In the Black friday article series, we looked at trend of Black Friday, 5 step strategy and final shopping plan. This article and few other upcoming articles will feature hot gizmos and gadgets which many consumers are thinking about shopping this holiday season.
This holiday season is different in many ways and as I previously mentioned Black friday sale is also going to be different. It might not have the same glitter and gloom like past but will still showcase some new products and will not fail to impress the gadget lovers who plan to hit the retailers door steps on the Black Friday or clog the internet on Cyber Monday.
Every year new gizmos and gadgets garland the holiday season to attracts and dominate the techno saavy consumers mind and make them go running on the sale days to wait for hours to buy them. In 2004, it was Free USB drives and Flash memories cards, Cheap digital cameras and camcorders in 2005, iphone and ipod’s in 2006, GPS and Ipods in 2007, HDTV’s, Wii’s in 2008. This year also we will see some new products like eReaders, handy camcorders and many more to shake up the market. Obviously cheap laptop computers, netbooks and gaming consoles like Xbox, Wii will continue to interest many parents and younger generation this year too.
Walmart – Open for 24 hours Thanksgiving Day and BlackFriday
Gap – Open at 9 a.m.,
Banana Republic at 11 a.m.,
Old Navy at noon
Target – Opens at 5pm
Staples – Opens at 6pm
OfficeDepot – opens at 6pm
OfficeMax – Opens at 6pm
BestBuy – Opens at 6pm
Toys “R” Us – Opens 12am
Hot Gadget #1 – Digital Readers
Amazon’s launched the Kindle reader on Nov 2007. It took the amazon few years to spread the fire and get more consumer attention in the market. Economy melt down is part to blame. Currently, it captured the interests of college students and young adults and becoming one among must to have gadgets. Witnessed the growth of the users pool, many manufactures like Sony and competitors like Barnes and Noble are on the roll with their own products to get piece of the pie.
|6″ diagonal E Ink®||9.7″ diagonal E Ink®|
|8″ x 5.3″ x 0.36″||10.4″ x 7.2″ x 0.38″|
|1,500 books||3,500 books|
Books in Under 60 Seconds
Sony Reader Touch – PRS600
The Sony Reader™ provides a new way to experience reading. Take your library on-the-go and access your favorite books from anywhere. For added versatility, the Reader supports multiple file formats including ePub and PDF, offering access to more books from more places, including over one million free public domain titles from Google books.
Benefits of the Reader Digital Book
- It’s Portable — It’s lightweight and easily fits in a purse or jacket pocket.
- Long Battery Life — Enjoy up to two full weeks of reading on a single battery charge.
- Large Capacity — Holds up to 350 books with 512MB of onboard memory.
- E Ink® Vizplex™ Screen — Provides easy, natural reading from a paper-like display.
Full-featured reader with a good music player
A tad heavy and pricey
With the addition of ePub support, the Sony Reader Touch Edition shapes up as a formidable competitor to Amazon’s Kindles.
Sony also got inexpensive and lighter versionReader PRS -300. Check out this link for more details. BN Nook Barnes&Noble’s new Nook e-reader has a simple task: Win over the die-hard tree killers. The Nook must convince e-book skeptics that this is the time to start moving from Gutenberg to gigabytes.
Android — Most people won’t care which OS their e-readers run, but the choice of Google’s Android makes the Nook hackable and opens the door to third-party applications.
The “Loan” Feature — This is the big win, the ability for Nook users to loan books they own to other Nook users, as well as to Mac, PC, BlackBerry, iPhone, and iPod touch users.
The New York Times, quoting a publishing consultant, says about 945,000 Amazon Kindle e-readers have been sold, as well as about 525,000 Sony devices. There is quite a big demand raising for these ereaders with many libraries switching to digital mode, they might be popular gadget like ipod in few years to come. We have to wait and watch. My 2 cents, if you are not hard pressed to get them. Don’t get them. Wait for a year and they will surely bit more cheaper.
Deals on this readers:
Many retailers like Best Buy, Staples got great deals on the Sony readers. Check them out at blackfriday.info. You can buy one for $199 a pot. You can only get Kindle from Amazon and nook from Barnes&Noble online.
Photo and Content Sources: amazon.com, sony.com, pcworld.com