Black Friday isn’t just another day of deals, it’s the biggest shopping holiday of the year. So big, in fact, that you’ve probably heard horror stories of people getting trampled, battered, and bruised during this mad dash to snag deeply discounted items. After all, waking up at the crack of dawn and fighting a stranger at your local Best Buy is what Black Friday is all about, right? Well, that’s not as true as it used to be. As online shopping has grown year over year, online Black Friday shopping has grown right along with it.
Though there are still quite a few retailers offering special in-store discounts, the majority of the Black Friday deals will also be available online this year. This shift to an eCommerce model is great for anyone who enjoys browsing deals in their pajamas, but it also creates an overwhelming scope of savings to sift through. Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and every other business will be throwing out deals left and right, and without the proper guidance, you may end up paying more for something than you have to. If the best Black Friday deals are what you’re after, this will be the page to find them on.
WHEN IS BLACK FRIDAY 2018?
Black Friday officially begins the day after the Thanksgiving holiday, so this year it’s on November 23, 2018. However, it’s likely going to be more than just the one-day event it has been in the past. Many retailers start coming out with Black Friday deals early in the week as to avoid getting drowned out by everyone else. Most deals will also continue on through the weekend and into Cyber Monday, which is now actually Cyber Week. So, the exact dates have become fairly irrelevant.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY?
Comparing Black Friday to Cyber Monday is a lot like comparing apples to, well, apples. Since Black Friday has become more and more of an online shopping holiday, it has started to bleed into Cyber Monday to create a sort of mega deals extravaganza.
Though the two are nearly identical nowadays, Cyber Monday emerged quite a bit later. Black Friday dates back to the early 1950s when retail stores would kick off the Christmas shopping season with some of the biggest sales of the year. Cyber Monday, however, didn’t arrive until very recently — 2005 in fact. This was back when online shopping was a thing, but it wasn’t exactly “the thing,” and people still needed encouragement to buy online.
WHAT SORT OF DEALS WILL WE SEE ON BLACK FRIDAY 2018?
We don’t know for sure what will be discounted this year, but since we’ve gone through quite a few Black Friday’s in our day, we have a pretty good idea of what to expect:
- Amazon will heavily discount its own products. Amazon Echo devices, Fire TVs, Fire Tablets, and many other smart home accessories will be on sale.
- Walmart will try to match whatever Amazon does. Google Home devices, 4K TVs, and a ton of other stuff will be discounted.
- TVs will be at their lowest prices of the year.
- There will be huge price drops on laptops.
- Mobile carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon will start offering great deals on smartphones and plans very early on.
- Video game consoles like the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox will likely have steep discounts.
- Smartwatches and other wearables will be on sale.