Black Friday is the colloquial term used to describe the first Friday following Thanksgiving in the United States. Retailers and big box stores offer steep discounts (both online and offline) on countless consumer products ranging from computers and electronics to appliances and all inclusive vacation packages. For the past decade, Black Friday (and to a lesser degree, Cyber Monday) has proven to be the single busiest shopping day of the year. As the unofficial launch party for the upcoming holiday shopping season, retailers big and small are gearing up for the biggest sales event of the year. So without further ado, we present to you our humble guide to finding the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals in stores and online. Here’s everything you want to know about Black Friday in 2021:
What is Black Friday?
As mentioned, Black Friday is the largest sales event of the year, historically taking place at the end of November. It is also the unofficial beginning of the holiday shopping season and the single biggest shopping holiday of the year. Consumers can expect to see thousands of deals advertising steep discounts on all sorts of products. For context, here’s a few examples of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals we saw last year:
- iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum ($179 at Amazon, originally priced $229).
- Samsung 1TB internal SSD ($100 at Walmart, originally priced $280).
- LG 75″ 80 Series smart webOS TV ($999 at Best Buy, originally priced $1,499).
- Lenovo smart clock ($35 at Best Buy, originally priced $80).
- Insignia 24-inch Fire TV ($100 at Amazon, originally priced $170).
When is Black Friday 2021?
Black Friday takes place each year on the first Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday will occur on November 26, 2021. However, shoppers can expect Black Friday deals to start appearing in the weeks leading up to the largest sales event of the year. Amazon, for example, is leading the charge with its Epic Deals promotion, which includes sizeable discounts on everything from technology to household goods, with new deals being announced every day in the lead up to November 26. Black Friday is still a couple of weeks away and consumers are already witnessing some of the best prices of the year on things like Apple AirPods and Beats by Dre earbuds.
What time does Black Friday start?
For online retailers, Black Friday officially begins at the stroke of 12:00 a.m. local time on November 26, 2021. However, Black Friday deals can be had in the weeks and days leading up to the big shopping day. Major retailers like Walmart and Amazon have already begun offering exclusive deals as the sales event approaches.
How long do Black Friday sales last?
Don’t make the mistake of assuming Black Friday is a but single shopping day. As mentioned above, some of the best deals of the season can be had well before November 26. In many respects, Black Friday represents the start of a shopping season that begins in early November and continues through to Christmas and Boxing Day. Last year, Black Friday deals started weeks in advance of Thanksgiving and sales continued strong for more than a week after Cyber Monday.
What should you buy on Black Friday?
As Black Friday occurs a few short weeks before the holiday gift-giving season, it provides an excellent opportunity to save on holiday gifts before the December shopping rush begins. Consumers can expect to find significant savings on all sorts of products, with prices dropping to seasonal lows across every product category including computers, tech gadgets, housewares, appliances, fashion and apparel. In past years, Black Friday has been an excellent time to buy big-ticket electronics like Mobile Phones, TV’s and Gaming Consoles. If you’re on the look out for a kitchen upgrade, Black Friday is an excellent time to find huge discounts on Instant Pot pressure cookers, KitchenAid appliances, Nespresso coffee makers, and anything else might want for the upcoming holiday season.
What stores have Black Friday deals?
Nearly every major retailer and direct-to-consumer company is offering significant markdowns during the Black Friday event. So far this year, we’ve seen some incredible deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Lowe’s, The Home Depot and more. For your convenience, you can search for the latest deals from these major retailers and big box stores below:
- Search for Walmart Black Friday Deals
- Search for Best Buy Black Friday Deals
- Search for Dell Black Friday Deals
- Search for Microsoft Black Friday Deals
- Search for Amazon Black Friday Deals
- Search for Apple Black Friday Deals
- Search for Lowes Black Friday Deals
- Search for Home Depot Black Friday Deals
Happy Black Friday shopping and stay safe out there!