There was a not-so-distant time when the best Black Friday deals could only be found in stores. Fortunately, those days are gone, and there are more opportunities than ever to snag great deals online with ease. With potential supply chain issues looming, there’s no better year than this one to get your holiday shopping done early. To help you get a head start, the Mic Commerce Editors will be curating the top deals right here. Until then, keep scrolling for answers to some of the most commonly asked Black Friday-related questions, as well as some solid deals that are going on right now.
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This year, Black Friday 2021 falls on Friday, November 26. With its close proximity to the holidays, it’s typically a good opportunity to knock out all your shopping early on the cheap. It’s also the perfect time to stock up on everyday essentials, or treat yourself to that normally exorbitant item you’ve had your eye on all year
There are a lot of misunderstandings and myths about the origins of Black Friday. While the name originally had a more negative association, it was during the 1980s when Black Friday began to evolve into the mega 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 for deals on popular tech products or basic pantry staples, 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, so be sure to check back.
In-store doorbuster sales can start as early as Thanksgiving night, but Black Friday online sales usually 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 as “Gray November”). This means that whether you’re looking to snag a new smart device or one of the latest Apple products, you can still get some serious shopping done from the comfort of your crowd-free home.
This year, it seems like all the major retailers are trying to get ahead of supply chain issues and make it easier for people to shop early. Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are running early holiday deals across categories like tech, apparel, beauty, and toys. And Amazon has basically started Black Friday early with a torrent of sales on everything from classic Le Creuset cookware to its own Fire TV Stick.
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 a stretch for your budget. And whether it’s Black Friday or Prime Day, it’s a safe bet that Amazon will offer deep discounts on its own line of smart devices. But the savviest shoppers aren’t just limited to gifts: They like to stock up on the less flashy household staples and wardrobe basics, too.