There’s a great haze hanging over Black Friday shopping in 2021, and it’s not induced by the usual Thanksgiving dinner turkey coma. The fog is coming from dozens and dozens of full cargo ships that have yet to be unloaded at the country’s largest shipping ports.
As Kiplinger and others have warned, gift shopping this holiday season will be seriously hampered by a struggling supply chain and the overall rise in prices due to inflation. “We’ve seen shipping delays before, but supply chain issues in the past were more specific to a handful of items,” says smart purchasing expert Trae Bodge from TrueTrae. “It’s a more prevalent problem, so I think buyers will be surprised at how difficult it is to get some freebies. “
But that doesn’t close the door to the post-Thanksgiving-related promotions we’ve called Black Friday.
“Despite higher prices overall, Black Friday is certainly not canceled,” says Nathan Burrow, senior business expert at The New York Times’ Wire cutter. “It’s always a time when you can save – as long as you shop strategically. The shopping spree has grown beyond a single day and now occupies most of a week with previews starting as early as October. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are more or less all part of an ongoing sale, and although we’ve noted a tendency for retailers to close their physical stores for the Thanksgiving holiday proper (Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Home Depot and Costco are the most notable), online storefronts will be available everywhere. “
Bodge of TrueTrae agrees that Black Friday is always a big shipping event, but shoppers should use their heads. “I hear the number of offers might be less and we might see inventory issues if retailers don’t get shipments on time, but there will always be a lot of offers,” Bodge says. “To get the most out of the day, I would suggest that consumers sign up for emails from the retailers they plan to shop with, but on top of that, shoppers can increase their savings by seeing what their sites are up to. preferred offers, especially with cashback, which can really have a big impact on savings. For example, CouponCabin.com has a rotating offer where 20 stores per day offer 5X their usual cashback. And Rakuten offers up to 10 % Cash Back on Black Friday weekend and up to 15% on Cyber Monday at hundreds of stores.
So let’s go: We found 28 deals and carriers for Black Friday, many of which are available the day after Thanksgiving, some starting as early as… now. Looked.
Last year Amazon kicked off the holiday shopping season a month before Black Friday, when its pandemic-delayed Amazon Prime Day was moved from its usual summer location to October (it returned in the summer in 2021). But that doesn’t mean Amazon hasn’t pushed up Black Friday selling prices in 2021.
The e-commerce giant is drastically scaling back its exclusive smart home products – smart devices with built-in Alexa such as Kindle readers, etc. – during the holidays. For example, Alexa-compatible Echo Show 5 (2nd generation) is 43% off, the 50-inch Amazon Fire TV 4 series is 30% off, and Fire TV Stick 4K is 50% off.
Surprisingly, you can choose a pair of the new Airpods Pro with Magsafe charging for $ 200, a savings of $ 50. Robotic vacuums and air fryers will be a thing this year, and Amazon has the iRobot Roomba 692 for $ 200, a savings of $ 100. A variety of Roborock robot vacuums are on sale, including the Roborock S7 +, which sucks by sounds and wet mop, and includes a self-draining docking station. That’s $ 719.99 after a discount of $ 229.49. A Ninja AF101 Air Fryer sells for $ 90, compared to $ 120.
Wirecutter’s Burrow says there will also be Black Friday (and early Black Friday) deals from Amazon on Sony and Samsung products.
Best Buy ditched its Black Friday deals earlier, and as you can guess, it’s packed with great deals on TVs, including a Samsung 75-inch 7-Series 4K UHD Tizen LED Smart TV for $ 850, a savings of $ 250 and a Sony 55-inch 4K UHD Bravia OLED Smart TV for $ 1,400, a savings of $ 400.
Also on Best Buy’s Black Friday list is a 21.5-inch Apple iMac with Retina 4K display for $ 1,000, a savings of $ 500; Bose Quiet Comfort headphones for $ 279, a savings of $ 50; a limited edition Keurig Jonathan Adler K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker for $ 50, $ 50 savings; and one Mr Christmas 7.5ft Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree, Alexa Compatiblee for $ 400, a savings of $ 100. What does Alexa bring to a Christmas tree? The ability to remotely control the timing, patterns and colors of the lights. Your cats will love it.
The Central Warehouse Costco’s Black Friday ad promises savings on a lot of electronics, of course. And you can still find great quality and savings with Costco’s Kirkland Signature private label line of products (and you’ll find Black Friday savings on many items, including chocolate coated almonds). But first, you still need to have a Costco membership, starting at $ 60, to shop for deals, online and in warehouses.
For Black Friday 2021, Costco is presenting a Samsung Class FHD 32 inch curved monitor for $ 200, $ 50 savings; a Conair Turbo Extreme Steam Hand Garment Steamer for $ 35, a savings of $ 15; a HP Touchscreen Laptop for $ 500, a savings of $ 100; and one NutriBullet Blender combo for $ 70, a savings of $ 30.
Costco’s announcement says it’s closed on Thanksgiving Day (as are dozens of retailers), but there are online sales starting this Thursday.
Home Depot is promising selling prices for Black Friday through the end of December and, as you can probably guess, said deals are heavy on devices and tools. A word of advice: if you need the device, make sure it is in stock; many homeowners have been waiting months for overdue devices they paid for. Some of these devices have yet to be built or are stuck somewhere in the crippled supply chain.
Black Friday deals at Home Depot include 28.2 cubic foot stainless steel Samsung French Door Refrigerator for $ 1,298, a savings of $ 700; a Galanz digital toaster oven and air fryer for $ 80, $ 50 savings; a DeWalt Cordless Drill Driver Kit for $ 99, a savings of $ 60; and a stainless steel Samsung Dishwasher for $ 498, a savings of $ 81.
Lowe’s and Home Depot go head-to-head the rest of the year, why not Black Friday? To that end, you’ll see a similar range of items for sale, from home appliances to tools.
Lowe’s takes care of a 28.2 cubic foot Samsung French window refrigerator for $ 1,300, compared to $ 2,000; a Amana Top Load Washer for $ 494, compared to $ 600; a versatile Small giant ladder for $ 159, compared to $ 239; and one DeWalt 20 volt cordless drill / driver for $ 99, compared to $ 159.
Walmart Black Friday stores will carry deals that include $ 398 for a 70-inch 4K Onn Smart TV with Roku (Onn is the house brand of Walmart); $ 109 for one Apple Watch Series 3 GPS, down from $ 199 ” $ 69 for 12 Quart Power XL 6-in-1 Air Fryer; $ 299 for an Xbox Series S game console; and $ 14 to $ 25 for special purchase of selected video games (Note: All of these offers will be available online starting at 7 p.m. EST on Monday, November 22, in-store at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.