Get the Most for Your Black Friday Buck with This Small Purchase

Get the Most for Your Black Friday Buck with This Small Purchase

Another Black Friday is upon us. 

Before the Thanksgiving dinner plates are even cleared millions of Americans will lay siege upon the nearest big box retailers and battle for the latest and greatest deeply discounted electronic gadgets.

Browse the Black Friday ads of some of the nation’s biggest stores and you will find bargains like 50-inch televisions selling for as low as $200. While that kind of deal may seem too good to pass up, one Chicago-area home theater expert says shoppers should focus on something far smaller to get the most bang for their audio-visual Black Friday buck.

“A media content streamer like an Apple TV would be my recommendation,” says Christopher Brenner, owner of highly rated Trifecto Audio Visual in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. “It is an extremely powerful product in regards of its abilities for the money.”

Indeed, streaming media devices like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google Chromecast are leading the way as more and more Americans cut the cable cord and opt for streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime.

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Black Friday deals

So, how much will one of these powerful little devices set you back? Here’s a look at the best Black Friday bargains we found on the big names in the streaming media player market.

  • Apple TV — Apple rarely provides large discounts on any of its products. Apple TV normally costs $99, but office supply retailer Staples and big box electronics retailer H.H. Gregg are selling them for $79.
  • Roku — The Roku streaming stick normally sells for $49. Sam’s Club will offer them to members for $39.86
  • Amazon Fire TV — This 1080p media player retails for $99. While Amazon isn’t offering a discount, Staples Black Friday ad has the Fire TV on sale for $74.
  • Google Chromecast — The cheapest of the bunch, Google’s streaming media player normally sells for just $35. Target will sell them on Black Friday for $24.99.

Need some more tips on setting up the ultimate home theater? Be sure to consult our guide first.

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