Black Friday 2018 is Nov. 23 — are you ready for it? It’s time to start coming up with your Black Friday shopping strategy, and a big part of that is deciding where exactly you’ll be heading.
Mall department stores, outlet stores, Walmart and Amazon are competing for your holiday shopping money, so they’ll all be offering enticing deals. Choosing the best Black Friday stores for you will depend on what you’re buying and your ideal shopping experience — whether that means on your couch in pajamas or out with the crowds. Here’s where you can get the best Black Friday shopping deals this year.
Head to Walmart for Heavily Discounted TVs
Walmart has already announced its early Black Friday deals, which include some heavily discounted high-tech TVs. For example, you can save more than $1,000 on a Samsung 55-inch 4K Curved Smart QLED TV, which has a retail price of $2,399.99. The Samsung 65-inch Class Curved 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED HDR TV QN65Q7CN has also been significantly marked down, from $3,199 to $2,097.99.
Shop for Amazon Products on Amazon
If you’re in the market for a Kindle, Fire TV Stick, Fire Tablet or Echo, you’ll find all those products discounted on Amazon during its Black Friday sales. Some of those items are already on sale, including the Echo Plus. You can buy a refurbished one for $50 off the list price.
Stock Up on Jewelry Gifts at the Mall
Claire’s is offering 50 percent off nearly everything, according to its Black Friday ad preview, so you can stock up on costume jewelry at the accessory retailer. If you’re in the market for higher-end jewels, you can find diamond jewelry marked down 75 percent at Belk, according to its leaked Black Friday ad, and up to 80 percent off fine jewelry at JCPenney as its Black Friday ad states.
Find the Best Price on a Specific Item Using Google Shopping
You won’t be able to see prices at outlet stores, but you can see prices on whatever item you’re looking to buy at department stores, Walmart and Amazon by using Google Shopping, which can be handy if you’re looking for something specific. For example, a recent search for the iRobot Roomba 690 Robotic Vacuum on Google Shopping found that you’ll get the best price on Amazon, which is selling it for $297.49. You’ll pay $309.99 at Walmart and $299 at Sears.
Buy Smartphone Gifts at Walmart
Walmart has some of the best deals on Apple and Samsung phones on Black Friday. Get a $300 Walmart gift card after activating a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+ or Note9, or an Apple iPhone XS, XS Max or XR. Get a $400 Walmart gift card by buying one of last year’s new products — the iPhone 8, 8+ or X.
Expect to See Even Deeper Discounts Than Usual at Outlet Stores
Shopping at an outlet pretty much guarantees that you’re getting below-retail prices on clothes, accessories and other merchandise, but you can expect to get even better deals than usual on Black Friday. The Outlets at San Clemente in Orange County, Calif., for example, are promising discounts of up to 75 percent across its 55 stores throughout all of Thanksgiving weekend.
Snag Doorbusters From the Comfort of Your Home on Walmart.com
Some department stores try to entice Black Friday shoppers with in-store only Black Friday doorbuster deals, but you’ll have to face the crowds to nab them. Walmart is actually letting online shoppers get a head start on the shopping. The Black Friday deals begin online at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and in stores at 6 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving.
Shop for Brand-Name Luggage at the Mall
Department stores like JCPenney and Macy’s will be marking down brand-name luggage as part of their Black Friday sales, so if you’re in the market for a new set it’s worth it to head to the mall. JCPenney will have Samsonite luggage for 60 percent off, and Macy’s will have Samsonite luggage for 60 to 65 percent off, according to their Black Friday ads.
If you’re not buying luggage, learn about better ways to spend your Black Friday budget.
Save Big on Small Appliances on Amazon
Amazon’s early Black Friday deals include lots of markdowns on kitchen gadgets and appliances, including a $102 savings on the Zojirushi EC-YSC100 Fresh Brew Plus Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker.
Other Amazon deals start on Cyber Monday — get savings on everything from electronics to toys with the best Cyber Monday deals.
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All Black Friday ads were sourced from BFAds.net or the retailer’s website.
Prices are accurate as of Nov. 12, 2018.