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2020 cares very little for precedent and that includes the Black Friday schedule. Historically, the enormous shopping holiday occurs the day after Thanksgiving, but this year, sales begin as early as the first week of November.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best early sales from the likes of Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart, plus answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this year’s atypical shopping holiday. We’ll also be updating this story to include new information as we inch closer and closer to the big day.
Amazon is one of the best stores to shop on Black Friday, but you don’t need to wait until then to start shopping. Amazon’s pre-Black Friday sale is currently underway with fresh markdowns coming every day. During its Holiday Dash sales event, shoppers can expect new, limited-time deals on everything in tech, home and kitchen, fashion, and more.
Best Buy is offering many Black Friday discounts right now. During the storefront’s pre-Black Friday sale, shoppers can expect new markdowns every week. Look for the “Today’s Black Friday Ad Deals available now” section to see which discounted products you can order now.
The Home Depot’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales will kick off early, starting on November 6, and will last through December 2. Shoppers can expect discounts on appliances, home improvement tools, holiday decor, and so much more. And, while only a select few of the deals are available now, shoppers can see all of Home Depot’s upcoming deals through the store’s app.
Target’s Black Friday sale will last all month, with new bargains cycling through every week. The week of November 1, Target will offer discounts on select electronics, including Beats Studio 3 headphones for $175 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones for $200, with more deals during the weekend.
Shoppers can expect deals on home and kitchen products during the week of November 8 and discounts on apparel and beauty products during the week of November 15. By the final week, shoppers should expect markdowns on nearly everything, including toys, kitchen products, electronics, and gaming.
This year, shoppers can expect a month-long version of Black Friday from Walmart. Every week, Walmart will release a new set of deals. The first drop occurs on November 4 at 7 p.m. EST for online shoppers and the discounts will appear in stores a couple of days after.
Shoppers should expect markdowns on TVs, smartphones, and tablets online on November 11 starting at 7 p.m. EST and in-store on November 14 at 5 a.m. local time. The final crop of deals will drop on November 25 at 7 p.m. EST online and in-store on Black Friday, November 27 at 5 a.m. local time.
Wayfair’s Big Holiday Sale is already underway with the retailer offering up to 60% off select items. Shoppers can find tons of bargains on indoor and outdoor furniture, plus holiday decor like Christmas trees, wreaths, ornaments, holiday lighting, and more.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is coming November 27 but several retailers are opting for a month-long version of the shopping event this year.
Shoppers can expect thousands of deals to crop up on the days leading up to and following the big sales event, on Cyber Monday and beyond. However, we still expect the majority of retailers to wait until the big day to drop the very best deals.
Can I shop in-store on Black Friday?
Generally speaking, yes. For most retailers, stores will be open during Black Friday but it will certainly look different from previous years. Stores will limit the number of shoppers allowed in the store at any given time, plus require face masks while indoors.
Which is better Black Friday or Cyber Monday?
This year, the lines dividing Black Friday and Cyber Monday are mostly blurred. In fact, most stores will incentivize online shopping more by offering deals earlier for online shoppers.
Of course, shopping during Black Friday month can be overwhelming. To help, we’re curating the best deals we find all month long.
What should you buy on Black Friday?
Black Friday is an excellent opportunity to buy — and save on gifts — before the last-minute rush.
Shoppers can expect tons of great deals online way in advance and the days following the big event. Historically speaking, prices tend to drop to all-time lows, often beating out the markdowns seen over the course of the year. The sale covers every product category: tech, home and kitchen, fashion, and smart home.