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Best Buy Black Friday deals: what to expect in 2019

Best Buy was one of the most sought-after retailers during Black Friday last year, and all the signs are that the retailer will be going big again in 2019.

We saw that it went huge on some big deals for the holiday buying season last year, with a Macbook Air under $1,000, GoPros getting a price slash and some top deals on the PS4 as well.

Current great Best Buy deals

Despite the Black Friday deals period at Best Buy being a fair time away, there are still some top deals to be had from the brand throughout the time between now and the end of November.

The Deals of the Day are worth checking out - we've seen good price drops on instant pots, headphones, the Surface Pro 6 and other top electronics, among other good savings.

Our top Best Buy Black Friday deals from 2018

Samsung Q8F 4K QLED 55-inch TV: $1,899.99 now $1,499.99
If you were in the market for a 4K QLED TV on Cyber Monday, this was a top deal. $400 off the list price, and in exchange you get a sizable 55-inch display and a heap of features inside.View Deal

Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch Core i5: $1199.99 now $999.99
This was pretty much price matched from most retailers, but Best Buy was undercutting the competition a touch for this laptop from last year, which is still a great buy for the 256GB option.View Deal

GoPro Hero HD: $199.99 now $129.99
Featuring a waterproof case and a 2-inch touchscreen, this camera is Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled for easy use, and offers voice control too, and was a top seller last year.View Deal

Sharp 32-inch LED TV: $129.99 now $99.99
This isn't going to be the highest quality screen out there, by any stretch. It also has fewer pixels than most smartphones, and on Black Friday we saw a Hisense TV for $99 with higher res - but this is still a decent option for a second screen and was hugely popular thanks to the price.View Deal

Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless headphones: $349.99 now $199.99
These headphones have a lot of prowess, especially as they're #3 on our list of the best noise cancelling cans. The price drop seemed a bit dramatic but the end sale price was attractive.View Deal

Xbox One X 1TB + Fallout 76: $499.99 now $429.99
For the wasteland survivors out there this Xbox One X bundle with Fallout 76 was sure to set off your Geiger counter. View Deal

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Headphones: $349.99 now $299.99
Shopping for a world traveler or constant public commuter? You could have surprised them with this pair of outstanding noise-cancelling headphones. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II pack Google Assistant inside the headphones, pair wirelessly via Bluetooth and rock a 20-hour battery. View Deal

Apple Watch Series 3 38mm: $279 now $229
This was a great deal for the third generation Apple Watch. You got to save a cool $50 off the list price, and in return treated your wrist (or a loved one's) to the stylish 38mm Series 3 watch in either Space Grey or Silver.View Deal

Toshiba 55-inch 4K HDR Fire TV: $479.99 now $349.99
This 55-inch 4K HDR TV combines an Ultra-HD resolution with Amazon's Fire TV smart platform. With built-in Alexa, this TV can help control your smart home and find you something to watch, all using the power of your voice. It's a TV for the 21st Century, and Best Buy was the official bricks-and-mortar retailer for the range.View Deal

Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM Bluetooth Speaker: $249.99 now $99.99
The UE Megaboom has long held a spot on our list of the best Bluetooth speakers. Powerful, portable and, best of all, water-resistant, the UE Megaboom can take a beating and still pump out the jams. Needed a speaker to ring in the New Year? This was it.View Deal

Apple iPad 2018: $329.99 now $249.99
Quite simply, this was a fantastic Cyber Monday deal. The iPad 9.7 only launched last year, but here we were staring an $80 discount in the face. If you were in the market for an iPad - this is the deal to go for.

Amazon Fire 7: $49.99 now $29.99
Amazon's popular low-cost tablet got even cheaper with this discount, bringing it to just $29 and saving you $20 - matched on Amazon Prime Day.View Deal

Google Home Mini Smart Speaker: $49.99 now $25
Another year, another sizzling deal on Google's miniature smart speaker. This time around you could snag the Google Home Mini for just $25 over at Best Buy and while it might not have the screen, it's still a versatile smart speaker for the price. View Deal

Are Best Buy Black Friday deals better than Walmart's?

Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon were locked in a battle to be the top retailer during Black Friday last year, with a lot of people interested in the yellow tag brand throughout the buying period.

However, according to analysis from WalletHub, Walmart offered the better savings during the period, with an average saving of 29.9% compared to 28.7% from Best Buy.

That's obviously going to be across a range of product categories, so the savings for things like electronics or outdoor goods could be better served in one brand or the other. However, your chances of getting a good deal were better with Walmart last year (and have been for the last three years) - despite 2018 seeing some of the lowest savings from the two brands in a long time.

That said, there's still a lot of love for Best Buy from the manufacturers: Parrot, the top drone maker, said in an interview with Forbes last year that “Amazon is a tremendously big e-commerce platform, and Best Buy is a tremendously big retail platform."

Michael Luke Paris, general manager for Parrot Americas, called Best Buy a 'tremendous retailer for consumer electronics' so whether you're going to go in store or online, it seems that that the brands rate the retailer as a place for the right consumers.

How can I get decent Best Buy Black Friday deals?

There are obviously two ways to buy during Black Friday and Cyber Monday - you can either go online or queue up outside. If you want to do the latter, you'll need to get there well in advance of 5PM (If the pattern follows last year) as Consumer Reports is stating that tickets were distributed for those in line.

Not everyone made it into the stores though - which would have upset some as Best Buy still keeps some of its top deals for those willing to brave the elements and give up some turkey time.

Online, it's a little easier, with the deals going live on Thanksgiving before Black Friday kicks into gear. When that happens is to be seen this year, but it's a move that could easily see you nabbing the deals you want.

Prioritize the items you want most and the ones with the largest amount of savings, so you can get to them before they sell out and maximize your savings on Cyber Monday.

Pay close attention to the dates listed on deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have grown into something of a week-long affair in recent years, so see if any deals start earlier, be sure to go for the ones you want as soon as you can

If you pay attention to product reviews, and you know exactly the product you want, make sure to check model numbers when you’re in the store. 

Black Friday can come with some special models made just for the shopping day, and a 55-inch Sony 4K TV you find on the shelf this Black Friday might not be the same as the one you read all the glowing reviews about.

If you find a Best Buy Black Friday deal you want, try to determine if it will also be online. Competition in stores can make it hard to get in the door and snag the product you want before it sells out, so having the internet as a backup (or even primary) method of getting the product may help you land the deals you’re most excited about.

If you plan to shop mostly online, a VPN may help you avoid internet congestion. Too many people going to the same website to get the same deals can result in next to no one actually reaching the page. With a VPN, you can route your traffic to a different region that may not have servers so busy, allowing you to essentially beat the line.

Finally, if you've found a deal that you absolutely have to have, don't sit around. Popular products sell out quickly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so buy what you want before it’s gone.