Today's Best Deals: Early Black Friday Discounts, ThinkPad Chromebook, Work Boots

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Sony Bluetooth headphones, popular HBO dramas, and a ThinkPad Chromebook lead off Thursday’s best deals.

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It’s 2016, and your headphones don’t need wires anymore. Luckily, Amazon’s offering up Sony’s popular and well-reviewed MDRXB950BT Bluetooth over-ears for $88 today. Not only is that an all-time low and roughly $60-$110 off its usual price, it’s actually $2 better than Best Buy’s promised Black Friday deal, so there’s no reason to wait.

Having the proper footwear is the difference between spending the day working and spending the day in the Emergency Room. If you’ve been living dangerously lately, why not invest in a pair of work boots that won’t have you fighting for workers’ comp? Amazon is marking down work and safety boots to under $100, but it’s today only, so you should probably get to work.

The two shows that kicked off our golden age of TV dramas are both on sale today in Amazon’s Gold Box.

The Wire will set you back $57 whether you choose Blu-ray or DVD, and it’s worth noting that the Blu-ray treatment cuts off a lot of the show’s original 4:3 frame.

It’s the same story for The Sopranos, except both sets will cost you $70. Just remember that like all Gold Box deals, these prices are only available today, so lock in your order before this deal gets whacked.

Update: Sold out

Did you know Lenovo makes a ThinkPad Chromebook? It’s true, and it’s on sale today for just $180.

That gets you a generous (by Chromebook standards) 4GB of RAM, a 10 hour battery, and most uniquely of all, a pair of USB-C ports that you can use for fast data transfer and charging. And yes, it’s on the list of devices that will support Google Play and Android apps in the future.

You’ll need some entertainment for that fallout shelter you’re currently digging, so stock up on 2D and 3D puzzles from Ravensburger in today’s Amazon Gold Box.

Well here’s something I didn’t expect to see today: Dell is offering a big sale on annual Dropbox Pro subscriptions. In addition to a $40 discount, you’ll get a bonus $25 Dell promo gift card (shows up in the cart). We’ve only seen Dropbox discounts a few times in the past, and they’ve never been this big, so if you’ve been thinking about upgrading, this is a tremendous opportunity.

As always with these Dell gift card deals, make sure you see the gift card in your cart before checking out, and remember that it’s only valid for 90 days.

Another day, another J.Crew Factory markdown. This time, get 50% off everything (price as marked), free shipping, and an extra 40% off all clearance. Use the code WHOAGIFTLIST and watch the prices drop. You’ll easily be able to find something to add to your wardrobe.

iClever’s BoostCube line is The Wirecutter’s pick for best travel-friendly USB charger, and for a limited time, you can get two for the price of one. That’s one for you, and one for a lucky friend’s stocking. Just add two of the white models to your cart, and use code BESTDISC at checkout to get one for free.

A pair (or two) of well-reviewed Bose headphones won’t break the bank today. In fact, $100 is a match for Prime Day, and within $10 of an all-time low. Just note that the remote on the discounted set will only work on iOS devices, but the audio will obviously work on anything with a headphone jack.

It’s past time to book your holiday flights, but this discounted Southwest gift card can make your ticket just a little bit cheaper.

Logitech’s illuminated K830 keboard includes an integrated trackpad, Bluetooth, and a USB wireless receiver, making it perfect for controlling a home theater PC, Xbox One, PS4, or smart TV from across the room. Today on Amazon, you can score one for $60, or about $15 less than usual.

Best Buy’s Black Friday ad promised this Samsung sound bar for an all-time low $148, but there’s no need to wait; Amazon kicked the deal off early. This 35" sound bar includes 300W of total output, Bluetooth for connecting your phone, and even a wireless subwoofer for extra bass. If you’re still listening to your TV through its built-in speakers, needless to say, this would be a massive upgrade.

Contrary to what you might have heard, you don’t have to risk burning down your house to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving. This Butterball electric fryer doesn’t use an open flame to heat the oil, so you can set it up on the counter in your kitchen.

The $89, 8L model has never been cheaper, and can accommodate birds up to 14 pounds. I think I know what you’ll be thankful for once you taste it.

If your current vacuum isn’t getting the job done, you can upgrade to this highly-rated Hoover WindTunnel for just $79, today only. That’s about what you’d expect to pay for a basic stick vacuum, but this one includes some nice touches like an accessory hose, dedicated dusting and crevice modes, and a rinsable filter.

Amazon typically lists this model around $100-$115, and $79 is an all-time low. Just be sure to grab it before it gets cleaned out.

The holidays are coming, and for many of us, that means cramming ourselves into airplane seats to get into wine-drunk political fights with our relatives. But at least you can make your experience in coach just a little more comfortable with a memory foam travel pillow, just $15 today on Amazon. Needless to say, you’d pay a bit more than that at the Hudson News outside your gate.

Nose hair is a problem a lot of people have but, for some reason, few people take care of. For a limited time, score this Panasonic nose hair trimmer for just $10, and you can be one of those people doing something about it. Harambe didn’t die so you could look like The Missing Link.

The loss of headphone jack on the iPhone 7 has been felt most acutely by owners of older cars, who until now could use the port to listen to audio in the car while still charging their phones. This $9 Bluetooth/FM transmitter will be a cold comfort to those people, I’m sure, but it’s certainly better than nothing.

L.L.Bean is a great one-stop-shop for all things outdoors. That means you end up spending a lot more than you originally wanted to. But don’t worry, right now if you spend $50 or more, L.L.Bean will give you a $10 gift card. Spend it on gifts for the holidays, or just get $10 off the next tim you need to stock up on flannels, or replace your Bean Boots (okay, maybe not since they basically last forever).

Club Monaco is one of those stores that you frequently stare at but never purchase from. With an additional 30% off sale items with the code WINTER16, Club Monaco is about to sing you a siren song. Buy those suit pants or that cocktail dress. It’s an extra 30% off. Just go for it.

If you missed out on on last month’s wiper blade sale, Amazon will sell you two Michelin Stealth blades today for $20. Just add any two to your cart (shipped and sold by, and the price will automatically be reduced to $20 at checkout. The deal even works if you buy two different sized blades, so you should have no trouble finding a combination that fits your car.

On Sunday, Amazon started running a $20 off promotion on the 8GB Fire HD 6, which was already one of the best sub-$100 tablets you can buy. As of this morning though, the discount is also available on the 16GB model with the same FIREHD6 promo code.

This tablet is a steal at its usual $70-$90, but this discount actually brings the 8GB model’s price down to match the entry-level Fire Tablet, which has a worse (albeit slightly larger) screen, a slower processor, and less battery life. I could think of worse stocking stuffers.

If you have any notable absences in your tool box, Amazon’s kicked off a collection of early Black Friday deals to help you flesh out your collection.

You can choose from $25 off a $100 order of Makita, Dewalt, or Bosch tools. The first two include thousands of eligible items, and Bosch encompasses over 150, so you shouldn’t have any trouble filling your cart. Just order $100 of goods from one manufacturer (shipped and sold by, and you’ll see the discount at checkout.

Let us know what you picked up in the comments!

SSDs are obviously great upgrades for PCs with spinning hard drives, but it’s also really easy and affordable to turn one into a high performance external drive. Crucial’s MX300 275GB SSD is marked down to $60 today, an all-time low.

Update: The 525GB model is also available for $105.

Finding Dory was better than it had any right to be, and even though it only came out on video yesterday, Prime members can already get the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo for $15. If you have any young fans of the film on your holiday shopping list, this is a great chance to cross them off.

If only the best will do, you can save $30 on a bare PS4 Pro console today, with no sales tax for most buyers.

We suspect we’ll see a few PS4 Pro bundle deals around Black Friday, including one that includes Street Fighter and Watch Dogs 2 for $400, but if a cash discount takes precedent over bonus games for you, there’s no reason to wait.

Bodum’s pour-over coffee maker is as beautiful as it is functional, and Amazon’s marked it back down to $17 today, matching the best price they’ve ever listed on the 34 ounce model. Hopefully, you take your coffee makers like you take your coffee: Black. Because that’s the only color on sale today.

Assuming your computer can handle it at 60Hz, your next monitor should probably be 4K, and BuyDig’s offering big savings on two different LG IPS panels today.

The 24" for $280 (with code 4KPRO) compares favorably to the popular Dell P2415Q, which currently sells for $80 more, and $379 for a 27" (with code AFPRO2X60) is only slightly more than you’d pay for a TN panel, but with the color accuracy and viewing angle advantages of IPS.

One day, everything will be wireless. Until then, we have to make do with cable organizers like these. But hey, at least they’re cheap.

$10 gets you a 6-pack of zippable, 20" sleeves, which are great for keeping cords organized behind your desk, while the $9 clips can secure the ends of those cables to your desk, so they don’t fall and get lost. Just be sure to note the promo codes below.

If you’ve tried an unamplified HDTV antenna (like the standard Mohu Leaf), but can’t quite pull in every channel you want, this leaf-style model includes a USB-powered amp that should add a few miles of range. Promo code TVANBB15 brings it down to just $15, which is one of the best prices we’ve ever seen on an amplified antenna.

The transition from USB-A to USB-C is going to be slow and painful, but at least it doesn’t have to be expensive. Two A-to-C cables for $7 is one of the best prices we’ve seen, especially considering they’re both 6' long.

Gerber’s 4.5 star-rated paraframe knife features a minimalist handle that keeps weight to a minimum, and a deal that keeps is price to a minimum. The only catch is that it’s an add-on item, but these would make great stocking stuffers, so you can hit the $25 order minimum by buying a bunch of them.

If Casio isn’t your speed and you’re looking for something a little more streamlined, Timex is also marking down watches 30% with the code PRIVATESALE. The Timex Weekender was one of your top picks for favorite affordable watch, so why not get one when it’s 30% off, plus free shipping? Or, choose from their rather large catalogue of timepieces.

Harman Kardon’s SoHo on-ear headphones were a pretty solid buy in 2013 when they debuted for $200. But for $40, they’re an absolute steal. A few different colors are available today, just be sure to get the one with the correct remote for your phone OS of choice.

10 Cloverfield Lane is an uplifting story where three strangers find an oasis away from all of the world’s problems, and you can rent it in HD for just $1, courtesy of iTunes and Amazon. After you order the rental, you’ll have 30 days to start watching, so there’s no need to rearrange your plans tonight.

Life’s too short to vacuum every other day, but luckily, you can pawn that tedious chore off to a Roomba, and the entry level 650 model is marked down to $274 today on Amazon, which is $16 less than its previous lowest price.

While it does require a bit of babysitting from time to time, I haven’t vacuumed my house manually in months, and yet the floors always feel clean, even with two pets.





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