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Five sites to shop for Black Friday deals, before Black Friday

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(Read caption) Avoid the crowd? Shoppers wait in the check out line during a Black Friday sale at Nebraska Furniture Mart Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 in Kansas City, Kan.

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Where can you find the best online deal of the day?

It depends. Retailers – BestBuy, Target, WalMart – are pushing one-day and weekly deals on their sites.

But mostly, it depends on what you’re shopping for on a given day and how much time you’re willing to devote to the effort.

Here are five sites where you might start the process.

Overstock.com

Fatwallet.com

Slickdeals.com

Shopping.com

Pricegrabbercom

Pick any one. Plug in a product that you're in the hunt for a deal on.

For example: Looking for a 32 inch HDTV?

Overstock.com is advertising a Panasonic Viera TC-L32X2 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV with iPod Dock for $374.99 today.

Overstock includes a little comparison box with other retailers. This price is a pretty good deal.

But don’t stop there. Cut and paste the TV model into your browser and see what else turns up on the web. Or plug the model into a couple of the online deal sites.

Turns out, Amazon.com is offering the same 32-inch Panasonic Viera HDTV for $344.77.

That's the best price I could find. Can you find a better one?

Many of these sites feature reader input on quality and availability. Like I said, it all depends on how much time you want to devote to this purchase.

And nearly everyone is offering free shipping now.

Happy Shopping.


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