The best Black Friday deals officially land at Best Buy on Nov. 25 this year, the day after Thanksgiving. Traditionally, Black Friday has been the biggest shopping day of the holiday season, but in recent years we’ve seen Black Friday deals crop up earlier in November. Amazon’s Prime Day events and Cyber Monday also have started rivaling the savings we see on Black Friday. Last year, retailers saw $8.9 billion in revenue from Black Friday sales, but that increased to $10.7 billion on Cyber Monday. This year, we expect both days to offer great savings for those looking to stick to a budget for holiday shopping.
Best Buy sells a wide array of technology, including an extensive range of electronics, home appliances, gaming consoles, and kitchen gadgets, which could all make for great gifts this holiday season.
What You Need To Know About Best Buy Black Friday Deals
Black Friday’s official start date this year is Nov. 25, but it’s possible we’ll start to see great deals pop up at Best Buy earlier in November. In past years, Best Buy has started offering holiday sales on the Sunday that kicks off Thanksgiving week, with new deals being released the following Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, and Black Friday.
This year’s holiday shopping season comes amid rising inflation. In a survey conducted in July 2022, US News & World Report found that 52% of respondents planned to spend less on holiday shopping this year compared to last year. With 84% saying they worry about the impact of inflation on shopping for holiday gifts this year, Black Friday sales offer a great way to save money.
Best Buy has over 1,000 stores in the US and Canada for those who prefer to shop in-store on Black Friday, but bestbuy.com also offers a convenient way to shop the best deals this holiday season. Best Buy sells some of the previous year’s hottest buys during Black Friday sales, and we expect to see similar discounts for the holiday shopping season in 2022. Laptops, toys, gaming consoles and accessories, and small home appliances are likely to be included in Best Buy’s holiday deals.
Deals To Expect
After looking at 2021’s Best Buy Black Friday deals, we can expect to see similarly great discounts this year. Best Buy’s product lineup covers some of the most sought-after holiday gifts, so Best Buy could be a great retailer to check off many items from your shopping list. Here are some products we’re keeping a close eye on for Black Friday this year.
A few of last year’s best-sellers included the Nintendo Switch and Oculus VR headset, and Best Buy offered deals on both items beginning the Sunday before Black Friday. The Nintendo Switch offer included a bundle with the console, Joy-Con controllers, digital game download, and a three-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online. Last year, buying an Oculus VR headset came with a $50 Best Buy gift card, and it’s possible we’ll see deals that come with a gift card again this year.
Other items we’re looking to see on sale are vacuums and small home appliances like KitchenAid stand mixers, air fryers, coffee machines, and juicers. As more homeowners focus on indoor air quality, we also hope to see sales on Best Buy’s lineup of air purifiers.
When it comes to Apple products that rarely go on sale, last year Best Buy sold the MacBook Air laptop at a discount, as well as the Apple Watch SE and select models of AirPods. Deals on Apple iPad tablets started at under $330. Best Buy also offered a $15 Best Buy gift card when you bought a $100 Apple gift card.
The retailer discounted TVs up to $1,000 off during last year’s Black Friday sale, which also saw a spike in video game sales. Best Buy sold some EA Sports games for under $28 and offered 50% off other popular PlayStation 5 games.
Toys are always a popular item during holiday sales, and Best Buy sold Lego sets at up to 40% off last year. It also discounted Mattel toys, including Barbie items, which topped the charts during last year’s Black Friday sales.
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Best Buy Black Friday Shipping and Return Policy
Not only do prices change during Black Friday sales, but so do shipping and return policies. Retailers are still dealing with shipping and supply issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s smart to get shopping early this year with post-Thanksgiving sales. Best Buy has several options to get your items to you in a timely manner. In recent years, the store lengthened its holiday return policy so your gift recipients still have time to return or exchange gifts when necessary. We expect to see a similar policy this year.
When it comes to shipping your online Best Buy purchases to your home or gift recipients, you’ll likely have several options. Many items ship for free at Best Buy. They’ll be labeled as such on the product details page with an estimated arrival date that corresponds to the ZIP code you enter. Last year, Best Buy also offered many pickup options. Curbside pickup at Best Buy locations is free for all orders, and many items will be ready to pick up an hour after you place your order. You can also opt to ship your online order to your local Best Buy store for free to pick up at a time that’s convenient for you. Most of these orders arrive at your store within three to seven business days. The ship-to-store option excludes some small items like music, DVDs, and video games.
Adding to the convenience of online shopping at Best Buy during Black Friday, the store offered alternate pickup locations last year that we hope return for this shopping season. These alternate pickup locations included UPS stores, FedEx stores, CVS pharmacies, and Dollar General stores. Orders shipped to these select sites can offer a convenient location and time for shoppers to pick up online orders, without worrying about items sitting unattended on doorsteps.
In 2021, Best Buy’s return policy stated items bought between Oct. 18, 2021, and Jan. 8, 2022, could be returned through Jan. 16, 2022. A few exceptions applied to items that included a third-party contact like cell phones and mobile hotspots. It also didn’t apply to AppleCare monthly plans or any holiday merchandise like artificial Christmas trees, lights, or other decorations. Best Buy accepts returns both in-store and by courier service, with customers shipping items back via a prepaid UPS shipping label.
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