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It’s October 19th and the Black Friday deals have already started, with Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart offering discounts on everything from laptops and tablets to robot vacuums and TVs. But with the sales happening a lot earlier than usual it’s difficult to 1) keep on track of who’s doing what; 2) find the cheapest price on the item you want; and 3) know what to buy. That’s where we come in: We’re rounding up the latest Black Friday news, Black Friday dates, the best Black Friday deals you can shop each day, so you don’t have to hunt around for them.
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I can’t stress this enough: SHOP NOW.
We’re going to see the same supply chain issues as last year, if not worse, so beat the rush and do your holiday shopping today. If you wait until Black Friday it’s likely the item you purchase won’t arrive in time for the holidays. In fact, chances are must-have gifts like the Nintendo Switch will be on backorder before November. The Black Friday deals today bring hefty discounts, and it’s hard to imagine them being cheaper on Black Friday itself — maybe an extra $10 or $20 off, if anything. But what’s a few extra bucks in your pocket if the item doesn’t arrive in time?
Dell has kicked off a Black Friday sale of sorts, cutting the price of its laptops, gaming PCs and monitors for the next 48 hours. This includes the Dell XPS 13, Dell XPS 15, Dell XPS 17, and select Alienware models, so if you’re picking one up for the holidays, beat the rush by shopping now.
The Best Buy Black Friday deals officially started on October 19 — and they certainly don’t disappoint. In typical fashion, we’ve rounded up all the best deals, but if you’re after the single greatest offer that would have to be this 70-inch Samsung 4K TV, which is discounted from $750 to $600 from now through the end of Black Friday. This is of course covered by the Best Buy Black Friday Price Guarantee, so if the price is slashed by even a dollar more after you buy, you’ll get the difference credited back (automatically for My Best Buy customers).
Wondering what people are purchasing in the early Black Friday deals? Amazon’s Movers & Shakers list shows sales of the Roku Streambar are up 715%, which is discounted from $130 to $100 in its Black Friday sale. The Roku Ultra and Roku Premiere are also on the list, both up 76%. The Roku Ultra is on sale for $69, down from $100; the Roku Premiere got a modest $5 discount, dropping it from $40 to $35. Sales of the Amazon eero Mesh Wi-Fi Extender are up 110%, as the price drops 25% to only $89. Suffice to say, Roku is hot right now.
Then, on October 18, Walmart followed Best Buy’s lead and announced that it will offer exclusive Black Friday deals to its Walmart+ members. These customers will be able to shop online sales four hours earlier than other customers throughout November. You can sign up for a free one-month Walmart+ subscription to shop the sales for free. Just sign up at the start of November and it’ll see you through the end of the month. Cancel before the renewal date if you don’t want to continue with your subscription and you won’t be charged for another month.
In the second week of October, Best Buy launched a $200-per-year membership program promises to provide subscribers with exclusive access to hard-to-find products during the holiday season, possibly including early access to Black Friday deals. It’s recommending shoppers sign up or the Totaltech program ahead of Black Friday to receive special notices and access members-only savings events. Unlike Walmart+, Best Buy isn’t offering a free trial of Totaltech so you’ll need to hand over $200 to take it for a spin. Is it worth it? We’ll have to wait and see.
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