Black Friday 2021 has officially arrived – promising mega deals on everything from tech gadgets and gaming consoles to beauty products and homeware.
While the annual shopping bonanza always takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving, last year’s event was online only, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
However, once again, stores are opening their doors to customers and offering in-store offers and special deals to entice shoppers.
For those concerned about in-store purchases, retailers are taking these measures to ensure customer safety.
As has been the case for a few years now, some brands have revealed early Black Friday deals, including Walmart, Epic Games, Nintendo, and more.
follow along newsvik’s Black Friday 2021 live blog, as we reveal the best and biggest offers throughout the day, as they happen.
“Some sales aren’t really sales”: Gene Chatzky talks to Granthshala about how to avoid being stung
Recent research finds that many of the items that go on sale on Black Friday aren’t as legitimate as you might think, with the price hikes of many products being deceptively discounted—so how do you catch them?
specifically speaking Granthshala, host of Jean Chatzky his money podcast, said the best thing to do is to “do your research” and check the price history of the product you want to buy.
Some sales are not really sales. For example, there are stores that regularly offer 25 percent off everything on ‘Friends and Family’ days. When they do the same for the holidays, it’s no big deal.
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How are stores keeping COVID safe today?
Black Friday is notorious for thronging stores to grab the best deals before anyone else — but things may not look the same this year.
Walmart has decided to spread its sales throughout this month to drive customers away from its stores and onto its website, with the big discounts going live from November 22.
But rest assured, employees will be wearing masks in the store today and you will be encouraged to do the same, as COVID cases start to rise again across the country.
Best Buy—named this year’s “No. 1 Big-Box Retailer for COVID-19 Protection”—is conducting “wellness checks” for its employees, as well as regular deepening of the worst-affected locations in its stores. is cleaning. Like most other major stores today, customers will be asked to form an orderly queue to control the numbers going in/out… but will it work?
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Walmart is offering huge discounts on smart TVs, robot vacuum cleaners and games
Walmart is running early Black Friday deals through November 22. Most of these are still available, which means you can get huge savings on things like 4K smart TVs, self-emptying vacuum cleaners, and various Apple products.
You can find a breakdown of some of the highlights here. This piece also includes links that lead directly to the respective product pages for Walmart’s Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. You might want to bookmark them in case there’s a restock later today.
Walmart was running other Black Friday deals earlier in the month, but those have expired.