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Best early Cyber Monday deals under $30: JBL speakers, Fire TV stick 4K, $1 Amazon Music and $2 Hulu (just updated)


This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2019, your source for the season’s best gifts and deals, hand-picked by the experts at CNET.

Black Fridayis over — except that its not. Cyber Monday hasn’t begun — except that it has. Welcome to Thanksgiving weekend, where there are still plenty of deals, but no one can agree what to call them. Right now, for example, nearly all of Amazon’s device deals are still available (and should be, straight through Monday). We’re collecting the best deals for products available under $30, so if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a late-days-of-Hanukkah gift, these are the deals for you. 

Early Cyber Monday deals under $30 available now

These are the late Black Friday/early Cyber Monday bargains that are available right now.

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The JBL Clip 3 debuted last year for $72, and CNET’s David Carnoy called it “a top-notch waterproof travel speaker.” Today, you can get it for just $30 on Amazon, which is an absolute steal.

Read our JBL Clip 3 review.


Sorry, Bond and Bourne: Pound for pound, there’s no action-movie series that delivers the goods like Mission: Impossible. This set includes all six titles in both Blu-ray and digital formats. It normally sells for anywhere from $48-$60.

The bundle is also available at Amazon for the same price.

Best Buy

It’s identical in almost every way to the legendary Instant Pot, just priced considerably lower. And if you’re not sure about Insignia, Best Buy’s “house brand,” look no further than the 4.7-star average rating on this thing from nearly 2,000 buyers.

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They’re back: Best Buy again has the JLabs JBuds Air on sale for $30. They normally retail for $50. JLabs makes a lot of true wireless earphones and this is its most affordable — and frankly, the only one I’d buy. It’s a decent set of true wireless earbuds that’s a relative bargain at $30.

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We saw this deal last year but it’s still a good one: Sony’s micro Bluetooth speaker, the SRS-XB01, is on sale for $15 at Best Buy.

Read our Sony SRS-XB01 review.


EarFun makes one of my favorite AirPods alternatives, and while I haven’t yet had the chance to test this speaker, it sounds great on paper: Waterproof, Bluetooth 5.0, support for dual-speaker pairing, 24-hour battery life and USB-C charging. Use promo code EARFUN12 to get this exclusive deal.

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Updated for 2019 with more storage and a faster processor, the Fire 7 remains an incredible buy at its regular $50 price. So for $30? Yeah, there’s honestly no better choice for anyone looking to read, watch videos, play games and all that. It’s an especially good pick for kids.

Read our Fire 7 2019 review.

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If you’re looking to take the plunge on Hulu’s video service, now is the perfect time. This weekend only, you can scoop up the first year of the service for just $1.99 a month — $4 less than the usual price. Yes, there are ads, and yes, the price goes up after the first year. But this is still a pretty sweet deal.

See complete details.


If you’re a newcomer to Amazon’s music-streaming service, it’s hard to beat a buck for four full months of service. After that, you’ll pay the regular rate of $9.99 per month, though you can cancel if you like, without penalty. 


Has there ever been a cheaper Roku streamer? Not to our recollection. The Walmart-exclusive comes with an HDMI cable and three-month subscriptions to both Hulu and Pandora. Take note, however, that the SE doesn’t do 4K video.

For a sub-$30 Roku streamer that does support 4K, you’ll want the Roku Streaming Stick Plus. It was an Editors’ Choice winner here on CNET last year with an overall score of 9.6 out of 10. 

It’s sold out at Amazon, but Best Buy has it at nearly the same price.

Read the CNET review.


Amazon Echo Dot deals are about as routine as the tides, but this one is about as good as they get. The common sale price is $30; occasionally it might dip to $25. So $22 is notable. It’s the third-gen Dot (but not the slightly modified new one with the clock), great for flinging Alexa commands in just about any room, decent for playing tunes.

Read our Echo Dot review.

Assuming you’re not already vested in the Echo ecosystem of smart speakers, the Home Mini is a no-brainer buy at $19. Granted, there’s a newer model (the Nest Mini) that’s even better, but that’ll run you $49. The Home Mini still sounds very good for its size and offers a wealth of Google Assistant-powered features. It’s even better if you pair two together.

The link below will take you to Walmart, but the Home Mini is also on sale for $19 at Best Buy, Target and several other stores. 

Read our Google Home Mini review.


Last year’s hottest PS4 game originally sold for $60 — and that was without extra content. Right now, you can get the GOTY Edition (which includes lots of extra goodies) for this all-time-low price. It’s a must-have for PS4 owners. Shipping is free if you order from Best Buy, but if you’d rather grab it in-store,

 Walmart has the game for the same price.

Read our Marvel’s Spider-Man review.

Have you found any other great Black Friday deals for under $30 that are worth sharing? Tell us about them in the comments!

Originally published earlier this month. Updated with new deals.

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