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What Will Black Friday Look Like This Year?

The phrase “Black Friday” evokes images of frenzied shoppers crowding stores the day after Thanksgiving, eager to get their hands on holiday deals. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing this year, Black Friday is going to be a different experience. Like a lot of things in 2020, many stores are taking Black Friday deals to the digital sphere.

Virtual Savings

A recent poll revealed that 57 percent of shoppers were anxious about holiday shopping due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. Cyber Monday is typically the day for shoppers who didn’t want to go out on Black Friday to get the best online deals. However, many big companies have already started offering virtual Black Friday deals so shoppers can avoid in-store crowds. Here are a few examples.

Target

Target is offering a variety of online Black Friday deals. Shoppers can save up to 50 percent off of kitchen & dining items, video games, headphones, 30 percent off of televisions and more. It’s the final week shoppers can take advantage of the Target deals. What’s good about Target’s website is that it does let you know if your local store has the item in question that you want in stock. B

Best Buy

Best Buy is another store that’s already began offering a wide variety of deals. The store will be offering different sales this Thursday and Saturday so keep a lookout for those as well. Don’t miss out on their current Black Friday deals, from 900 dollar savings on iPhone 12’s and 500 dollar savings on select laptops.

Walmart

Walmart will begin offering online Black Friday deals this Wednesday. Their in-store deals begin at 5am your local time on Friday, November 27th. Check out their online ads for more details, and keep in mind they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Amazon

The prime major online retailer will be offering Black Friday deals all this week. Amazon has a ton of categories for savings, from stocking stuffers and deals on top brands such as an 18 dollar deal for a Fire TV Stick Lite or 42 percent off deal for an Instapot. Pet lovers can save twenty percent off of a Furbo Dog Camera. Check out all of Amazon’s extensive deals here. Amazon also has a Small Business gift guide so shoppers can support small businesses as well.

Don’t Forget Small Businesses

With many states now re-instating COVID-19 restrictions, such as California’s curfew due to the surge in cases, it’s more important now than ever to support local and small businesses. At least two percent of U.S small businesses have had to permanently close due to the pandemic. Check out small companies that ship nationwide to show support even if you don’t live in the same state. Some examples range from Medterra’s buy one get one deal for CBD products (which includes a free gift at checkout) to the Black-owned business Cranky Granny’s Sweet Rolls.

Some countries like France actually postponed Black Friday to help shops that were locked down. While that’s highly unlikely to occur in the U.S make sure to keep in mind that safety trumps shopping. Stay safe this holiday season and save big without having to leave your house.

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