Many shoppers will spend this Black Friday searching for deals online. Photo: flickr user Chris22090.

If you’re hoping to have an easy Thanksgiving this year, then forget about queuing outside in the snow for five hours and check out the Black Friday deals online instead.

This year many online retailers have extended Black Friday to cover the entire Thanksgiving week, so you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to pick up a bargain. There are some impressive deals to be had just by sitting at home at your laptop or PC.

Here are some of the best websites to check for online Black Friday deals:

Amazon. The retailing giant has been at the forefront of online sales for some time, so it’s no surprise to see that they’re offering Black Friday deals all week long. Some deals run all week while others rotate on an hourly basis, so be sure to check their Amazon Black Friday page for the latest offers. Highlights so far have included an Apple TV with a 160GB hard drive for $119, and Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3 and Xbox 360 for a mere $14.99.

Overstock. As a website that’s already renowned for offering great deals, has a tough example to beat. They look as if they’re gearing up for a big Black Friday this year, though, with a special Facebook event page that will publish Black Friday deals early, and a live countdown to the start of the sales on their website. No hints yet on what they’ll be offering, but definitely one to keep an eye on.

Newegg. The electronics retailer has taken the entire concept one step further, and has been running a Black November promotion all this month. A new offer has been posted on their website every day of the month, including bargains such as 70% off iPad cases and free shipping on all digital cameras. Check their Black November page for today’s deal, and watch out for even more impressive bargains on Black Friday.

Better World Books. This online bookstore has been one of the great success stories of the past few years, and their Black Friday offer will be hard to beat. Not only do they offer 15% off any order of two books or more (use the promo code BLACKFRIDAY), but proceeds from all sales help fund Global Literacy. Throw in free shipping and a fantastic used book selection, and this starts to look like a viable – and worthwhile – alternative to Amazon.

Of course, the online Black Friday deals will not be limited to web-only retailers. Many stores will be running Black Friday deals both in stores and online via their website, so be certain to check out your favorite brands and retailers. Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy have already announced that they will be offering free shipping on all orders over $50 for Black Friday, while old favorites such as Target, Sears and Toys R Us will undoubtedly have some impressive offers online this year.

As for this year’s Black Friday Holy Grail – the discounted iPad – rumors have already surfaced that Apple and TJ Maxx will be making price cuts, but both retailers have denied the online gossip. There appear to be plenty of deals on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, though, from the likes of Radio Shack, Office Max and Best Buy – so some consumers may consider switching brand and grabbing themselves a Black Friday tablet deal.

Black Friday deals often change on a minute-by-minute basis, so if you come across any great online offers please share them in the Comments section below. Happy shopping!

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