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Best GPS deals for 2010 Black Friday--Your guide to door busters

Consumer Reports News: November 22, 2010 09:38 AM

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Planning a deal-driven route for shopping on Black Friday? We have compiled a guide to the best deals on well-rated devices and similar GPS navigators from major retailers. 

We have scrutinized sales flyers and websites to compile this door-buster directory, and these prices stand out as offering a significant discount.

Of course, you can avoid the long lines and stress at the major box stores by shopping online. Often the sale door-buster deals are available from the store’s website, and some will even allow you to get a head start by shopping on Thanksgiving.

If you’re anxious to get your shopping done ahead of Black Friday, see our best GPS deals for early shoppers.

When choosing a navigation device, don’t buy strictly on price. Often the cheapest units are older, have fewer worthwhile features, and use small screens. To make an informed choice, see our extensive buying advice, then use our interactive ratings tool to find the top-rated units that match your needs and budget. You’ll find a dedicated model overview page for each tested device, with notes from our experts, ratings, specifications, and user reviews.

Once you’ve done your homework, dig in to the chart below and map out your holiday shopping.

Make/model Price Notes
Best BuyFri., Sat.
Garmin Nuvi 255WT $99.00 Basic, wide screen. Text to speech.
Garmin Nuvi 1300 LMT $129.99 Basic, wide screen.
Magellan 3045 $109.99 4.7-inch. Free traffic.
TomTom XL 350TM $99.99 Wide screen. Free maps, traffic.
TomTom XXL 550TM $129.99 5-inch screen. Free maps, traffic.
BJ'sFri., Sat., Sun.
Magellan RoadMate 1420 $69.99 Wide screen.
TomTom XXL 540TM $119.99 5-inch screen. Free traffic, maps.
Costco--Fri., Sat., Sun.
Magellan RoadMate 2036 $30 off Wide screen. Free traffic.
TomTom XXL 550TM $70 off (Regular $199.99) 5-inch screen. Free traffic, maps.
KmartFri., Sat.
Magellan RoadMate 2035 $79.99 4.3-inch. Free traffic.
MeijerFriday morning
Magellan RoadMate 3030 $83.00 4.7-inch.
Radio ShackFriday 
TomTom XXL 550T $99.99  5-inch screen. Free traffic.
Garmin Nuvi 1300 $99.99 Basic, wide screen.
Garmin Nuvi 1350T $129.99  Basic, wide screen. Free traffic.
Garmin Nuvi 1450T $149.99 5-inch screen. Free traffic.
Sam's ClubFriday
Garmin Nuvi 1450 $129.82 5-inch screen.
SearsFriday
Magellan RoadMate 2035 $79.99 4.3-inch. Free traffic.
Magellan RoadMate 5045 $99.99 5-inch. Traffic.
Magellan RoadMate 1700 $149.99 7-inch screen.
TomTom XL340M $99.99 Wide screen. Free maps.
StaplesFri., Sat.
Garmin Nuvi 265WT $99.00 Staff favorite. Free traffic.  Friday morn.
Garmin Nuvi 1490T $169.99 5-inch screen. Free traffic. 
Magellan RoadMate 1700 $149.99 7-inch screen. 
TomTom XL 540S  $89.99 5-inch screen. 
TomTom XL 540TM $129.99 5-inch screen. Free traffic, maps.  
TargetFriday
Garmin Nuvi 1450LMT $159.00 5-inch screen. Free traffic, maps.
TomTom XL 335T $79.00 Wide screen. Free traffic.
WalmartFriday morning
TomTom Ease $59.00 Very basic navigator.
TomTom XL 355SE $79.00 Wide screen.

In addition to the deals highlighted above, ConsumerReports.org has a Price & Shop function tied in with most electronics ratings that allows you to move right from reviewing test results to checking the prices online and even buying the product. This service is offered in partnership with PriceGrabber.com, providing an ad-free user experience. Retailers cannot pay for top placement in our safe-shopping environment, so consumers looking to buy GPS, can be assured that their shopping search results will be listed by price from lowest to highest to ensure a good shopping experience. Featured retailers meet certain customer service standards, and there are retailer ratings to guide you to the best prices from trusted retailers.

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