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Black Friday Deals 2019: The Best Early Sales Now

Black Friday 2019
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Black Friday deals are officially here. Due to the shorter holiday season, retailers are launching their Black Friday deals earlier than ever. (We're expecting to see earlier than average Cyber Monday deals as well). 

Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are just a few of the major retailers with early Black Friday deals. Walmart, for example, kicked off its Black Friday deals back in with a Walmart Black Friday deals preview called the Early Deals Drop sale. The sale — which is still live — discounts everything from iPads to 4K TVs. And those aren't the only early Black Friday deals we're seeing. Amazon Black Friday deals have also kicked off with the lowest price ever for the 2019 Echo Dot with Clock. 

We've been covering Black Friday deals for over a decade, and to help you make sense of the season, we're using that expertise to offer our best Black Friday secrets, Amazon hacks, and all-around advice. We're also making a few price predictions so that you know when you're spotting a good deal and when you should skip a sale. So, before you go turkey shopping, here's everything you need to know about Black Friday deals for 2019. 

When is Black Friday 2019 and when do the Black Friday deals start?

Black Friday always takes place the day after Thanksgiving. This year, that'll be Friday, Nov. 29. However, Black Friday deals tend to begin way sooner than that. They unofficially start on Nov. 1, with some of the best deals taking place the week of Thanksgiving. But as we've already noted, some retailers have already started offering Black Friday deals previews. The Black Friday deals we're seeing now are very good, but expect prices to drop further in the coming weeks. So if you can afford to wait, we highly recommend it.

Black Friday deals you can get now

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones: was $349 now $199
The Studio3 offer a comfy fit, 20 hours of battery life, and near-seamless pairing with iOS devices. Their active noise cancelling also does a decent job of blocking outside noise. They're now at their lowest price ever.View Deal

Apple 10.2" iPad (32GB): was $329 now $299
Apple's most popular iPad now sports a bigger screen and support for Apple's Smart Keyboard. The base model is on sale for $299 ($30 off) and the 128GB model is on sale for $399 ($30 off). View Deal

Nikon Sale: Up to 40% off Nikon cameras/lenses
It's not often we get to see big sales on Nikon gear. However, Amazon is taking up to 40% off Nikon cameras, lenses, and bundles. You can get the Nikon D3500 w/ 2 lenses for $446.95, which is the lowest price ever for this excellent camera for beginners. View Deal

New Echo Dot w/ Clock: was $59 now $39
The 2019 Echo Dot now features a built-in LCD that can show info like time, temperature, or alarms. It was on sale for $49 last month and is now $39.99 as part of Amazon's holiday kick off. View Deal

Bose Home Speaker 300: was $259 now $199
The Bluetooth-based Bose Home Speaker 300 has Amazon's and Google's digital assistants built right in. It offers 360-degree sound and is also AirPlay 2 compatible. It's now at its lowest price ever. View Deal

Apple Watch S3 (GPS/LTE/38mm): was $299 now $199
If you want an excellent smartwatch on the cheap, the Apple Watch Series 3 is hard to beat. Walmart currently has the S3 with GPS/LTE on sale for $199. (It normally costs $299). That even undercuts Amazon's price by $91.View Deal

Apple iPad (128GB): was $429 now $299
The 2018 iPad packs a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display, A10 Fusion chip, and Touch ID. With up to 10 hours of battery life, this Apple tablet is great for on-the-go entertainment and productivity. It's a whopping $130 off, it's lowest price ever.View Deal

Farberware 3.2-Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer: was $69 now $39
Make everyday fry-day with this Farberware oil-less fryer. Instead of frying your foods in oil, this air fryer uses hot air technology to serve up perfectly golden and crisp foods. It's 50% off. View Deal

Vizio 55" Quantum 4K TV: was $498 now $398  
The Vizio M556-G4 is part of Vizio's midrange 2019 series, but this set features Vizio's quantum tech, similar to Samsung's QLED TVs. It's an absolute steal at this new super-low price. View Deal

AirPods with Charging Case: was $159 now $144 @ Amazon
For a limited time, you can get the latest model AirPods with standard charging case for $15 off. It features Apple's latest H1 chip for faster wireless connectivity with Apple devices. View Deal

Black Friday deals ads and leaks

QVC Black Friday

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Forget Black Friday leaks. Retailers have skipped the Black Friday ads this year and jumped straight into their Black Friday sales. QVC was one of the earliest stores to advertise their Black Friday sale back on October 1. (Sadly, there's nothing worth calling out at the moment and we suggest consumers wait till QVC's real Black Friday sale begins). Meanwhile, Walmart Black Friday deals have also begun. The retailer recently announced that it's slashing the price of hundreds of toys.  

Black Friday deals to watch in 2019

TV deals and laptop deals were once the meat and potatoes of Black Friday deals. While these devices remain a massive part of Black Friday, retailers have discounted practically all consumer tech during Black Friday in an effort to attract more consumers. As a result, you'll find great headphone deals, Black Friday Nintendo Switch deals, and excellent Black Friday gaming deals, along with discounts on just about everything you can imagine. Historically, however, TVs and laptops get the steepest price cuts. 

And while off-brand TVs used to dominate Black Friday deals, these days you can get excellent deals on all types of TVs, from affordable, off-brand models to high-end OLEDs. The same goes for laptops, which in the past have dropped to as low as $99 on Black Friday. 

Black Friday deals you should skip in 2019

We're not bluffing when we say that everything goes on sale during Black Friday. So, rather than suggest you avoid a specific category of devices, we're going to show you how to spot the best deals and avoid the gimmicks and much of the hype that surrounds Black Friday. 

Examples include vague "doorbuster" and "early bird" deals. If a retailer wants you to get in line at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to get a specific deal, that product is probably going to be available in very limited quantities and you'll have to fight your entire city to get the deal. 

In previous years, we've noticed that retailers' "in-store-only" sales have always been available online. In some instances, these deals actually debuted (quietly) online before launching in store. So we suggest you stay home, enjoy that turkey wing, and shop from the comfort of your living room. 

Black Friday deals predictions

Apple iPad Mini

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Black Friday deals to expect from Amazon

As the world's biggest e-tailer, Amazon will once again dominate Black Friday, with discounts on everything from the site's Music Unlimited service to its just released 2019 hardware line up. In fact, the new Ring Indoor Cam is already on sale (albeit as part of a bundle), whereas other items like the forthcoming Amazon Echo Buds (releasing on Oct. 30) could go on sale shortly after their debut.

For a sneak peek at the best Black Friday Amazon deals, we're taking a quick trip back to Prime Day 2019. 

2019 Amazon Devices: Last year, Amazon's 2018 devices got anywhere from $25 off (2018 Echo Dot) to $50 off (2018 Echo Show). So while Amazon's 2018 devices will offer the better value this year, we do expect to see many of Amazon's recently released items on sale as well. 

Echo Dot: Amazon's entry-level Alexa speaker dropped to $22 on Prime Day. We can't see this device getting any cheaper than $19. Instead, we predict that the company will bundle this speaker free with other Amazon devices. 

Fire TV Stick 4K: The 4K version of Amazon's Fire TV Stick dropped to an all-time low of $24.99 on Prime Day. Meanwhile, the 1080p model dropped to $14.99. It's unlikely these devices will be cheaper on Black Friday, so we predict we'll see these excellent prices once again, perhaps bundled with free months of HBO or Sling TV. 

Whole Foods: The high-end grocer played a huge role on Prime Day. We predict Whole Foods will offer a lot of Black Friday sales again this year (exclusively for Prime members only). Expect to see discounts on salmon, produce, and Whole Foods’ in-house  365-brand of food. 

Amazon services: Thinking about opening a Music Unlimited account? Don't do it before Black Friday! Amazon always discounts its services during major holidays, and Black Friday will be no exception. The catch is that many of the deals are valid only for new members. Last year, for instance, Amazon offered new members three months of Music Unlimited for 99 cents. Even better, the deal included a free Echo Dot. Expect to see similar discounts on Prime Now ($15 off your first order), Kindle Unlimited (three months for free), Prime Fresh ($15 off first order) and Amazon Photos (upload a photo, get $15 Amazon gift card).

Apple Watch 5: The new Apple Watch 5 is already on sale at Amazon. You can take $50 off the stainless steal model or $15 off the base, GPS-only model. It's an aggressive deal considering the Apple Watch 5 isn't in stores yet. 

Black Friday deals to expect from Walmart

Walmart Black Friday deals are starting in October. The retailer just announced rollbacks (aka price cuts) on over 400 popular toys including Barbie, LEGO, LEGO Star Wars, and more. For example, you can get this WowWee Baby Shark Puppet on sale for $14.88, which is $5 off its regular price and $2 cheaper than Amazon's current price.

Walmart offered some killer deals last Black Friday. From a $199 PS4 with the Spider-Man game to a $99 Samsung Chromebook 3, Walmart's Black Friday sales merit your full attention. Here's what we're predicting for 2019. 

Google gear: Amazon doesn't sell Google smart home devices, so our go-to store for Google gear has been Walmart. Last year, the retailer offered the Google Home Mini for just $24. We predict it'll drop in November to $22 (same price as on Prime Day). Meanwhile, we expect to see the Chromecast for $25, the Google Home Hub for $99 and a Google Smart TV Kit (Chromecast + Home Mini) for $45. 

PS4 console: Walmart rules on Xbox One and PS4 deals. Last Black Friday, the company offered the PS4 bundled with Red Dead Redemption 2 and an extra controller, all for $199. We predict Walmart will offer a similar sale this year. As for the PS4 Pro, it hit $350 on Prime Day, so look for deals at or below that price from major retailers. However, Rakuten has the Sony PS4 Pro for just $305.15 via coupon code "ALT15P". That's means Sony's 4K console could drop to a cool $299 come Black Friday.  

Xbox One X: Walmart has been offering killer Xbox One X deals all year. At the time of this writing, you can get the Xbox One X with NBA 2K19 for  $339. That's an all-time low price for this console. Is a $299 Xbox One X possible on Black Friday? We think it is, but quantities will be extremely limited. 

Apple: Every November, the Apple Store announces the Apple Black Friday event. Last year, this mediocre sale lasted four days (it's normally a 24-hour event). The sale bundled an Apple gift card worth from $25 to a $200 with select Apple Store purchases. Retailers like Amazon and Best Buy, however, offered better deals, slicing from $50 to $350 off select Apple devices. We predict retailers will once again undercut the Apple Store on Black Friday. Here are the prices and deals you should look out for. 

MacBook Air: Apple has two MacBook Airs on the market: the 2018 version (which has dropped to $949) and the refreshed 2019 model (which has dropped to $999). The newer system features a True Tone display and an updated keyboard. Retailers are still clearing out stock of the 2018 model, which makes that device more likely to hit $899 this Black Friday. Meanwhile, the 2017 MacBook Air (the one with the good keyboard) dropped to $699 this year. 

Apple Watch: The Apple Watch 3 dropped to $169 this past year, whereas the base Apple Watch 4 hit an all-time low of $299 on Sept. 16 at Walmart. (Granted, it sold out in a minute). Both watches have been on sale consistently since the start of the year and now that the Apple Watch 4 has been discontinued by Apple, we expect it  to see the most discounts this November. 

Black Friday deals to expect from Best Buy

Last year, Best Buy kicked off its Black Friday deals on November 8. That's when the retailer released its official Black Friday ad, which included hundreds of deals that became available that same day. On November 18 (the Sunday before Black Friday week), the retailer had its Early Access Sale, which allowed My Best Buy Elite and Elite Plus Members access to even more Black Friday deals. My Best Buy members (free membership), were given access to Black Friday deals on November, 19. 

Noteworthy deals included: $150 off the iPad Pro models, $250 off MacBook Pro laptops, Jaybird X3 Sport In-Ear Wireless Headphones for $59 ($79 off), and the Surface Pro w/ Platinum Type Cover for $599 ($360 off). 

Their noteworthy doorbuster deals — which started on Thanksgiving Day — included $200 off the MacBook Air (a deal we've already seen on the 2019 model), $150 off the iPad Mini 4, and $300 off the S9, Note 9, and S9 Plus with activation. It's highly unlikely that the new iPad Mini will see a $150 price cut. The base model may get a $50 discount (max), whereas the 256GB model might see $100 off. Even then, thats wishful thinking as the iPad Mini was refreshed just a few months ago, whereas last year's iPad Mini 4 had been around for quite some time and was being sold at a discount by various retailers. 

Black Friday deals to expect from Apple

From the iPhone 11 to the rumored Surface Pro 7, we're expecting a deluge of new devices in the coming weeks. Manufacturers tend to refresh their product lineups weeks before the holidays in the hopes of tempting shoppers with new shiny, gadgets. Here's what we've seen so far along with our deal prediction for that item. 

Apple 10.2-inch iPad: Just a few days after Apple's announcement, Amazon already has the new 10.2-inch iPad on sale. It's $29 off the 128GB model only, but we were shocked to see a discount that fast. 

Apple iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro: Apple's new flagships aren't in stores yet, but you can already find a healthy batch of iPhone 11 deals. Naturally, many deals require a trade-in or that you jump carriers, but Walmart and Sam's Club have dollar-off discounts and gift card bundles to make it cheaper to buy a new iPhone. 

Apple AirPods Pro: The new AirPods Pro are going to be the hot item this holiday season. Expect the AirPods 2 to hit new price lows (possibly $119 or less), whereas the new AirPods Pro may get from $20 to $50 off. The latter have already been on sale for $15 off. 

Black Friday deals for gamers

The holiday season will be loaded with plenty of Black Friday gaming deals. It's worth nothing that this will be the last holiday shopping season before the PS5 and Xbox Project Scarlett arrive next year. As a result, we're expecting some of the deepest PS4 deals and Xbox One deals yet.

This week we even spotted a deal on the new $199 Nintendo Switch Lite. It's the second deal we see on Nintendo's new handheld and unlike the first sale — which sold out in minutes — inventory on this second sale lasted a full 24 hours. (In both occasions, the Switch Lite was on sale for $169.99 at Rakuten). 

Speaking of Rakuten, the retailer currently has the Sony PS4 Pro for just $305.15 via coupon code "ALT15P". That's just $5 shy of our Black Friday prediction and the best price we've ever seen for Sony's 4K console. 

It's a good sign of what's to come. For more Black Friday predictions, make sure to check out our guide to the best Black Friday gaming deals

Black Friday Deals for November

Refurb MacBook Air Sale: was $999 now $749 @ Amazon
Act fast! For a limited time, Amazon is offering various 2018 refurb MacBook Air laptops on sale from $749. Each model is backed by a 90-day warranty. The 128GB model is selling for $749, whereas the 256GB model is on sale for $869.99.View Deal

New Echo Dot w/ Clock: was $59 now $39
The 2019 Echo Dot now features a built-in LCD that can show info like time, temperature, or alarms. It was on sale for $49 last month and is now $39.99 as part of Amazon's holiday kick off. View Deal

23andMe DNA Test: was $199 now $99
The 23andMe DNA Test includes over 125 reports on your health, wellness, and ancestry. Reports include info on inherited health conditions to a family tree history. Normally priced at $199, Amazon has it on sale for just $99. View Deal

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K: was $49 now $39
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is a solid device that boasts 4K resolution and quick menu navigation. It's also great for listening to music and interacting with Amazon's Alexa assistant. It's been cheaper before (it hit $25 on Prime Day), but it's currently $10 off if you need one now.View Deal

Apple iPad (128GB): was $429 now $299
The 2018 iPad packs a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS display, A10 Fusion chip, and Touch ID. With up to 10 hours of battery life, this Apple tablet is great for on-the-go entertainment and productivity. It's a whopping $130 off, it's lowest price ever.View Deal

Farberware 3.2-Quart Digital Oil-Less Fryer: was $69 now $39
Make everyday fry-day with this Farberware oil-less fryer. Instead of frying your foods in oil, this air fryer uses hot air technology to serve up perfectly golden and crisp foods. It's 50% off. View Deal

Vizio 55" Quantum 4K TV: was $498 now $398  
The Vizio M556-G4 is part of Vizio's midrange 2019 series, but this set features Vizio's quantum tech, similar to Samsung's QLED TVs. It's an absolute steal at this new super-low price. View Deal

Asus ROG Strix GL531GU: was $1,299 now $999
The Asus ROG Strix GL531GU is one of Asus' premier gaming laptops. It boasts a Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and GTX 1660Ti GPU. It's now $300 off at Walmart. View Deal

Walmart Toys Rollback: Over 4000 New Toy Deals
Black Friday is here! Walmart is rolling back the price on more than 400 toys including this WowWee Baby Shark, which is $14.88 ($5 off and $2 under Amazon's price). View Deal

Apple 10.2" iPad (32GB): was $329 now $299
Apple's most popular iPad now sports a bigger screen and support for Apple's Smart Keyboard. The base model is on sale for $299 ($30 off) and the 128GB model is on sale for $399 ($30 off). View Deal

AirPods with Charging Case: was $159 now $144 @ Amazon
For a limited time, you can get the latest model AirPods with standard charging case for $15 off. It features Apple's latest H1 chip for faster wireless connectivity with Apple devices. View Deal

MacBook Air 13" 2019: was $1,099 now $999
Apple's 2019 MacBook Air packs a stunning 13.3" Retina display with True Tone technology. For a limited time, it's $99 off its normal retail price. The 256GB model is also $71 off.View Deal

TCL 65" 4K UHD Roku Smart TV: was $928 was $599
The TCL 65" 4K Roku Smart TV (65S525) puts thousands of streaming channels at your fingertips. With over 500,000 movies and TV episodes to choose from, you'll always have something to watch. For a limited time, it's $328 off at Amazon.View Deal

Acer Aspire 5 w/ 512GB SSD: was $529 now $419 @ Walmart
The Aspire 5 is a mainstream laptop that packs above-average specs, including a Core i5-8250U CPU and 512GB SSD. It's $110 off and one of the cheapest 512GB laptops we've seen. View Deal

Sony 55" OLED 4K TV 2019: was $1,998 now $1,499
The XBR55A8G is one of the most affordable Sony OLED TVs we've seen. It offers 4K resolution alongside excellent contrast, clarity, HDR support, and even Google Assistant. It's $800 off. View Deal