Black Friday 2020 has the potential to be one of the most memorable sales days in decades. Retailers and businesses are trying to make up for lost sales due to the pandemic, which means they’re pulling out all the stops to encourage you to spend your money on their products and services.
At the same time, marketers are trying to overcompensate for their losses and many end up in burnout. More on this here: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/digital-marketers-battle-with-burnout-during-pandemic/
But for the consumer, what will truly make this year’s Black Friday different from those of years’ past is that many stores will close their doors and instead require shoppers to visit their websites to take advantage of their crazy-good deals.
What are the Best Black Friday 2020 Deals?
If you are one of the millions of people looking to save big bucks this November, you’re probably anxious to find out what steals and deals will be offered. Even with health concerns due to the pandemic, stores are finding ways to offer the best discounts on their most popular products.
Home Depot just announced plans to offer Black Friday pricing throughout the months of November and December, giving you more time than ever before to take advantage of their exciting, exclusive deals. This means for the entire holiday season, from early November through December, both in-store and online, you can get major discounts on home improvement essentials like appliances, furniture, light fixtures, flooring, power tools, grills, and more.
Despite Home Depot’s unique plans for 2020, we still expect most retailers to wait until mid-to-late October to announce their Black Friday deals, so be sure to check online for the upcoming Black Friday promotions to stay up to date on the latest news.
In the meantime, you can get a good idea of what to expect by looking at the best Black Friday deals from 2019.
Black Friday Sales on Apple Products
MacBook Air 13” (128GB)
The hottest items on Black Friday tend to be Apple products, so it’s no surprise that the most sought-after items in 2019 included the MacBook Air. Last year, Amazon ran a Black Friday special for a 13” MacBook Air (128GB) for $799, which was $300 off its regular price of $1,099. Because the MacBook Air is such a hot item, we’re expecting Amazon to offer a similar, exciting Black Friday discount on the 2020 MacBook Air.
In 2019, Apple’s 10.2” iPad was available for $229 on Black Friday. This $100 discount was so impressive, it had shoppers lining around the block at their local Best Buys. The greatly reduced iPad was also available on Amazon. The price of this must-have gadget hasn’t dropped that low since. But as we get closer to Black Friday 2020, we’re anticipating an equally impressive deal. If you have been waiting to get your hands on an iPad Pro or iPad Air, it may be worth waiting to see how much of a discount you can score in November.
Apple Watch and AirPods
The Apple Watch is still just as popular as it was when it first debuted, so just like years past, we’re expecting significant discounts on all models. In 2019, retailers offered impressive discounts on Apple Watches and AirPods, saving shoppers a big chunk of change at checkout. So far in 2020, the latest AirPods, the AirPods Pro have been available for as low as $219, so we’re expecting an even lower price on Black Friday.
Microsoft Black Friday Deals
Microsoft waited until the first of November in 2019 to announce their Black Friday deals and they were worth every bit of the hype. Check out last year’s Black Friday deals to get an idea of what sort of deals to expect from Microsoft on this year’s Black Friday.
Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Go
The Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Laptop 3 were in high demand in 2019 so their Black Friday discounts had consumers practically drooling. Shoppers could snag the Surface Pro 7 (i5/8GB/128GB option) with included Type Cover for $799 (originally $1,029). They also dropped the price of the Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover with i5/8GB/256GB by $330. The Surface Pro 7 with i3/4GB/128GB was on sale for $599.
The Surface Laptop 3, both the 13.5” and the 15” touchscreen versions, were discounted by $300, giving them a starting price of $999. The Black Friday deal on the Surface Go saved shoppers up to $150 by offering them for as low as $299.
Windows 10 PCs
If it’s PCs you’re interested in, Microsoft caters to that as well. For Black Friday in 2019, Microsoft offered exciting deals on a range of PCs and accessories, including the HP 15 Laptop (i3) for $299. The HP 15 Laptop (i5) was on sale for $399 and the HP 15 Laptop (i7) was available for $499.
Their Black Friday specials also included the Dell XPS 15, which was on sale for $1,699, a $300 discount.
Gamers everywhere rejoiced when Microsoft announced their Black Friday deals on their popular gaming PCs. Shoppers were able to save up to $400 on powerful Windows 10 gaming PCs, including the Lenovo Legion Y540, Asus ROG Strix G GL531GT, and Acer Predator Triton 500.
Galaxy Note10 Phones
Microsoft continued their list of Black Friday deals with the announcement of steep discounts on the Samsung Galaxy Note10. Customers flocked to their local Microsoft Stores to save up to $200 on the Note10 and S10 phones and also received free Samsung Galaxy Buds worth $129.99.
Black Friday Deals on Web Hosting
If you are planning to start a website this year, Black Friday is a great time to buy web hosting. Web hosting service providers like Bluehost wait until this mega-popular shopping day to release some of their biggest discounts and best deals on their hugely popular, reliable hosting plans.
Coupons and discounts for web hosting are available all year long, but if you can wait until late November, you could save as much as 90% on a hosting plan. Some hosting providers also run deals on add-ons to save you even more money on managing your website.
Black Friday TV Deals
Is there anything more synonymous with Black Friday than major discounts on TVs? For years, Black Friday has been the most popular day for deals on TVs, and people really know how to get excited about big screens at low prices. In 2019, 4K TVs were a must-have, hot item. Black Friday shoppers went running (literally) for 4K TVs as small as 40 inches to as big as 70 inches, hoping to get their hands on a significantly reduced TV. 50” 4K TVs were available for as low as $148, while 70” 4K TVs were on sale for a shockingly low price of $549.
This year, you can expect retailers to continue the trend and potentially price their TVs even more aggressively in hopes of encouraging shoppers to shell out the bucks for a bigger TV. Black Friday 2020 deals will include competitively low prices on giant-screen QLED/OLED sets. You’re not going to want to miss out on this Black Friday special.
Black Friday Deals on Gaming Systems
If you’re hoping for a Black Friday discount on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, you’re likely going to be left disappointed. The newest consoles, due to be released this fall, will be available to purchase on Black Friday, but without discounts. Microsoft and Sony haven’t revealed how much their newest consoles will cost, but even at full price they are guaranteed to sell out quickly both in-store and online.
If you’re in the market for a new gaming system, you should expect retailers to release bundles as part of their Black Friday specials. Gaming bundles usually feature the gaming console at regular price, but with popular games and must-have accessories included. If you’re interested in a PlayStation, Xbox, or even the Nintendo Switch, keep an eye out for gaming bundles to take advantage of on Black Friday. If you are someone who doesn’t have to have the latest model, consider purchasing the PS4 or the Xbox One S. We’re expecting both consoles to go on sale for $199 this Black Friday.
Smart Home Devices
Sales of smart home devices have been steady thanks to the Google Nest and Amazon Echo. This Black Friday you can expect prices on these items to be the lowest to date. Amazon and Google are constantly competing and Black Friday will be no different. Shoppers will be able to take advantage of significant discounts on the following smart home devices:
- Echo Dot Gen. 3
- Echo Dot with clock display
- Google Nest Mini
- Echo 3rd
- Google Nest Hub
- Google Nest Hub Max
- Echo Plus
- Echo Studio
- Apple HomePod
- Echo Show 8
- Echo Show 5
For Black Friday in 2019, there were endless discounts on popular kitchen gadgets like air fryers, pressure cookers like the Instant Pot, and more. This year the discounted items may seem a little familiar, especially given the continued popularity of air fryers, but the discounts themselves will be even steeper. Retailers like Target, Kohl’s, and Amazon will compete to offer the lowest prices on these must-have kitchen gadgets.