Ah, the joy (and the stress) that the holiday season brings us is quickly approaching. Black Friday, which in years past has been a weekend full of major deals, is a way to get a jump start on holiday gift-giving. With the current world situation, it is being approached a little differently this year—Full of extra days, distance, and deals. 2020 isn’t over, and this year’s Black Friday sales are rumored to be just as shocking as the rest of the year.
Get Informed & Shop Safely
Online shopping has been slowly adopted by the masses in recent years, and per recommendations by the CDC, it will slow down the spread of COVID. While it appears that some stores will still have in-store Black Friday deals, the push for a safe holiday season full of shopping is more important than ever. It’s expected that doorbusters, which have previously been used to drive store traffic are now being offered online to encourage shoppers to shop safely from their home.
Many stores will be releasing their Black Friday ads at the beginning of November, but it appears that each store’s sale dates all vary slightly with online sales occurring at different times throughout the week. Many big-box retailers will not be open on Thanksgiving this year, leading to a large push in online sales and deals. Many deals will be available throughout November, with the biggest number of sales occurring the week of Black Friday beginning no later than Monday, November 23rd.
Score Deals Without the Wait
If you’re still considering shopping in-store, expect lines to be longer than usual due to social distancing guidelines. The decision to shop online versus in-store isn’t an easy one for everyone, but with added options like curbside-pickup (sometimes with a discount for choosing this option), you can reserve and purchase the items you’re looking for while avoiding the crowds. Other incentives like purchasing items through store-specific apps are more important than ever this year, giving special offers that customers only receive when shopping through the app.
Due to delays in delivery and production time, there may even be fewer products to go around. However, deals will be staggered throughout the shopping season, allowing time for items to be in stock so that customers can receive them in time for gift-giving. High-order volumes are likely to cause delays, which are practically inevitable due to the pandemic. Shopping early may combat long wait times and shipping delays. The earlier you snag your deals, the better.
Prep for Black Friday by signing up for newsletters and special offers in advance to be notified when sales and schedules for the holiday seasons get released at your favorite stores. While we still wait for fine details, we do know that online sales will kick off at the beginning of November and run sporadically throughout the holiday season leading up to Christmas. If you’re looking to purchase hot ticket items, do some research and plan ahead. Shopping is often most successful when done early and strategically. Stay tuned for online updates and ad drops on each store’s deals and shop from your bed or your preferred comfy room in the house like a boss this year.
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