Black Friday is known as the biggest shopping day of the year — and with good reason! From Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, we often see the year's best prices on a number of products in this short span of time. And while there's concern about how tariffs will affect Black Friday 2019, the National Retail Federation reports that "holiday shoppers plan to spend 4% more" than they did in 2018.

We've put together everything you'll need to know to get Black Friday deals in 2019. Check out all our guides about where and when to shop, what kinds of Black Friday sales to expect, and what to avoid.



Our Guides to the Top Black Friday Stores

With so many stores participating in Black Friday, it can be difficult to know where to shop. Fortunately, we've highlighted what you can expect from the biggest retailers during the biggest shopping season.

Check out our Black Friday guides on Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Target, and Walmart. We've covered when to expect the Black Friday ads, when the sales should start, and what kinds of deals you can count on.


MAKE YOUR PLAN: Check out the best Black Friday deals in 2019!



Black Friday Sneak Preview 2019

Almost every type of item will be on sale for Black Friday, so how will you know what makes a good deal? We took a deep dive into our archives to discover what kinds of deals we listed for Black Friday last year, as well as the best offers we've seen in 2019.

Check out all our sneak previews to see what the hottest buys will be, like TVs, electronics, laptops, phones, and clothing.


Some retailers don't open at all on Thanksgiving, and offer their sales online-only that day.



Thanksgiving & Black Friday Store Hours 2019

Some retailers open on Thanksgiving afternoon, while others wait until the evening. Still other stores don't open at all, and offer their sales online-only that day.

If you're planning to shop in-store, it's important to know when doors will open, so you can prepare. Whether you want to line up early or wait for crowds to disperse, being aware of holiday hours can help you shop smarter. Check out all the confirmed Black Friday store hours here.



Should You Shop in Stores on Black Friday?

Online and mobile Black Friday sales have really come into their own in the past couple years. These days, Black Friday shoppers are relying on smartphones to supplement their in-store experiences. That means they can take advantage of conveniences like price comparison, mobile coupons, and in-store pickup.



When Do All the Black Friday Ads Come Out?

Checking the ads is one of the most important things you can do when planning your Black Friday shopping. While some ads roll out as early as October, others don't show up until mid-November.

See when we expect the biggest ads to come out.


Thanksgiving will likely have the most Black Friday deals, but your best day to shop will depend on exactly what you're looking for.



Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday

While we expect to see the most deals overall on Thanksgiving, that doesn't mean every item you want will be available that day. Additionally, we expect Turkey Day and Cyber Monday to have a similar amount of Staff Pick deals — those we consider to be the "best of the best."

We've broken down the best shopping days for the major categories. But remember that these aren't hard-and-fast rules — you could see a winning deal in any product category across the long weekend.



When Is the Best Day to Shop for Black Friday Deals?

The short answer is that Thanksgiving will likely have the most deals. However, the best day to shop will depend on the items you're looking for. If you're looking for beauty products, speakers, or toys, then Cyber Monday is actually your best bet.



9 Things NOT to Buy on Black Friday

One misleading Black Friday theory is that everything you see on sale will be a good deal. But that's not true — some items are just better buys at other times of the year. One example: You'll see holiday decorations on sale around Black Friday, but if you wait just a month, you'll see better deals.

For more information on why to wait, and what else to avoid on Black Friday, check out our guide on what not to buy that day.



MAKE YOUR PLAN: Check out the best Black Friday deals in 2019!



Top 6 Stores for the Best Online Black Friday Deals in 2019

Those that prefer to shop online on Black Friday get almost unlimited choices. However, with every retailer hosting their own event, how do you know which ones to devote your time to?

We combed through our archives to discover just that. If you're set on not leaving the house on Black Friday, consider these six stores to be your best bets for shopping online.



How to Craft a Black Friday Game Plan

There's a ton of areas to consider when crafting your plan for Black Friday shopping. Not only do you need to think about store ads, but also bonus perks, freebies, quantities of deals, and whether offers are in-store only.



Your Black Friday Strategy Guide: 17 Ways to Prepare Like a Pro

Savvy Black Friday shoppers know there's more to grabbing the best deals than just battling the crowds on the big day. Plenty of parameters must be considered, including budgets, pre-Black Friday prices, and whether in-store shopping is necessary.

We have 17 strategies to help you shop like a pro, with some tips you might not have considered. For instance, maybe don't wear red to Target, or blue to Best Buy.


Price matching policies are popular, though they're often suspended during Black Friday.



Is Black Friday Worth It? 10 Ways You're Doing Black Friday Wrong

If you think Black Friday is overrated, you should reconsider. From skipping Black Friday entirely to not planning your shopping excursions properly, you should make sure you're not guilty of doing these 10 things.



MAKE YOUR PLAN: Check out the best Black Friday deals in 2019!



How to Get Black Friday Doorbusters in 2019

Doorbusters will be in high demand, so it's best to make a plan to ensure you're able to grab what you want. It'll vary from store to store, which is just another reason to check out the Black Friday ads ahead of time.

Remember that certain retailers won't restrict their doorbusters to in-store only. So even if the doors won't open until Thursday evening, you might be able to grab that doorbuster online much earlier in the day.


Even if a store doesn't open until Thanksgiving evening, you might be able to grab their doorbusters online much earlier in the day.



Your Black Friday Price Match Guide for 2019

Price matching and adjustments are a handy way to score a lower price without having to go to another store. Unfortunately, while these policies are popular, they're often suspended during Black Friday.

Not all stores will pause their price matching during this time, though. Some retailers don't say one way or another whether they'll price match during Black Friday. When in doubt, ask. But first, check out our guide in case we've already covered the stores you're curious about.



Black Friday Price Match Policies for 2019

 
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[TH="align: center"] Store [/TH]
[TH="align: center"] Does It Price Match Black Friday Ads? [/TH]
[TH="align: center"] Matches Online Prices [/TH]
[TH="align: center"] Time Limit [/TH]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Amazon [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No, Amazon doesn't officially match prices at all [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Not applicable [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Bass Pro Shops [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 30 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Bed Bath & Beyond [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, though some conditions apply [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 14 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Best Buy [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for local and other select retailers (like Amazon, Crutchfield, Dell, HP, and TigerDirect) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within the return and exchange period [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Cabela's [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] ****'s Sporting Goods [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 14 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] eBay [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Within 48 hours of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Home Depot [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] JCPenney [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Within 14 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Kohl's [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 14 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Lowe's [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 30 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Michaels [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within seven days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Newegg [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, on items with the Price Match Guarantee badge [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Within 14 calendar days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Petco [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes (Terms don't indicate Black Friday is exempt) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] PetSmart [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Possibly (Terms indicate "special events," which could include Black Friday) [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Staples [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select retailers [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 14 days of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Target [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select competitors [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase, or within 14 days after purchase [/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD="align: center"] Walmart [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] No [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] Yes, for select competitors [/TD]
[TD="align: center"] At the time of purchase [/TD]
[/TR]




How Will China Tariffs Affect Black Friday 2019?

The U.S.-China trade war has been going on since 2018, and now the biggest shopping season is upon us. Many shoppers are wondering just how these tariffs will affect prices on Black Friday.

With any luck, stores will spread the tariff costs around to keep any one product from becoming too expensive for shoppers. But even if they don't, there should be at least some stock that was shipped before the tariffs were enacted. Read more about how China tariffs will affect Black Friday.



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