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Discounts on select tablets
Discounts on select tablets © Pieter Beens/Shutterstock.com

Discounts on select tablets

According to DealNews, it's been a roller-coaster ride this year for tablet prices, which means we could see some of the best Black Friday deals yet. The company predicts that the Google Nexus 7 16GB will drop to $149. And Microsoft's new and resurfaced Surface RT and Surface Pro tablets will go as low as $120 and $310, respectively. The current-generation 64GB Surface Pro 3 likely will be priced at $700, a 12 percent reduction from its regular price.

Even though it was just introduced in October, Apple's iPad Air 2 could see discounts of up to 14 percent on Black Friday if last year is a guide, according to DealNews.

The best deals on Apple products, however, aren't likely to be found at the Apple Store. Licensed online retailers, such as Amazon and MacMall, generally have lower prices, de Grandpre says. Consider previous-generation and refurbished units, too, since they can offer even better prices than Black Friday deals.

Of the options available, if you are looking to save, look toward the cheaper versions, such as select Android tablets, and refurbished or used models.

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