Surprise! Black Friday has started early and a ton of tech deals are live right now. Walmart and Amazon both launched major news deals today, so take a minute between turkey and pie to snap up some steals before they disappear. And now’s the time: Major retailers are likely offering the lowest prices of 2022 on Apple products for Black Friday. If you’ve been holding off on a TV purchase, now’s the moment to take the plunge: Save nearly 50% on a 65-inch TCL Roku model. Need gifts? This top-rated Samsung Galaxy tablet is $100 off. Remember, lots of shoppers will be competing for the best deals, so scroll and click pronto!
Early Black Friday TV deals
“Games look great: So far I’ve played Warzone, Skyrim and A plague tale. Movies are great too,” said one customer. “I went with this purchase based mostly off the incredibly in-depth reviews…and the science that apparently lends itself really well to being highly burn-in resistant. Looking forward to many years of quality service…”
One customer said, “Love the TV. Great upgrade for my family room. Highly recommend!!!”
RCA 32-inch Flat Screen 720p Roku Smart LED TV 2021 Model
LG 50-Inch Class UQ9000 Series Alexa Built-in 4K Smart TV
Amazon Fire TV 75″ Omni Series 4K UHD smart TV
Samsung The Frame 50-Inch Class QLED 4K Smart TV
Early Black Friday headphone and earbud deals
Black Friday’s your chance to step up your audio game big-time — we’re seeing some of the year’s best prices right now (hello, over 50% off super-popular noise-cancelling Sony headphones). Amazon is chock-full of awesome deals, but also check out Walmart and Best Buy.
A happy shopper reported: “I always keep them on my desk for easy access and use. They really cancel surrounding noise so I can hear clear when I am listening to music or talking to someone.”
“These headphones are great! I love that they’re Bluetooth, and you still have the option to plug them into a device with an AUX chord (which was perfect for my long flights this summer),” said one customer. “The noise cancellation is great, and the sound quality is amazing. I really love that they fit comfortably over my ears and don’t hurt my head.”
Big ears? Small ears? No problem. Whereas previous AirPod iterations subscribed to a one-size-fits-all approach, these state-of-the-art Pros provide a special ‘Ear Tip Fit Test’ so you can learn which size is best for you and your unique ear shape. Apple also redesigned these buds with a silicone tip for a comfy fit so they’ll feel better in your ear and won’t slip out halfway through a workout.
“Every time I put these in my ears it silences out the world in a way I have never experienced. Like every movie where someone gets hit by a concussion or a grenade and everything is faint and quiet — they sound exactly like that. I get so tired of little kids screaming at restaurants when I am just trying to eat, but now it’s like they aren’t even there. The feeling I get every time that noise suppression comes on, and don’t even get me started on the bass. Holy. It feels like I’m in person at a rap concert…,” one very satisfied customer said.
“The sound quality of these are incredible for a wireless earbud. The bass is the best I’ve experienced in a wireless earbud, and the call quality is very good as well. I like that you can use either the left or the right individually (not just the right like many buds). The noise cancellation is really nice and the ambient pass through is nice,” one customer said.
Honeywell Bluetooth 5.0 Electronic Earbuds
Howard Leight Impact Sport Electronic Shooting Earbuds
Beats Fit Pro True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds
Early Black Friday laptop and tablet deals
Prime Day is something of a dress rehearsal for Black Friday, and the laptop discounts seen there point to some truly outstanding deals right now. Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst at DealNews.com calls laptops “one of the quintessential Black Friday items.”
One customer said, “It’s been a little over a month since I purchased this laptop and I’m amazed at how useful it really is to me. I move around a lot so its small size and light weight is PERFECT.”
“I know I gave the tablet 5’s across the board, but truthfully the battery deserves a 10. I only have to charge it once or twice a week. 10.5-inch is the perfect size. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it,” said one satisfied customer.
HP Victus 15 Gaming Laptop
This laptop stands near the pinnacle of graphics cards, with the processor and display to take full advantage of the output. Your games will look better than ever, and play just as well.
$599 at Amazon
“This laptop’s specs are great! Don’t worry about the 8gb RAM — you can easily upgrade that yourself for quite cheap and the RTX 3050 It comes with will play just about any game out there! I’ve played R6S, Skyrim, Arma 3, and GTA V RP with no problem at all!” said one gamer, who called it the “best bang for your buck.”
MSI GV15 15.6″ 144Hz Gaming Laptop
ASUS TUF Gaming F15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6″
Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, 10.1″
SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab A8 Android Tablet
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad (Wi-Fi, 64GB) – Space Gray
Early Black Friday smart home deals
Amazon is moving forward even more aggressively than usual in the smart home space with dozens of deals on Echo, Ring and Blink devices, and other companies are joining in the fun.
“The Echo Show is a great product for using in the kitchen or really any room in the house or office. You can set it up to have your pictures scroll across the screen like a digital photo frame. It connects to the Ring doorbell so you can see who is at your door before going to the door or taking out your phone. It’s great for setting timers or finding recipes…” one customer said.
Blink Video Doorbell + 1 Outdoor camera
Think of this like a starter kit for home security. With this Black Friday deal, you’ll get a video doorbell and a single outdoor camera for a steal — it’s an easy way to beef up security around your home and keep an eye out for porch pirates.
$95 at Amazon
“I am happy with the Blink system I received as a gift. The doorbell camera has a view of activity on the porch as well as a portion of the driveway. I have the additional outdoor camera that will be installed to give a full view of the driveway. The installation and setup was easy for my son-in-law. It took him about 30-45 minutes to install it and help me get it up and running,” said one customer.
“I really like my new housekeeper. I like being able to walk around barefoot without crumbs sticking to my foot,” one customer said. “My husband makes cookies and he always seems to leave crumbs behind every time. I set it on auto and it starts every other day, all by itself while I’m having my coffee. I also set it for other areas of the house at convenient times.”
Kasa Smart Video Doorbell Camera Hardwired w/ Chime
Kwikset SmartCode Contemporary Single Cylinder Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera – 2 Pack
Early Black Friday gaming deals
Right now is a fantastic time to stock up on video games, especially since there are few notable titles releasing between now and February. It’s also a great opportunity to get your hands on a new game console — the sales are impressive (Best Buy has the Xbox for $50 off).
According to one customer, “Smash Bros clones are hit or miss. I still enjoy an imitation from time to time. However, this is something in its own right. It focuses on simplistic but chaotic fun. Great for kids! Good for adults! I plan to spend some time with this title! Love the abundance of unlockables. Love Lego games!”
“The mouse has been perfect for me — the size, shape, feel, texture, everything is perfect about this mouse. To own it for two years and still feel the way it feels under my hand is amazing. The added customization and simple LED is nice and allows you to switch what each button does, as well as change the color. I disabled the right side buttons since I use the mouse on my right hand,” said one customer.
“f you are looking for next gen gaming on a budget, look no further! Whisper quiet operation, 1080p up to 4k 60FPS, and easy operation. I have had no issues with this console in my first few weeks of use. Do not mistake this console as a second rate experience. This small console is a monster of a gaming experience!” said one gamer.
Bandai Namco Entertainment Digimon Survive – Xbox One
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R – Nintendo Switch
Corsair HS80 RGB USB Premium Gaming Headset
ASTRO Gaming A40 TR X-Edition Headset
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is on Friday, November 25. It’s the day after Thanksgiving and is historically a great time to get next-level deals on a range of must-have items.
Does Black Friday have deals on everything?
Not everything is on sale for Black Friday, but a lot is. You’ll see impressive discounts on items such as air fryers, TVs, vacuums, furniture, sneakers, clothes, electric toothbrushes, makeup and so much more. If there’s an item you’ve been waiting to go on sale, it’s most likely to be marked down during Black Friday season.
Does every store have sales?
Not every store has sales for Black Friday, but many do. That includes major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot and more.
Will inflation impact Black Friday this year?
Last year consumers spent nearly $9 billion on Black Friday, just slightly less than the year prior — proving that the economic volatility triggered by the pandemic most likely impacted spending habits. Experts say it’s unclear how inflation will affect Black Friday behavior this year, but they have their theories.
“According to our survey, 70% of shoppers are taking inflation into consideration this year,” confirms McGrath. That means people are not necessarily waiting for Black Friday itself to maximize savings, and instead “beginning their holiday shopping earlier than ever in an effort to spread out cash flow,” adds Gall.
To meet this demand, major retailers are already launching big ‘pre-sale’ events leading up to Black Friday. “Spreading out their shopping will help to prevent [consumers’] budgets from taking a hit all at once,” notes Ramhold. One possible caveat? “If starting prices are higher, then that means [potentially] higher deal prices when all is said and done.”
Are supply chain delays and excess inventory still a thing this year?
“Any supply chain issues we’re seeing this year aren’t at the same level as those in 2021, but that doesn’t mean they’re totally gone,” says Ramhold of the pandemic-related shortages and delivery delays we experienced last year. So, barring any worst-case scenarios, we should be fine in that regard,
“Retailers have had a year to plan to avoid the massive delivery delays we saw last year, so shopping Black Friday should leave plenty of time for stuff to arrive before the holidays,” notes McGrath. “But that’s assuming no big surprises or snags. Retailers are still overstocked with pandemic-popular items, like small home goods, countertop appliances and casual clothing. So expect good deals in those categories.”