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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway built an $8 billion stake in JPMorgan, then virtually eliminated it in 6 months. Here's a look at its unusual bet on the banking giant

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 9:21am

  • Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway amassed north of $8 billion of JPMorgan stock, only to sell almost all of it this year.
  • The billionaire investor's conglomerate owned about 60 million of the bank's shares at the end of December 2019, but slashed the holding to fewer than 1 million shares worth less than $100 million last quarter.
  • Berkshire's selling is surprising, given Buffett personally owned the stock in 2012, two Berkshire executives sit on JPMorgan's board, and he's a longtime admirer of CEO Jamie Dimon.
  • "If Jamie decides he wants to make more money, all he has to do is call me and I'd hire him at Berkshire," he told The Wall Street Journal in 2014.
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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway built a stake in JPMorgan worth more than $8 billion at its peak, only to virtually eliminate the position in the space of six months as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the US economy.

The famed investor's company began buying the banking giant's stock in the third quarter of 2018, ending the period with roughly 36 million shares worth $4 billion. It boosted the holding over the next six months to about 60 million shares valued at $6 billion.

Buffett and his team didn't touch the position for the next nine months. The investment cost it about $6.6 billion, gave it 1.9% ownership of JPMorgan, and was worth $8.4 billion at the end of December 2019, the Berkshire chief said in his 2019 letter to shareholders.

It's been a totally different story this year. Berkshire trimmed the holding by 3% in the first quarter, slashed it by more than 60% in the second quarter as it soured on several financial holdings, then sold 96% of the remaining shares last quarter. It held fewer than 1 million shares at the end of September, a stake worth less than $95 million.

Berkshire's firesale of JPMorgan stock is surprising given the links between the two companies. Todd Combs, one of Buffett's two portfolio managers, sits on the bank's board of directors. Stephen Burke, one of Berkshire's directors, also sits on that board.

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Buffett is also a fan of the company and CEO Jamie Dimon. He told CNBC in 2012 that he personally owns some of the bank's shares, and has praised Dimon many times in recent years.

For example, he described Dimon as a "fabulous banker" to Bloomberg in 2011, and a "first-class guy" to the Financial Times in 2014.

The investor also defended a massive pay rise for Dimon in 2013, a tough year for the bank. "If Jamie decides he wants to make more money, all he has to do is call me and I'd hire him at Berkshire," he told The Wall Street Journal.

Moreover, Buffett suggested the banking chief would be an excellent treasury secretary during a Marketplace interview in 2018. "I think he knows more about markets than probably anybody you could find in the world," he said.

Buffett and Dimon have also collaborated in the past. The pair penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed in 2018 that warned about the risks of short-termism. It also called for an end to quarterly earnings guidance.

They also partnered with Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, that year to launch Haven, a joint venture with the goal of providing better and cheaper healthcare for their employees.

Buffett's decision to take a knife to JPMorgan, despite his fondness for Dimon and close ties to the bank, suggests he doesn't allow personal relationships to fog his investing logic. Given his exit from Costco and evisceration of Wells Fargo last quarter, it seems there are no sacred cows at Berkshire. 

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'No longer a stock but a full casino': Palantir will lose one-third of its value by year-end after surging more than 300% since going public, short-seller Citron Research says

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 9:20am
  • Citron Research initiated a short position on Palantir shares on Friday, saying the stock's 300% leap since its direct listing on September 30 is unsustainable.
  • The short-selling firm said it expected Palantir to tumble roughly 33%, to $20, by the end of the year.
  • "As traders looking for short exposure, $PLTR is no longer a stock but a full casino," Citron said in a tweet.
  • The news led Palantir to reverse strong early gains and slide as much as 10%.
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Palantir will sink roughly 33% as reality catches up with its massive rally, Citron Research said Friday.

In a tweet, the short-selling firm established a year-end price target of $20 for Palantir shares. The data-mining company's shares are up more than 300% since a direct listing on September 30. Citron's target is still double Palantir's debut price, but Citron said Palantir's rally is unsustainable.

"What a run the past month for all. But as traders looking for short exposure, $PLTR is no longer a stock but a full casino," Citron said.

The news dragged Palantir shares out of a strong morning rally into a 10% loss at intraday lows. The stock then pared losses through the shortened session to trade roughly 4% lower into the close.

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The stock enjoyed strong momentum through November after President-elect Joe Biden emerged as the winner of the 2020 election. Biden's victory prompted speculation that the new administration would cut military spending. The Defense Department is already one of Palantir's biggest customers, and budget cuts could drive more business to the company's lower-priced software from traditional providers.

Palantir traded at $30.69 as of 11 a.m. ET. The company has two "buy" ratings and three "hold" ratings from analysts.

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A psychiatrist explains why stockpiling and panic buying during the pandemic isn't the same as hoarding

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 9:15am
Hoarding disorder affects more than 13 million American adults.
  • Hoarding disorder is a psychiatric illness that makes it difficult to discard everyday items that are no longer needed and can lead to unstable living conditions and difficulty with self-care, explains psychiatrist Carol Mathews. 
  • Stockpiling and panic buying during the pandemic are not signs of hoarding, Mathews says — they're expected, impulsive behaviors by people who are preparing for a known shortage or crisis. 
  • If you're experiencing symptoms closely associated with hoarding, resources like the American Psychiatric Association or the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation can help. 
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Symptoms of depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorders have emerged or worsened for many during the pandemic. This is no surprise to clinicians and scientists, who have been increasing worldwide access to mental health information and resources.

But what effect has the pandemic had on another common but often misunderstood problem — hoarding? The issue first received attention when people piled up paper towels, toilet tissue, and hand sanitizer in their shopping carts at the start of the pandemic, leading some people to wonder whether they or a loved one were showing signs of hoarding disorder.

The short answer is: Probably not. Hoarding disorder goes beyond stockpiling in an emergency. I am a psychiatrist at the University of Florida and the director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders. I also recently authored a book on hoarding disorder. My work focuses on identifying the causes of hoarding and its impact on individuals and on society.

Millions have hoarding disorder

Although often sensationalized in the popular press as a behavioral oddity, hoarding disorder is a serious psychiatric illness affecting more than 13 million American adults. The cause is a complex interaction of biological and environmental factors. Doctors have known about hoarding for centuries, although the disorder was only formally recognized by the psychiatric community as a distinct psychiatric illness in 2013. Perhaps the most famous person who had a hoarding disorder was Howard Hughes.

The disorder is chronic and often lifelong. Although symptoms typically begin in adolescence, they usually do not become problematic until mid- to late adulthood. No one knows exactly why the disorder takes so long to manifest; perhaps as those with hoarding symptoms get older, their ability to decide what to discard becomes increasingly impaired. Or they might have fewer people around, like parents or spouses, to encourage them to get rid of unneeded items.

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What is clear is that the increase in hoarding behaviors across the lifespan is not just a result of a lifetime's accumulation of clutter. About 7% of adults over age 60 have problematic hoarding; that's one in every 14 people.

And contrary to popular belief, the defining feature of hoarding disorder is not clutter. Instead, it is the difficulty in discarding what's no longer needed. The most commonly hoarded items are everyday belongings: clothes, shoes, containers, tools, and mechanical objects like nails and screws, household supplies, newspapers, mail, and magazines. Those with the disorder report feeling indecision about what to discard, or fear the item will be needed in the future.

This trouble in disposing of items, even common items like junk mail, plastic bags, and plastic containers, leads to the accumulation of clutter. Over time, living and work spaces become unusable. In addition to affecting living spaces, hoarding also causes problems between spouses, between parents and their children, and between friends. At its worst, hoarding can also impact one's ability to work.

Hoarding disorder has a substantial impact on public health, including not only lost work days but also increased rates of medical illness, depression, anxiety, risk of suicide, and cognitive impairment. As many as half of those suffering from hoarding disorder will also suffer from depression, and 30% or more will have an anxiety disorder.

Hoarding-related clutter in homes increases the risk of falls, pest or vermin infestation, unstable or unsafe living conditions, and difficulty with self-care. It may stun you to know that up to 25% of deaths by house fire are due to hoarding.

Stockpiling and panic buying

What is the difference between stockpiling, panic buying, and hoarding? Will someone who stockpiled toilet paper and hand sanitizer in the early days of the pandemic develop hoarding disorder? Or are they instead rational and thoughtful planners?

While these terms are often used interchangeably, stockpiling and panic buying are not symptoms of hoarding disorder. Nor are they necessarily the result of a psychiatric or psychological condition. Instead, stockpiling is a normal behavior that many people practice in preparation for a known or anticipated shortage. The goal of stockpiling is to create a reserve in case there's a future need.

For example, people who live in cold climates may stock up on wood for fireplaces and salt for driveways before the winter. Similarly, those who live in the southeast US may stock up on gasoline and water before hurricane season.

That said, stockpiling can be excessive. During a crisis, it can lead to national shortages of essential items. This occurred early in the pandemic, when people bought toilet paper in large quantities and emptied store shelves for everyone else.

Ironically, the more media attention on stockpiling, the more it triggers additional stockpiling. People reading about a potential shortage of hand sanitizer will be driven to buy as much as possible until it's no longer available for weeks or months.

While stockpiling is planned, panic buying is an impulsive and temporary reaction to anxiety caused by an impending crisis. Items, even if unneeded, may be purchased simply because they are available on store shelves. Panic buying may also include purchasing enormous quantities of a particular item, in volumes that will never be needed, or emptying a store shelf of that item. Panic acquiring, which involves getting free things through giveaways, food pantries or scavenging, also occurs during a crisis.

Unlike those with hoarding disorder, panic buyers and stockpilers are able to discard something no longer needed. Usually, after the crisis has passed, they can easily throw or give these items away.

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How to get help

For some with hoarding disorder, the pandemic has made it even harder to dispose of unneeded items. Others find their material belongings provide comfort and safety in the face of increased uncertainty. Yet others have used the lockdowns as a reset — time to finally declutter their home.

If you or someone you know has problems with hoarding, help is available. Resources are on the American Psychiatric Association website and at the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Carol Mathews, professor of psychiatry, University of Florida

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Black Friday Deals 2020: The best sales still available right now

Sat, 11/28/2020 - 12:03am

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Black Friday 2020 is here. There are many discounts live now on TVs, Apple devices, smart home goods, and more.

There are only a few hours left before Black Friday 2020 ends. 

However, there are still a lot of terrific deals available to shop from Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Kohl's, Macy's, Nordstrom, Sephora, Target, The Home Depot, Ulta, Walmart, and many more stores. If the hot ticket item you were after has already sold out, you can expect another round of deals on Cyber Monday 2020 in a few days. 

This year's highlights include huge markdowns on TVs, Apple devices, headphones, and vacuums. We've also found fun deals on DNA tests (for both you and your dog), toys and board games, and patterned face masks

Suffice it to say, there are plenty of deals worth buying.

Below, we're curating the best deals still currently available tonight and answering all of the questions you have for Black Friday 2020.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyBest Black Friday deals available now

Nearly every major store has released deals for Black Friday and leading up to Cyber Monday. Below, we've listed the highlights we've found so far. We're also keeping track of all of the store sales happening across the web, from big-box retailers like Amazon and Walmart to direct-to-consumer startups like Casper and Brooklinen.

Premium (Annual Plan) (medium, Preferred: LastPass)Chromebox Mini PC Intel Processor (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Lara Ultra Compact Stroller (medium, Preferred: Maxi-Cosi)Women's Re-Tool Snap-T Fleece Pullover (medium, Preferred: Backcountry)Original Pillow (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Deebot N79W (medium, Preferred: Target)Move (medium, Preferred: Amazon)iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Walmart)CBK110P1 Automatic Breadmaker (medium, Preferred: Kohl's)Space-Saving Food Vacuum Sealer (medium, Preferred: Kohl's)Connected Rower (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)3 Smartphone UV Sanitizer (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Echo Dot (3rd Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Special Edition II 11.5" Plush Mattress (Queen) (medium, Preferred: Macy's)Nest Mini (2nd Generation) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Beam (medium, Preferred: Sonos)50-inch Class 4 Series Smart Android TV (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Xbox Series X Controller (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Evo Select (256GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Roomba 675 Robot Vacuum (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Duo Evo Plus Pressure Cooker (6-Quart) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Mesh Wi-Fi System (3-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)SE (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Best Amazon Black Friday deals

Outside of Amazon's annual Prime Day shopping holiday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best days out of the year to find discounted Amazon devices. This year, shoppers will see hefty discounts on Amazon's ever-growing catalog of smart home products, which include Kindle e-book readers, Fire TVs, Echo speakers, Ring security cameras, and more.

Wonderboom 2 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Osmo Mobile 3 Combo (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Echo Dot (3rd Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Kindle Oasis (medium, Preferred: Amazon)All-New Kindle (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Kindle Paperwhite (medium, Preferred: Amazon)All-New Echo Dot (4th Generation) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Fire TV Stick 4K (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Kindle Unlimited (Monthly price after free trial) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Video Doorbell Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Dog Camera (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Fire HD 10 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Mesh Wi-Fi System (3-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Smartsleep Connected (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Boombox (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Menstrual Cup (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Dash Robot (medium, Preferred: Amazon)120X-1200X 52-piece Kids Beginner Microscope (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Target Black Friday deals

Target has especially strong deals on home goods like mattresses, kitchen appliances like air fryers and Instant Pot cookerstech like smart home devices and speakers, and more.

Streambar 2020 (medium, Preferred: Target)Deebot N79W (medium, Preferred: Target)Digital Video Monitor with Remote Access and Two Cameras (medium, Preferred: Target)Vortex Air Fryer (medium, Preferred: Target)Smart 3000 Electric Toothbrush (medium, Preferred: Target)Best Walmart Black Friday deals

Walmart, like Best Buy and Target, offers big price drops on everything, including the latest TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops, and gaming gear.

Nest Hub with Google Assistant (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Roomba 670 Robot Vacuum (medium, Preferred: Walmart)IQ Self-Empty RV1000S Robot Vacuum (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Personal Water Filter (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Nest Mini (2nd Generation) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)1TB 860 EVO SATA III Internal SSD (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Viva 6-Qt. Pressure Cooker (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Duo Crisp Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer (6 Qt) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Chromecast (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Connect Sport Indoor Exercise Bike with 6-month Membership (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Best Black Friday home dealsEasy Breather Pillow (medium, Preferred: Nest)Linen Sheet Set With Pillowcases (medium, Preferred: Cultiver)Wireless Alarm Home Security Kit (medium, Preferred: Home Depot)Lara Ultra Compact Stroller (medium, Preferred: Maxi-Cosi)IQ Robot Self-Empty XL RV1001AE (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Nordstrom Black Friday deals

Now through December 1, the popular department store will have deep discounts on women's, men's, and children's clothing, accessories, skincare, makeup, home goods, and more.

Hooded Down & Feather Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Remi Mule (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultraboost x Clima Running Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Best Buy Black Friday deals

Year after year, Best Buy provides solid price drops on everything, including the latest TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops, gaming gear, and more. Best Buy's Black Friday 2020 sale features a Black Friday price guarantee to help you save all season long, but it's a perk limited to My Best Buy members.

Connected Rower (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)65-inch Q80T QLED TV (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Intuos S (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Basilisk V2 (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Series S|X Wireless Controller (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Smart Clock (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Protect Home Security System (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)SmartThermostat with Voice Control (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)M325 Wireless Mouse (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Best Apple Black Friday deals

Every year, Apple devices seem to find their way into most people's wish lists — for good reason. Apple's iPhones, MacBooks, iPads, and AirPods are some of the most loved devices in the world, and shoppers can expect big discounts on nearly everything Apple has to offer.

iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Walmart)Best Black Friday TV deals 

During Black Friday, we'll see several 4K TVs in myriad sizes drop in price. Black Friday is historically one of the best times to buy a new set, be it a cheap TV or a fancy 4K TV or OLED TV, outside of Amazon Prime Day and Labor Day weekend.

50-inch Class 4 Series Smart Android TV (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Best Black Friday gaming deals

If you're looking for gifts for the gamer in your life, or want to add to your expanding collection of games and accessories, Black Friday is, without question, one of the best times to shop.

While we don't expect to see any doorbuster deals on the latest consoles from Sony and Microsoft, shoppers can expect tons of markdowns on the Nintendo Switch and its vast library of games, PC gaming hardware and peripherals, and gaming computers.

G513 Carbon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Cloud Alpha Pro (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)BlackWidow Elite Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)for PlayStation 4 (medium, Preferred: GameStop)Xbox Series X Controller (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)PlayStation Plus Membership (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3 Month Membership (Digital) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Best Black Friday headphone deals

This year, shoppers will likely see big discounts on headphones from nearly every brand, including Sony, Beats, Bose, and Sennheiser. Shoppers can expect several noise-canceling headphones and truly wireless earbuds to drop to Prime Day prices.

Best Black Friday laptop deals

Whether you're looking for a new laptop for work or searching for a new gaming laptop, you'll have lots of options to choose from during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, shoppers can expect big savings on Apple MacBooks and Windows PCs from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and more.

Best Black Friday kitchen deals

If you're looking for a kitchen upgrade, Black Friday is a great time to shop. Brands like Breville, Cuisinart, Pyrex, and Instant Pot will see huge discounts ahead of and during Black Friday.

Professional Series 750 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Thermapen Mk4 (medium, Preferred: ThermoWorks)K-Supreme Single-Serve Coffee Maker (medium, Preferred: Kohl's)CBK110P1 Automatic Breadmaker (medium, Preferred: Kohl's)Duo Evo Plus Pressure Cooker (6-Quart) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Ultra (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Black Friday mattress deals

The best mattress brands always offer Cyber Week deals that can save shoppers hundreds of dollars. This year, many started their sales well in advance and will extend them days after Cyber Monday. You may also want to pair your new mattress with a new set of sheets, pillows, or weighted blankets.

Special Edition II 11.5" Plush Mattress (Queen) (medium, Preferred: Macy's)Best Black Friday style and beauty deals

Nearly every fashion and style retailer, big and small, will offer wide-ranging sales during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Whether it's a new winter coat or a new pair of slippers, the shopping holiday is an excellent time to shop. 

Of course, there are several stores, like Adidas, Amazon, L.L.Bean, and Ulta, that are currently offering sales you can take advantage of right now.

Special #1: The Bestsellers Set (medium, Preferred: Glossier)3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Kit (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Allpa 35L Travel Pack (medium, Preferred: Cotopaxi)S1-Dual Voltage Rotating Curling Iron (medium, Preferred: Ulta)Luna Mini 2 (medium, Preferred: Ulta)One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Original Tour Short Packable Rain Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultraboost x Clima Running Shoe (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Deodorant (3-pack) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Black Friday holiday decor deals

With lockdowns in place, people are putting more emphasis than ever on installing holiday cheer in their homes this season. Black Friday is a great time to shop huge discounts on holiday and Christmas decor. Kohl's is offering more than 50% off all of its St. Nicholas Square holiday decor line (save an additional 10% with code THANKS), plus you'll get $15 Kohl's Cash for every $50 you spend. Target is also offering big discounts on its popular Wondershop decor, including 20% off Philips & Wondershop artificial trees, plus up to 20% off outdoor lit decor and holiday lighting. You can also find deals on holiday pajamas, Christmas ornaments, and more from retailers like Old Navy, West Elm, Pottery Barn, and others.

Deals by storeBlack Friday 2020 FAQsWhat is Black Friday? 

Black Friday is an annual sales event that traditionally happens at the end of November and, historically, marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. The event is one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year — sales are so high that the day can push a retailer into "the black," or solvency.

Shoppers can expect thousands of deals to crop up on over the entire weekend.

Is Black Friday 2020 canceled?

No, but it will be unlike any Black Friday that came before it. This year, Black Friday will be longer and more online than ever.

Nearly every major retailer is offering deals and exclusive offers throughout the month of November if they haven't started already. 

With the ongoing pandemic, the in-store Black Friday experience will look a lot different than in previous years. It's hard to imagine seeing the deluge of people scrambling for doorbuster deals happening this year with safety restrictions in place.

When is Black Friday 2020?

Black Friday is always the Friday after Thanksgiving. This year, Black Friday falls on November 27. 

However, due to increased online shopping and subsequent supply-chain delays related to the coronavirus pandemic, several storefronts, including Walmart and Best Buy, have augmented their schedules. Nearly every retailer is offering new sales and deals leading up to Black Friday. 

Shoppers can expect Black Friday-caliber deals will last through and beyond Cyber Monday.

What time does Black Friday start?

Technically speaking, Black Friday starts at 12:01 a.m. local time on November 27 for online retailers. However, Black Friday sales start whenever each retailer decides their sales will go live.

From what we've seen so far, several retailers will be releasing new deals every week in 2020. 

  • Amazon: Amazon's early Black Friday sale is already underway, but the best deals await those who shop on November 27.
  • Best Buy: Stores will be closed today, Thanksgiving Day, but the retailer is offering several deals ahead of schedule.
  • GameStop: GameStop's Black Friday sale began online on November 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Stores will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday with extended hours, and the sale will continue through November 29. 
  • The Home Depot: The Home Depot's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are live now through December 2. 
  • Kohl's: Stores are closed for Thanksgiving Day, but the retailer's online sale kick off today through Black Friday; the best sales will be saved for Black Friday proper. 
  • Macy's: Macy's Black Friday deals are now live across all departments. Macy's stores will be open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
  • Nordstrom: Nordstrom's Black Friday deals are also live across all departments, now through December 1. 
  • Target: The company is offered new deals every week of November for Black Friday this year, with weekly ads dropping each Thursday.
  • Walmart: Walmart's Black Friday sale kicks off on today, Thanksgiving Day, at 7 p.m. EST. In-store shopping on Black Friday starts at 5 a.m. local time. 
  • Wayfair: Wayfair's early Black Friday bargains are already released, but it's light on bonafide deals. We expect the retailer is saving its best prices for Black Friday. 
How long do Black Friday sales last?

Don't be fooled by the name that suggests it's a single day. It's most definitely not. It's more like a shopping season that begins in early November. 

Black Friday deals have started days and weeks in advance of the actual shopping day and will continue on until Cyber Monday. Better yet, some retailers hold their deals until well after both events to further boost the entire December shopping season.

What should you buy on Black Friday? 

Since it falls a few weeks before the gift-giving season, Black Friday provides excellent opportunities to buy — and save on all your holiday gifts  — before the last-minute rush. 

It's nearly guaranteed that you'll get great value for your money on certain products during Black Friday — but some products tend to see better discounts at other times of the year. If you go in knowing what you're looking for, you're less likely to be ripped off by a fancy-looking coupon or to spend money on products you don't need.

Shoppers can expect tons of great deals — including so-called "doorbusters" — online before and early on in Black Friday. During the event, prices will drop to all-time lows, often beating out prices we see over the course of the year. The sale covers every product category: tech, home and kitchen, fashion, and smart home. 

This Black Friday, shoppers should expect to see similar offers to the ones we saw on Amazon Prime Day, except more wide-ranging.

We recommend focusing on the following product categories if you want the best deals: 

  • TVs
  • Smart home devices
  • Gaming consoles and video games
  • Kitchen appliances

Historically, Black Friday has been a great time to purchase big-ticket electronics — especially larger TVs. Whether you're looking for a top-of-the-line Samsung set or LG OLED, or a budget-friendly TCL or Hisense model, Black Friday will likely deliver several deals.

Much like Amazon Prime Day, we expect to see tons of discounts on smart home products. We'll see Amazon Echo products drop to their lowest prices ever, plus several discounts and bundles on Google's recently released products.

This Black Friday is happening after the latest Xbox and Playstation consoles releases. While we're unlikely to see any markdowns on the consoles, we may see a few bundles crop up. We will likely see modest discounts on games for all consoles, and huge bundles for last-generation consoles. 

If you're looking for a kitchen upgrade, Black Friday is a great time to shop. We'll see big discounts on Instant Pot pressure cookers, KitchenAid appliances, pots and pans, plus everything else you'll want for the upcoming holiday season.

Of course, the deals found during Black Friday are incredibly wide-ranging. We expect there to be several deals on diapers, toilet paper, and other household essentials and toiletries.

Is Black Friday or Cyber Monday better?

It's complicated, and it matters much less this year.

For those unfamiliar, Cyber Monday traditionally comes three days after Black Friday, on Monday. However, we've seen Black Friday and Cyber Monday slowly merge and expand to a weeklong, or even a monthlong affair. Different products receive better discounts on each day, and the deals that each retailer offers will vary.

This year, with most Americans shopping online, it's more critical for shoppers to know where and what time to shop, not what day. 

A good rule of thumb to follow: If you think you see a good deal, (e.g., one we recommend) create the order as soon as possible. While you can always cancel or return a product, it's impossible to take advantage of an inactive, or expired deal.

Suppose you purchase a discounted product during Black Friday and see a more significant markdown at another retailer come Cyber Monday. Don't sweat it.

You can ask the original storefront to match the price (some automatically refund you the difference), or you can return or cancel the order, then place a new order with a better price. Some orders won't even ship during the weekend, which makes it easy to cancel orders.

For those who can shop in-person during Black Friday, we've found that it's better to shop on Black Friday in these situations:

  • For expensive products
  • For major stores
  • For this year's products
  • If you plan to do all your shopping in stores (if it's available in your area) instead of online

It should go without saying, but this year's in-store experience will be a lot different from last year. If you so choose to shop on Black Friday in-person, make sure to read up on the safety guidelines provided by each storefront.

What stores have Black Friday deals? 

Outside of a few notable exceptions like REI, nearly every major retailer and direct-to-consumer company will offer markdowns during the event. Shoppers should expect deals from Walmart, Best Buy, Dell, Amazon, Adorama, Lowe's, The Home Depot, and more.

As we do every Black Friday, we are sifting through all of the offers and rounding up the best deals from your favorite retailers. 

Will there be Black Friday shipping delays?

Shipping delays and major shopping holidays go hand in hand, and this year is no exception. Experts suggest that consumers may see low inventory problems and shipping, during Black Friday and the weeks following

While we do expect shipping delays, several retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, are hoping to alleviate some of that stress by offering in-store pickup and contactless curbside pickup. This means shoppers can grab their orders at a nearby location if the store has it in stock. 

When do Black Friday ads come out?

Every year, shoppers eagerly await Black Friday advertising to get a sneak peek at the deals each retailer will offer. Shoppers use these "ad scans" to help create their Black Friday game plan.

With Black Friday arriving tomorrow, shoppers can already preview the sales available from storefronts like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. We'll update this section to include all of the available ad scans as soon as they become available.

Here are the most important ad scans currently available: 

  • Amazon: The online retailer previewed its plans for Black Friday with a press release. There, Amazon announced that it would kick off its Black Friday sale on November 20, with discounts on tons of products, including Amazon-branded goods, Echo devices, Ring smart home products, and more.
  • Best Buy: Best Buy's Black Friday offers are currently live on their website. Be on the lookout for the "Deal available today" banner for markdowns you can take advantage of now, with new deals refreshing regularly until Black Friday.
  • GameStop: Shoppers can start finding discounted games and consoles early via  gamestop.com and through the GameStop mobile app starting November 25 at 8 p.m. CST, and in-store starting November 27 through November 29.
  • The Home Depot: Now through December 2, The Home Depot is offering discounts on appliances, home improvement tools, holiday decor, and more.
  • Kohl's: Kohl's pre-Black Friday sale kicked off on November 22. Shoppers can save an additional 15% off select products and pick up $15 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. Starting Thursday, November 26 through Black Friday, Kohl's will release several limited-time "Super Deals" wherein the retailer will offer its best discounts.
  • Target: While some doorbusters won't be available until tomorrow, Target is offering several Black Friday deals right now. Shoppers can find all of the deals available now and during Black Friday in the released ad
  • Walmart: To find the ad scan, first find your local Walmart via the local directory. Once you get to the "Store Overview" page, find the "Weekly Ad" section.
How we select the best Black Friday deals
  • We only choose products that meet our high standard of coverage and that we've either used ourselves or researched carefully.
  • We'll compare the prices among top retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart and include only the deals that are better than all others offered (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards). 
  • All deals will be at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an outsize value.
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The 20 best Black Friday deals still available include $90 off a Samsung smartwatch, $60 off a food vacuum sealer, and more

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:38pm

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Black Friday can feel like a hectic day, especially when you have to divide your time between making the perfect platter of Thanksgiving leftovers and penning your gift shopping list for everyone in the family. It's even more frustrating when you click on a deal only to find it's already out of stock or won't be shipped until January — long after you need it. 

Though we're constantly keeping tabs on the best tech deals, mattress deals, and more, we also have a shortlist, all-stars group of deals that we think you shouldn't miss. And even though they're great deals (many are down to all-time-low prices), they're still available and in stock. 

Below, we've rounded up the best deals worth your time and money. Some of the products have been featured as the best in their category in our guides, while others come from our favorite online startups. 

Here are the 20 best Black Friday 2020 deals you can still buy right now:  FoodSaver Space-Saving Food Vacuum Sealer

 

Amazon Fire TV Cube plus 1-year subscription to Food Network Kitchen

 

Parachute Classic Bathrobe

 

Staub Cast Iron Round Cocotte

 

XBox Game Pass Ultimate 3 Month Membership (Digital)

 

Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

 

JBL Boombox

 

VTech Digital Video Monitor

 

Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus

 

Google Chromecast

 

Autonomous Smart Desk 2 Premium

 

Echo Dot (4th Generation)

 

Foreo Luna Mini 2 Luna Mini 2 (medium, Preferred: Amazon) Brooklinen Weighted Comforter

 

Everlane Day Boot

 

Leesa Hybrid Mattress

 

Nintendo Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch

 

Nordstrom Adult Washable Face Masks (6-Pack)

 

Dyson V8 Absolute V8 Absolute (medium, Preferred: Dyson) Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips Kit

 

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'It's not how I wanted to go out': Chris Krebs, the election security official fired by Trump, opens up in new interview and dismisses 'farcical' claims of voter fraud

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 11:26pm
Christopher Krebs, former director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 14, 2019.
  • Chris Krebs, the former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told CBS "the American people should have 100% confidence in their vote."
  • Krebs was fired by President Trump earlier this month for refusing to go along with Trump's unsupported claims of election fraud in the 2020 election.
  • Krebs said he was not "necessarily surprised" by Trump's decision. Still, "It's not how I wanted to go out."
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Chris Krebs was not "necessarily surprised" when President Donald Trump fired him in a tweet. But, in an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," the former elections security official said he stands by his assessment that the 2020 election was "the most secure in American history."

Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security, was fired on November 17 after repeatedly striking down the president's conspiracy theories surrounding his loss.

In an interview airing in full on Sunday, Krebs described the claims being circulated by Trump and his allies as "farcical."

—60 Minutes (@60Minutes) November 27, 2020

"The proof is in the ballots," Krebs said. "The recounts are consistent with the initial count and, to me, that's further evidence — that's confirmation — that the systems used in the 2020 election performed as expected, and the American people should have 100% confidence in their vote."

Krebs added that he was not shocked that Trump terminated him, but said "it's not how I wanted to go out."

"I think the thing that upsets me the most about that is I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to my team," he said.

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The best Black Friday Lego deals include savings on hard-to-find items, popular sets like "Star Wars," and more

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:31pm

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Whether you're a child or a child at heart, Lego lovers can find savings this Black Friday on select sets, from iconic Lego themes like City and Technic, to the Creators series and models based on popular series such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. And, most of these deals will last the entire Black Friday weekend at retailers including Lego, Kohl's, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. (If you spend $150 or more online at Lego.com, you get a limited-edition Charles Dickens Tribute mini set.)

We've rounded up several of our favorite sets — including the hard-to-find Steamboat Willie — as well as Lego-related products. As long as the sales continue, we will update this page with new finds.

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The best Samsung Black Friday deals still available include up to 27% off TVs, up to 43% off smartphones, and more

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 10:11pm

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Samsung always offers some of the best tech deals, and Black Friday 2020 is no exception. Big ticket items, like TVs, are what Black Friday is all about, and there are plenty of discounts on Samsung's TV lineup, from entry-level 4K TVs, through 4K QLED TVs, all the way up to the very latest 8K TVs.

As a consumer tech giant, Samsung manufactures some of the best smartphones, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and tablets that money can buy, and we're seeing some intriguing discounts throughout those categories.

There are even a handful of price cuts on some Samsung home appliances, from washers and dryers to vacuum cleaners. You'll find all the very best Samsung Black Friday deals right here.

The best Black Friday Samsung TV deals65-inch Q900TS QLED 8K TV (medium, Preferred: Samsung)65-inch Q80T QLED TV (medium, Preferred: Amazon)50-inch Q60T QLED 4K Smart TV (medium, Preferred: Amazon)50-inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV with HDR (UN50NU6900) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)The Terrace Outdoor TV (medium, Preferred: Samsung)The best Black Friday Samsung smartphone dealsGalaxy S20 Plus (medium, Preferred: B&H)Galaxy Note 20 (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Galaxy S20 FE (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Galaxy S20 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)The best Black Friday Samsung wearable dealsGalaxy Watch 3  (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Galaxy Watch Active 2 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Galaxy Buds+ (medium, Preferred: Amazon)More standout Black Friday Samsung dealsRead the original article on Business Insider

How to watch Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — the boxing legends face off in a heavyweight PPV fight on November 28

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 9:42pm

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Despite both dominating boxing in the 90s, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. have never met in the ring, until now.
  • Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. will fight in an exhibition match in Los Angeles on November 28.
  • Tyson, now 54, last fought in 2006 and has a career record of 50-6 (44 knockouts) while Jones Jr., 51, retired in 2018 with a record of 66-9 (47 knockouts).
  • YouTuber Jake Paul will fight retired NBA player Nate Robinson in an undercard match — it will be Paul's second professional fight and Robinson's first.
  • Tyson vs Jones Jr. is a $50 pay-per-view event that can be purchased though your cable provider or streamed live via Fite.TV.

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., two of the boxing world's living legends, will meet in the ring for an eight-round exhibition match in Los Angeles on November 28. The fight will stream live through Fite TV and cable pay-per-view providers for $49.99, with the main card starting at 9 p.m. ET.

The fight between Tyson, 54, and Jones Jr., 51, was originally planned for September 12, but was rescheduled to be held in the Staples Center arena in Los Angeles. Fans won't be in attendance for the event, but the fight card features seven fights, including a bout between YouTube Jake Paul and former NBA player Nate Robinson.

Tyson hasn't fought since 2006, when he participated in a four-round exhibition match in Ohio against Corey Sanders. Tyson's professional record is 50-6 with 44 KOs — he is best remembered for starting his career 37-0, with his tremendous power delivering 12 first round knockouts in his first 19 fights.

Roy Jones Jr. has a career record of 66-9 with 47 KOs; his last fight was a 2018 decision win over cruiserweight Scott Sigmon. Jones Jr. was one of the most decorated fighters of the 1990s and won championships in five different weight classes over the course of his career. The Boxing Writers Association of America named Jones Jr. the best fighter of the 1990s.

How to watch Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson vs. Jones Jr. is a pay-per-view event, so whether you're watching on cable or streaming, you'll have to pay the $49.99 viewing fee. The fight can be purchased on FiteTV or through your cable provider.

The main card will start at 9 p.m. ET with three matches scheduled before Tyson and Jones Jr. meet in the ring.

Fight commentary will be provided by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and Al Bernstein of Showtime Championship Boxing. Spanish commentary will also be available live, and you'll be able to rewind the fight and watch the replay anytime through February 28, 2021.

Here's the fight card for Tyson vs Jones Jr.Undercard
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Greg Corbin
  • Irvin Jonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez
  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Sulaiman Segawa
Main card
  • Hasim Rahman Jr vs. Rashad Coulter
  • Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan
  • Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson
  • Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr
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Amazon's Black Friday 2020 tech deals are going fast, but you can still save on Echo bundles, Kindles, and more tonight

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 9:17pm

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Amazon's Black Friday deals are in full swing and its tech deals are pouring in, but they likely aren't going to last long. Some items are also seeing delayed shipping estimates, with some devices shipping out in late December if not out of stock altogether.

This year, we're seeing an emphasis on entertainment deals: TVs and speakers from brands like Sony and Samsung have seen deep discounts since early this week. You can also find excellent price drops on smart home tech like Amazon's all-new Echo devices, which were just announced in September.

We've highlighted some of the best tech deals you can find from Amazon right now, though you may want to act fast — some are only available for a limited time.

Table of Contents: Masthead StickyBest Amazon Black Friday tech deals in 2020All-New Echo (4th Gen) Philips Hue Bundle (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Echo Flex (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Ultra (medium, Preferred: Amazon)All-New Kindle (medium, Preferred: Amazon)G513 Carbon Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Amazon Echo and device Black Friday deals in 2020Best Black Friday Amazon video doorbell deals in 2020Best Black Friday Amazon headphone and speaker deals in 2020Elite 65t Earbuds (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Best Black Friday Amazon Fire tablet and Kindle deals in 2020Best Black Friday Amazon PC and accessory deals in 2020Intuos S (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

 

Best Black Friday Amazon TV deals in 2020When does Amazon's Black Friday sale start?

Amazon's deals began on November 20 and will be running through November 27.  New deals will appear daily throughout the week, and some of them will only be available for 24 hours. The company is also extending its returns window so that customers can return products shipped now through December 31 by January 31, 2021 for free. 

Where can I find Amazon's Black Friday deals?

Amazon's Black Friday page will be the place to check if you want to browse the retailer's holiday shopping discounts. Just like years past, Amazon will also be offering Alexa-exclusive deals that can be discovered by asking, "Alexa, what are my deals?" These Alexa-only discounts also started on November 20. 

Do you need an Amazon Prime membership for the deals?

Unlike Amazon Prime Day, you don't need to be a Prime member to take advantage of Amazon's Black Friday deals. But you do get perks like faster delivery and exclusive deals if you sign up for Prime which costs $12.99 per month. It's a worthwhile option if you plan to do the bulk of your holiday shopping on Amazon and want the flexibility to order last-minute gifts. 

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How do we select the best Black Friday deals at Amazon?
  • We select products that meet our high standards of coverage from brands we've tested.
  • We research prices across retailers like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy and compare these against historical price drops to find the deals that are worth your time.
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The 240+ best Black Friday store sales of 2020, from big-box retailers to our favorite startups

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 9:07pm

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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the mass of Black Friday deals that November brings every year. This year, the event falls on November 27, during which you can expect to see major players like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy to drop tons of excellent deals alongside retail startups we love, like Leesa, Brooklinen, Bombas, and Tommy John.

We're keeping track of all the online stores participating in Black Friday 2020 to help you plan out your shopping hit list before the event rolls around. Check back here for updates as more deals are released today and through the rest of the week. 

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  • Apple: Get an Apple Gift Card of up to $150 on eligible products through November 30.
  • B&H Photo: Save big on cameras, accessories, and other accessories.
  • Bose: Save up to 50% on headphones, speakers, and more.
  • Dell: Save on Dell computers, TVs, gaming gear, and more for Black Friday with new doorbusters being released daily at 11 a.m. ET. 
  • GoPro: Save $200 when you buy the Hero9 Bundle with a 1-year GoPro subscription.
  • HP: Save on laptops, printers, monitors, accessories, and more with flash sales and doorbuster deals being added daily.
  • JBL: Save 10% to 60% off select speakers, headphones, and more.
  • LG: Save up to $1,700 on select TVs through November 30.
  • Master & Dynamic: Save up to 25% sitewide and the brand will donate 5% to City Harvest.
  • Microsoft: Select Surface devices are on sale now. Also save on PCs, Xbox games, and more.
  • Nomad: Save 30% on everything.
  • PhoneSoap: Save 20% on phone sanitizers and get free shipping with the code HOLIDAY20.
  • Samsung: Save on Galaxy phones, Galaxy smartwatches, Galaxy Buds Live, TVs, gaming monitors, and more.
  • Sonos: Save $100 on select products, including the Sonos Move and Sonos Beam, through November 30.
  • Speck: Take 25% off sitewide; some exclusions apply.
  • UrbanEars: Save up to 50% on select headphones and speakers through November 30.
  • Verizon: Save on smartphones, wearables, headphones, and other accessories.
Best Black Friday home and kitchen sales
  • 1-800-Flowers: Save up to 40% on select items. 
  • Autonomous: Save 20% on select items until 3 a.m. EST on November 29.
  • Anthropologie: 30% off everything in stores and online.
  • Avocado: Save $50 on throws, adjustable bed frames, sheets, and duvets through November 30.
  • Baloo: Take 30% off all weighted bedding with code Holiday30.
  • Boll & Branch: Get 25% off sitewide. 
  • Brandless: Save up to $50 on select bundles through December 1.
  • Brooklinen: Get 20% off sitewide.
  • Burrow: Save 10% sitewide.
  • CB2: Save 15% off purchases of $100+, 20% off purchases of $1,999+, and 25% off purchases of $3,999+ with code SAVEMORE.
  • The Company Store: Save 20% sitewide and up to 40% on select items using code BLKFRIDAY20.
  • Coop Home Goods: Save 15% sitewide or 20% on orders $300+ with code SWEETDREAMS
  • Crane and Canopy: Save 20% on everything, including bedding, sheets, and decor with code YAY20.
  • Crate & Barrel: Up to 30% off select holiday home items and up to 20% off toys.
  • Crowd Cow: Get free bacon when you order a holiday ham through November 30.
  • DreamCloud: Get $200 off the Luxury Hybrid and a free set including two pillows, a mattress protector, and a luxury sheet set. 
  • Dyson: Several popular Dyson vacuum models are up to 40% off through November 28. Read our round-up of the best deals here.
  • Framebridge: Get 20% off orders of $50 or more with code BF20.
  • Fully: Take 15% off every desk, including standing desk and home office chairs.
  • Goby: Take 25% off your order of two toothbrush kits or more now through November 29.
  • Gravity Blankets: Save 20% sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY2020
  • Great Jones: Get 20% off all orders over $100.
  • Happiest Baby: Save 25% on the favorite Snoo bassinet.
  • Hedley & Bennett: Take 20% off orders over $50, 25% off orders over $100, and 30% off orders over $200, plus get a free mask with any order over $50.
  • Horchow: Up to 40% off, plus free shipping on orders over $50 with code HOLIDAY
  • The Inside: Take 20% off sitewide.
  • iRobot: Save up to $200 on new Roomba vacuums through December 5.
  • Keurig: Save 30% on coffee makers and accessories and 25% off K-Cups with code BF2020 through November 29.
  • Made In: Get up to 30% off cookware, knives, and kitchen accessories.
  • Michaels: Save up to 70% through November 28.
  • Miku: Save $50 on a Miku Smart Baby Monitor with free shipping starting November 25.
  • Monica and Andy: Save up 30% off everything and 60% on select styles. 
  • Nutribullet: Get 25% off your entire order with code GETGIFTING.
  • Our Place: Save $50 on the bestselling Always Pan with code SUPERSALE.
  • Otherland: Save up to 35% on all candles.  
  • OXO: Save 20% on bakeware from now through November 30.
  • Parachute: Get 20% off sitewide through November 30.
  • Pottery Barn: Save up to 20%, plus get free shipping on orders of $79+ with the code THANKFUL.
  • ReserveBar: Save up to 40%.
  • Ruggable: Save 20% off sitewide with code BFCM20.
  • Sardel: Take 20% off sitewide.
  • Shark: Up to $180 off cordless and robot vacuums. 
  • The Sill: Save up to 50% off a special Black Friday Sale collection.
  • Simplehuman: Save up to 25% on kitchen and bathroom bestsellers through November 30.
  • Snowe: Save 20% on orders $100+ with free shipping.
  • Sur la Table: Save up to 55% on cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, small appliances, and more.
  • Treatlife: Save 20% on smart lighting products through November 30.
  • Tushy: Save 15% on all bidets through November 29 and score free shipping with code FREESHIP.
  • Vitamix: Save up to $100 on blenders through November 30.
  • Wayfair: Get up to 80% off GE appliances and furniture — new deals are added every day. 
  • West Elm: Save up to 50% on bedding, rugs, decor, and more. Also, you can get an extra 20% off clearance items with code EXTRA20.
  • Williams-Sonoma: Save up to 50% on everything with an extra 20% off clearance with code EXTRA.
  • World Market: Up to 40% off holiday decor, clothing, toys, and more.
Best Black Friday mattress sales
  • Allswell: Save 25% on everything except the original Allswell mattress through November 30 with code TURKEY25.
  • Awara: Save $300 off any mattress, plus 25% accessories.
  • Amerisleep: Save 30% on mattresses and get two free pillows plus free delivery with the code BF30.
  • Bear: Get 20% off a Bear mattress and a free gift set with purchase; the gift set includes a sheet set and 2 Cloud pillows. 
  • Brooklyn Bedding: Through November 29, save 25% sitewide and 50% on sheets with code BLACKFRIDAY25.
  • Casper: Save 30% on bundles, 15% on mattresses, and 10% on everything else. 
  • Eight Sleep: Save $250 on the Pod Pro and get 20% off accessories — you'll need to enter your email though. 
  • Helix: Use code BLACKFRIDAY100 to get $100 off any mattress and two free pillows.
  • Layla: Save $200 on mattresses and get free two pillows, a free sheet set, and a free mattress protector with every mattress purchase now through November 30.
  • Leesa: Save up to $500 on Leesa mattresses and get 2 free pillows with purchase. 
  • Nectar: Get a mattress protector, sheets set, and premium pillows included with every mattress purchase.
  • Purple: Save up to $500 on a mattress + sleep bundle.
  • Saatva: Save $200 on any purchase of $1000 or more.
  • Serta: Save up to $400 on an iComfort Mattress.
  • Tempur-Pedic: Save 40% on the Tempur Essential Mattress and 40% on all Tempur Toppers.
  • Tuft & Needle: Save 10% sitewide from Tuft & Needle from now through November 25.
Best Black Friday streaming sales
  • Amazon Music Unlimited: New subscribers get 3 months free. 
  • Hulu: Save 65% on the regular price of ad-supported Hulu. Spend $2 for 12 months, then $6/month afterward — you can cancel any time.
  • Peacock: Save 20% on Peacock Premium. 
  • Sling TV: Buy one month of SLING, get one month free, and get a free AirTV Mini streaming device with a Sling subscription.
  • Tidal: Get TIDAL Premium for $1 for 4 months, or TIDAL HiFi for $2 for 4 months.
  • Roku: Get select channels like Showtime, Starz, and Epix for just 99 cents per month on The Roku Channel through November 30.
Best Black Friday fashion and beauty sales
  • & Other Stories: Get 25% off everything both in stores and online.
  • Adidas: Save up to 50% on thousands of items.
  • Aldo: Save up to 50% on select styles and 25% off brand new collections.
  • Allen Edmonds: Save $150 on all boots and get an extra 30% off sale styles (reflects in-cart).
  • Alleyoop: Save 20% sitewide, plus get a free tote with purchase of $70 or more through November 30.
  • Andrew Marc: Get an extra 30% off sitewide with code BLKFRI.
  • Aurate: Use code STUFFED to get 20% off orders under $400 or 25% off orders over $400.
  • Banana Republic: Save 50% on everything and an extra 10% off with a Gap Inc. credit card and code BRC10.
  • BareMinerals: Save 25% sitewide with code FAVEFRIDAY.
  • BaubleBar: Save 30% sitewide with code BB30.
  • Beau Ties Ltd: 60% off sneakers, 50% off pocket squares and ties, and 25% off leather belts.
  • BeautyBio: Save 30% sitewide with code GLO30.
  • Bloomingdale's: Save 25% on regular- and sale-priced items and 50% on clearance items through November 28.
  • Bombas: Save 20% off sitewide by using the promo code CHEER20 at checkout.
  • Bonobos: Get 30% off sitewide plus free shipping with code FRIDAYWEEK.
  • Candid: Save $500 on treatment when you pre-purchase aligners.
  • Carter's: Save up to 60% on clothes for kids.
  • Catbird: Save 15% sitewide through November 30.
  • Clarks: Save 50% on your entire purchase with code CYBER
  • Coach: Get 30% off full-price styles with code THANKS30.
  • Cole Haan: Save 50% on almost everything sitewide — prices are marked.
  • Columbia: 50% off select styles.
  • Converse: Take 50% off boots and 25% off everything else through November 29 with code CYBERWEEK.
  • Crocs: Save 30% sitewide or get even more savings on doorbusters. 
  • Cubcoats: Save up to 50% on certain designs. 
  • Dagne Dover: Take 20% off everything with the code SHINEBRIGHT at checkout.
  • Dermstore: Save up to 30% on over 200 brands, plus earn double Dermstore Rewards points on select brands with code SHARETHELOVE through November 30.
  • DevaCurl: Save 30% sitewide with code BLACKFRIYAY.
  • Everlane: Take up to 40% off sitewide and get free shipping on orders over $75.
  • EyeBuyDirect: Buy one get one free plus 25% off your order with promo code FRIDAY.
  • Felix Gray: Receive 15% off sitewide with code DIGIN through December 2.
  • Fenty Beauty: Get 30% off sitewide through December 1. Orders over $75 will also receive a free Fenty Skincare Bag.
  • Frank and Oak: Save 30% on everything with code BLACKFRIDAY30.
  • Function of Beauty: Save 30% on orders totaling $50 or more; discount applied at checkout.
  • Garnet Hill: 40% off sleepwear and bedding.
  • Girlfriend Collective: Save 30% sitewide.
  • GlassesUSA: Save 30% on designer brands with code BRANDS30 and 65% on other frames with code BLACK65. GlassesUSA also offers free prescription lenses and free shipping.
  • Glossier: Take 25% off sitewide and up to 35% off sets through November 30.
  • Gorjana: Save $25 on orders $125+, $50 on orders of $200+, and $100 on orders of $350+. 
  • Her Room: Up to 50% off bras, underwear, shapewear, and more.
  • The Honest Company: Save up to 30% with code BRIGHT30.
  • Ilia: 20% off sitewide through November 30 with code UNWRAP20.
  • Indochino: Save up to $110 on suits, shirts, outerwear, and more. 
  • Kiehl's: Save 25% on your entire purchase with code CYBER and enjoy 50% off select products.
  • Levi's: Save 40% on everything with free shipping when you use code BLUESTREAK from now through November 28.
  • Lively: Get a free tie-dye tote with every order.
  • L.L.Bean: Take 15% off your order with the code THANKS15, now through December 1.
  • Loulou Lollipop: Save 15% with no minimum spend using code BFCM2015 or save 25% when you spend $50 or more with code BFCM2025 through November 30.
  • Maelove: Take 10% off your purchase of two items with promo code TEN or 20% off your purchase of three or more items (automatically applied at checkout).
  • M.GEMI: Save up to 70% sitewide.
  • Madewell: Save up to 50% on the brand's bestsellers with code VERYMERRY in stores and online through November 29.
  • Mejuri: Buy 1 piece of jewelry, get 10% off; buy 2 pieces, get 15% off; buy 3 or more pieces, and get 50% off. The sale is live now through November 30.
  • Ministry of Supply: Save 25% sitewide through November 30.
  • M.M.LaFleur: Save an extra 25% on sale styles with code EXTRA25 in the retailer's extremely rare Unprecedented Times sale, ending November 30.
  • Monica + Andy: Save 30% sitewide and 60% on select styles.
  • Mott & Bow: Save 15% sitewide, 20% off orders of $250+, or 25% off orders of $500+ with the code bf20.
  • Naadam: Get 40% off eligible items with the code BLACKFRI40 at checkout.
  • Nordstrom: Find deep discounts on women'smen's, and kids' clothingbeauty and fragrance, and home goods until December 1. Read our roundup of the best deals here.
  • Nike: Save up to 40% on sale styles. 
  • Nisolo: Save 20% on certain men's and women's boots from Nisolo.
  • Old Navy: Save 50% on everything.
  • Outerknown: Save up to 70% on past-season favorites.
  • Parade: Save 30% sitewide with code BI30.
  • Pipette: Save up to 40% off skincare for moms and babies with code SAVEMORE.
  • Primary: Up to 40% off kids' clothes and family pajamas, plus free shipping for a year with code FREEYEAR.
  • Redbubble: Save up to 60% with code DEALS2020.
  • Roots: Save 25% on almost everything now through November 30 and get free shipping on orders $75+.
  • Rothy's: Shop the exclusive Black Friday collection now.
  • SmileDirectClub: Get an impression kit for $12 (normally $59) with code SMILE4GIFTS. Return the kit for a full rebate and six months of free teeth whitening.
  • Soludos: Save 25% sitewide and get free shipping on orders of $75 or more through December 1.
  • SPANX: Save 20% sitewide through November 30.
  • Summersalt: Get $20 towards your purchase, free shipping, and a free face mask and hand sanitizer with code CELEBRATE.
  • Sundance: Take 20% off sitewide, plus get free shipping.
  • The Children's Place: Save 50-70% off sitewide.
  • ThirdLove: Get bras for as low as $28 while supplies last. 
  • Tommy John: Get 25% off and free shipping on orders of $100 or more.
  • Toms: Save 35% on your entire order with the code PREVIEW at checkout.
  • Tory Burch: Save 30% on orders $250+ and get up to 60% off sale styles with code THANKS
  • Ulta: Save up to 50% on makeup, skincare, haircare, and grooming and get free shipping on orders of $35 or more.
  • Uniqlo: Save on sweaters, Heattech innerwear, and more with select deals online-only. 
  • United by Blue: Save up to 50% sitewide.
  • Urban Outfitters: 25% off your entire purchase on Black Friday only.
  • Vincero: Save 15% sitewide or get 20% off $200+ and 25% off $300+ through December 2. 
  • Yoox: Up to 90% off through November 28.
  • Zappos: Save 20% or more on shoes, clothing, bags, and more. 
  • Zenni Optical: Save 15% on orders $10+, 20% on orders $30+, and 25% on orders $75+ with code BF2020.
Best Black Friday outdoor and fitness sales
  • 5.11 Tactical: Save up to 60% through November 29. 
  • Alo Yoga: Save up to 70% sitewide through December 1 with new items dropping throughout Cyber Week.
  • Arctic Cool: Save 25% sitewide through December 2 — a rare deep discount from the retailer.
  • Athleta: Save 20% on activewear through November 29.
  • Backcountry: Save up to 30% on brands like Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Columbia, Salomon, and more.
  • Big Agnes: Save up to $30 off tents and 25% off last season's sleeping pads through November 30, plus get free shipping with code HAPPYCAMPER
  • Fight Camp: FightCamp's offering a free conditioning kit (typically a $159 extra charge) as well as two months of free classes with the code BFCM2FREE. The conditioning kit includes a speed jump rope, hand weights, an agility ladder, and a hypersphere mini.
  • Hydro Flask: Get 25% off sitewide.
  • Hyperice: Get $70 off select massage guns, $450 off Normatec recovery systems, and 30% off other recovery tech through November 30.
  • Janji: Save 20% or more sitewide. 
  • Lululemon: Save on leggings, sports bras, and men's and women's activewear.
  • Mirror: Save $500 with the code BLACKFRIDAY20 at checkout.
  • Odlo: Up to 40% off premium performance wear through November 30.
  • Osprey: Save up to 50% with free shipping through November 30.
  • Outdoor Voices: Save up to 70% off select styles.
  • Rhone: Save 30% sitewide through November 30.
  • Saxx: Save on everything including underwear, sleepwear, and more, while supplies last. 
  • The North Face: Get 30% off select styles through November 30.
  • Theragun: Save up to $150 on Theragun massagers. The brand's TheraOne CBD line is also buy one, get one free.
  • Under Armour: Save up to 50%, no promo code needed.
  • Yeti: Yeti is releasing limited-edition products and retired colorways of some of its most popular outdoor gear and equipment every day through November 27 while supplies last.
Best Black Friday travel gear sales
  • Away: Save up to $125 on luggage bundles.
  • Briggs & Riley: Save $50 off items $199+ and $100 off items $399+, plus receive a free toiletry bag with all purchases of $399 or more through November 30.
  • Calpak: Save 25% sitewide through November 29.
  • Lo & Sons: Save up to 70% sitewide through November 29.
  • Monos: Save up to 50% sitewide with code BF2020.
  • Timbuk2: Save up to 50% on during the In the Bag sale.
  • Tortuga: Save 20% when you spend $200 or more, 25% when you spend $300 or more, or 30% when you spend $500 or more.
  • Travelpro: Save 15-20% off most items with certain items seeing discounts of up to 60%. 
Best Black Friday toys, games, and collectible sales
  • Buy Buy Baby: Save up to 40% on car seats, strollers, nursery furniture, and more.
  • Crate & Kids: Save up to 20% on toys.
  • Crayola: Save up to 60% off toys during the Color Friday event.
  • The Dough Project: Save 30% sitewide.
  • Fat Brain Toys: Save up to 70%.
  • GameStop: Save with the store's 5-part Black Friday event starting now. Console-gaming and PC-gaming gear is on sale, with new deals added every day.
  • HearthSong: Take 20% off sitewide, plus free shipping on orders over $75 with code BFRIDAY20.
  • KiwiCo: Get one, two, or four months free with code MERRY.
  • LEGO: Save up to 20% on select items, November 27 to November 30.
  • Maisonette: Take 10% off sitewide, plus free shipping on all orders over $100 with code GROOVY10.
  • Osmo: Up to 40% off select kits.
  • PlayStation: Save up to 50% on digital games.
  • shopDisney: Save with the store's early Black Friday events: right now cozy essentials are an extra 20% off with code COZYUP.
Best Black Friday e-learning sales
  • Codecademy: Get 25% off one year of Codecademy Pro with code CYBER25.
  • Udemy: All courses start at $9.99 (90% off their usual price) through November 27.
  • Grammarly: Take 55% off Premium plans through November 27.
Best Black Friday sex toy sales
  • Bellesa Boutique: Save 30% sitewide. 
  • Chiavaye: Buy one, get one free. 
  • Coconu: Buy one get one 50% off with code BLACKFRIDAY.
  • Cute Little F*ckers: Save $10 on any toy or $50 off all 3. 
  • Dame: Save 20% sitewide and up to 35% on sets. 
  • Ella Paradis: Save up to 70% with code BLACK.
  • Elvie: Save 15% on the Elvie Pump and 25% on the Elvie Trainer through December 1.
  • Fun Factory: Save 25% sitewide with a free mini vibrator with any Stronic purchase.
  • Myhixel: Save 20% with code BLACK20.
  • MysteryVibe: Save 30% off the Crescendo, Tenuto, or Poco. 
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7 online stores that will ship live Christmas trees to your home: The Home Depot, Lowe's, Target, and more

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 8:44pm

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  • During the holiday season, Christmas trees are often the centerpiece for family celebrations.
  • We rounded up a list of stores that sell and deliver live trees, so you can get started on your holiday decorating.
  • Read on for where you can buy real Christmas trees and what each store offers in terms of selection and shipping.

Going to pick out a Christmas tree is a beloved family tradition for many, but this year it may look a little different. In the best of times, it can be hard to find time to go get a tree, and the coronavirus pandemic makes it even more challenging. Thankfully, many stores are selling real Christmas trees that you buy online and pick up or have delivered to your home.

The earlier you order your tree, the better. Check the retailer's shipping information to find out the last day for delivery by Christmas. Additionally, though the price of the trees may qualify you for free shipping, there is often a weight restriction that means you'll have to pay extra for shipping.

If you're looking to keep the holiday festivities low-fuss, artificial trees have become so convincing that their beauty matches their convenience. Check out our guide to the best artificial Christmas trees for a variety of options at different price points. We've also collected the best places to buy Christmas decorations, ornaments, and holiday lights as well as our favorite items. 

Here are 7 online stores where you can buy live Christmas trees:

A Tree to Your Door: A Tree to Your Door offers a detailed overview of all four types of trees they sell, though two are currently sold out. Right now, choose from Balsam fir and white pine in sizes ranging from 3 to 8.5 feet. You can use the rating system to determine whether the low branch strength of the white pine or the high fragrance of the balsam fir is the right for you. Trees ship out three times a week, but stock is limited so you'll need to order soon. Shipping costs vary by tree and your location.

Harry & David: For a smaller, though pricier, tree, Harry & David offers three living, prepotted trees from $80 to $130. The Whimsical Tree is an Alberta spruce that comes with felt ornaments and a fabric gnome, while the Make a Memory Tree is a blue spruce that can be replanted outdoors. Shipping costs depend on the presale price of the tree, but between December 11 and 24, a holiday season surcharge of $1.99 will be added.  

The Home Depot: Most of the fresh trees at The Home Depot fall into the price range of $50 to $200 depending on tree height and species. From a 7.5-foot Fraser fir grown in Oregon to a 5-foot Douglas fir out of Michigan, you are sure to find a tree that suits your home. Since the trees come from third-party sellers, like the National Plant Company and Online Orchards, shipping costs vary by the retailer. Some trees are currently backordered, but The Home Depot won't charge you until the tree ships and plenty are still available. 

L.L.Bean: Bring the aroma of Christmas into your home with a live tree or wreath from L.L.Bean. Its tabletop trees and hanging wreaths are made of fir and balsam and adorned in a variety of decorations. Orders take approximately 3 to 7 days to ship and purchases of $50 or more get free standard shipping.

Lowe's: The variety of species and prices ($29 to $169) at Lowe's are major selling points, but be sure to enter your zip code to find which trees are actually available in your area. The selection includes trees at nurseries in local The Home Depot stores offering curbside pick-up. Most trees also qualify for free delivery. 

Target: Choose from 5 fresh trees at Target this year, including scotch pine and Douglas fir, all between 3.5 to 7 feet. All of the trees are under $120, have free standard shipping, and come from the National Plant Network.

Walmart: Walmart entered the holiday market strong this year with the launch of its free tree delivery and Christmas light-hanging services. Though its trees only go up to 7 feet, they have Fraser fir, douglas fir, and scotch pine trees available. At checkout, you can see when your tree will arrive with standard shipping or pay extra for faster options. 

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The best Apple Watch Black Friday deals include discounts on the Series 6, SE, and Series 3

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 8:43pm

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Black Friday has finally arrived, and it's one of the best days of the year to shop for a new Apple Watch. 

The Apple Watch is the best smartwatch you can buy, thanks to its classy design, great fitness-tracking features, an intuitive interface, and more.

For Black Friday 2020, we've found discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3, the SE, and the Series 6, so there's a model for every budget. They're selling out fast, so you'll want to act quickly if there's a sale on the model you've been looking for.

You can check out more Apple Black Friday deals and the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Reviews.

Black Friday Apple Watch dealsApple Watch Series 6

The Apple Watch Series 6 is Apple's top model that comes with a new blood-oxygen sensor that measures SpO2 levels to track your overall respiratory and cardiac health. The Series 6 also runs on Apple's S6 chip that the company claims is 20% faster than the previous Series 5. It comes with a screen that can shine slightly brighter when in always-on mode and is capable of charging more quickly compared to other Apple Watches.

Walmart is offering $70 off the latest Apple Watch, which lets you measure ECGs and blood oxygen levels. Unfortunately, only the red color is discounted, though the band is customizable, like all Apple Watches.

Apple Watch SE

The Apple Watch SE is the perfect blend of features and affordability. This recently released Apple Watch is selling for less than $20 its usual price, which was already a bargain for all it offers.

It doesn't come with advanced health and fitness sensors like an ECG or SpO2 sensor, but still offers the core exercise and activity tracking capabilities that most people want from a smartwatch. The Apple Watch SE also runs on the same processor as the Series 5, giving it plenty of power for most people's needs.

Watch SE (44mm, GPS + Cellular) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Apple Watch Series 5

While it lacks a blood oxygen sensor and other upgrades found in the Series 6, the Series 5 is still a terrific high-end smartwatch. 

Apple Watch 3

Apple is still selling the 2017 Apple Watch 3 for $199, making it an option for budget-conscious buyers to get the core Apple Watch experience. Series 3 watch deals are selling out more quickly than the rest, so you may want to pick one up sooner rather than later.

Watch Series 3 (38mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Apple Black Friday FAQsDoes Apple have Black Friday deals?

Apple itself generally doesn't offer Black Friday deals from its website or its stores, but other retailers that sell Apple products, like Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon (as well as B&H Photo and Adorama), will have discounts on a range of Apple products. Apple is offering up to a $200 gift card along with select purchases this year. You can see all the best Apple Black Friday deals here.

Will a new Apple Watch come out in 2020?

In 2020, we've already seen the launch of two Apple Watch models: the aforementioned Apple Watch Series 6 and SE. We don't expect another Apple Watch model to be released in 2020.

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The best Sonos Black Friday deals still available include $100 off the wildly popular Beam, Move, and Sub speakers

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 8:26pm

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  • Sonos is offering $100 off its top-selling smart speakers for Black Friday 2020, including the Beam, Move, and Sub.
  • The Black Friday deals make these Sonos products more affordable than ever and are available at several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and the Sonos website.
  • Sonos offers a broad array of high-quality speakers and components, including a wireless subwoofer, soundbars, large shelf speakers, and small wall-mounted speakers.
  • If you're looking for more discounts, check out all the best Black Friday tech deals here.

Sonos is among the brands that have rolled out their Black Friday 2020 deals with $100 off several speakers and sets through Cyber Monday on the company's site, as well as Best Buy and Amazon.

Since its founding in 2002, Sonos has made a name for itself with its high-quality, multi-room audio systems. The California company was once considered a luxury brand but has become more accessible to a wider audience in recent years with more reasonably-priced smart TV soundbars, portable speakers, subwoofers, and more.

With the historically-low Black Friday prices, it's never been a better time to pick up Sonos speakers. Here are the best deals currently available and where to get them:

The best Sonos deals:Sonos Beam Smart TV Sound Bar

With nothing more than an HDMI cable connected to your TV, you can improve the sound quality of TV shows, movies, and video games with the Alexa and Google Assistant-compatible Sonos Beam. The deal appears to be about the same across retailers, with Best Buy charging 99 cents more than Amazon and Sonos.

Beam (medium, Preferred: Sonos)

You can also find the Sonos Beam for the same price at Amazon and Best Buy.

Sonos Move Battery-Powered Smart Speaker

Whether you're at home or on the go, the Sonos Move offers outstanding sound quality connecting via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to your devices to stream your favorite music, podcasts, audiobooks, and other media. Like the Beam, prices are pretty similar across retailers with Best Buy slightly more expensive.

That said, inventory varies at each retailer. The black version is sold out at Best Buy, but the white version remains in stock. Sonos has the black version listed as ready to ship on December 11, while the white version of the speaker isn't expected to ship until February 26, 2021. Finally, the black version will be in stock at Amazon on December 14, but the white version is sold out.

Move (medium, Preferred: Sonos)

You can also find the Sonos Move for the same price at Amazon and Best Buy.

Sonos Sub Wireless Subwoofer

Designed to connect with other Sonos speakers, the Sub produces a deep bass sound that enhances your listening experience, whether you use it for music or improving your home theater set-up.

Both color options are in stock at Best Buy. The white version is sold out at Amazon, but the black version will be in stock on December 13.  If you buy directly from Sonos, the black version is expected ship by December 18, while the white version has an estimated shipping date of January 8.

Sub (medium, Preferred: Sonos)

You can also find the Sonos Sub for the same price at Amazon and Best Buy.

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The US surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases — less than a week after hitting 12 million cases

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 8:01pm
A health care worker directs a person to use a nasal swab for a self administered test at the new federally funded COVID-19 testing site at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium on July 23, 2020 in Miami, Florida
  • The US surpassed 13 million COVID-19 cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 
  • The country surpassed 12 million COVID-19 cases just 6 days ago. 
  • One report predicted that the US could see as many as 1 million COVID-19 cases a day. 
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The United States surpassed 13 million coronavirus cases on Friday, just six days after it hit 12 million cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

The US surpassed 12 million cases on November 21, and only a week before that it hit 11 million cases. 

Public health experts have warned that this could be the deadliest wave the US has seen as cases and hospitalizations continue to rise. 

Earlier this month, a report from Pantheon Macroeconomics estimated that the US could see 1 million daily coronavirus cases by the end of the year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that most cases are spread by people who show no symptoms.

People "who feel well and may be unaware of their infectiousness to others" probably account for over 50% of COVID-19 transmissions, the CDC said in a science update last week. 

Health experts are also worried that Thanksgiving could be a super spreading holiday, with people traveling to see family and friends while carrying the virus. 

On Thursday, the COVID-19 Tracking Project reported 125,000 new coronavirus cases, however, 20 states and territories didn't provide a report when the data was collected. 

"Right now, as we're seeing exponential growth in cases and the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another leads to our recommendation to avoid travel at this time," Dr. Henry Walke, the COVID-19 incident manager at the CDC, told reporters on November 19

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Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals live right now include up to 55% off games like 'New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe' and 'Fire Emblem'

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 7:38pm

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The Nintendo Switch has been the bestselling video game console in the world for nearly two years straight, and social distancing has made the portable gaming system even more popular during 2020.

While the newly launched PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S|X are also in high demand, the Switch is more likely to be in stock online and in-stores throughout Black Friday weekend and the rest of the holiday season. Major retailers, like GameStop, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and even Kohl's, have had $300 Switch bundles in stock for Black Friday, and many of Nintendo's hit games are on sale for 50% off or more.

Below, we've rounded up the best Black Friday deals on Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories that we've found so far:

Nintendo Switch Black Friday bundles

The Switch hasn't seen significant discounts below its $300 price tag since its March 2017 release, and this year's Black Friday sales are no different. Shoppers can find a $300 Switch bundle that includes a digital copy of "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" (normally $50 to $60) and a code for a three-month membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service (usually $8), but stock has been limited. We've seen additional inventory pop up at some stores throughout the day, but it's not clear if more units will be available.

Unlike last year, this "Mario Kart 8" bundle features the updated version of the Switch with improved battery life. GameStop is also offering a second Switch bundle that comes with four collectible "Super Mario" glasses, but the "Mario Kart 8" bundle brings more value if you don't already have the game, or a Switch Online membership.

The $200 Switch Lite is a cheaper alternative to the standard Switch, but it can't be connected to TVs. While there aren't any special Black Friday Deals, it could still be a good pick for young children or as a secondary Switch used for traveling.

Black Friday deals on Nintendo Switch video games

Nintendo's exclusive franchises, like "Super Mario," "Pokémon," and "The Legend of Zelda," are the Switch's main attraction, and you'll find games from those series on sale at most major retailers during Black Friday weekend.

GameStop, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy are all offering $20 to $30 off games like "Super Mario Maker 2," "Pokémon Let's! Go Pikachu," "Yoshi's Crafted World," and "Fire Emblem: Three Houses." Prices vary from game to game, but should be consistent between stores. Digital copies from the Nintendo eShop are available at Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop, but typically cost $10 more than the physical copy.

The Black Friday discounts match the lowest prices we've seen for these $60 games to date, and GameStop has now dropped the price on some games even further, with a few titles on sale for as low as $27.

Other great Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals and gift ideas

If you can't find the right game for the Switch player in your life, you can still buy a discounted digital gift card for them to add money to their Nintendo Switch eShop account. You can also buy a Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which is required to play most games online and offers dozens of classic games from the Nintendo and Super Nintendo consoles.

MicroSD cards are on sale throughout Black Friday weekend too, so it's a great time to upgrade your storage from the Switch's internal 32GB. Make sure you get an SDXC grade card, since the MicroSD's transfer speeds will impact loading times on the Switch.

While the Switch comes with two Joy-Con controllers, picking up an extra for shared play sessions is never a bad idea. Both Switch Pro controllers and GameCube-style controllers used for "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" are seeing slight discounts for Black Friday. Online gamers can make use of a wired headset on the Switch, and those are on sale for up to 50% off at GameStop, Amazon, and other retailers.

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The best Black Friday 2020 gaming deals include Nintendo Switch bundle and discounts on new games like "Assassin's Creed Valhalla"

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 7:19pm

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We collected the best Black Friday gaming deals of 2020 we've found online so far.
  • Black Friday gaming deals on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC are now live.
  • Despite low stock on consoles, Black Friday 2020 is delivering some great deals on Nintendo and PlayStation exclusive games, and the lowest prices we've seen on some popular gaming accessories.
  • Several stores are offering a $300 Nintendo Switch bundle with "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" for Black Friday — but stock has been going in and out at popular retailers like Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.
  • Don't expect discounts on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, however — they all launched earlier this month and their stock remains extremely limited.
  • Check out Insider Reviews' Black Friday 2020 deals and best Black Friday tech deals for more savings.
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Black Friday 2020 gaming deals didn't bring all of the usual doorbuster discounts on consoles you might expect, but there are a few reasons for that. The recent launches of the next-gen PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles, alongside the ongoing pandemic and social distancing, have created intense demand for gaming products of all types. Many sought-after items, like the Nintendo Switch, sold out in the weeks leading up to Black Friday 2020 — as they have been since earlier this year.

But, there's still a healthy selection of games and accessories available at their lowest prices of the year. That includes newly released PS5 and Xbox Series X games like "Assassin's Creed: Valhalla," and "Watch Dogs Legion."

The Switch has continued to sell out during Black Friday, but a $300 bundle with "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" and three free months of Nintendo Switch Online have been popping up in limited quantities at different stores. First-party Nintendo games like "New Super Mario Wii U Deluxe" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" are $20 to $30 off at most retailers, and that includes digital copies from Nintendo's eShop.

We've listed the best gaming deals we've found online so far. Be sure to check out all of our Black Friday deals coverage for more detailed information, like a breakdown of GameStop's Black Friday sales, and where you can find the best Black Friday deals for the Nintendo Switch.

Best Black Friday gaming dealsBest Nintendo Switch Black Friday deals

The Nintendo Switch has been the bestselling console in the US for 23 straight months, and with a $300 "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" bundle selling at multiple retailers for Black Friday, that streak is likely to continue despite the release of the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X.

The "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe" Switch bundle includes the game and a three-month membership to the Nintendo Switch Online service, but stock has been selling out fast. More may be made available for order during Black Friday weekend though, so be sure to keep checking at major video game retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.

Several Nintendo Switch exclusives are $20 to $30 off at major retailers, matching the lowest price ever for games like "Super Mario Maker 2" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening." If you're looking for digital copies to take on the go with your portable Switch, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop are offering the same games for $40. That's just $10 more than the physical copy in most cases, and you'll instantly receive a digital download code for the Nintendo eShop instead of waiting for shipping.

Now's also a great time to consider expanding the Switch's 32GB internal memory to store more games with a discounted MicroSD card. The Switch can support up to 2TB expansions, though the 512GB and 128GB options tend to be the most cost-effective.

Best PlayStation Black Friday deals

The PlayStation 5 may be the most-coveted console of 2020, but don't expect to see any deals on the newly released console or PS5 games during this year's Black Friday sales. Instead, we're seeing a selection of this year's hit PlayStation 4-exclusive games — "The Last of Us 2," "Ghost of Tsushima," and "Final Fantasy VII Remake" — at their lowest prices since release.

Keep in mind that PS4 games will still work on PS5, and the next-gen system will automatically provide a significant boost in graphics quality and load times.

Sony is also hosting a huge online sale on digital PlayStation games in the PlayStation Network store, and you can get 25% off a one-year PlayStation Plus subscription, which is required to play online and provides free games each month.

Best Xbox Black Friday deals

Microsoft launched the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S earlier this month, but the new consoles aren't on sale for Black Friday. The weekend's best Xbox deal is on Microsoft's Netflix-style gaming subscription, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which lets gamers play more than 100 titles on their Xbox, PC, or Android phone. We've called the $15-per-month subscription the best deal in gaming, and you can buy a three-month membership for $19.99 right now.

Official Xbox controllers are also $20 off right now at Best Buy, which includes the newly remodeled Xbox wireless controller for Series S and Series X.

Microsoft, like Nintendo and Sony, is also holding a massive online sale for digital Xbox games and PC games for Windows 10.

Best PC gaming deals

PC gamers usually need specific parts and peripherals to upgrade their gaming setup, and Black Friday often brings the price drops needed to make improvements. So far we've seen discounts on PC gaming products from well-known brands like Logitech and Razer, including all-time low prices on Logitech's 502 wireless mouse, and Razer's Kraken Ultimate headset. If you're looking for an affordable laptop to start gaming on a PC, Dell has its G3 15 laptop for less than $600.

Few retail stores sell PC games in person, but you can find online sales on popular platforms like Steam and the Epic Games Store, where thousands of digital games are up to 90% off.

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The best Black Friday 2020 Apple deals on AirPods, iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and more

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Black Friday has finally arrived, and that means there are plenty of discounts to be had on Apple devices. Whether you're looking to upgrade your own iPad, need a new MacBook laptop, or are planning to gift a pair of AirPods this holiday season, there are several deals worth paying attention to.

Apple's lineup of Apple Watches are also on sale this Black Friday, from the Series 3 to the brand-new Series 6. Apple rarely drops its own prices, but retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Walmart are offering some compelling discounts on Black Friday. Many deals started days ago leading up to the annual shopping holiday.

Updated on 11/27 by Lisa Eadicicco: Added new language and updated to include new deals on the AirPods Pro and Beats Solo3 headphones. Removed MacBook Air and MacBook Pro deals that are no longer available. Updated price for a MacBook Pro deal. Removed a MacBook Air deal that's no longer active.

AirPods Black Friday dealsAirPods Pro 

With its noise cancellation, rich sound, and more customizable fit, the Airpods Pro are a great choice for iPhone owners looking for a pair of general purpose wireless earbuds. Even though they're a couple of dollars more expensive than their previous price of $194, the AirPods Pro are still a steal at $199.

AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Airpods with Wired Charging Case (Newest model) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

You can also find this price on Apple AirPods with a Wireless Charging Case at Walmart and Best Buy.

iPhone Black Friday deals

If you've been holding off on upgrading to Apple's new iPhone in anticipation of Black Friday deals, you've made the right choice. All of Apple's new iPhones, from the iPhone 12 Mini to the iPhone 12 Pro, are available at a discounted monthly installment rate through Walmart compared to what the major carriers are charging. Keep in mind that these deals only apply if you buy the phones through the carrier's monthly installment plan. 

The iPhone 12's refreshed design and improved camera make it a notable leap forward, especially if you're upgrading from an older model that you've had for three years or longer. Every 2020 iPhone supports 5G, which will keep your phone relevant for years to come as 5G networks evolve.

iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Walmart)iPhone 12 (medium, Preferred: Walmart)iPhone 12 Pro (medium, Preferred: Walmart)iPad Black Friday dealsiPad Air 2020 (4th Gen) (medium, Preferred: ABT)2020 iPad 10.20inch 8th-generation

Apple's least expensive iPad is even more affordable leading up to Black Friday. Best Buy is selling the 8th-generation iPad, which Apple just announced in September, for $280 instead of its usual price of $329. It runs on the same A12 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone XS, which means it should be plenty powerful for casual tasks like web browsing and streaming Netflix as well as light productivity and gaming. This deal makes it an even better option for those in need of a general-purpose tablet.

2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Apple iPad Pro

Apple's most powerful iPad is on sale this holiday season in both its 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. The iPad Pro's sleek look, long battery life, and excellent screen make it an ideal option for those who want a portable work device, especially now that iPads support mouse and trackpad input. Those savings are especially important for a device like the iPad Pro since you may want to put the extra cash towards the premium accessories Apple sells to make the most out of its super-sized tablet, like the $349 Magic Keyboard.

Read our full review of the iPad Pro

iPad Pro 2020 (2nd-gen),11-inch, WiFi, 128GB (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)2020 iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 256GB (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Check out our iPad buyers guideMac computer Black Friday deals

Apple MacBook Pro (2020, 13-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 4 Ports)

If you're a Mac fan in need of a laptop that's more powerful than the Air but about the same size, check out the 13-inch MacBook Pro. With 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB drive, this model has plenty of storage space and memory for handling demanding tasks like large video projects. The discount makes it a decent deal for a laptop from Apple.

Read our 13-inch MacBook Pro (early 2020) review

MacBook Pro (2020, 13-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 4 ports) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Macbook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 512GB) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)MacBook Pro (16-inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)MacBook Air (early 2020)

If you're shopping for a new laptop for schoolwork and light productivity, Amazon is offering a compelling deal on Apple's Intel-powered Macbook Air. This model comes with Apple's new and improved Magic keyboard that offers a more durable and comfortable design. It also has several of the other features Apple introduced on other recent MacBook models, like Touch ID for signing in with your fingerprint and True Tone, which enables the display's color temperature to adapt to the lighting in your surroundings. Since this model runs on an Intel Core i3 processor, it's best suited for casual work and web browsing rather than intense workflows.

See our review of the MacBook Air (early 2020)

Early 2020 MacBook Air (10th-gen dual-core Core i3, 8GB RAM, 256GB) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Apple Watch Black Friday dealsApple Watch Series 6 

Apple's top-of-the-line smartwatch is available at a $49 discount at both Amazon and Walmart. The Series 6 comes with improvements like a new blood oxygen sensor, faster charging, and a brighter always-on display. It's the Apple Watch to get if you really want everything Apple has to offer in terms of health and wellness tracking. However, if you're OK with just the basics, it's worth eyeing the cheaper Apple Watch SE or Series 3.

Read our Apple Watch Series 6 review

Series 6 (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

You can also find this price on the Apple Watch Series 6 at Walmart.

Apple Watch SE 

The Apple Watch SE is already a great deal, and it's even cheaper ahead of the holiday season. Apple's mid-tier watch still comes with many of the most important features found on the Series 6, like Apple's latest processor, a larger screen than the Series 3, and activity and fitness tracking features. If you don't mind sacrificing an always-on display, the ability to take an ECG from your wrist, and blood oxygen level measurements, the less expensive Apple Watch SE is the right model for you.

Read our Apple Watch SE review

Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Watch SE (44mm, GPS + Cellular) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Apple Watch Series 3 

It may be a little old, but the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a perfectly capable smartwatch for those in search of a bargain. It runs the latest Apple Watch software, meaning you'll get many of the basic features available on the SE and Series 6. If you want a smartwatch for little else than tracking workouts and checking notifications from your phone on the wrist, check out the Series 3.

Watch Series 3 (GPS, 42mm) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Watch Series 3 + LTE (42mm) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)Beats headphones Black Friday dealsBeats Studio3

The Beats Studio3 are a worthwhile option for those who want the easy pairing functionality of AirPods in an over-ear design. Complete with noise cancellation and long battery life, these headphones are a compelling option at their discounted price of $174.99 this holiday season.

Studio 3 Wireless Headphones (medium, Preferred: Target)Beats Solo Pro

Beats's popular on-ear Solo Pro headphones are also getting a massive discount this holiday season. Unlike the Studio3, the Solo Pro comes with Apple's newer H1 chip, which should offer faster switching between devices. Compared to their predecessor, the Solo Pro offers improvements when it comes to battery life, noise cancelling, and audio quality.

Solo Pro (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)PowerBeats Pro

The PowerBeats Pro are the headphones to get if you want a pair of wireless earbuds that offer a more snug and secure fit than Apple's AirPods. The PowerBeats Pro wrap around your ears for a tighter grip and offer longer battery life than the AirPods Pro. They also come with similar features, like quick pairing with Apple products, since the earbuds have Apple's H1 chip. But, unlike the AirPods Pro, they offer noise isolation rather than noise cancellation, which means they use the ear tips to block out sound rather than actually canceling out surrounding noises.

Powerbeats Pro (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)

You can also find this price on the Powerbeats Pro at Target and Amazon.

Apple Black Friday deals FAQDoes Apple offer deals on Black Friday?

Apple rarely discounts its own products on Black Friday. Instead, Apple usually offers gift cards along with certain eligible purchases. This year, the company is giving away gift cards of up to $150 from November 27 through November 30 on purchases that meet the following criteria: 

  • iPhone — Get a $50 gift card when you purchase an iPhone 11, iPhone SE, or iPhone XR

  • Apple Watch — Get a $25 gift card when you purchase an Apple Watch Series 3

  • AirPods — Get a $25 gift card when you purchase AirPods Pro, AirPods with wireless charging case, or AirPods with charging case

  • iPad — Get up to a $100 gift card when you buy an iPad Mini or iPad Pro

  • Mac — Get a $150 gift card when buying eligible MacBook Pro or iMac models

  • Apple TV and HomePod — Get up to a $100 gift card when buying an Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, or HomePod

  • Beats — Get a $50 gift card when buying Beats Studio3, Beats Solo Pro, Beats Solo3, Powerbeats Pro, or Powerbeats headphones
Should I buy from Amazon, Target, Best Buy, or Walmart?

Many of these retailers offer very similar deals on products like the AirPods and the Apple Watch, which means you'll have a couple of options should one retailer go out of stock. In instances in which multiple retailers offer the same product at the same price, consider which retailer is most convenient for you in terms of shipping options. If you have an Amazon Prime membership and want to get the product as fast as possible, it might make more sense to purchase through Amazon. But if you'd rather pick up the item at your nearby Target or Best Buy, you should consider ordering from your preferred brick-and-mortar retailer. Note to make sure you are purchasing from the retailer, not a third-party reseller.

Do these stores offer curbside pickup?

Yes. Target, Best Buy, and Walmart all offer curbside pickup. But, you should check with your local retailer since the rules may vary by location and items purchased. Walmart, for example, says not all stores offer curbside pickup for Black Friday deals.

How do we choose the best Apple deals?

We select products that meet our high standard of coverage based on testing and research. This includes testing Apple's products as well similar devices from its main competitors.

We also research prices across retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Target, and Best Buy and compare them against Apple's prices to find the deals that are worth paying attention to.

How do we return an Apple product?

Got an Apple product as a gift, but you don't need it? Check out our guide on how to return products to major retailers, including Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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Best Buy's Black Friday deals available now — save big on tablets, 4K TVs, headphones, Apple Watches, and more

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Black Friday 2020 is here, but shopping looks very different this year compared to past ones. Instead of camping out in front of stores and braving the crowds and lines, it will probably be more convenient (and a bit safer) if you stayed at home to shop. Luckily, you can still count on finding deep discounts on tech, smart home gadgets, and more from large retailers like Best Buy.

Best Buy is offering many Black Friday discounts right now during its Black Friday sale. As usual, Best Buy has lots of deals on TVs, speakers, headphones, laptops, gaming gear, and more. Some notable discounts available right now include a Samsung 65-inch QLED TV for $300 off, the Bose 700 headphones for $79 off, and $95 of an iRobot Roomba.

Best Buy's Black Friday 2020 sale features a Black Friday price guarantee to help you save all season long, but it's a perk limited to My Best Buy members. 

To help you get the best discounts this holiday season, we're highlighting the best deals from Best Buy's Black Friday sale below. For even more Best Buy discounts broken down by specific product categories, check out our full Best Buy Black Friday 2020 hub page.

We're also keeping tabs on Black Friday deals available online on Amazon, Target, Walmart, The Home Depot, Nordstrom, and more store sales.

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Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky
  • Black Friday 2020 is upon us, and there are multiple great tech deals available right now for the picking.
  • Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and the rest of your favorite retailers are cutting at prices for a number of their gadgets and other products.
  • You can check out the rest of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage on Insider Reviews.
  • Need to keep up on limited-time Black Friday deals in real time? We're already doing it for you.

Black Friday 2020 continues to roll out deals on a bunch of tech categories, like Apple devices, computers, tablets, cameras, smart home devices, gaming, and smart vacuums.

Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and many more have started dropping prices for a number of popular devices and other products.

Now that Black Friday is here, we're starting to track deals in real-time. Expect this story to be updated regularly through Black Friday with new deals information and links. Also, we'll answer all of the frequently asked questions you may have about Black Friday 2020.

Here are the most impressive tech deals we've found for Black Friday 2020 that are available. We've separated these deals by categories drilled down by brand and product type. Use the table of contents to find what you're looking for quickly.

The best Black Friday Apple deals live now 2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)2020 iPad Pro 11-inch, WiFi, 128GB (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)2020 iPad Pro 12.9-Inch, 128GB (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)The best Black Friday computing deals live nowThe best Black Friday robot vacuum deals live nowThe best Black Friday TV deals live now50-inch Q60T QLED 4K Smart TV (medium)75-inch NanoCell 80 4K TV (medium)65-inch X800H 4K Smart TV (medium)50-inch Class 4 Series Smart Android TV (medium)50-inch 6900 Series Smart TV (medium)55-inch NanoCell 81 Series 4K TV (medium)The best Black Friday camera deals live nowThe best Black Friday smart home deals live nowSmartsleep Connected (medium)Video Doorbell Pro (medium)Smart Clock (medium)Echo (4th Gen) (medium)Echo Show 5 (medium)Nest Hub with Google Assistant (medium, Preferred: Target)Video Doorbell 3 (medium)All-New Echo Dot with Clock (4th Generation) (medium)Protect Home Security System (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)SmartThermostat with Voice Control (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Move (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)The best Black Friday tablet deals live nowFire HD 8 (32GB) (medium)Fire HD 10 (medium)All-New Kindle (medium)Fire HD 10 Kids Edition (medium)Galaxy Tab A (8-inch) (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)The best Black Friday gaming deals live nowfor Nintendo Switch (medium)for PlayStation 4 (medium)Game Pass Ultimate 3 Month Membership (Digital) (medium)1TB 860 EVO SATA III Internal SSD (medium)G502 Wireless Gaming Mouse (medium)for Xbox and PlayStation (medium)for PlayStation 4 (medium)12-Month Subscription (medium)IdeaPad L340 15 Gaming Laptop (medium)Series S|X Wireless Controller (medium)Stadia Premiere Edition (medium)G MX518 Wired Optical Gaming Mouse (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)The best Black Friday service deals live nowKindle Unlimited (Monthly price after free trial) (medium)Plus (Monthly Subscription) (medium)Game Pass Ultimate 3 Month Membership (Digital) (medium)12-Month Subscription (medium)Black Friday 2020 tech deals FAQsWhen does Black Friday start at each retailer?

Black Friday started on November 27, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. local time for all web retailers. However, retailers had been teasing smaller Black Friday sales before Thanksgiving, leading to the big day. And, we expect these deals to continue up until Cyber Monday

  • Amazon: The mega retailer of the US started discounting products for Black Friday on November 20. Check out our full guide to Amazon's Black Friday deals.
  • Best Buy: This retailer's stores were closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there are multiple Best Buy Black Friday deals ongoing through the whole month of November. 
  • GameStop: The gaming retailer's Black Friday event started on November 14, and the official GameStop Black Friday sale began online on November 25 at 9 p.m. ET. Stores will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday with extended hours, and the sale will continue through November 29.
  • Target: The retailer has been offering new deals every week of November for Black Friday this year, with weekly ads dropping each Thursday. Expect to see a blitz of deals throughout Black Friday weekend.
  • Walmart: Walmart's Black Friday event started on Thanksgiving Day, November 25 at 7 p.m. ET. In-store shopping on Black Friday begins at 5 a.m. local time. However, Walmart is encouraging customers to shop online and use its curbside pick-up services.
How long do Black Friday sales last?

Black Friday has begun to last the entire month of November practically, but of course, the very best deals do tend to appear on the actual day.

However, retailers have used the weekend between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to extend deals that perhaps didn't fly off their stock shelves yet. Retailers are known to further slash prices in real time over that weekend to clear out stock as well, but it's usually not the most popular items.

Better yet, some retailers keep certain deals until well after the shopping holidays to pad out their revenues and profits throughout entire December shopping season ahead of Christmas and other holidays.

What should you buy on Black Friday? 

There are deals available for all sorts of tech devices or services, but there are a few categories that are particularly lucrative for discounts and savings. Here are some categories to look out for to get some of the best deals: 

  • TVs
  • Smart home devices
  • Gaming consoles and video games
  • Headphones
  • Speakers and soundbars
  • Robot vacuums
Is Black Friday or Cyber Monday better for tech products?

In years past, it's been known that Cyber Monday holds better deals on tech products than Black Friday, but that hasn't been the case for a long time. In fact, you can find even better deals in the days leading up to both events than during, in some rare cases.

Tech retailers are hosting major discounts on devices all month long, but some do hold certain deals for certain days to drum up real-time interest. So, it's worth hunting for deals on both days, or really all weekend long.

How we select the best Black Friday deals
  • We only recommend products that meet our high standards for coverage. We have either used each product or service ourselves or we have researched them carefully using our previous experience.
  • We always compare product prices among the most popular retailers, like Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, and feature only the deals with the deepest savings (not including promotional discounts that come from using certain credit cards). 
  • All deals that we feature will be at least 20% off, with the occasional exception for products that are rarely discounted or provide an exceptional value.
How do I return a product I got during Black Friday?

Unless an item was designated as a final sale, many retailers this year are offering generous return policies with extended periods, whether it was purchased online or in-store, or if you received it as a gift. Rules vary by retailer, but we have a guide on how to make a return to a major retailer, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

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