Holiday shopping survival guide: When to find the best deals

15.11.2012, von Ian Paul

Thanksgiving is one week from Thursday, and that means the madness is almost here. Before you know it you'll be fighting for parking spaces, navigating unruly crowds, and taking elbow shots in the kidney trying to snatch up that Black Friday HDTV special. But when is the best time to risk life and limb and venture out into the overcrowded malls or maybe just spend hours hunched over your laptop searching out deals online

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If you're buying electronics this holiday season there are nine specific days you'll want keep your eye on, according to a new holiday gift guide from Savings.com. The shopping deals site took a look at more than 1.5 million deals from 25,000 retailers across the U.S. to figure out the best time to buy specific items. Some of the days Savings.com says to make note of on your calendar are obvious while others are a little less so. Whether you're a practiced hand at holiday gift shopping or need a few reminders, here's a breakdown of the days you're most likely to find deals on PCs, tablets, HDTVs, set-top boxes, and computer accessories.

Thanksgiving Day

The first five deals days should be pretty obvious to anyone familiar with the basic schedule for holiday deals. Electronics deals start online on Thanksgiving Day, which is historically a more popular day for online buying than Black Friday. In 2011, 176 million unique visitors checked out deals on more than 500 retail websites during Thanksgiving, an increase of 9 percent over 2010, according to Experian Hitwise.

This year, online Thanksgiving buying may be just as popular. In its Black Friday preview ad released in November, Best Buy said it would offer a number of online-only deals on Thanksgiving Day. Some of the items slated for the deals include a 17.3-inch Toshiba Satellite Windows 8 laptop, an LG 3D Blu-ray player with built-in Wi-Fi, and a Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3 12.2-megapixel camera.