 on Fire HD 10 tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, only $99.99 Save $51 on Blink XT One-Camera System, only $78.99—and save $90on Blink XT 3-Camera System, only $229.99Save $60 on Ring Video Doorbell 2, only $139.00—plus, customers will have the option to add the all-new Echo Dot to their purchase of the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for no additional cost


Save over 20 percent on Samsung EVO Select 128GB micro SD cardSony’s XBR55X900F Amazon’s Choice High Performance TV (2018 Model), only $1098.00Sony’s XBR65X850F 65-Inch 4K TV (2018 Model), only $998.00Sony’s XBR75X850F 75-Inch 4K TV (2018 Model), only $1,798.00Save over 15 percent on select Samsung QLED 2018 TVs, now through Cyber MondaySave over 15 percent on select Samsung NU8 series 2018 TVs, now through Cyber MondaySave up to 15 percent on LG Electronics 2018 Smart 4K TVsSave big on select ChromebooksSave big on Acer predator Gaming LaptopSave big on Cyberpower Gaming DesktopSave big on Dell 34.1-inch curved gaming monitorSave big on sceptre 27-inch curved gaming monitorSave 25 percent on HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer, only $89.99Save 50 percent on HP OfficeJet 5255 Wireless Printer, only $49.99

Smart Home

Save up to 35 percent off select Sylvania Light BulbsSave up to 40 percent on Philips Hue Smart LightingSave up to 46 percent off on select TP-Link productsSave 35 percent on Hive Smart Thermostat with Hub


Save $100 on a Xbox One SSave $100 on a Xbox One XXbox One X Fallout 76 Bundle, only $429Xbox One X NBA 2K19 Bundle, only$429Xbox One S NBA 2K19 Bundle, only $229Xbox One S Battlefield Bundle, only $229Purchase Nintendo Switch for $299.99 and receive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as a full game download code in-box at no additional cost, a $59.99 value

Audible, Music, & Books

For a limited time, save 53 percent on an Audible membership for 3 months at $6.95 a monthFor a limited time, new Amazon Music Unlimited customers can get three months of the premium streaming tier for just $0.99 and enjoy unlimited access to more than 50 million songs and hands-free listening with AlexaSave up to 80 percent on select Kindle best-selling booksGet three months of Kindle Unlimited for $0.99 – Enjoy unlimited access to over 1 million books, popular magazines and thousands of books with Audible narration. Offer valid for new subscribers only

Sports & Outdoors

Save on Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR – Black and moreSave up to 26 percent on all Assault Fitness cardio equipmentSave up to 20 percent on the new Fitbench FlexSave up to 22 percent on the Life Fitness IC1 exercise bikeSave 20 percent on Thule


Save 20 percent on ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) ChargerSave 25 percent on Reese Explore ProSeries 63153 RamblerSave $25 on all DieHard tires

Whole Foods Market

Through Nov. 22, customers will be able to purchase select organic ($3.49 per pound) and no antibiotic ($2.49 per pound) turkeys, and Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99 per pound organic, $1.99 per pound no antibiotic). Customers can reserve their turkeys in advance at Prime members who place their orders in advance online will be eligible for the lower prices on turkeys.Through Nov. 22, customers who are not yet Prime members can receive $20 off their next Whole Foods Market in-store purchase of $20 or more when they sign up for Prime at New members can try Prime free for 30 days, full promotion details are at

We’ll continue parsing Amazon deals as more are revealed.

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