Black Friday isn’t technically for another two weeks, but early Black Friday sales are already here. As far as certain big box retailers like Walmart are concerned, calendars are fungible. Time is a suggestion. Holidays—and we mean that very broadly in the case of Black Friday—are meant to be celebrated weeks, maybe months early. Sometimes that overeagerness is useful, like in the case of early Black Friday sales and being able to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins in late August.
To be fair, most of the early Black Friday sales here in 2020 are bad. Do not mistake the enthusiasm of Best Buy, Walmart, and Home Depot as unchecked largesse. But after hours of scanning the available listings and cross-referencing with historical data (yeah, we do math), we’ve found a bunch of genuinely strong deals that’ll save you real money on quality things. Are they all sexy, cool things? Not so much. But if you’re looking for a phenomenal deal on an InstantPot, a cordless drill, or some Apple AirPods, then good news—these early Black Friday deals are perfect for you.
The Best Black Friday Sales on Clothing and Shoes We’ve Found So Far
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The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Walmart
Walmart’s Black Friday “Deals for Days” sale (an unfortunate name, let’s move on) began in earnest on November 4th. The wide-ranging sale includes TVs, kitchen appliances, and … well a bunch of other things you can get at Sam Walton’s warehouse. There’s a good deal on the first version of AirPods (the ones without the wireless charging case), an older TV that’s still likely an upgrade, and a frankly bonkers deal on the InstantPot.
Apple AirPods (was $130, now 24% off)
InstantPot electric pressure cooker, 6-quart (was $100, now 50% off)
TCL 4-Series TV, 55-inch (was $220, now 32% off)
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Best Buy
Best Buy dropped its Black Friday ads in, no joke, October. But unlike last year, it doesn’t appear that any have sold out yet. The sale includes basically every major tech category you’d care about, including headphones, large-scale appliances, cell phone accessories, and smart home gear.
Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless noise cancelling ear buds (was $230, now 26% off)
Philips Hue smart lightstrip kit (was $105, now 43% off)
mophie Powerstation 8,000 mAh prortable charger (was $50, now 70% off)
The Best Early Black Friday Sales 2020 at Home Depot
Home Depot’s early Black Friday sales of 2020 feature some pretty big discounts, but across a single category of items: tools. If you’re looking to do some home improvement projects during your pandemic winter, here’s your chance to get a powerful drill set and actually compatible bits.
DeWalt Atomic cordless compact drill and tool bag (was $150, now 33% off)
OXO Storage Containers Are On Sale Now
OXO isn’t offering massive deals on anything yet, but they do have a few things on sale. For now, this doesn’t include some of our very favorite things (show me…a laptop cleaner!), but we expect a wider range of discounts to go live from them in the coming weeks.
OXO Good Grips Plastic Container Set (20-piece)(was $30, now 20% off)
We know that we said you should just buy deli containers when we talked about the essentials you need for meal prep. But that was before we knew you could get these excellent conatiners, which snap closed and stack nicely, at a discount. We trust OXO for most kitchen gear, why wouldn’t we trust OXO with this?
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