The beginning of the holiday sales season is fast approaching, in fact we’re just several weeks away from Black Friday 2018. For savvy deal-hunting shoppers, it only means it’s time to plan your Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), around 174 million shoppers shopped starting from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday in 2017. The average spending spree per individual over the five-day stretch of holiday sale was $335.47. That led the United States’ major retailers to earn a record of $7.9 billion on Black Friday alone, which was up by 18 percent from the prior season, according to data from Adobe Analytics. Cyber Monday, on the other hand, posted a whopping $6.6 billion in online sales.
If you’re hunting down for deals, you know that Black Friday is indeed the best time of the year to make your purchases. But with the retailers launching sales and so many deals rolling out simultaneously, it can be strenuous work to separate the good deals from the trashy ones. That’s why The Centrio News is here to help you gear up for the busiest week of the year.
When is Black Friday 2018?
The Black Friday takes place on 23rd of November 2018, which is the day following Thanksgiving Day. In the United States, the first Friday after Turkey Thursday is widely regarded as the official start of shopping season and is the best time of the year for low-priced deals. If you’re wondering where the Black Friday term came from, it was first coined in the late 1950. The police forces in Philadelphia and Rochester described the frenzied crowds and traffic congestion accompanying the start of the Christmas shopping season as Black Friday and Black Saturday, respectively. To date, many believed that the term arose from the retail industry. The retailers would use red ink to show losses and black ink to show skyrocketing revenues. Traditionally, Black Friday is the main in-store sales event, and Cyber Monday is for e-commerce companies. This year, the Cyber Monday will occur on November 26. Whereas Black Friday targets shoppers that are in the market for electronics deals. And Cyber Monday will add deals on apparels, appliances, toys and jewelry. The marketing companies made Cyber Monday to tempt consumers to shop online.
How does Black Friday co Cyber Monday 2018
If you’re tracking for the best deals in town, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are all equally best days to shop. In the past several years of covering these events, when Centrio News was The Centrio Times back then, we’ve seen that retailers starts rolling out their best deals and doorbusters will start in Thanksgiving Day. That said, don’t worry if you didn’t make all of your holiday gift purchases on Black Friday. Cyber Monday is the next big day you’ll see outstanding deals and deep discounts.
When do Black Friday Sales 2018 Start?
Every year, Black Friday sales starts earlier than the past holiday season. In 2017, a number of pre-Black Friday sales launched in the week of Halloween. Retail companies are also known for giving a sneak previews of their Black Friday ads in early November. The ads are usually employed to create hypes with teasers and previews of the upcoming Black Friday deals to expect. Last year, Target’s Black Friday ads was released on November 6, while Best Buy’s ad scan rolled out on No. 8. That said, you shouldn’t be surprised if you see ads circulating online sooner.
Black Friday 2018: Shopping Online vs. In-Store vs. In-App?
Every Black Friday, crowd of walk-in shoppers queue outside the physical stores hoping to get all the items on their shopping list. Most of those doorbusters and big-ticket deals will also be available online. There is also some benefits using the store’s mobile app. In the recent year’s some retailers offers in-app exclusive deals and discounts. Some of the best deals we’ve seen on all platforms is the Sharp 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV that was available for only $179.99. Shop online if you want to avoid frenzied swarms, long queues, and the occasional Black Friday stampede. By shopping online, you get to stay at home, watch football with your families, friends and loved ones.
While Black Friday proper, November 23, 2018, will be the most significant day this holiday shopping season, the Monday, November 19 is actually going to be the beginning of online sales for a a number of stores. For an instance, Kohl’s started rolling out its Black Friday deals on the Monday of the Black Friday week, and many other merchants had online sales to offer. We expect this course to continue this year, with more stores launching more deals earlier.
What you should consider buying on Black Friday 2018?
For techies out there, Black Friday is the greatest time of the year to purchase tech deals. In the years prior, we’ve seen significantly steep discounts on smartphones, tablets, laptops, 4K TVs, gaming consoles, smartwatch, IoT smart home devices and even big appliances too. Last year, for example, the e-commerce giant Amazon offered all of its own hardware products on sale. The Fire 7 Tablet was $30 off, the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot was sold for only $25 and $29.99, respectively. Additionally, major retailers like Walmart, Target and Best Buy had their ads front pages with tech deals. Even department stores like Kohl’s were featuring tech deals on the front page of their ads.
What TV deals should I expect on Black Friday?
Black Friday has long been one of the best time of the year to buy a new TV set. Last year, for an instance, a 39-inch smart TV was being offered for $125 at Walmart. Amazon had 49-inch 4K UHD TV for only $159.99. Big discounts on TVs sell out quickly, but there are a number of retailers continue to honor the markdown price at their online stores. Keep in mind that TVs with the cheapest prices will likely be a derivative knockoff models. Be sure to watch out for retailers like Walmart, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for updates with regard to their respective best deals on TVs.
Will Apple Products go on Sale in Black Friday 2018?
The Apple Store are only offering free gift cards with the purchase of select high-priced or top-tier smartphones, tablets and laptops during Every Black Friday. Last year, Apple’s gift cards ranged from only $25 to $150. However, some retailers like Walmart, Best Buy and Target are offering much larger amount of gift cards, up to $300. The non-chain retailer B&H Photo Video is renown for offering direct price cuts on MacBook, iPad, iMac and more. That said, we’re advising shoppers to skip the first-party store and look at deals from the recently mentioned retailers.
Black Friday Console Deals 2018
If you’re in the market for a new gaming console, we strongly suggest waiting until Black Friday and Cyber Monday arrives. Last year, big-box retailers had the Xbox One S consoles and bundles for only $189. Sony’s PS4 was also heavily-discounted to just $190. There were also marginally slight discounts on the PS4 Pro and Nintendo Switch, which you could pick up at Amazon or Gamestop for $350 ($50 savings).
The VR headsets will likely one of the must-have on the gamers shopping list this holiday season. VR gears including the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Samsung HMD Odyssey, and Lenovo Explorer may see $50-$100 discounts.
Expected Top Deals for Black Friday 2018?
It’s still October, the month where tech companies launches their new generations of hardware products. Apple already had its iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max available in the market, and its iPhone XR is set to go on sale later this month. LG just launched its V40 ThinQ flagship smartphone and it’s expected to go on sale this month also. Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Pro 6. Google is about to announce a bunch of new hardware including the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel Slate, Pixelbook, Home Hub smart display and more. OnePlus and Xiaomi are scheduled to launch the 6T and Mi Mix 3, respectively. Earlier this month, Amazon joined the fall refresh hardware season by launching a bunch of new products. With all that being said, tech companies traditionally tapped October to announce their new products in time for holiday sale season.
One of the popular purchases every Black Friday is the latest iteration of iPhones. Last year, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club offered a $300 gift card with the purchase of an iPhone X. It wasn’t a direct discount off the bill, but you can use the gift card for you future purchases including Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Some wireless carriers already has the iPhone XS for $0 with contract agreement. That said, wee expect the iPhone XS, XR and even the larger XS Max to be offered at $0 down top with $200-$300 gift card.
We also expect to see deals on Google’s new line of smartphones and smart home devices including Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Home Hub smart display and more. We also expect Amazon’s new Echo Show, Echo Dot 3rd Generation, and Echo Plus 2nd Generation to get a price slashes.
What Should I Skip on Black Friday 2018?
In addition to keeping away from the Apple Store in Black Friday, shoppers should also skip deals toys and holiday decors. Usually toys re at their lowest in the mid-December. As for holiday decors, we suggests that you should make it a habit to purchase decors after the Christmas season as you can use it for next year.
What Retailers Offers Free Shipping?
There are many retailers offer free shipping with no minimum purchase required during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday. And some stores offer free shipping with a specific minimum purchase. Last year, Walmart was offering free shipping on minimum purchase of $35. Rivals Best Buy and Target are expected to offer free shipping without minimum order on Black Friday sales. Amazon, on the other hand, is offering free two-day shipping to Prime members. Shoppers shopping on Black Friday can take advantage of Amazon Prime’s free shipping. All you have to do is subscribe to Amazon Prime’s free 30-day trial starting on the Monday of the Black Friday week. You may opt out after Cyber Monday you made all your purchases. With that tactic, you may have completed purchasing all the holiday gift from the e-retailer titan with free shipping and on the top of that you don’t have to shell out even a single penny for the Prime membership. Moreover, with Amazon Prime you can get a head start on each and every deal Amazon releases.