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The best Black Friday deals 2019

Black Friday deals 2019
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The best Black Friday deals and sales in 2019

We're really seeing the Black Friday 2019 deals ramp up now, and all the main retailers are starting to roll out their own Black Friday sales even before the big day on November 29. 

So, should you wait for Black Friday or grab one of the early deals now? Well, we're seeing some top choices appear already (and you can see the best of these below) and if you're looking for Airpods deals, TV deals or just a smart Black Friday iPhone choice then we've listed them below - after all, our goal is to save you money during this Black Friday sales zone.

The reason for so many deals being around is simple: as the Black Friday sales in 2019 land after payday for many, trying to grab more dollars just became a lot harder for many retailers. They want to extend into the 'golden quarter' so offering tantalising deals now is one of the ways to do that.

If you want the best deals, then yes... still wait for Black Friday. Wait hard. Because there will be a few golden options out there if you know what you're looking for (especially around consoles, for instance). If not, then we're expecting some of the choices below to be around the cheapest this year.

Cyber Monday is also set to be huge, with the same research above suggesting that the remaining sales will be appealing to a number of consumers and worth checking out.

Headphones deals

The best Black Friday headphones deals

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case $199 $164.99 at Amazon
These true wireless earbuds come with a charging case that provides a further 20 hours of battery life and up to three hours of talk time on a single charge – they've gone up $5 since yesterday, but still a great early Black Friday deal.
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Apple AirPods with Charging Case $159 $139 at Walmart
Always a best-selling item, the base-model Apple AirPods are on sale for $144. Apple's truly wireless earbuds come with a charging case and provide up to three hours of talk time on a single charge and come on - do you really need that wireless case?
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Jabra Elite 75t: $199.99 $179.99 at Best Buy
These brand new true wireless earbuds are already discounted by $20 in the Black Friday sales. With improved battery life and a sports-friendly design, they could give the Apple AirPods a run for their money. You can also get this deal at Amazon if you prefer.View Deal

Phones deals

iPhone 11 for $699 at Verizon | Get up to $500 off the iPhone 11 with select trade-in and Unlimited
You can get up to $500 off the iPhone 11 and a $200 prepaid Mastercard with a select phone trade-in and a new Unlimited Verizon plan.
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Google Pixel 3a, 64GB $399.99 $249.99 at Best Buy
Just ahead of Black Friday, Best Buy is offering up to $150 in savings on the Google Pixel 3a. You can save $100 instantly, plus an additional $50 with qualified activation from AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint.
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iPad deals

The best Black Friday iPad deals

iPad Pro 10.5 (2017) 512GB: $999 $699 at Walmart
Need a new iPad? This isn't the latest release from Apple but it still sports impressive specs that will allow you to multi-task whatever you want to do on a tablet for a much more affordable price. You'll especially like this if you want to fill your tablet up with apps and media.View Deal

Apple iPad (6th gen) 128GB $429 $329 at Walmart
Walmart's early access sale had the 2018 Apple iPad on sale at Walmart for $300 and it returned for the Black Friday sales - while it's disappeared now, it's still only $329.
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Smartwatch deals

Fitbit Versa Smartwatch $199 $139 at Amazon
Amazon has the Fitbit Versa smartwatch on sale for $135. That's a $65 discount and the best price we've found for the waterproof smartwatch that tracks activity, workouts, and calories burned.
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Fitbit Ionic Watch $249.95 $199.99 at Amazon
Get the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch on sale for $199.99 at Amazon. The Ionic watch features GPS technology so you can track pace, distance, and routes and includes a built-in NFC chip for contactless payments.
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Apple Watch Series 4 GPS + Cellular 44mm, Sport Loop $529 $429 at Walmart
Walmart has slashed $100 off the Apple Watch Series 4 with GPS and Cellular. The 44mm smartwatch includes LTE connectivity, which allows you to get internet and phone connectivity on your watch even when your iPhone is far away.
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Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm $279 $199 at Walmart
You can get the Apple Watch Series 3 on sale at Walmart for $189. It's not quite the lowest price we've seen for the smartwatch that comes in a white sport band and includes GPS technology and heart rate monitoring, but it's pretty close.
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Laptop deals

Apple MacBook Air (2017): $999 $799 at Walmart
This deal on the original-design MacBook Air gets you the standard 5th-generation Intel Core i5 CPU with 8GB of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive behind a 900p display for $200 off list price.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Intel Core i9, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X: $2,799.99 $2,349.99 at Amazon
This deal has just got even better, with Amazon cutting $450 off the price of the MacBook Pro model that comes with a 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor, 512GB SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU. View Deal

Apple MacBook 15-inch Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 555X: $2,399.99 $2,049.99 at Best Buy
Get a huge $350 off this model of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, with a 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and 256GB hard drive. This model also features the AMD Radeon Pro 555X GPU. This deal now has an extra $150 off compared to a few days ago.View Deal

Apple MacBook 15-inch Intel Core i9, 16GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 560X: $2,799.99 $2,399.99 at Best Buy
Fancy a more powerful version of the above? This model comes with a 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor, 512GB SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU, and is now $400 off – double the saving compared to a few days ago.View Deal

HP 14 Laptop $599 $399 at Walmart
Save $200 on the HP 14 laptop at Walmart. The powerful 14-inch laptop packs  an Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
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Nintendo Switch deals

New Nintendo Switch version | $299 at Walmart
There's really not much happening in the US at all right now. However, if you need to pick up a Switch as soon as possible, make sure you opt for the slightly newer one as shown here with a battery that lasts longer than the original model. The old version costs the same, so this way is the best value option today. This deal is also available on the gray version.
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Nintendo Switch | 128GB memory card | accessories pack | $359.97 at Best Buy
One of the first items we'd advise picking up with any new Nintendo Switch purchase is a decent-sized memory card and this bundle includes a massive 128GB one, which greatly expands the installed 32GB of storage you start with. The accessories pack includes a carry case, screen cleaner, USB power cable, and Joy-Con cases. Also available with the gray controller bundle.
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Nintendo Switch Lite | 128GB memory card | $225.45 at Amazon
For just $25 extra on top of the base price of the console a 128GB MicroSD card is an excellent purchase and unlike some cheaper memory cards, this one has the recommended write speed to loads games at the proper speed. Not a fan of the yellow Switch Lite? You can get this bundle in gray or turquoise too.
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PS4 deals

PS4 DualShock 4 Controller $59.99 now $43.95 at Walmart
It's always handy to have a spare controller - whether it's as a battery back-up so you don't have to stop playing when the juice runs out, or for when you friends pop over - and saving yourself $16 is always good.
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PlayStation Plus 12 month subscription | $59.99 $44.19 at CDKeys
12 months of PS Plus for under $45 is a rare sight to behold, but thanks to CDKeys that's exactly the deal you can pick up today. PlayStation Plus provides access to online play, as well as free monthly games to add to your Instant Game Collection. You'll also get exclusive discounts on PS4 games across the PS Store as well. Note: PS3 and PS Vita support has been removed across PS Plus
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1TB PlayStation 4 Slim | Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition | The Last of Us Remasted | God of War | $199.99 at Best Buy
This incredible PS4 bundle is a steal for just under $200. For that price you get a 1TB console and three of the best PS4 exclusives. It's an absolute bargain but won't be available until November 24 - so mark your calendar.

TV deals

The best Black Friday TV deals

Samsung Flat 43-Inch QLED 4K Q60 Series Ultra HD Smart TV $799.99 $497.99 at Amazon
Get the 2019 Samsung 43-inch 4K TV on sale for $497.99. The QLED TV delivers bright and bold colors thanks to the Quantum dot technology and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Sony 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV $799.99 $498 at Amazon
You can save $300 on the Sony 55-inch 4K smart TV. The Ultra HD TV delivers a premium picture experience thanks to the 4K X-Reality Pro and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for hands-free control.
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Samsung 65-inch 4K HDR Smart TV | $799 $477 | Walmart
Last year's UN65NU6900 gets a 40% price cut, with over $300 in savings on the mid-range LED TV from Samsung. For that money you get 4K resolution, basic HDR, and two HDMI ports for connecting soundbars or game consoles.


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Hisense 58-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV $428 $279 at Walmart
Want to go even cheaper? It's not quite as good a TV, but this 58-inch Hisense TV is now only $279, with 4K resolution and built-in Google Assistant capability (instead of the much-maligned Bixby).View Deal

Philips 65-inch 4K Ultra HD Android Smart TV $548 $488 at Walmart
Get the Philips 65-inch 4K TV on sale for $488 at Walmart. The Android smart TV has the Google Assistant built-in which allows you to control your TV and other compatible devices using your voice.
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RCA 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart TV $699 $249.99 at Walmart
An excellent budget option, the RCA 50-inch 4K TV is on sale for just the slightly-higher-than-launch $249.99. The smart TV has the Roku experience built-in so you can stream from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, and more.
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Sceptre 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV $899.99 $379 at Walmart
You can save a whopping $520 on the Sceptre 65-inch 4K TV. While the big-screen TV lacks smart capabilities it includes four HDMI ports which allow you to stream all your favorite multimedia.
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LG 55-inch Nano 9 Series Smart 4K UHD TV $1,199.99 $899.99 at Best Buy
The feature-packed LG 55-inch 4K TV has dropped a further $50 to  $899.99. The Nano 9 Series TV features bold, bright colors and includes ThinQ AI technology which allows your TV to become a smart home hub. View Deal

Smart speaker deals

Google Home Mini $49 $25 at Walmart
The best-selling Google Home Mini is on sale at Walmart for $25. That's the best price we've found for the compact smart speaker which works with the Google Assistant to check the news, answer questions, play music, and more using just your voice. This price is available for all colors too.
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Google Home Mini (Chalk) + Frozen 2 Book $49 $25 at Walmart
The perfect Christmas gift idea for Frozen fans, you can get the Google Home Mini and the Frozen 2 Book on sale for $25. The Google Mini on its own normally retails for $49, so with this deal, you're saving $25 and getting access to sound effects and music when you read the book out loud.
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Google Home Mini 2 pack (chalk) $98 $45 at Walmart
Fill your home with music and the power of the Google Assistant with the Google Home Mini two-pack that's on sale at Walmart for $45. That's the lowest price we've found for the smart speaker bundle that allows you to play the same music in multiple rooms.
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Bose Home Speaker 300 $259 $199 at Amazon
Snag the Bose Home Speaker 300 on sale for $199. The smart speaker produces an impressive 360-degree sound and works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Google Home Smart Speaker $129 $79 at Walmart
You can save $50 on the Google Home smart speaker a Walmart. The powerful speaker delivers a rich, full sound and is powered by the Google Assistant and can play music from services YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more.
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Google Nest Hub $149 $99 at Walmart
You can get the Google Nest Hub on sale for $99 and receive three months of free YouTube Music Premium to enjoy on the screen. The smart hub display can control smart home devices and works with the Google Assistant to display photos, make calls, show the news and more.
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Google Home Max $399 $299 at Walmart
Walmart has slashed $100 off the Google Home Max speaker at Walmart. The smart speaker produces a powerful sound with deep bass and crystal-clear highs and works with the Google Assistant for voice control.
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Google Smart TV Kit, Google Home Mini and Chromecast $74 $45 at Walmart
A Walmart exclusive, get the Google Home Mini and Chromecast on sale for $45. Together they can help you stream movies, browse shows and more completely hands-free.
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Appliances deals

Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute vacuum cleaner $599.99 $399.99 at Dyson
For a limited time, you can get the Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute on sale for $399.99. That's the lowest price we've found for the cordless vacuum which is powered by the V10 digital motor to deep clean carpets and hard floors and can conveniently transform into a handheld vacuum. Ends on Monday, November 18 at 10 AM EST.View Deal

Dyson V8 Animal Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner $499 $299 at Amazon
For a limited time, you can save $200 on the top-rated Dyson V8 Animal vacuum. The cordless vacuum cleaner provides up to 40 minutes of run time and features the powerful Dyson digital motor that's engineered to deep clean homes with pets.
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Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker $49.99 $31.82 at Amazon
Perfect for upcoming holiday meals, the Hamilton Beach portable slow cooker is on sale for $31.82. The six-quart smart slow cooker allows you to cook foods to a specific temperature with a convenient built-in prob insert.
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DNA deals

23andMe Ancestry Personal Genetic DNA Test $99 $79 at Amazon
A great Christmas gift idea, you can save $20 on the 23andMe Ancestry DNA kit. The popular DNA test allows you to discover your ancestry composition and where your DNA is from across 1500+ regions.
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When is Black Friday 2019? And what is it?

We'll keep this brief, simply because you probably are well-versed in the history: Black Friday is on November 29 this year, and will once again see the advent of the "doorbuster", the deals that people queue long and hard for.

Some retailers will keep those deals just for in-store offerings, so it's worth keeping an eye out for the Black Friday 2019 ads to appear online, but more often than not the great deals are on offer both online and having to trudge through the crispy snow to snag - we know which way we'd prefer when still stuffed with turkey.

The date this year is closer to Christmas (less than a month before Christmas Day), and that gives you less time to shop online. That may not seem like a big deal today, but you'll have to factor in waiting on the best deals, pouncing on the lowest price, and factoring shipping wait times.  

As we've highlighted, Black Friday weekend isn't just a four-day affair, and deals don't necessarily follow the normal pattern of prime products to be unleashed - you can see new TV deals in the small hours of the morning or a brilliant wearable price slash just after the Thanksgiving turkey is prepped, so shoppers need to be more flexible than ever.

The origin of Black Friday: a history lesson

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Let’s take a Black Friday history lesson: the first known mention of Black Friday related to this shopping experience was in November 1951, when the journal Factory Management and Maintenance used it to describe people calling in sick the day after Thanksgiving so they could have an extra day off work. 

At the same time US police were using the phrases “Black Friday” and “Black Saturday” to describe the horrendous traffic that occurred at the beginning of the pre-Christmas shopping season. In 1961 there was a movement from the local government to change the shopping season to “Big Friday” and “Big Saturday”, but it clearly never caught on.

How are the retailers preparing for Black Friday?

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We've been keeping a close eye on the big players this year, and here's what we think we'll see from the top retailers over Black Friday 2019.

Basically, their sales have already begun as they look to make sure they're getting every deal dollar going before November's pay is spent.

Walmart

While the 'true' Walmart Black Friday 2019 deals are coming November 27, Walmart still grabbed a head start by launching its Early Access Sale . 

The retail giant has outlined its November deals bonanza, with massive online discounts that you can shop just before the event (and some great sales right now). You'll find price cuts across the site on best-selling TVs, smartwatches, iPads, appliances, gaming consoles, and more.

Walmart won't only be dropping early deals, but it’s also announced a range of services to help with all your holiday shopping. The retail giant is offering free next-day delivery for orders over $35 on thousands of eligible items, with no membership fee. 

And for those of you who prefer the in-store experience, Walmart has launched its 'Check Out With Me' service, which lets customers beat the queues for the cash register and check out with an associate right where they’re shopping.

Best Buy

We've been tracking the Best Buy Black Friday deals for a while now, and some trends are starting to emerge.

Best Buy is having some of the best tech deals out there right now and the Daily Doorbust. Still, Black Friday is still very much a thing looming in the future, but we can still look at the Best Buy Black Friday deals from 2018 to start getting an idea of what we can expect this time around. 

You see, last year, there were some amazing Best Buy Black Friday deals. For instance, if you made your way into the blue-themed retailer you could have picked up a MacBook Air for $1,000, a cheap PS4 or even a massive discount on a new GoPro - and we're seeing the Doorbuster deals for this year following suit.

Amazon

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The big Amazon Prime Day deals from earlier this year may be a distant memory now, but the Amazon Black Friday 2019 deals will be taken just as seriously - and the retailer is claiming that this year will be the 'biggest yet' for how it's going to play Black Friday, which we now know will run for the week before the main weekend of Black Friday deals.

Last year, Black Friday was a record-breaking event for Amazon: the period from Thanksgiving through to Cyber Monday saw Amazon’s sales increase by “millions” over the previous year, and the the top-selling product globally was the Echo Dot - which has been refreshed this year.

However, the Prime Day mega deal-a-thon eclipsed the efforts of Black Friday - will we see the same in 2019, or is the Black Friday and Cyber Monday fusion going to bring things roaring back? We expect huge savings on all Amazon products (as ever) but expect there to be some decent traction through the Lightning Deals too.

Will Black Friday 2019 be different this year?

Black Friday 2019 should continue last year's trend of not just offering discounts, but offering discounts on items you'll actually want to buy. There was some fierce competition between Amazon, Walmart, B&H Photo and Best Buy last year, and that's a good sign headed into Black Friday this year.

Specifically, we're expecting to see big-ticket items like 4KTVs with HDR support – a once expensive proposition, and Apple to offer cheap iPads, which was a big hit last year. 

New AirPods in 2019 may see the older models on sale for a better price, while laptops, iPhones and Android smartphones should be at their lowest levels in 2019. 

It's not surprise that Apple launches new iPhones in September to discount them (just a little bit) by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This mostly happens through US carriers and buy one, get one free deals.

How does TechRadar prepare for Black Friday?

Black Friday is one of the most important times of the year for TechRadar - we spend weeks ahead of the big day (or weekend) making sure the whole site is ready for people looking for the information they need to help them make the right buying choice. Whether that's knowing which is the best laptop, TV or iPad, or just seeing great deals for them through our Hawk price comparison widget, we've got everything you need to know.

Are Black Friday deals real?

Generally speaking, yes - although there are two kinds of deals. The first has been pre-agreed between brands and retailers, so they’re not as off-the-cuff as you might expect. The other is sudden price drops, whether that’s an algorithm working out the best way to attract users to buy (as brands like Amazon often will) or just the big names price-matching one another, or pushing the price down further as they look to be the big winner. (We saw something similar with iPads in the US).

As with any sales event you’ll see a mixture of bargains, discounted end-of-line stock and strange things found in the back of a warehouse somewhere. In 2016, consumer magazine 'Which?' accused retailers of some pretty dodgy behavior.

Where can I find the best Black Friday deals?

As mentioned, you’ll find the best options if you bookmark this page right now - there will be deals from the beginning of November, and we’ll be bringing you the best of them, those that we think are worth checking out, the second that we see them flash up.

How do I get the best Black Friday deals in 2019?

Homework really helps. Some retailers up prices from August through to October so they can offer supposedly amazing discounts on Black Friday, so don’t be fooled by such moves. 

They’re particularly prevalent in expensive consumer electronics such as TVs or laptops with product numbers rather than names, with products that were dropped down to a great bargain price suddenly being pushed back to their MSRP again. 

It’s also a very good idea to be flexible: for example, if you fancy a Samsung UHD TV it’s best to think about the features you want rather than a specific model number: the BRV553ABD34-82C-9218-X may not be discounted on Black Friday 2019, but an almost identical set with the specification you want probably will be - so do your research on what matters and we’ll do our best to give you the right comparison needed.

However, don’t be fooled into thinking that something that looks like a five star set is the same but cheaper - certain elements (often with regards to screen quality or image processing) won’t be as high quality to achieve that lower price point.

Can I get cashback on Black Friday deals?

Sometimes, yes. Your debit card or credit card may offer cashback on purchases. It’s definitely worth looking into, not just for Black Friday 2019 but for any online shopping, when you’ll be spending the most online.

Am I protected when I buy on Black Friday?

In general, you should be just as protected as you are when shopping any other time of the year. You’ll want to check on return policies and warranty periods, and you should also make sure you’re shopping at known retailers you trust. While many deals can seem too good to be true on Black Friday, landing on an unfamiliar website claiming to have a product for pennies on the dollar is a good sign you’re in the wrong place.

Remember that using your credit card also can offer a level of protection, so as long as you have the means to pay it back straight away, using this method can give you more peace of mind. Many credit cards can help you contest payments if you never receive a product, and some even offer extended warranties on products beyond the one included from manufacturer or retailer.