Black Friday arrives on November 29. Wait, that can't be right, with so many early Black Friday sales right now and almost all the big Black Friday ads were leaking? For example,and . Meanwhile, Black Friday advertisement from (along with some early doorbusters), while and will hold a two-day preview sale this weekend. November 9.
You do not have to keep an eye on all of this; we do it for you. We closely monitor all Black Friday (and, while we are busy, Cyber Monday) deals between now and early December. And to make life easier, we pull the wheat from the chaff and focus on the items that we think are really good. See our preliminary choices below, followed by some general Black Friday info.
Instant Pot, instant schmot. This six-quarter model of Best Buy's private label does all the same things, and you simply can't get cheaper than $ 30. User reviews tell the important story: the cooker received an average rating of 4.7 stars from more than 1,900 buyers .
If you are not convinced, this is a must-have kitchen appliance (believe me, it is), here are five reasons why you need an Instant Pot – and some great recipes to start with.
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The Apple HomePod is facing increasing competition in the market for smart speakers, starting with the new, comparable Echo Studio from Amazon. But also remember that the HomePod started with $ 349; this is your chance to get it for considerably less. If you want a great sound and already live in the Apple ecosystem, look no further.
Read our Apple HomePod review.
Yes! The previous-generation iPad 9.7 hung around for this price for a good piece from 2019 – until the newer 10.2 model came to $ 329. Although the 128 GB model is routinely for sale for $ 299, this is the first dip that we see until have seen so far for the 32 GB version. That is not a lot of storage, but it is enough for many users.
Note that you must be logged in to your My Best Buy account to see this prize, which is only good today (November 7). Of course it will return soon, almost certainly with Best Buy, but certainly with Target.
Read our iPad 10.2 review.
This is the lowest price so far on the child-friendly tablet from Amazon, including a heavy case (with standard) and a two-year carefree warranty. You also get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, worth $ 36. The tablet is available with your choice of three colors: blue, pink and purple.
You can also get the Fire HD 8 Tablet for Kids Edition for $ 90, which is $ 40 off the regular price. It is slightly faster and slightly larger, but otherwise almost the same experience for your children.
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The Fossil Sport came on the market about a year ago and brought a lot of features to the Wear OS watch scape for a reasonable price of $ 275. The specifications include NFC for Google Pay, GPS, 5 ATM water resistance, a heart rate monitor and an altimeter. This pre-Black Friday sale drops the Sport (light blue only) to just $ 149, the best price we've seen so far.
Most machines of Arcade1Up cost around $ 300. This – a three-quarter version of the original – costs $ 170 as soon as it is in your shopping cart. And it looks, sounds and plays exactly like the old arcade devices. Walmart also offers the Centipede edition for $ 180.
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When Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad 330s last year, started at $ 500. Now you can get a nice midrange configuration – with a quad-core AMD processor, a 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM – for less than $ 350. Equipped with a nice 15.6-inch display, the 330s has thinner edges than usual and an aluminum lid. This is a good deal on a decent entry-level laptop. (Note, however, that it was previously $ 329, so watch out for a new sale if you're not in a hurry.)
Read our example of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330s.
A 65-inch TV for $ 380? It seems that only yesterday that would have been considered a bargain on a 55-inch model. It is an entry level model, without built-in smarts; you must have BYO Fire TV or Roku streamer. Fortunately, it has four HDMI inputs, so there is enough room for all the equipment that you might want to connect.
Curious about your provenance story? The Living DNA test is quite extensive; it includes your overall origin, mother line and father line. In addition, family DNA matching is now also included. (However, keep in mind that the same kit costs $ 10 less from November 18 to December 3.)
This head-to-head machine brings 12 classic arcade games to your lair, including half a dozen Street Fighter titles, Final Fight and Command. And for a limited time you also score $ 70 in Kohl & # 39; s Cash, which is basically free money to use for additional store purchases. (Note that it should be used by November 14 at the latest.)
Although the product description appears to refer to the upright version of this device, the model number is definitely for the cocktail table.
That's it for now, but keep coming back as we update this post based on new offers and availability. In the meantime, here is everything you need to know about this major shopping event.
What date is Black Friday 2019?
Black Friday always falls on the day after Thanksgiving. This year it will take place on Friday, November 29.
When is Cyber Monday 2019?
It falls on the Monday after Black Friday – in this case, Monday 2 December.
When does Black Friday start the sale anyway?
It varies from store to store, but expect to see many sales that start well before Thanksgiving. Some stores indeed reveal "Black November" sales that cover the entire month, while others start their Black Friday events early. We will post all details as soon as we receive them.
Why does it become & # 39; Black Friday & # 39; mentioned?
This is stuff from urban legends. Some say that Black Friday dates back to the early 1950s, when stores started the Christmas shopping season with big sales. So large in fact, that the annual store profit often in & # 39; the black & # 39; (which no longer means & # 39; in red & # 39; means), which means accounting for losing money) once all receipts were kept. Or: So large that the traffic would grow so growling, police called the day "Black Friday".
More information and also the scoop on Cyber Monday, in
How do I find & # 39; leaked & # 39; Black Friday ads
In recent years, several Black Friday sites have dedicated themselves to revealing leaked newspaper circulars in the days and weeks prior to the big Thanksgiving sale. They are still there, but many large stores have opted to "leak" the advertisements on their own sites, revealing the content of what is for sale for bargain hunters who want to plan ahead.
Last year, some stores already shared these ads at the end of October, and there is no reason to believe that this year will be different. As always, we keep a close eye on Black Friday ads and share them as soon as we find them, so bookmark this post and check CNET for all relevant advertising information.
Where can I find great offers in the meantime?
So glad you asked! Here are some CNET deal sources that you should add:
- The Cheapskate, a daily, composite, sometimes exclusive collection of the best deals on the web from Rick "The Cheapskate" Broida (that's me) and the growing team of bargain hunters from CNET.  CNET Deals, a categorical list of each individual deal that we can get hold of.
Tamara Palmer contributed to this story.
Originally published last year. Updated regularly with new information. CNET Holiday Gift Guide 2019