You can definitely feel that Black Friday 2018 is here and winding down soon. For all you late sleepers from the Thanksgiving turkey coma, sales are live and running red hot at Amazon, at Best Buy, at Kohl’s, at Target, at Walmart and many others. So how do you find the best items quickly? Here is our Black Friday guide to the 25 best deals you will find during Black Friday 2018 along with short explanations why and warnings about the high profile deals you should avoid.
This will take you through Cyber Monday (another tech geeks dream day) so bookmark this special Black Friday Amazon link so you can keep track of when sales are hitting and how much of a price drop it’ll get. Also, bookmark our Black Friday Cyber Monday page as we are constantly adding new articles with deals and comparing stores, so you don’t have to. We’re also updating articles with any new sales that are cropping up.
Note: Deals tend to flow and out of availability at a rapid rate during Black Friday. We will continue to update this list as we learn about new deals, and items sell out. We’ve got the team here round the clock now through the holiday season so we’ll be updating in real time. Bookmark our Black Friday Cyber Monday page as we are constantly adding new articles with deals and comparing stores, so you don’t have to. We’re also updating articles with any new sales that are cropping up.
25 Black Friday Star Buys – The Top Deals
If you’re interested in one of the products listed below then this is the best Black Friday deal available for it and it’s the one you should buy.
Amazon – All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) for $24 (save $25.99) – Buy Deal Now – Amazon sold the Echo Dot for $29.99 on Prime Day 2018
Amazon – Echo Dot Kids Edition for $49.99 (save $20) – Buy Deal Now – Amazon sold the Echo Dot Kids Edition for $59.99 on Prime Day
Amazon – Fire TV Stick 4K for $34.99 (save $15) – Buy Deal Now – Best savings to date on the 4K version
Amazon – Fire TV Cube for $59.99 (save $60) – Buy Deal Now– This was available for $89.99 on Prime Day
Kohl’s – Amazon Echo 2nd Generation Smart Speaker + $15 Kohl’s Cash for $69 (save $30.99) – Buy Deal Now – This is better than Amazon’s deal
Walmart – $400 gift card with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X – View Ad Scan Deal
Walmart – iPhone 6 on Straight Talk or Total Wireless for $99 (save $50) – Buy Deal Now – Bargain basement price for what is still an excellent phone
Amazon – Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV – Fire TV Edition for $129.99 (save $50.01) – Buy Deal Now– Great overall deal. Best Buy currently has it for $30 more.
Best Buy – Toshiba 43-inch Class LED 2160p Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR Fire TV Edition for $129.99 (save $200) – Buy Deal Now – Great price on a 43-inch 4K TV. Drawback is it’s in-store only
Video Game Consoles
Kohl’s – Nintendo Switch Bundle with Turtle Beach Headset and Carrying Case + Get $90 Kohl’s Cash for $329.99 (save $30) – Buy Deal Now – Out of stock at the time of publication, check alternatives section below.
Kohl’s – Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Console bundle + $60 Kohl’s Cash for $299.99 (save $100) – Buy Deal Now – as above
Laptops and Tablets
Walmart – Apple iPad 6th Generation for $249 (save $80) – Buy Deal Now – Great savings on this hugely popular tablet
Walmart – HP 15-inch Touch Notebook for $259 (special buy) – Buy Deal Now – Great overall deal
B&H – 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.9GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Radeon 555X GPU) Space Gray for $3,349 (save $450) – Buy Deal Now – as above
B&H – 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (2.9GHz CPU, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Radeon Pro 560 GPU) for $1,999 (save $800) – Buy Deal Now – superb deal on a top machine
Kohl’s – Fitbit Versa smartwatch + $45 Kohl’s Cash for $149.99 (save $50) – Buy Deal Now – as above
B&H – Apple Watch Series 3 38mm Smartwatch (GPS + Cellular) for $279 (save $100) – Buy Deal Now – beats $80 discount at Macy’s and Target
B&H – Apple Watch Series 3 42mm Smartwatch (GPS + Cellular) for $299 (save $110) – Buy Deal Now – As above
If They’re Out Of Stock, Some Great Alternatives
Is a deal you want out of stock from the list above? Below are several high profile alternatives. They may not match the top deals you see above, they were in stock at the time of publication. I have also included some additional solid deals.
Amazon – Save $100 on an Xbox One S – Buy Deal Now
Amazon – Save $100 on an Xbox One X – Buy Deal Now
Amazon – All-new Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for $109.99 (save $40) – Buy Deal Now
Amazon – Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa for $29.99 (save $20) – Buy Deal Now – Same price as Prime Day 2018
Walmart – Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle for $199 (save $100) – Buy Deal Now
Walmart – Samsung Galaxy S7 on Straight Talk for $199 (save $130) – Buy Deal Now – Solid deal for this phone
Kohl’s – Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones + $30 Kohl’s Cash for $149.99 (save $50) – Buy Deal Now – Overall good deal with the added Kohl’s Cash
Target – Polaroid 32-inch LED TV for $79.99 (save $50) – Buy Deal Now – solid price for a hit and miss brand.
Here’s a quick shorthand: Kohl’s has arguably the strongest sales this year (dedicated store guide), Walmart has the best iPhone deals this year and Best Buy (dedicated store guide) tops Samsung Galaxy deals. Amazon runs hot on its own products and never runs out of stock (dedicated store guide), but watch for last minute ‘Lightning Deals’. The biggest letdowns this year are Target, Costco and Sam’ Club.
I’ve noticed that even the shopping experience at Sam’s Clubs in my area are horrendous with forklifts running through the day and employees pushing carts around you. I actually got a huge cut in the back of my ankle from one of the Sam’s Clubs employees and the manager just said that I should come earlier in the morning when it’s slower. This experience actually converted me over to Costco.
BLACK FRIDAY SALE PAGES FOR 2018
We’ve sifted through the mess of deals, but if you want to look for yourself, here are some links. Many of these prices may not be live until day-of.