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September 30, 2020 at 11:43 am PDT
It’s been an incredibly weird and brutal year, but somehow it’s already August, and the busy holiday shopping season will be here before we know it In the United States, the Black Friday is known as the best time of year to save money on big ticket items, cross all those names off your shopping list, and splurge a little (or a lot) too But with COVID-19 still a very real threat in the US, some might be wondering if Black Friday 2020 has been canceled entirely
Fortunately, Black Friday has been building a strong online presence for years With companies like Amazon proving that huge online sales like Prime Day can be a major hit, retailers have slowly come up with more notable Black Friday deals online over the years, and this year will be no exception. In fact, with retailers looking to avoid the massive crowds that normally enter stores on Black Friday, there is even more incentive to ensure the best deals are also available online – and sooner
What has been confirmed so far regarding retailers’ plans for Black Friday 2020? Here’s what we know right now about Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping this year
Walmart led the charge by announcing that all Walmart and Sam’s Club stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (November 26), breaking a ten-year tradition that Black Friday deals would be available in stores starting the night of Thanksgiving Shortly thereafter, Target announced that its stores would also close on Thanksgiving Day
While this is certainly the best decision to give employees more time with their families and to avoid the huge crowds in stores on Thanksgiving, it is a major change from the typical Black Friday rhythm because we’re used to seeing some of the best front door deals start on Thanksgiving Day As a result, we expect to see some great houses open only online at Thanksgiving and an overall change in the offer schedule
You can check out more of the major retailers below that have confirmed they are closing their doors on Thanksgiving this year Of course, some stores traditionally close on Thanksgiving Day every year, like Apple and Costco, and it’s likely that ‘they will also remain closed this year
To avoid the massive rush of people visiting stores from mid to late November, it looks like Black Friday tier deals will start rolling out much earlier this year to space out promotions. Target has confirmed that its first Black Friday deals will begin on November 1, with « Black Friday rates » available throughout the month. The retailer kicks off its holiday shopping season with the return of Target Deal Days on October 13 and 14, we So might see Black Friday level deals during this event as well
Target is also committed to making Black Friday in-store deals available online as well.If you find a product offered for less online or in a store, Target will give you the price adjustment
While other retailers have yet to commit to offering Black Friday deals early on, this is a natural progression of how Black Friday has played out in recent years. Black Friday ads typically start leaking in late October, and some retailers have referred to the entire month of November as a time of major transactions in the past. Gone are the days of Black Friday sticking to a single week – the frenzy has been going on for several years now, so it’s no surprise that these promotions can now start in October or early November at select stores in as part of a global stay push
Amazon Prime Day also adds an interesting element to this year’s holiday sales, as it was delayed from its usual July dates to October 13-14 (yes, the same day as the Target’s Deal Days sale). not sure exactly how or if this will affect Amazon’s Black Friday promotions, but Prime Day may function as an unofficial kickoff of this year’s holiday promotions
That said, it’s safe to assume that many Black Friday deals will still center around Thanksgiving week, with most deals starting between November 22 and November 30. This year, however, you won’t have to face a crowd for the best deals, as retailers will likely avoid in-store exclusives.
It’s a unique year in many ways, including the fact that the next gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and the PS5, will launch in November That said, don’t expect to see any discounts on the Black. Friday on these next-gen consoles The PS4 and Xbox One will likely still feature in Black Friday ads this year, but we might not see as many great console sets as we’ve seen in years past (like the excellent Only on set). PlayStation PS4 for $ 200 from last year) as Sony and Microsoft are focusing on their new consoles The Xbox One X and All-Digital Edition have already been discontinued, so expect all Xbox console deals at – beyond the regular Xbox One S are extremely limited depending on what is left in stock
Nintendo isn’t launching a console this year, but the Nintendo Switch has remained incredibly popular and has been hard to find since February We don’t expect official Nintendo console discounts this year – assuming it’s even. in stock by then – but you can sometimes find discounts on the Switch through online marketplaces like Google Shopping and Ebay during Black Friday If we see any Switch bundles, let’s hope they’re more impressive than last year’s bundle which included the old Switch model without improved battery life.
Subscriptions to games like PlayStation Plus and in particular Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will likely feature more in Black Friday deals this year, as these services continue with next-gen consoles. Of course, you’ll also find all-time low prices on games from the last few years, including those from the start of the year and summer, so Black Friday will be a great time to add to your backlog.
You can check out some of last year’s most popular Black Friday game deals below to get an idea of what deals are available this year.
This will likely be the biggest year yet for holiday online shopping, and we’ll just have to wait and see what kind of games, tech, and entertainment deals are up for grabs this Black Friday. We’re going to be covering all the best deals on games, accessories, consoles and more right here on GameSpot, so check back regularly as we update this story with more information. Be sure to follow GameSpot offers on Twitter for the hottest discounts, including the flash deals that will sell out quickly during Prime Day and Black Friday, and sign up for our newsletter to keep up with the latest sales below.
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