November 15, 2006

Black Friday GPS Deals

Update: I put up another post on when I think you need to get out for these deals.... and a Thanksgiving Day post on some new GPS deals.

For breaking news on Black Friday and an update check out Black Friday GPS Mop Up - the Mio C310x Fest.

Didn't get what you wanted? Need some guidance on what GPS to buy? - Check out our Holiday GPS Buying Guide

Everyone knows about the door busting deals that the day after Thanksgiving can bring, and how stores usually offer a lot of cheap computers, or TVs. Now that GPS units have gone mainstream, they too are rumored to be on some circulars. Also, remember that TomTom is starting a new $50 promotion starting 11/22, running through 12/3, which is no doubt fueling some of these discounts on the TomTom ONE.

Some deals better than others; I think the best deal here is the Mio C310x for $149, or the Garmin C340 for $349.

Some Info on the Hot Mio C310x:

  • Review of the new Mio C310x GPS
  • My review of the Mio C310
  • Comparison of the Mio C310 vs. Mio C310x
  • My Review of the new Mio H610 which uses a similar navigation software package as the upgraded Mio C310x.
  • "Who's Mio?" - The #3 GPS Brand in Europe

    Now the Deals........
    Best Buy
    Garmin Nuvi 350 - $499 (Read: Nuvi 350 Review or Comparison of the Nuvi Line)
    Magellan RoadMate 2000 - $279

    Circuit City
    Garmin StreetPilot C340 - $349 (read my review of the Garmin StreeetPilot C340)
    Mio Digiwalker C310x - $149 (read my review of the Mio C310)

    CompUSA - Running a T-Giving Night sale on items, including the Mio. 9PM - Midnight.
    Mio Digiwalker 310x - $179 (read my review of the Mio C310)
    Black Friday Deals - They will also offer several other GPS devices on Friday but the prices are easily matched or beaten online.
    Garmin C330 - $399 (Read: Garmin C330 Review or Compare the Garmin C-series line)
    TomTom ONE - $449
    Magellan 2000 - $399

    Averatec Voya 320 - $224

    Radio Shack
    Magellan eXplorist handheld - $99
    Magellan RoadMate 300 - $199

    Sam's Club
    Polaroid GPS - $399

    Dual GPS - $249

    Mio Digiwalker C310x - $149 (read my review of the Mio C310)
    TomTom ONE - $449 (read my review of the TomTom ONE)

    Update: Yes the Circuit City model will be the Mio C310x. I am getting more info on the "x" designation; which is at a minimum a software upgrade. Thanks to Larry (comment below) for pointing this out. More news as it comes..... -Scott

    Update #2: I just stopped by a Staples store and they are re-setting the entire shelf with GPS units. The manager confirmed that Staples too has the Mio C310x on their shelves where it will retail for $449 regular price, although I have seen a scanned ad stating $399 regular price.

    Update #3: I just got confirmation that the Mio C310x uses a Mio branded version of the iGo navigation engine. That software is similar to what is on the Mio H610. Good looking software and interface. Hope this helps.

    Update #4 - 11/16: - I have confirmation from a representative of Mio that the Mio C310x is the unit that will be sold on Black Friday. There was some concern if the model was going to be the C310 or the C310x.

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    Posted by Scott Martin at November 15, 2006 8:00 PM
  • Recent Comments

    Not that it really matters at this point but I got a Garmin StreetPilot c340 for $199 at Circuit City.

    Posted by: ericmw at November 26, 2007 4:11 AM

    Just ordered tom. Good deal

    Posted by: Will at March 27, 2007 3:03 PM


    My wife and I both have Macs and we recently bought a Mio c310x. We've tried to run the Mio Transfer software under Codeweavers Crossover Mac (which is WINE, a windows emulation environment)

    I've also tried to use it under Virtual PC on an older PPC machine. Neither worked.

    However, we love the Mio and wish we had gotten one sooner. If anyone figures out how to connect to it from a Mac we'd love to know, though..

    Or connect to it from Linux..

    We don't do windows..

    Posted by: fishstix at March 7, 2007 11:27 PM

    Incredible luck. Mio C310x was on sale for $199 at CompUSA yesterday. Opened at 10am. We picked up 2. Went home and decided that my 2 sons would each love one for Christmas. Went back and picked up 2 more for a total of 4. They were going fast during the second visit.

    Posted by: Alex at November 27, 2006 7:12 AM

    Thanks GPS lodge for the input on my decision of purchasing a MIO C310X; Those 150 deals were great
    if you camped out at staples or circuit city :(
    I went to both places under half an hour after opening. Needless to say, better luck next time.
    Anyhow I spent 200 at CompUSA this morning. There was 3 other people ahead of me for the same item.
    From what I could see there was around 12 left.
    This was at Robinson Town Center in PA. Might be a good idea to call first. Don't know if C310X is compatable with MAC, but there customer support
    number is 1-866-MIO-4-GPS Very Satisfied with mine.

    Posted by: Ron at November 26, 2006 9:51 PM

    Does anybody know anything about the compatibility of the MIO C310X with Macintosh computers.

    Posted by: steve at November 25, 2006 7:13 PM

    i ordered mine online from staples 4am yesterday (BF), and glad that i didn't have to camp out in cold.
    so everything went well and i got the deal down to 130 w/ a coupon i got from ebay.

    here is what it says in the confirmation email:

    Qty 1
    at $149.99 /each $149.99

    now i'm all confused, and donno what'll be in the mail.

    Posted by: day1after1day1 at November 25, 2006 2:00 PM

    Just say flyer for CompUsa for Sunday sale 11/26

    310x for $199

    Posted by: Steve at November 25, 2006 10:39 AM

    My first problem. Downloaded about 500 mb of songs to an sd card and it wont copy any more...i have 1500 mb or 1.5 gb left and nothing happens...any suggestions

    Posted by: moorashj at November 24, 2006 11:00 PM

    seems Liz and I were in the store,had bad bad experience, went to Staple around 5:20, around 5:50 a guy came out to anounce 32 TV tickets, once store opened searched for MIO couldn't find anywhere, asked a guy which pointed me to the wrong place, nothing was there, asked the guy who were distributing the tickets and he said he was also giving MIO tickets (bummer). Let Staple bought a crap Magellan RoadMate 300 from Radioshack ( which I'm planing to return), tried CC and couple of other Staples. Non has those, found out that all Staples around my area had 4-5 pieces. I orderd Navman F20 from officedepot. Overall a bad bad day.

    Posted by: safeer at November 24, 2006 9:50 PM

    Bad, bad experience at Staples. Waited in line outside, get in and ask for the gps. Guy at door points me to the wrong place, search around and eventually ask another guy who tells me to get into another line inside... which is staffed by only one person at the end. Processing people slowly, one at a time. Spend an hour in this line only to have the one person tell me they had 10 and were gone within minutes. No tickets, no announcing they were gone.

    Posted by: Dart at November 24, 2006 5:27 PM

    Man - I wish I had Steve's luck.

    CompUSA - in line and just didn't see the MIO. Folks who were in line after me got one.

    CC - gone before I got in.

    Staples - expected the same mad rush as CompUSA and CC - turns out they gave the tickets out 1/2 hour before I arrived.

    Steve - add me to your list of folks to contact about selling this.

    Posted by: Liz at November 24, 2006 5:03 PM

    I was at staples in line to get my C310x but the guy handing out the tickets was only saying how wants the monitor. I wanted the Mio. Turns out he was passing out the tickets for the GPS as well.

    I ended up getting the Magellan Roadmate 2000 from Best Buy for $279. I also found that CompUSA still has some c310x's left. I couldn't convince them to match last night's price.

    So I guess I'm looking for an opinion from more experienced users.
    Mio C310x for $299.00 (possibly minus $50 rebate)
    Magellan 2000 for $279
    Which would you choose?

    Posted by: Dan at November 24, 2006 3:51 PM

    Steve: I'll take one off your hands. Please email me at

    Posted by: Todd at November 24, 2006 3:46 PM

    So here's my rundown...

    Went to CompUSA last night at 8:15, in the doors about 9:05 and got a Mio - they sold out within 10 mins, prolly had upwards of 15-25 on hand.

    Got in line at Circuit City at 3:45 this morning, in the doors at 5am and picked up a Mio - they were sold out within 5 minutes, probably had about 10-15 on hand.

    Went directly to Staples (next door, which was very convenient) after CC and got in line, about 5:15. In the doors a little after 6, got a ticket for the next-to-last Mio and went and picked it up.

    So grand total now for me is 3 Mios. The CUSA one I planned to return, as it was a backup in case I couldn't get one from Staples or CC this morning. However, based on this frenzy over them I think I might just put it up on eBay.

    Posted by: Steve at November 24, 2006 1:46 PM

    Scott.. I arrived at Circuit City here in Lancaster, PA 3.45am this morning and was probably the 200th people in line.. the place was a madhouse. As soon as I got in I dashed to the GPS section and there were 4 left. So I got mine.

    My 2 friends lined up at Staples around the same time and were the 4th & 5th person in line... they actually managed to get the $400 laptops and 3 MIOs. they said Staples have quite a lot of them.

    Posted by: Farid at November 24, 2006 12:39 PM

    Scott, actually the datasheet does say there's a charger.

    The feature page that's linked to the datasheet does not though.

    I haven't seen this datasheet before. Maybe they just recently updated it. Has some new pictures as well.

    Posted by: LexLuthor at November 24, 2006 10:29 AM

    I just opened my C310x and it does in fact have an AC adapter. I am sorry I posted that it did not (I got the word from a Mio rep), so there was some confusion swirling around out there.

    Just to be clear: The Mio Rep said that there would be no AC Charger, the Data sheet says no charger, and box says no charger, but I opened mine from Staples and there was a charger in it (AC to Mini USB plug).


    Posted by: Scott at November 24, 2006 8:37 AM

    Nice pick up Lex!

    Got to Staples at 6:45am and the Mio was Sold Out.
    Got to Circuit City at 7:20am and was told Mio Sold Out in 4 minutes. Picked up the last Garmin C340 for $350. Now I just have to convince my wife that the extra $200 is worth it.

    Posted by: Todd at November 24, 2006 8:07 AM

    I was at Staples at 3:40 this morning and there were 11 people in front of me. The first one got there at 10:30 last night. There were about 200 people lined up at 5:30 when Staples began to give out tickets for specific items. Needless to say, I got what I wanted, the Mio C310x.

    Posted by: Dennis at November 24, 2006 8:02 AM

    Could someone who has the Mio C310x please confirm that it comes with an AC adapter? The datasheet at lists both an AC adapter and a car charger but the box only lists the car charger. I got the C310x at Staples this morning but don't want to open the box until I know that it contains an AC adapter. If not, I'll return the device. By the way, I just checked at and they are already out of stock.

    Posted by: Fred from NYC at November 24, 2006 6:50 AM

    Wow you're a lucky man ... I went to CUSA tonight and they refused to price match. I still snagged one (was in first 300 ppl or so) for the $179 after rebate that will be my backup in case I can't get one from Staples in the morning.

    Posted by: Steve at November 24, 2006 12:16 AM

    Wow you're a lucky man ... I went to CUSA tonight and they refused to price match. I still snagged one (was in first 300 ppl or so) for the $179 after rebate that will be my backup in case I can't get one from Staples in the morning.

    Posted by: Steve at November 24, 2006 12:08 AM

    Jackpot at CUSA tonight. Got there around 8:30 and probably 200 people in front of me. They open the doors and I search for the GPS, luckily I found it very quickly and it was still in a locked display. I was right in front though. Employee opens up the case and there's a mad grab for the 25-30 units they had. I got one and headed to the register. I whipped out the Staples ad (since that one was $149 OTD) and asked for PM, they were going to do it, but they there was no x in the model number of the Staples one. Then I pulled out the CC one with the x. The manager or whoever it was said ok, the clerk got an override, rang it up at $149, charged me and after the receipt she says, "oh there's a rebate too, here's the form". Looks like I got really lucky, got it for $100+tax AR and get to sleep in tomorrow.

    Good luck all!

    Posted by: LexLuthor at November 23, 2006 10:02 PM

    YS and Todd,

    Thanks for the heads up. I posted an update today see the main homepage. Circuit City was out by the time I got online. Todd, I think that the Radio Shack deal already has the $50 off in the price. The Rebate form excludes Radio Shack in the offer (so they went with an instant price reduction).

    Drop me a line with your experiences at teh stores tomorrow, I want to hear how people made out... what time did you get out there, how were the lines, what you got (or didn't get).


    Posted by: Scott at November 23, 2006 11:18 AM

    Radio Shack has the TomTom One at $399 in this morning's flyer. No rebates or anything, this is the price you will pay at the store, or you can get it online. Think I could still get the $50 off of that?

    Posted by: Todd at November 23, 2006 8:17 AM

    Just ordered C310X on Circuit City web site.
    $200 - $50 MIR

    Posted by: YS at November 23, 2006 6:09 AM


    That's what I am seeing; a big hole next to the TomTom ONE at Staples making way for the Mio on Friday.


    Posted by: Scott Martin at November 22, 2006 1:19 PM

    Called Staples last night and spoke with a manager. Inquired if they would have the Mio in stock Friday morning as I was not going to camp out if they didn't. All he said was that if it was printed in the circular on Thursday, it will be in stock on Friday morning. The salesman I spoke with before the manager said there were no Mio's of any kind presently on the GPS shelf.

    Posted by: Nick at November 22, 2006 1:09 PM

    The type of voice prompts and their frequency are two different things; somewhat unrelated. I am going to post the review on the Mio H610 today, (which runs a similar navigation program as the C310X), and it gives regular voice prompts 2-3 times before a turn. I found them helpful and clear. I expect that the Mio C310x will do the same.

    When a GPS gives you Text to Speech voice prompts, it is more helpful, not because of the frequency, but because of the behavior you actually get into when it prompts you. In a more street-dense area, the text to speech voice prompt would make you start to look at street signs for "Maple Street" for example. This helps in tricky situations, and is a nice upgrade. Would it make me walk away from a $149 deal on the C310x? No. The Garmin C340 has Text to Speech capability. For me, it would be worth maybe a $50 upgrade when considering everything else.

    Posted by: Scott at November 22, 2006 10:13 AM

    Your review says that the mio does voice prompts, not text to speech, so it announces “Turn Right in 500 yards” not “Turn Right on Maple Street in 500 yards.”
    is that good or bad? does that mean that a device which does text to speech promp does not give the frequent prompts(at 2 miles,at 500 yard,right at turn) that voice prompt devices do?

    Posted by: Ami at November 22, 2006 9:47 AM

    According to Mio, upgrades to both software and maps will be sold as package deals (not sold individually) starting sometime during the first quarter of next year.

    Posted by: Daren at November 21, 2006 2:12 PM

    Are the maps on this upgradeable?

    Posted by: jason at November 21, 2006 8:33 AM

    Staples store in my city does not offer Mio C310x currently. However the thanksgiving sale flier lists the Mio C310x for $150.

    Do you guys think Staples will stock Mio C310x in all their stores?


    Posted by: Rames at November 20, 2006 2:31 PM

    So could the MIO be used for geochaching as well as in the car? My wife and I want to start gc'ing and I was going to get her the MIO for Christmas if it can do it.


    Posted by: Peter at November 19, 2006 9:10 AM

    In retrospect, Lex, I think that you are right - $150 deal is pretty good for a GPS no matter what. I will say that there is a lot of traffic on our site about this model, so we won't be the only interested parties out there busting down a door.

    I went to Staples again today (same one I refer to above), and the Mio was no where to be found, even though the manager had the shelf tag in his hand the other day. The shelf is reset to include the Finedrive, the TomTom ONE and the Magellan ?3000? (sorry blanked on the model). If you are even remotely consiering the Finedrive, please go read the comments at the Finedrive 400 Review post I have.

    So, yes they have them under wraps, and I agree that they will probably offer these low/no margin items as door busters in limited quantities. I have heard in past years of retailers holding back inventory until after the limited time offers expire. Not saying that these retailers will do this, but it has happened.

    Finally, my interaction with Mio folks is really a picture from their point of view, and doesn't really cross the line of them revealing anything about the retailer side of things, so I don't have details on inventories in a store, etc. They were aware and able to confirm that there are Black Friday deals offering the Mio C310x, not the C310. I found all other data elsewhere.

    Posted by: Scott at November 17, 2006 2:12 PM

    That's pretty much my plan as well.

    Sounded like you had correspondence with Mio, so I was thinking maybe if they gave you any feedback as to how well stocked the stores will be.

    These "door buster" items are generally some low stocked, no margin deals to get people in the door, but, maybe in this case, since many retailers are carrying this one item as a door buster, I was thinking maybe Mio is heavily backing this promotion and trying to get a lot of units out the door quickly in order to bring up their name recognition. In that case, maybe there will be decent stock on hand.

    I don't think you have to be in the "GPS community to see that $150 for a pretty nice GPS is a hot deal".

    Posted by: LexLuthor at November 17, 2006 12:58 PM

    Scott..that is what I am thinking..I was going to hit CompUSA around 815 Thursday night. I am hoping that people are not THAT aware of GPS to know that this is a really good deal..also hoping that people will be with family, etc and wont want to go out. I will try to get it at CUSA and if not hit CC early. Im thinking I would get there if things go bad at 1 in the am. Has anyone heard how many they will have?

    Posted by: Jason at November 17, 2006 12:05 PM

    Hey "Lex",

    I don't know what to say for sure, but here's how I am thinking about it:

    So while we in the GPS community think that this is a great deal, I am not sure the greater community will even recognize it over the deals on TV's and the computers. So, I was thinking that the demand won't be as huge as let's say a Plasma going for $500. With that said, I am not confident that they will stock a lot of these at each store, so I am thinnking about this as my plan:

    Go to Comp USA Thursday with a circular from Staples and try to buy a Mio at the price matched price ( I read somewhere that they price match). I'll show up early, but won't be there all day camped out; I have pie and turkey to eat! If the things fly off the shelf, I'll know that the demand is there, and I will then have to decide how early or even if I want to get up and go to Staples or Circuit City. I am not a huge "shopper", and maybe I need to learn not to underestimate the capability for people to go all out for a deal... good luck.

    What do others think?


    Posted by: Scott at November 17, 2006 9:30 AM


    What do you think the available of the Mio C310x GPS units will be on Black Friday (and Thanksgiving in CUSA's case)?

    Do you think we'll have to be at the stores hours before they open in order to get our hands on one of these Mio units at this price?

    Posted by: LexLuthor at November 17, 2006 7:23 AM

    Marshall, Good question. I too saw that ad scan indicating the C310. I am not absolutely sure that they will have the C310x for sale at Staples for $149. But the evidence says it will.

    Here's what I am basing the judgement on: 1) I went to Staples and asked the exact model that they had in stock, and they confirmed by looking it up on the computer the C310x, 2) They had it listed as a C310 on the shelf tag, yet when the manager typed in the SKU# it came up the C310x on the computer (Leads me to believe that they may not always be accurate in printing their materials - like the ad), 3) Would you really offer both at the store? and 4) I have corresponded with Mio representatives over this event and they have always indicated that in general the offers existing on Black Friday were for "C310x", but I never specifically asked about models and confirmation that it was NOT the C310.

    I agree though that I saw the ad printed as "C310", and I can go back and check Staples stores to see what they have in stock. Since they were re-setting the shelves I didn't see the whole selection to make sure they didn't offer both the C310 and the C310x. Anyone else have input?


    Posted by: Scott at November 15, 2006 7:57 AM

    Are you sure that the it will be the updated c310x at Staples? I noticed in their circular that it says they have the c310, and says the regular price is $399, not $449, the MSRP for the "x" model.

    Posted by: Marshall at November 15, 2006 12:26 AM


    They are there - you won't see these deals until the circulars come out on Thanksgiving (most likely delivery date). A lot of the circulars are floating around the internet at this point, as they are pre-printed long beforehand. Black Friday is the day after T-Giving.


    Posted by: Scott at November 13, 2006 5:05 PM

    Hmm, couldn't find these listed deals on the retail stores circulars or anything... Oh well

    Posted by: Brian at November 13, 2006 4:16 PM

    The Mio for sale at Circuit City is apparently a C310x, which I've heard is slightly different than the C310. I believe the C310x is based on iGo software, while the C310 is based on Destinator (or so I've heard.) Can anyone confirm this?

    Posted by: Larry C at November 13, 2006 10:22 AM
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