Black Friday is synonymous with two things: the beginning of the end-of-year shopping frenzy and the date most anticipated by deal hunters. If you are among the latter, we have good news for you: you don’t need to wait until November 24 to start your search for the best prices.
Since approximately 1952, Black Friday has become one of the most anticipated dates of the year. With department stores and major retailers slashing their prices as much as possible, consumers appear to benefit the most.
From brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart and Home Depot to online retail giants like Amazon and eBay, everyone is fighting hard to catch the eyes-and wallets-of their customers. To do this, almost all of them begin to lower their prices even a couple of weeks before the date.
The first online offers
eBay, one of the largest online retailers of electronics, gadgets, and tech, began publishing its discount coupons on November 6. Shoppers of items like automotive essentials, smartwatches, and Apple devices can get discounts of up to 75% if they start shopping now.
Amazon has not yet announced its official offer book for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but prices on merchandise like headphones are already starting to drop. The downside to buying now is that prices could fall even further around November 24.
Best Buy, for its part, is already in the midst of a discount race, and its official Black Friday sale will be between November 17 and 25. Subscribers to its discount programs can get even better prices.
The big advantage with Best Buy is its price protection policy. Through this, if a customer purchases an item whose price drops even further towards Black Friday, the company refunds the difference.
The first offers in stores
Target has a reputation as one of the largest department store chains in the US, and its offerings should match its reputation. The company has already started its Black Friday sales, such as buy one, get a 50% discount on selected toys.
Walmart, for its part, will release its first wave of sales on November 8 online and November 10 in-store. The second wave will begin on November 22 online and on the 24th in-store. Among the deals that can already be seen is a $50 discount on the 41mm Apple Watch Series 9 and $30 discount on second-gen AirPods.
In turn, Costco announced its “Holiday Savings” online for Thanksgiving in recent days. Some of their pre-Black Friday discounts will begin on November 13, most of them on wholesale food, although they are also announcing some deals on electronics.