There was a not-so-distant time when the best Black Friday deals could only be found in stores. Thankfully for those of us who can’t take the crowds, more and more retailers have begun offering serious discounts online, too, so you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday to shop. To make things as seamless as possible, the Mic editors will be doing all the legwork for you and curating the top deals here. Until then, keep scrolling for answers to some of the most common Black Friday-related questions, as well as some solid deals that are going on right now.
Black Friday 2019 will be falling unusually late in the month, on Friday, November 29. With its proximity to the holidays, this makes it an especially good opportunity to finish all your holiday shopping early on the cheap (or to gift yourself a gadget or two — we’re not here to judge).
There are a lot of misunderstandings and myths about the origins of Black Friday. While it originally had a less pleasant association, it was during the 1980s when Black Friday began to evolve into the shopping event we all know it as today. The term “Black Friday” has come to represent the idea of retailers going from being in the red for the year to being in the black (and also when consumers get a lot of their holiday shopping accomplished).
When it comes to Black Friday deals, some of the biggest players include Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Costco. Whether you’re looking to shop in person or at home in your pajamas, chances are most of your favorite retailers will have something for you. But to save you the trouble of having to click around aimlessly the day-of, we’ll be using this digital space to curate all the most impressive deals.
In-store doorbuster sales typically start as early as Thanksgiving night. Last year, Walmart opened its doors at 6 p.m., while Target and Best Buy opened at 5 p.m., which means the most dedicated shoppers were lining up outside even earlier than that. Online sales work a little differently, depending on the retailer. Some brands roll out deals that last all week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while others run a rotation of sales that go all month long (which is how this month has come to be known by some as “Gray November”). This means that whether you’re looking to snag a new laptop, a Nintendo Switch, or any of the latest Apple products, you can still get some serious shopping done from the comfort of your crowd-free home.
Participating retailers have already begun to release Black Friday ads, and some have even gone so far as to debut some sales. Costco released its Black Friday ads for 2019, revealing over 30 pages of ongoing deals that will be kicking off on November 7. Target’s Black Friday deals have yet to be unveiled, but you can sign up to with the retailer to stay in-the-know. And we’re still waiting for Walmart’s ads, too, but in the meantime, you can sign up for their Early Access email program to stay up-to-date on deals. If the best in tech is what you’re looking for, you’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for when the Best Buy Black Friday ads debut — while the retailer hasn’t released any info just yet, it’s already talking up a big game about outdoing last year’s offerings.
While you can find discounts on products in a wide variety of categories, Black Friday is the perfect time to get unbeatable deals on the latest tech products — especially if they’re normally out of your budget at full price.
Amazon has already introduced some worthy sales, including many deals of the day and lightning deals. Year-round, the mega-retailer is a good place to find everything from a pair of wrinkle-free dress pants to one of the best tablets with a stylus, and while some critics were disappointed in its Black Friday offerings last year, we have high hopes that Amazon will step it up this year. And whether it’s Black Friday or Prime Day, it’s usually a safe bet that Amazon will offer deep discounts on its own devices, like the Echo Show 5, which is currently on sale for 33% off, and the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is currently 20% off.
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