There was a not-so-distant time when the best Black Friday deals could only be found in stores. This year, things will look quite different due to the COVID-19 crisis, with many retailers taking their sales online. To make things as easy for you as possible, the Mic editors will be doing all the legwork for you and curating the top deals right here. Until then, keep scrolling for answers to some of the most common Black Friday-related questions, as well as some solid deals that are going on right now.
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Black Friday 2020 will fall unusually late in the month, on Friday, November 27. With its proximity to the holidays, this makes it an especially good opportunity to finish all your holiday shopping early on the cheap (or to gift yourself a gadget or two — we’re not here to judge).
There are a lot of misunderstandings and myths about the origins of Black Friday. While the name originally had a more negative association, it was during the 1980s when Black Friday began to evolve into the shopping event we all know it as today. The term “Black Friday” has come to represent the idea of retailers going from being in the red for the year to being in the black (and also when consumers get a lot of their holiday shopping accomplished).
When it comes to Black Friday deals, some of the biggest players include Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Costco. Whether you’re looking for deals on popular tech products or basic pantry staples, chances are most of your favorite retailers will have something for you. But to save you the trouble of having to click around aimlessly the day-of, we’ll be using this digital space to curate all the most impressive deals, so be sure to check back.
In-store doorbuster sales typically start as early as Thanksgiving night. But this year, more retailers will be encouraging shoppers to stay at home and shop online. Black Friday online sales work a little differently, depending on the retailer. Some brands roll out deals that last all week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, while others run a rotation of sales that go all month long (which is how this month has come to be known by some as “Gray November”). This means that whether you’re looking to snag a new laptop, a Nintendo Switch, or any of the latest Apple products, you can still get some serious shopping done from the comfort of your crowd-free home.
Participating retailers have already begun to release Black Friday ads, and some have even gone so far as to debut some sales. Target’s Black Friday deals have kicked off, with discounts on apparel, electronics, home goods, and more. And Walmart Black Friday deals has released some big deals, as well. If the best in tech is what you’re looking for, you’ll definitely want to check out some of Best Buy's early Black Friday deals.
While you can find discounts on products in a wide variety of categories, Black Friday is the perfect time to get unbeatable deals on the latest tech products — especially if they’re normally out of your budget at full price.
Amazon is already running some major sales, including many deals of the day and lightning deals. Year-round, the mega-retailer is a good place to find everything from a pair of wrinkle-free dress pants to one of the best tablets with a stylus. And whether it’s Black Friday or Prime Day, it’s usually a safe bet that Amazon will offer deep discounts on its own devices, like the Echo Show 5 and the Fire TV Stick 4K.