Best Buy Black Friday: When it starts & all the best deals

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Best Buy store (Image credit: Best Buy)

We are quickly approaching the Black Friday shopping season, and Best Buy's sales event for the big day promises to be one of the largest around. Get ready for the big event with all the info you need to know when it's happening, how it's happening, and what you can save on. You'll have every opportunity to save on electronics like the Nintendo Switch and 4K TVs, home appliances, toys, and more.

The global pandemic has changed and delayed a lot of things, and Black Friday is no exception. All retailers are expecting a whole lot more people shopping online and a whole lot fewer people shopping in person. Because of that, you can expect all of Best Buy's usual doorbusters and other in-store incentives to be transferred online to limited-time deals and things like that. I mean, Best Buy is even closing down for Thanksgiving, along with Walmart, Home Depot, and others, and waiting until the actual Friday to open up for Black Friday. What a concept.

Again, though, just because the landscape has changed don't expect it to be "less." People have been online shopping like crazy this year, and Black Friday is probably going to be bigger than ever. It's just going to be done from the comfort of your home, your couch, or your phone, instead of at a physical location. Expect Best Buy and others to spread Black Friday deals out across a much longer period of time, with deals starting much earlier in November and going much later into December, so all the orders don't bog down the system during one brief weekend.

We have all the information you need for Best Buy's Black Friday 2020 event right here, and we will continue to update this page as we find more details.

When will Best Buy's Black Friday event start?

Well, Black Friday isn't until November 27, but that's not stopping Best Buy. Get ready for half a dozen events between now and then. Best Buy already had a 'Prep For the Holidays' sale (opens in new tab) that ran through October 28, and early Black Friday sales continued through Nov. 1. The next event is The Wish List Sale and it will run from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8. On Nov. 11, get ready for the Treat Yourself Sale. Then there's the "Our Coolest Deals" sale from Nov. 12 to 14.

Get ready for the ultimate Black Friday deals with the My Best Buy Member Early Access Sale between Nov. 16 and Nov. 17. This will include a lot of the deals from Best Buy's Black Friday ad, but you'll need to be a My Best Buy member to see them. Luckily, that's free to sign up for and easy to do. All you need is an email.

Best Buy's main Black Friday sale will kickoff on Nov. 22, and it will include a burst of new offers on Nov. 26 and 27 for the big day.

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What are the best things to buy during Best Buy's Black Friday sale?

Best Buy's Black Friday ad is one of the largest we've seen so far. It's actually sort of ridiculous how big it is. Everything in the store seems to be discounted. We're talking hundreds off 4K smart TVs, smart home gear, major kitchen appliances, and more.

When it comes to Apple gear, Best Buy is regularly one of the best places to find actual discounts on the MacBook, iPhones, and more. Often MacBook deals at Best Buy surpass even that of Apple and Amazon.

Smart home gear is also very popular during Black Friday sales. We're going to see a lot of smart speakers and smart devices like the Amazon Echo Dot on sale. If you're looking for HomeKit compatible devices, you'll definitely be able to find smart switches, plugs, smart thermostats, and more.

Best Buy will be a great place to get savings on general products like the Instant Pot pressure cooker, DNA genetic testing kits from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and others, unlocked smartphones, and more. Can't wait? Need deals now? Best Buy might not have its Black Friday deals quite live yet, but that doesn't mean you can't save. Check out these great ways to save on tech right now (opens in new tab) if you'd rather get a head start.

Is the Best Buy Black Friday ad out yet?

Yes! The Best Buy Black Friday ad dropped on Oct. 29. It has 145 pages of deals, and this drop is nearly a week earlier than last year! Waiting all the way until Black Friday would be futile at this point, since Best Buy has deal events planned the entire month.

This year is going to be much different. Black Friday is going to be spread out a lot more and cover a lot more ground. Many retailers have already released their ads and gotten the Black Friday deals kicked off super early. Check out Walmart, Dell, and others in our Black Friday sales roundup.

Since a lot of Black Friday is going to be online this year, it's also a safe bet a lot of the deals will be available for a longer period of time online. Not only will this help reduce in-store foot traffic, spreading the deals out will also help keep shipping times from getting bogged down as they did earlier this year.

What are Best Buy's Black Friday hours?

Best Buy, along with many other major retailers, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This is partly to reward essential employees who have worked hard during the recent global pandemic and partly because Best Buy does not anticipate huge in-store crowds or a whole lot of in-store Black Friday shopping.

The brick and mortar stores will open as early as 5 a.m. on Black Friday, but that will vary based on store location. You may want to call your local store to verify that. The stores will stay open until 10 p.m. If you aren't interested in getting stuck in the middle of a crowd (for obvious pandemic-related reasons), you'll have plenty of time to visit during the day.

Does Best Buy price match during Black Friday?

One reason we like to highlight all the different individual retailers is because a lot of the times many of the deals are very much the same. That means if you spot a deal in one place but it's sold out, you might be able to find it at Best Buy or some other retailer. What that also means is usually the retailers try to match each other on price.

Best Buy actually has regular price matching throughout the year and is usually pretty good about honoring it as long as the store is in a 25-mile radius or online. However, the retailer often blacks out the price matching policy during the holiday shopping season. Generally you won't have to worry about it as Best Buy's prices get pretty dang low, but if we hear of any change to this policy this year we'll mention it here.

Let Thrifter help you

Black Friday is going to be a little different this year which means it might be harder than usual to know how to maximize your savings during the event. The team over at Thrifter is full of professional deal hunters who will literally be providing around the clock coverage of everything on Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. From the best savings as they hit to roundups of what you should be buying, the team will aim to make it as easy as possible to find the best deals that are available from the first to the last minute.

Give them a follow on Twitter to keep up-to-date on all the best deals as they happen in real-time.

John Levite

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now for Thrifter. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.