Products tend to go on sale every few months and the fact that stores repeat deals frequently says a lot about the nature of discounts these days. The deal is worth it if you want to save. Don’t worry if you miss a deal. It is very likely that they will reappear at some point in the future.
How much can you save on Black Friday?
It depends on what you are shopping for. There are so many deals available in so many categories that it would be impossible to list them all here.
For example, TVs are usually the best buys around Black Friday, if you can find the right model. They’re the cheapest this time of year and throughout the holidays.Similarly, you can save on clothes, toys, and household items, but those deals may not be all that attractive when you look at specific amounts. Certainly cheaper than normal.
The bottom line is that there are deals for almost every type of item imaginable. You can save a lot of money on things you need or want to buy if you are keen on increasing your sales.
How do I know if a deal is right for me?
Always do price research. When shopping online, try searching Google for the product you’re considering. You can see the sales status at other stores.
A tool we like to use is Camelcamelcamel, which tracks the price of products on Amazon over time. Keepa showing price history on Amazon product pages. Honey has price histories from other retailers such as Walmart and Best Buy. You can also check out WIRED’s ongoing deals to find a roundup of the best discounts available.
What is a “door buster” deal?
Originally, doorbusters were a very good deal limited to stores where shoppers needed to arrive early and sometimes camp out for hours or days. It was designed to encourage shoppers to choose one store over others.
These days, door busters of this kind still exist, but similar door busters are also available online. However, a similar set of restrictions usually apply. If a deal catches your eye and is marked as a doorbuster, you should be prepared to hit that refresh key when it starts so you don’t miss it.
Here at WIRED, we only cover online deals and rarely do doorbusters. But I cover them because I think it’s worth the extra work. Retailers typically make their Black Friday shopping ads available in early November. These circulars are especially helpful when planning doorbusters.
How can I prevent the deals I want from selling out?
Every Black Friday fanatic has experienced deals running out of stock. If you know when the deal will start, make sure you’re actively paying attention to her website for the store during that time. Visit the page and refresh. If your transaction is with a trusted retailer, create an account and save your credit card information before the event begins to ensure the checkout process is as fast as possible. We also recommend clearing your web browser’s cache before you start shopping on Black Friday sales.
If a deal sells out, another store may have the same or similar deal. This is especially true for large stores such as Walmart, Target, and Best Buy. If the product you want is out of stock, please check other stores. You may find what you are looking for. (Occasionally, bargain items will be restocked.)
How is Cyber Monday?
Small Business Saturday comes right after Black Friday. It’s all about celebrating small, local retailers and businesses. Next Monday is Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday deals usually focus on tech products like laptops and headphones, but many of the major Black Friday deals are discounted even on Mondays. WIRED covers both events.
The Monday after Cyber Monday is Green Monday (Green is Christmas). It’s not very famous, but eBay and some other stores usually have decent sales. After that, it’s time to take a break until Christmas approaches. Retailers often have last-minute sales and free shipping days on December 14th (although you should get your holiday shopping done before then). As the name suggests, many stores offer free shipping with no minimum purchase. There are also discounts after Christmas. We’ll cover some of them on December 26th.
Outside of the holiday shopping season, popular shopping holidays include President’s Day, Memorial Day, Amazon Prime Day, and Labor Day. WIRED typically covers these events with deal roundups and recommendations.