Black Friday is not an official holiday. However, certain states such as California consider the day after Thanksgiving to be a holiday, which is also the day of Black Friday. In such states, schools, universities, colleges and non-retail private businesses may be closed on Black Friday.
Will the COVID-19 pandemic affect Black Friday this year?
In a year such as this one, it’s understandable to ask yourself “Is black friday 2020 cancelled?” There is however currently no information to suggest that Black Friday will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. It did initially affect supply chains all over the world, most significantly in the first quarter of 2020, but businesses are slowly returning back to a normal workflow.
The shopping experience is expected to be much like it has been in previous years, but with stronger health and safety precautions. In addition, Cyber Monday is likely to not only be unaffected negatively by COVID-19, but enjoy a rise in popularity due to the coronavirus encouraging online shopping.
Cyber Monday is an online shopping event similar to Black Friday, that occurs the Monday after. It’s often considered the online equivalent to Black Friday, and a way for smaller retail web stores to compete with larger chains by introducing their own deals and discounts. This year Cyber Monday is on November 30.
What are the best Black Friday 2020 deals?
It’s early to know, but we can expect 2020 Black Friday deals to be similar to what we saw last year. Below are the best Black Friday 2019 deals from the major retailers.
Black Friday 2019 deals at Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was up to $750 off with activation, while the Galaxy S10 series were $200 off unlocked. Smartwatch enthusiasts could get the Samsung Galaxy Active at $50 off. Apple’s iPhone 11 was $500 off with activation and trade-in, while select iPad models were between $80 and $250 off. The Google Pixel 3a was up to $150 off, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 was $360 off.
Black Friday 2019 deals on Amazon
Deals on other Amazon Echo devices included an Echo Dot with Clock for $34.99 ($25 off), an Echo Dot for $22 ($27 off), the Echo Auto for $29.99 ($20 off), the Echo (3rd Gen) for $59.99 ($40 off), the 2nd Gen for $149.99 ($80 off), and the Amazon Echo Show 5 for $49.99 ($40 off).
Black Friday 2019 deals at Target
The Apple Watch Series 4 was $70 off for the GPS only models and $100 off for the GPS + cellular models. Alternatively, the Samsung Galaxy Watch was $80 off at Target. Headphones by Sony, Beats, JBL and Skullcandy were between $49 and $170 off.
Black Friday 2019 deals at Walmart
Bluetooth speakers and headphone deals had the Beats Powerbeats3 wireless earphones at $89 ($30 off), the Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at $129 ($70 off) and the beats Studio3 wireless headphones at $279.95 ($70 off). Bose headphones, including the QuietComfort 35 II and SoundLink models were between $30 and $80 off. The JBL Go 2 Bluetooth spekaer was available for $20 ($20 off), while the JBL Charge 4 and Everest Elite 750NC were $80 and $155 off respectively.
Other Walmart Black Friday deals included the Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB All Digital Edition 3 Game Bundle for $149 ($100 off), the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB for $299 ($100 off) and the Google Home Mini for $19.