Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Deals You Can Shop Now
It's Black Friday and Cyber Monday are creeping up, but the holiday shopping season is already in full swing for many shoppers. Luring bargain hunters to shop early, retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Dell, Newegg, Sam's Club, Target, and Walmart are offering outstanding pre-Black Friday deals that you can get today. Here's the best of Black Friday 2018 deals you can jump on right now along with some predictions on what you can expect within the coming days.
Pre-Black Friday Sales You Can Shop Now
Dell Black Friday Ad: Dell is giving shoppers early access to a handful of Black Friday deals during its sneak preview. We highlight some of the best Dell deals here (as well as one deal you should avoid).
Newegg Black Friday Ad: DIYers looking for deals on components and peripherals won't want to miss Newegg's Pre-Black Friday sale. A noteworthy Newegg Black Friday deal for gamers is the Acer Aspire 7 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050 for $799.99. That's $100 under Amazon's price for the same configuration laptop . Newegg's Black Friday ad is out now, boasting its upcoming laptop deals. Beginning Nov. 22, you can get the Asus Tuf 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop or MSI GL63 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop for $699. Normally these laptops retail for $899, so that's a $200 markdown on each one.
Sam's Club Black Friday Ad: If you're a Sam's Club member, you'll be able to score some great Black Friday deals today. Currently, the retailer offers the HP 15-da0065cl Touchscreen 15.6-inch Notebook for $499 ($150 off) and the HP Pavilion 15-cs0061 Touchscreen 15.6-inch Notebook for $599 ($300 off). Details in Sam's Club's Black Friday preview shows that you'll be able to get the HP 15-cs0051cl Notebook for $549 ($150 off).
Walmart Black Friday Ad: The mega retailer is offering early access to its holidays deals, which kicked off on November 1. Noteworthy Black Friday Walmart deals include the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 15.6-inch Laptop which is selling for just $399. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this tablet which normally sells for $549. In terms of smart home security, Walmart has the Netgear Arlo Pro 2-Camera System with Mount for $239 ($211 off).
Target Black Friday Ad: The retailer's sneak peak Black Friday ad lets us know that all TVs are on sale. If you're shopping for a smart TV, you don't have to wait to get the TCL 55-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $349.99. Normally it sells for $449.99 so that's $100 in savings.
When is Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday 2018 falls on November 23, which is the day after Thanksgiving. The day is widely considered to be the best time of the year for deals. If you've ever wondered where the Black Friday term originated, it's believed that the term originated from retail companies, who would record losses in red and profits in black when doing their accounting. Retailers would see an uptick in sales on the day after Thanksgiving, which lead it to being called Black Friday.
According to the National Retail Federation, last year, 174 million Americans shopped from Thanksgiving Day right through Cyber Monday. The average spend per person over the 5-day period was $335.47. That led U.S. retailers to earn a record $7.9 billion on Black Friday, which was an 18 percent increase from the previous year, according to Adobe Analytics. Cyber Monday brought in another $6.6 billion in Internet sales, making it the largest online shopping day in history.
When is Cyber Monday 2018?
If Black Friday is the main event, Cyber Monday is the encore. This year, Cyber Monday will fall on November 26. Whereas Black Friday targets consumers looking for tech deals, Cyber Monday will add deals on clothes, shoes, home goods, and jewelry. The day itself was conceptualized by the National Retail Federation and made its debut in 2005.
When do Black Friday Sales 2018 Begin?
Each year, Black Friday sales begin earlier than the previous year. Last year, for instance, some sales started the week of Halloween. Retailers are also renown for "leaking" previews of their Black Friday ads come early November. For instance, in 2017, Target's and Best Buy's Black Friday ads were available on November 6, and November 8, respectively.
Dell XPS 13 / Alienware deals
It's no secret that the XPS 13 is one of our favorite all-purpose laptops. Currently, the XPS 13 9370 has dropped as low as $849.99 (base configuration), whereas the 256GB model has hit $1,069.99 ($119 off). Dell typically has aggressive Thanksgiving day sales, so we expect these prices to drop down an extra $50 to $100. But expect these deals to be limited-time only. The same goes for Dell's Alienware lineup. Gaming rigs will see discounts ranging from $200 (base models) to $700 off (top-tier models).
Lenovo ThinkPad deals
Business users will also be able to enjoy some Black Friday deals. Lenovo's ThinkPad line usually goes on sale come Black Friday and you can expect these laptops to be at their cheapest price of the year. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon, for instance, could drop to $1,063 or lower, which is a $400 price drop. Newegg's Black Friday Ad drops the price of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 2-in-1 Laptop down to $419.99 via code, "BFA0120", which is $170 off its $600 list price.
Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday 2018
If you're looking for the best deals, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are all good days to shop. Through years of experience covering these events, we've noticed that the best deals will start the week of Thanksgiving. That said, don't worry if you don't make all of your purchases on Black Friday. Cyber Monday and the week before Christmas also tend to see excellent deals and price cuts.
Should I Shop In-Store on Black Friday 2018?
Every Black Friday, hordes of people pile into brick-and-mortar stores looking for discounts on big-ticket items. However, most of those sales will also be available online. Even aggressive deals, like last year's Sharp 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV that sold for $179.99, make their way online. Shop online if you want to avoid massive crowds, long lines, and the occasional Black Friday scuffle, which you've no doubt seen in the news.
What Should I Buy on Black Friday 2018?
Black Friday is the best time of the year to buy anything tech related. This includes laptops, tablets, 4K TVs, game consoles, smartphones, smart home devices, and more. Last year, for instance, Amazon had all of its branded devices on sale. The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet was marked down to $30, whereas the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot dropped to $25 and $29.99, respectively.
What Laptop deals should I expect on Black Friday?
On the laptop front, Chromebooks saw significant markdowns with popular models from Samsung dropping as low as $99. Mainstream machines with Core i7 CPUs also started from $499 last year, a price drop of around $200.
Will Apple Laptops Go on Sale?
Every Black Friday, the Apple Store offers free gift cards with the purchase of select tablets and laptops. Last year, the gift cards ranged from $25 to $150. However, many authorized Apple retailers undercut Apple at its own game, so we're suggesting Apple fans skip the flagship store and look at deals from stores such as Best Buy. And yes, we expect to see deals on Apple's new MacBook Air and possibly the new iPad Pro.
Deals for Gamers
If you're looking for a new console, we strongly suggest waiting until Black Friday. Last year, retailers offered Xbox One S consoles and bundles from $189. Sony's PS4 console was also marked down to as low as $190. There were also substantial discounts on the PS4 Pro, which you could pick up at Amazon or Gamestop for $350 ($50 off). GameStop is already offering the Xbox One Bundles for $100 off, so we could see similar deals next month.
Virtual Reality headsets will likely go on sale again this holiday season. Headsets including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Samsung HMD Odyssey, and Lenovo Explorer saw price cuts of up to $100.
TV Deals Reign Supreme
HDTVs are the meat and potatoes of Black Friday. Last year, 4K sets dropped as low as $200 and we expect to see similar sales again this year. The discounts included all manufacturers, such as Samsung, Sharp, TCL, and Vizio.
What's New for Black Friday 2018?
Good news if you're heart is set on a new iPhone. Last year, Walmart offered a $300 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone X with AT&T or Verizon. It wasn't a dollar-off discount, but still a welcome deal on an otherwise pricey phone. Sprint already has the iPhone XS and iPhone XR for $0 with contract, so we expect to see equally aggressive deals on all of Apple's current and previous-gen phones.
What Should I Avoid on Black Friday 2018?
In addition to the Apple Store sale, shoppers should avoid buying random, discounted devices that aren't on your shopping list. Your best bet is to make a list of what you want to buy and stick with it.
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