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A shopper carries a flat screen television over his head at a Target Corp. store ahead of Black Friday in Mentor, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
A shopper carries a flat screen television over his head at a Target Corp. store ahead of Black Friday in Mentor, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014.
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The Target Black Friday TV sales are often a mixed bag. One or two doorbuster specials typically grab your attention, but the others often feature lesser-known models or prices similar to those you’d find at other retailers.

This year the Target Black Friday ad includes TVs ranging in price from $85 for a 30-inch second-tier brand set to almost $700 for a 60-inch Samsung 4K smart TV. So we decided to compare Target’s deals with the ones being offered by its main competitor, Walmart.

What we found was that Walmart has a wider range of deals, especially on larger-sized models. The retailer has a 65-inch Hitachi 4K TV for less than $600, for example, and a 55-inch Philips 4K set for just $298. But when Walmart and Target have deals on the same major-brand TVs, Target’s prices are surprisingly competitive. For example, both have 60-inch Samsung 4K smart TVs for $698 and 50-inch 4K smart TVs for $398.

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Before we get into more details, you should know that the Target Black Friday deals will be available online—with free shipping—all day Thanksgiving and in all Target stores that evening, when the doors open at 6. The deals will run through Saturday, Nov. 26, or as long as supplies last.

Target is also bringing back its “10 Days of Deals” promotion, starting Saturday, Nov. 19. Look for more details on that closer to the launch.

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Here’s a breakout of the Target Black Friday deals:

Super-Cheap TVs

We found three great TV deals in the Target Black Friday ad:

50-inch Hisense 4K 120Hz smart UHD TV, $250 (at least while supplies last). The ad does not reference the model number, but we think it might be the Hisense 50CU6000. If so, it’s about half the usual price.

43-inch Element 4K TV, $200. That one’s available only in stores. Once again, no model number was given, but Target carries the Element E4S4316H, which usually sells for about $350.

32-inch Polaroid TV listed, $85. Given the price, we think it’s a bare-bones 60Hz 720p model, perhaps the Polaroid 32GSR3000. We’ve seen that set sell for $150 to $160.

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Other TV Deals

Target also has a few noteworthy deals on sets from major TV brands, mainly LG and Samsung. They include:

60-inch Samsung 4K 120Hz smart TV, $698. This is the Samsung UN60KU6300 currently in our ratings. We’ve seen the KU6300-series sets popping up in a lot of Black Friday deals this year. Walmart has this model for the same price, and Sam’s Club has the warehouse-club version—Samsung UN60KU630D—for $700.

55-inch Samsung 4K 120Hz smart UHD TV with a curved screen, $698. This looks like the Samsung UN55KU6500, also tested in our labs and included in our TV ratings. Again, Sam’s Club has the warehouse-club version—the Samsung UN55KU650D—for $700.

55-inch Samsung 1080p smart TV, $448. This is a J-series model, the Samsung 55J6201, from last year.

55-inch LG 4K 120Hz smart UHD TV, $500. There’s no model number listed, but we think it could be the LG 55UH6030, which we’ve also seen for $500 at Kohl’s.

50-inch Samsung 4K 120Hz smart UHD TV, $398. We’ve seen this J-series set, the Samsung 50KU6300, for the same price at Sam’s Club and Walmart. It’s yet another model that we’ve tested and included in our TV ratings.

40-inch Samsung 1080p smart TV, $248. Another J-series model from last year, the Samsung UN40J5200, will be on sale for the same price at Kohl’s and Walmart.

Later this week we’ll comb through all of the Black Friday TV ads to pick the top deals of the year. Check back for those picks, plus more Black Friday updates.

Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. This article originally appeared on Consumer Reports.

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