Navigating Black Friday


Illustration is by Marina Difranco

Black Friday is a pandemic’s worst nightmare — crowded stores, long lines, and shoppers pushing and shoving to get good deals. Although most stores are still having in-store Black Friday (with increased health guidelines, thankfully), most are also hosting an online option for wary shoppers. Even better, some stores are having month-long deals throughout November.

Best Buy

As always, Best Buy is having a massive Black Friday sale on technology and electronics. However, this year in addition to the in-store event, they’re holding a month-long sale on their website. Some discounts are available now while others are scheduled to be discounted later this month. 

Best Buy is also open for in-store shopping with limited capacity and required face masks.

Nov. 11: “The Treat Yourself” sale.

Nov. 12–14: “Our Coolest Deals” sale.

Nov. 16–17: Early access to thousands of deals from the Black Friday Ad, for My Best Buy members only.

Nov. 22: Nearly all Black Friday deals become available.

Nov. 26: New offers available on Thanksgiving Day on BestBuy’s website.

Nov. 27: Online or in-store Black Friday deals.

Nov. 28: Cyber Deals begin.


Likewise, Target is also holding a month-long sale in-stores and online for Black Friday. New deals are available each week and the sales have already begun.

Nov. 8-14: Discounts on kitchen and floor care products.

Nov. 15-21: Discounts on electronics, apparel and cosmetics, along with previous week deals.

Nov. 22-28: Discounts on toys, along with previous week deals.

Nov. 30: Cyber Monday Deals


Walmart, another Black Friday favorite is holding sales online throughout the month. In an initiative called “Black Friday Deals for Days,” the sales will begin online and then transition into stores.

Nov. 11: Start of online deals on televisions, tablets, computers, apparel and home items. 

Nov. 14: Start of in-store deals on televisions, tablets, computers, apparel and home items. 

Nov. 25: Start of online deals on select electronics, toys, apparel and home items.

Nov. 27: Start of in-person deals on select electronics, toys, apparel and home items.

Nov. 30: Cyber Monday Deals


Nordstrom is offering “12 days of savings” with up to 50% off items in-stores and online.

In addition, Nordstrom is holding a sweepstake for shoppers this month. Once per week, one person will win a $5,000 gift card. To enter, all you have to do is add items to your Nordstrom wishlist.

Nov. 20, 23, 25 and 27: New deals available online.

Nov. 27: Black Friday deals.

Nov. 30: Cyber Monday Deals.

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