The holiday shopping season has started early in 2020. On select days, prices on popular items started dropping as early as mid-October. This year, Amazon Prime Day motivated other major retailers like Target to begin offering holiday sale prices before Halloween.
And shoppers are already seeing that Black Friday will be different this year. Retailers are offering bigger deals and more products online than ever before. More store locations are closed on Thanksgiving to allow more time with family. And in-store shopping isn’t always going to be an option, while curbside pickup is highly encouraged. These are just a few of the changes for Black Friday 2020. See what stores have announced for shopping and deals so far.
Home Depot’s Black Friday Will Last Two Months
This year, Home Depot isn’t following suit with the one-day Black Friday deals. Instead, the home improvement chain is offering a generous two months of big sales. This is great news for shoppers who have been making more home improvements in 2020.
Customers can save big on tools, furniture, home decor, appliances, paint, and more. Beginning in November, Home Depot will offer holiday deal pricing in stores and online. Locations will be closed on Thanksgiving day.
Target Has Already Started Black Friday Deals
Target offered “Deals Day” to customers on October 13th and 14th of 2020, the same days as Amazon Prime Days. They’re expected to continue their holiday shopping deals through Cyber Week and have expanded their online shopping to help customers get the deals they’re looking for while shopping from home.
Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving but are expected to open their doors and offer curbside pick-up for the official Black Friday on November 27th.
Best Buy Already Has Great Deals And A Black Friday Price Guarantee
Black Friday deals have already started at Best Buy. Find hot deals on TVs, laptops, computers, cell phones, headphones, smartwatches, and more. Like Target, Best Buy also ran Black Friday deals alongside Amazon’s Prime Day. Customers who shopped those days at Best Buy can take advantage of Best Buy’s flexible price match guarantee.
If you purchased a product at Best Buy on Oct 13th or 14th and the price drops, labeled with “Black Friday Price Guaranteed”, they’ll refund you the difference.
Amazon Will Have Even More Deals Ahead Of Official Dates
While Amazon Prime Days have passed, shoppers still have Black Friday deals to look forward to. Amazon seller news site Tamebay reported that Amazon deals for Black Friday shopping are expected to start as early as October 26th and run through November 19th.
Amazon will have big deals for both Prime members and guest shoppers on the official Black Friday and Cyber Monday dates, and will begin those deals ahead of the major shopping dates.
Walmart Is Turning Two Wednesdays Into “Black Fridays”
Last year, Walmart was open on Thanksgiving Day, but this year is a different story. In a press release, Walmart CEO John Furner said, “We know it’s been a trying year, and you’ve stepped up. We want you to enjoy the day at home with your loved ones.”
Walmart announced they’d be having two “Black Friday” shopping days leading up to the official Black Friday date of November 27th. On November 4th and 11th, shoppers can expect big savings on items including electronics, laptops, cookware, and toys. One major draw will be Walmart’s offerings on high-purchase items of 2020 including gym equipment and athleisure. More announcements for the big day and other savings will follow.
Macy’s Holiday Shopping Deals Run November 24-28th
Thanksgiving weekend has always been a big deal for Macy’s, as the department store chain hosts the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year will be a bit different, as spectators won’t be able to watch the parade in person in 2020. However, the parade will still go on, and be streamed online and broadcasted on TV.
Customers can expect big deals at Macy’s November 24th through 28th, and can shop online, in stores, or on the Macy’s app. Macy’s locations will be closed on Thanksgiving day.
Kohl’s Is Continuously Running Big Sales
Kohl’s has already started its holiday shopping deals. Customers should check in with the store’s sales, as new deals are continually announced from now through Black Friday.
Already known for their incredible sales, Kohl’s expanded their online shopping which will offer plenty of savings to customers without requiring them to go in-store. The retail chain has already announced savings of 30% and can be expected to increase from there. They also offer good savings on lower-priced products for shoppers looking to shop for things other than big-ticket items.
Shop Online At Chewy For Up To 55% Off
Chewy’s sales increased in 2020 as animal shelters emptied and more pets found their forever homes. The pet supply chain is has announced that big sales are on the horizon for Black Friday, up to 55% in savings.
Pet owners can save and stock up on dog and cat food and expect free one-to-two day shipping on orders of $49 or more during the holiday shopping season. Go online to take advantage of these deals, as the retailer does not have any brick and mortar locations.
Shoppers Will Have To Wait To Save On Nike
Athleisure and exercise equipment sales have increased in 2020 as more people are working out and opting for more casual clothes while working from home. Nike is expected to offer some big savings for Black Friday, including apparel and shoes.
Expect to wait to find the biggest savings on Nike products. It’s highly likely that the brand won’t start offering hot deals until the actual Black Friday, November 27th, through Cyber Monday.
After Strong Sales In 2020, Costco Isn’t Going Big Like Others
In 2020, many Americans have turned to Costco more than ever. Costco sales increased 14.1% in comparable sales for the third quarter, which is twice as high as it was during the spring of 2020 when the warehouse chain faced out-of-stock issues as everyone rushed to stock up on food and home supplies. It’s possible that because of their successful year, they won’t be going as big on Black Friday as other stores.
Although Costco confirmed they will be offering in-store and online Black Friday deals in 2020, it has not announced details or extended shopping as other major stores have.
Dell Products Are Popular For Black Friday 2020
Dell is one of the companies making the biggest buzz for Black Friday 2020. The computer maker has already started offering big holiday shopping deals on Alienware gaming laptops and desktops with plenty more laptop deals to come.
You can go on their website or find Dell products at Best Buy if you already have items in your shopping cart there. You won’t want to miss the massive savings on laptops, as they’re one of the key big-ticket items to save on for Black Friday.
Curbside Pick-up Is Encouraged
One thing everyone can love about Black Friday in 2020 is curbside pick-up! Shoppers won’t have to load or lug a large screen TV out to their vehicle this year. Instead, retailers are preparing to offer a more robust curbside pick-up option that will bring the items you order online to your car.
And the good news is that most retailers have already set-up curbside pick-up service and trained their teams for a smoother Black Friday. Make sure you clean out your car ahead of the shopping holiday to make room.
Shop Online Instead Of In-Store
While “browsing” isn’t typically a word you would use to describe in-store Black Friday shopping (more like “hunting”) don’t count on being able to walk around and shop in-stores for the majority of Black Friday deals in 2020.
Retailers will be minimizing the number of shoppers allowed in stores, and wait times (if any) are expected to be even outrageously longer than previous Black Fridays. Stores are encouraging shoppers to go online to take advantage of deals in 2020, insisting they will still be there for them.
Some Will Use A Black Friday Lottery System
Some retailers are expected to put a lottery system in place for Black Friday 2020. This will allow a small number of shoppers to enter the store at a designated time, which is a great advantage for anyone used to the elbow-to-elbow crowds of previous Black Friday shopping days.
You may want to check with your local stores ahead of time and see when you can sign up for Black Friday lottery shopping if they offer it.
Black Friday Deals Are Predicted To Be Bigger This Year
While 2020 might not have been the best year for holidays and annual traditions for many of us, at least we still have Black Friday to hold onto. The holiday shopping season is expected to be bigger and better than previous years.
Retailers are looking for an even bigger year-end push in sales, and are offering some incredible savings to their customers. Be sure to sign up for any loyalty rewards clubs ahead of the big holiday shopping season.
Black Friday Shopping Is Longer In 2020
Another perk of Black Friday in 2020 is that it’s stretching out across more weeks, from October through the end of November. Once Amazon Prime Day hit on October 13th, the gloves were off.
From here on out, shoppers can expect big deals both online and in-store, even before Halloween. This means you can also take more time to find the items you’re looking for and get the most savings on Black Friday deals.
More Stores Are Closing For Thanksgiving
In 2020, more than ever before, major retailers are closing their locations to honor their employees’ wishes of spending the holiday with their families.
While many workers have requested this for years, some retailers couldn’t resist staying open for Thanksgiving for the shoppers hungry for holiday deals. Finally, Home Depot, Walmart, and other major stores have announced that they will close their stores for the holiday and welcome back customers the following day for Black Friday.
You Can Expect To See QR Codes
More businesses have been utilizing QR codes in restaurants and shopping in 2020 due to the pandemic. This has helped communicate menus and sales without a paper handout. You can expect these QR codes to carry into Black Friday deals at Macy’s and other major retailers.
Make sure to have your phone ready to snap QR codes from social media feeds, print publications, product ads, and more. Some stores require that you download their app to access QR codes, so come prepared!
Some Online Shopping Sites Are Likely To Crash
When shopping online for Black Friday deals in 2020, it’s important for shoppers to remember to clear the cache and cookies on your internet browser.
Also, shoppers should hit the refresh button on store sites to make sure they’re getting the latest deals, and aren’t seeing an outdated price. And like other Black Fridays and Cyber Weeks, expect some sites to run into some technical issues on the biggest shopping day of the year.
Voice-Activated Shopping Is A New Way To Order
Shoppers are able to order on Amazon using Alexa on a voice-controlled device for Black Friday deals. First, you’ll need to be an Amazon customer and an Amazon Prime subscriber.
On Alexa-enabled products, instruct Alexa what you want to purchase on Amazon and Alexa will search millions of products to find it for you. After confirming “yes” to your order, it will be placed. Say, “Alexa, order a new blue throw blanket” and you’ll be on your way.
Find Black Friday Deals On Instagram
Another way that shoppers can score the best Black Friday deals in 2020 is on Instagram. Find deals in your feed and through the ‘explore’ page that click-through to shop.
Instagram users can expect to see plenty of ads featuring Black Friday deals in October and through the end of November, as Black Friday stretches extra long this year. Be sure to follow your favorite shopping destinations on Instagram ahead of Black Friday to be among the first to know about the best deals.