Black Friday: The Best Electronics Deals for Makers

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Black Friday: The Best Electronics Deals for Makers

This time of year, there’s a lot to be happy about. The holidays offer us a moment to kick back, spend time with our loved ones, cook our favorite foods, and plan out our most ambitious projects for the year ahead. And for that, you’ll need some parts.

Whether you’re gifting parts to your favorite Maker, using components in a holiday project of your own, or simply stocking up, Black Friday is your best opportunity to find deals on the parts you need. We’ve scoured the web for the best Maker deals to share with you, so read on to save big.

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On Black Friday you can save up to 70% on over 200 items in the Maker Shed — everything from customer favorites to overstocked items will be discounted. Be sure to check Maker Shed’s homepage on Cyber Monday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. PST for hourly deals.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, be sure to check out our brick and mortar Make: Store pop-up near Union Square at 345 Sutter St. Black Friday deals include hourly drone giveaways and deep discounts on all of your favorite Maker Shed products. Plus, it’s a little bit of Maker Faire smack in the heart of SF!


CHIPThe $9 crowdfunded computer will be knocked down to just $8 for Cyber Monday. Use the code GETCHIP to, well, get CHIP.


In addition to free items while they last and free shipping based on cost and location, Adafruit will be giving 15% off all items beginning on Friday and running through Monday.

Now’s a great time to stock up on NeoPixels or try out that new Adafruit breakout board or module you’ve been eyeing.


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From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. MST on Cyber Monday, Sparkfun will be offering tons of deals, organized by the amount of the discount. You can check out what’s up on their Cyber Monday page now, but be sure to check back, as the prices won’t be updated til Monday.


Woot boasts great deals on electronics year-round. For the holidays, they’re offering to ship your loot for free through December 14 for a single $5 payment. Woot!


ThinkGeek’s holiday page is featuring daily doorbusters. And today, November 25, you can get 20% off orders of $40+ with the code LIGHTSIDE until 11:59 PST.


You’ll definitely want to check out Pololu’s A-Star Arduino-compatible boards (they’re 30% off, limit of 5 per item), especially if you have higher or lower than usual voltage supply requirements, as well as their micro motors, wheels of different sizes, motor drivers, and other robotics and motion control modules. Their sale starts today. They’ll have some limited-quantity doorbusters, and the rest of the sale items are ripe for the taking through Cyber Monday.


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It’s worth looking deeper in Servocity’s product catalog ahead of time. They carry a lot of goodies you won’t find elsewhere, such as a great selection of pan and tilt kits, joystick hardware, linear actuators, servo and motor controllers, and R/C components. I suppose they carry everything you would expect from a company that calls themselves ServoCity.

Their deal highlights include 20% off all Hitec servos, up to 30% off many of their Actobotics components, 25% off robot kits and gripper kits, 65% off wiring, and free shipping on orders over $50. Check out their flyer and then head to the site.


While some of their deals are in-store only, Microcenter has plenty of steals available on their site.


Newegg has literally hundreds of deals for PC parts, laptops, accessories, and other gadgets. Head to their Black Friday sale to check it out.

Amazon Electronics

Another site that often has year-round deals, Amazon is stepping up their game in the name of Black Friday. Check out their electronics deals day by day to swipe what you need.

Best Buy

In addition to their doorbusters, Best Buy also has featured deals updated every week, and a special page for Black Friday. Sales start on Thanksgiving Day, with additional deals available throughout the weekend. And don’t worry about minimum order requirements — Best Buy is shipping your haul for free all holiday season long.


A staff favorite, DJI has quite a line up of drones and accessories to delight any flight-lover this holiday season. Check out their Black Friday listings for savings up to 25%. Buy a featured product on Black Friday to enter to win exclusive prizes.

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