November 24, 2020
While the pandemic may have changed the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, there are a lot of things about Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – that have not changed. Like the fabulous online markdowns and deals that start early and continue through the weekend. Here’s a peek at what we’ve found in the avalanche of early and upcoming Black Friday sales, plus ways to save even more through 2020.
Wirecutter’s Favorite Early Sales
Deal price: $14 with code SCORE from Macy’s; street price: $18
Every home chef should have a dependable pair of kitchen shears. The pair of OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors is now down to $14 when you use the code SCORE at checkout—just be sure to select store pickup if your cart doesn’t meet the $25 free shipping threshold.
Deal price: $95 from Brooklinen; street price: $120
If you’re looking to replace a duvet cover, this favorite crisp cotton duvet cover is now on sale for $95. The Brooklinen Classic Duvet Cover feels like nice hotel bedding, comfortably cool and crisp.
Deal price: $30 from Target; street price: $40
The lowest price we’ve seen this year, Wirecutter says this is the best electric toothbrush you can buy, with a built-in two-minute timer and a wide selection of affordable brush heads. Shipping is free for REDcard members, otherwise you’ll need to select store pickup or add it to an order of $35 to get free shipping.
Deal price: $48 from Amazon; street price: $60
The best price to be seen and a very rare deal, this is a good time to pick up the Leatherman Skeletool. The runner-up pick for the best-ever multi-tool, the Skeletool includes needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, hard wire cutters, wire cutters, bottle opener, Phillips screwdriver (2), flat screwdriver (2), and carabiner clip.
Deal price: $603; street price: $710
This is the first big deal spotted for the Fully Jarvis Bamboo Standing Desk since the street price rose to $710 earlier this year. The runner-up pick for best standing desk, it’s nearly as good as the top pick and generally cheaper (though not quite as sturdy).
Read the Wirecutter review of the best standing desks, if you’re on the lookout for the best.
Deal price: $50 from The Home Depot; street price: $80
This is the best price we’ve seen on the eight-foot version of the Werner FS108 Type 1 Fiberglass stepladder. This one is half the price of Wirecutter’s first choice, but you may have to pick it up if supplies are low near you. And you definitely have to pick up the six-foot version, which is also on sale, but below the free delivery price threshold.
Tom’s Guide to Pre- and Black Friday Faves
If you’re looking for home decor sales, you’ll find an increase in the number of mattress sales from Purple, Sealy, and Casper — just a handful of brands that have released their Black Friday deals ahead of Thanksgiving Day. You’ll find discounts of up to $400 off on both mattresses and other bedding items like sheet sets, comforters, and duvets.
With so much deal activity going on, Tom’s Guide is a go-to good bet for updates on Black Friday deals.
Tom’s Guide offers quick links below to jump to individual markdowns:
Amazon Dash sales: 40% off board games, bread makers
AirPods Pro: was $249 now $199 @ Amazon
Alienware: up to $730 off gaming rigs
Apple Watch SE: was $279 now $229 @ Amazon
Audible Plus: 38% off first 6 months
Best Buy: smart TVs as low as $79
Casper Mattress: up to 30% off everything @ Casper
Chewy: up to 50% off pet supplies
Chromebooks: deals from $169 @ Best Buy
Cleaning supplies: spend $40, get $10 off @ Amazon
Dell: laptop deals from $349
Lenovo: ThinkPad sale from $799
LG OLED TV sale: up to $1,000 off @ Best Buy
Microsoft: up to $900 off Surface, Xbox, more
Nectar Mattress: $400 off + get $399 in free gifts
New Balance: 25% off sitewide @ New Balance
Nintendo Switch: from $199 @ Best Buy
PC gaming sale: up to $200 off laptops, monitors @ Best Buy
Prime Video: 50% off digital movies @ Amazon
PS5 console: check stock @ Amazon
Samsung QLED TVs: up to $2,500 off all models @ Samsung
Sony PS5: sign-ups available @ Amazon
TCL 50″ 4K Android TV: was $349 now $229 @ Best Buy
Verizon: free iPhone 12 w/ Unlimited
Video games: buy 3 for the price of 2 @ Amazon
Whole turkeys: $1.99/lb. @ Amazon (Prime members)
More From Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy
To check out ALL the early deals on Amazon, click here. And if you have one, log into your Prime account for upcoming deal alerts when early access goes live!
Walmart Black Friday deals, like Amazon, run the gamut of electronics hardware and accessories (audio, cell phones, camera, computers, wearable technology and smart devices for your home) to TVs, Nintendo, Playstation and Xbox deals, to kitchen appliances, sports and outdoor gear, beauty, grooming, health, power tools and automotive items. There’s very little that’s NOT on sale this weekend, so if you’ve been waiting for one of the biggest shopping days of the year to commit, comparison shop.
How to Save Even More
Producers of the CNET podcast Cheapstake offer how-to advice on making smart buys this Black Friday. First, always do price comparisons and check the product’s price history. Just because it looks like a great deal today, doesn’t mean it is – they caution.
Camel Camel Camel can help you check the price history of any item on Amazon and Price Blink offs instant, automatic price comparisons as well as coupons for online shopping. Plus, the plug ins Rakuten or TopCashBack installed in your browser can result in even better deals. If you buy a lot on Amazon, it’s definitely worth getting the Prime Card, say Cheapskate producers – which offers cardholders a percentage back on purchases.
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