Black Friday is starting on Friday, November 29th, but if you buy on that day only, you’ll probably miss out on some fabulous deals. That’s because many retailers, including Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Newegg, and GameStop, aren’t waiting for the shopping holiday to start. They’re already giving some great deals, and it’s only going to hike up from here.
Whether you’ll be on the lookout for the best deal on Black Friday, or in the weeks leading up to it, it helps to have a strategy of attack. Where and when will you shop? How much are you looking to pay? Will you be shopping on the internet, or are you willing to make the journey to your local store?
The bulk of last year’s Black Friday ads leaked or were issued through official channels, in the first week of November. So you probably won’t have long to wait to see what each store will offer. Here’s what to expect from some of the major retailers:
Target hasn’t yet released its Black Friday ad, and it hasn’t shared when its stores will open for late night / early morning shopping. Last year, stores opened on Thanksgiving at 5 PM, closed at 1 AM, then reopened at 7 AM to welcome Black Friday shoppers.
Walmart hasn’t shared its Black Friday ad or detailed when its stores will be open. However, it has already shared a few early Black Friday deals that are worth checking out. Last year, stores opened at 6 PM on Thanksgiving, though online deals started a few days earlier.
Like the other brick-and-mortar retailers, Best Buy hasn’t yet shared Black Friday details. It opened its doors on Thanksgiving last year for doorbuster sales at 5 PM, and I expect Best Buy to lean more heavily on offering great deals to its My Best Buy rewards members, which is a free membership program.
Amazon hasn’t published any Black Friday deals, but if it follows suit from last year’s schedule, it will soon begin to post daily deals in the name of the big shopping holiday. Unlike other retailers, Amazon won’t release an ad, but it usually celebrates Black Friday with a countdown of sorts, culminating in a big unleashing of deals.
This membership-only retailer will be participating in Black Friday, though it hasn’t shared details or an ad. Last year, Sam’s Club stores were closed on Thanksgiving and opened for Black Friday shoppers at 7 AM.
Until it’s Black Friday deals hit, you should know that it’s planning a big pre-Black Friday sale on Saturday, November 9th. This will last for one day only, with stores opening at 7 AM and online deals starting at 12AM, and you can check out the best offers here.