"6.) Some deals advertised in stores are actually available
online, too, or exclusively online. You may not have to get up
early or go to the superstores at all.
"7.) The competition is so fierce this year that some stores
aren't waiting for Black Friday. Wal-Mart is already selling a
full-size laptop, for example, at a netbook price. You can buy a
Compaq CQ-139WM with a 15.4-inch screen, 2GB RAM and a 160GB hard
drive for $298! Best Buy is already selling the MSI Wind for
"8.) Watch out for Linux. The cheapest netbooks tend to come
with Linux. Don't get me wrong. The Linux implementation that comes
on most netbooks is fine, and may even be preferable to Windows.
But check before you buy, especially if you have Windows software
you want to run."